Towards an Integral & Holistic World View & Way of Life

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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.

1

WHOLE MIND:

CONSTRUCTING INTEGRAL SYNTHESIS

Particular – Relational – Universal

Differentiated – Connective – Undifferentiated

Reductive – Synthetic – Organic

Mechanistic – Complexity – Holistic

Particles – Process – Forms

2

WHOLE BRAIN:

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)

3

WHOLE PERSON:

INTEGRATING THE HUMAN SELF

Psychological Functions

Introversion & Extraversion, Intuiting & Sensing,

Feeling & Thinking, Perceiving & Judging

Linguistic Functions

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

Somatic Functions

Sight (Images & Movies) and Sounds (Speech & Music)

Smell, Taste, Touch

Stillness & Movement

4

WHOLE HISTORY: 

PONDERING THE AGES OF TIME

Primordial, Ancient, Medieval,

Modern, Post-Modern, Trans-Modern

5

WHOLE WORLD:

RESPECTING THE GREAT CIVILIZATIONS

Central, North, South, East, West

Oceanic, African, Indian, Asian, Slavic, European,

North American, Meso-American, Latin American

6

WHOLE COSMOS:

EXPLORING THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE

Earth, Sun, Stars, Milky Way, Galaxies, Nebulas, Black Holes,

Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Quantum Vacuum, Multi-verse?

7

WHOLE KOSMOS:

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?

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