The perennial quest for an integral and holistic world view and way of life will encompass the seven dimensions of the Whole Mind, Whole Brain, Whole Person, Whole Culture, Whole World, Whole Cosmos and Whole Kosmos.
The chart below is a “mental map” that charts an integral and holistic perspective on human knowledge and life experience across these seven domains. Of course we are historically and culturally situated as finite human beings, and so our perspective on “reality” must necessarily be limited and partial. Nevertheless, there resides deep within our human nature a persistent desire to comprehend the greater whole of which we know ourselves to be the most small and fractional part. We seek to comprehend the nature of reality, our fleeting existence, and our fragile place within the Ecology of Being.
CONSTRUCTING INTEGRAL SYNTHESIS
Particular – Relational – Universal
Differentiated – Connective – Undifferentiated
Reductive – Synthetic – Organic
Mechanistic – Complexity – Holistic
Particles – Process – Forms
COMBINING THE HEMISPHERES
Left Brain – WHOLE BRAIN – Right Brain
Rational, Empirical – EXPLICIT & IMPLICIT – Instinctive, Intuitive
Virtual Re-Presentation – REVERBERATION – Viseral Presentation
(See The Alphabet Vs. the Goddess; The Master & his Emissary)
INTEGRATING THE HUMAN SELF
Introversion & Extraversion, Intuiting & Sensing,
Feeling & Thinking, Perceiving & Judging
Abstract Intuitive Use of Language
General, Categorical, Symbolic, Figurative, Analogic, Fictional, Schematic, Theoretical
Concrete Sensory Use of Language
Specific, Elemental, Signal, Literal, Indicative, Factual, Detailed, Empirical
Sight (Images & Movies) and Sounds (Speech & Music)
Smell, Taste, Touch
Stillness & Movement
PONDERING THE AGES OF TIME
Primordial, Ancient, Medieval,
Modern, Post-Modern, Trans-Modern
RESPECTING THE GREAT CIVILIZATIONS
Central, North, South, East, West
Oceanic, African, Indian, Asian, Slavic, European,
North American, Meso-American, Latin American
EXPLORING THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE
Earth, Sun, Stars, Milky Way, Galaxies, Nebulas, Black Holes,
Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Quantum Vacuum, Multi-verse?
CONTEMPLATING THE SACRED MYSTERY
What, if any, spiritual heights and sacred depths dwell primally within, intimately near and infinitely beyond the horizons of the manifest world as known by our senses, emotions and reason?
Are there “more things in heaven and earth” than are contained in our human myths, religions, philosophies, poetry, arts and sciences?
How do we live with a sense of wonder in the presence of the Ineffable Mystery in which we live and move and have our being?