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Spiral Dynamics vMeme Descriptions (Ken Wilber)

Post by LoneBear » Wed Nov 17, 2004 8:41 pm

The following excerpts are taken from A Theory of Everything, by Ken Wilber, pages 9-13. The numbers preceding the descriptions are the density.subdensity of the spirit complex, based on the Law of One model:

3.1 Beige: Archaic-Instinctual (Survival Sense)

The level of basic survival; food, water, warmth, sex and safety have priority. Uses habits and instincts just to survive. Distinct self is barely awakened or sustained. Forms into survival bands to perpetuate life.

Where seen: First human societies, newborn infants, senile elderly, late-stage Alzheimer's victims, mentally ill street people, starving masses, shell shock. 0.1% of the population, 0% power.

3.2 Purple: Magical-Animistic (Kin Spirits; tribal)

Thinking is animistic; magical spirits, good and bad, swarm the earth leaving blessings, curses, and spells which determine events. Forms into ethnic tribes. The spirits exist in ancestors and bond the tribe. Kinship and lineage establish political links. Sounds "holistic" but is actually atomistic: "There is a name for each bend in the river but no name for the river."

Where seen: Belief in voodoo-like curses, blood oaths, ancient grudges, good-luck charms, family rituals, magical ethnic beliefs and superstitions; strong in third-world settings, gangs, athletic teams, and corporate "tribes." 10% of the population; 1% of the power.

3.3 Red: Power Gods

First emergence of a self distinct from the tribe; powerful, impulsive, egocentric, heroic. Magical-mythic spirits, dragons, beasts and powerful people. Archetypal gods and goddesses, powerful beings, forces to be reckoned with, both good and bad. Feudal lords protect underlings in exchange obedience and labor. The basis of the feudal empires -- power and glory. The world is a jungle full of threats and predators. Conquers, outfoxes, and dominates; enjoys self to the fullest without regret or remorse; be here now.

Where seen: The "terrible twos," rebellious youth, frontier mentalities, feudal kingdoms, epic heroes, James Bond villains, gang leaders, soldiers of fortune, New-Age narcissism, wild rock stars, Attila the Hun, Lord of the Flies. 20% of the population; 5% of the power.

3.4 Blue: Mythic Order (Truth Force)

Life has meaning, direction, and purpose, with outcomes determined by an all-powerful Other or Order. This righteous Order enforces a code of conduct based on absolutist and unvarying principles of "right" and "wrong." Violating the code or rules has severe, perhaps everlasting repercussions. Following the code yields rewards for the faithful. Basis of ancient nations. Rigid social hierarchies; paternalistic; one right way and only one right way to think about everything. Law and order; impulsivity controlled through guilt; concrete-literal and fundamentalist belief; obedience to the rule of Order; strongly conventional and conformist. Often "religious" or "mythic" [in the mythic-membership sense; Graves and Beck refer to it as the "saintly/absolutistic" level], but can be secular or atheistic Order or Mission.

Where seen: Puritan America, Confucian China, Dickensian England, Singapore discipline, totalitarianism, codes of chivalry and honor, charitable good deeds, religious fundamentalism (e.g., Christian and Islamic), Boy and Girl Scouts, "moral majority," patriotism. 40% of the population; 30% of the power.

3.5 Orange: Scientific Achievement (Strive Drive, Entrepreneurial)

At this wave, the self "escapes" from the "herd mentality" of blue, and seeks truth and meaning in individualistic terms--hypothetico-deductive, experimental, objective, mechanistic, operational--"scientific" in the typical sense. The world is a rational and well-oiled machine with natural laws that can be learned, mastered, and manipulated for one's own purposes. Highly achievement oriented, especially (in America) toward materialistic gains. The laws of science rule politics, the economy and human events. The world is a chessboard on which games are played as winners gain pre-eminence and perks over losers. Marketplace alliances; manipulate earth's resources for one's strategic gains. Basis of corporate states.

Where seen: The Enlightenment, Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," Wall Street, emerging middle classes around the world, cosmetics industry, trophy hunting, colonialism, the Cold War, fashion industry, materialism, secular humanism, liberal self-interest. 30% of the population; 50% of the power.

3.6 Green: The Sensitive Self (Human Bond)

Communitarian, human bonding, ecological sensitivity, networking. The human spirit must be freed from greed, dogma and divisiveness; feelings and caring supersede cold rationality; cherishing of the earth, Gaia, life. Against hierarchy; establishes lateral bonding and linking. Permeable self, relational self, group intermeshing. Emphasis on dialogue, relationships. Basis of value communities (i.e., freely chosen affiliations based on shared sentiments). Reaches decisions through reconciliation and consensus (downside: interminable "processing" and incapacity to reach decisions). Refresh spirituality, bring harmony, enrich human potential. Strongly egalitarian, antiheirarchy, pluralistic values, social construction of reality, diversity, multiculturalism, relativistic value system; this worldview is often called pluralistic relativism. Subjective, nonlinear thinking; shows a greater degree of affective warmth, sensitivity, and caring, for earth and all its inhabitants.

Where seen: Deep ecology, postmodernism, Netherlands idealism, Rogerian counseling, Canadian health care, humanistic psychology, liberation theology, cooperative inquiry, World Council of Churches, Greenpeace, animal rights, ecofeminism, post-colonialism, Foucault/Derrida, politically correct, diversity movements, human rights issues, ecopsychology. 10% of the population; 15% of the power.

3.7 Yellow: Integrative (Systemic)

Life is a kaleidoscope of natural hierarchies [holarchies], systems and forms. Flexibility, spontaneity, and functionality have the highest priority. Differences and pluralities can be integrated into interdependent, natural flows. Egalitarianism is complemented with natural degrees of ranking and excellence. Knowledge and competency should supersede power, status or group sensitivity. The prevailing world order is the result of the existence of different levels of reality (memes) and the inevitable patterns of movement up and down the dynamic spiral. Good governance facilitates the emergence of entities through the levels of increasing complexity (nested hierarchy). 1% of the population; 5% of the power.

4.1 Turquoise: Holistic

Universal holistic system, holons/waves of integrative energies; unites feeling with knowledge; multiple levels interwoven into one conscious system. Universal order, but in a living, conscious fashion, not based on external rules (blue) or group bonds (green). A "grand unification" [T.O.E.] is possible, in theory and in actuality. Sometimes involves the emergence of a new spirituality as a meshwork of all existence. Turquoise thinking uses the entire Spiral; sees multiple levels of interaction; detects harmonics, the mystical forces, and the pervasive flow-states that permeate any organization. 0.1% of the population; 1% of the power.

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Post by cointreau » Sun Jun 05, 2005 1:48 pm

So it would be a correct assumption to say that the efforts of LL research and the Avalon Project are at the Green/sentisitive self stage in the spyral?

When I read the description on the Green/sensitive self I could not help but to flash back on my posted comments about reaching a concensus on finding a way to secure Ranger's communications. It seems that: "interminable "processing" and incapacity to reach decisions" is an inherent part of our current stage of development. Is there anything that could be done to accelerate our progress without infringing upon the Ranger's free will or creating layers of hierarchy?

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cointreau wrote:So it would be a correct assumption to say that the efforts of LL research and the Avalon Project are at the Green/sentisitive self stage in the spyral?
L/L Research is green; we are shooting for turquoise at Avalon.
cointreau wrote:When I read the description on the Green/sensitive self I could not help but to flash back on my posted comments about reaching a concensus on finding a way to secure Ranger's communications. It seems that: "interminable "processing" and incapacity to reach decisions" is an inherent part of our current stage of development. Is there anything that could be done to accelerate our progress without infringing upon the Ranger's free will or creating layers of hierarchy?
Many people get "stuck" at Green; Wanderers in particular for some reason. The only way I know to accelerate the progress is to have the internal honesty to see and understand the lessons of Green, and move on to Yellow to see the systematic approach.

IMHO, no matter how you slice it, you're going to have slices -- heirarchies or networks. Particularly in the 3rd density, because a "grade" system encourages one to make choices, which is the purpose of 3rd density.

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Post by Starlight* » Tue Jul 19, 2005 7:08 am

LoneBear wrote:Many people get "stuck" at Green; Wanderers in particular for some reason. The only way I know to accelerate the progress is to have the internal honesty to see and understand the lessons of Green, and move on to Yellow to see the systematic approach.
I assume there can be a fluctuation between them as we learn our lesson, in case of multitude lessons. For ex., from green to yellow to turquoise. Would that be appropriate?

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Starlight* wrote:I assume there can be a fluctuation between them as we learn our lesson, in case of multitude lessons. For ex., from green to yellow to turquoise. Would that be appropriate?
They are rational valuing systems, so there is some fluxuation based on environment and mood, but Wilbur's research indicate that one vMeme tends to be the central theme until resolved. He also notes that the selection of the next vMeme to work on appears to be random; they do not go sequentially (at least within a Tier). I would assume that this is probably from a past-life leftover, where one has done work on some of the vMemes successfully enough that they don't have to work thru it again in this lifetime.

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Post by Gopi » Thu May 25, 2006 12:52 pm

LoneBear wrote: L/L Research is green; we are shooting for turquoise at Avalon.
Is that why the website colour is also green?Nice coincidence!:D
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Post by Starlight* » Thu May 25, 2006 3:58 pm

Hi, gopiv!

I believe LB is talking about L/L Research website being green! But now that you mention it, I recall, last year, L/L Research's living room walls being pink, which is also considered by some to be a healing color.


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Re: Spiral Dynamics vMeme Descriptions (Ken Wilber)

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Starlight* wrote:
I assume there can be a fluctuation between them as we learn our lesson, in case of multitude lessons. For ex., from green to yellow to turquoise. Would that be appropriate?

They are rational valuing systems, so there is some fluxuation based on environment and mood, but Wilbur's research indicate that one vMeme tends to be the central theme until resolved. He also notes that the selection of the next vMeme to work on appears to be random; they do not go sequentially (at least within a Tier). I would assume that this is probably from a past-life leftover, where one has done work on some of the vMemes successfully enough that they don't have to work thru it again in this lifetime.
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Re: Spiral Dynamics vMeme Descriptions (Ken Wilber)

Post by LoneBear » Sun Dec 16, 2007 10:33 pm

Just pondering... are Angels blue vMeme?

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Post by Gopi » Sun Dec 16, 2007 11:34 pm

... and demons even more so? :)
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Re: Spiral Dynamics vMeme Descriptions (Ken Wilber)

Post by Alluvion » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:24 pm

I'd say that the concept of the angelic orders is quite blue meme - demons always have a bit of that in their narrative but seem to defy it most of the time: being demons, this is not to be unexpcted.

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Post by LoneBear » Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:38 pm

Alluvion wrote:I'd say that the concept of the angelic orders is quite blue meme - demons always have a bit of that in their narrative but seem to defy it most of the time: being demons, this is not to be unexpcted.
If the vMemes do respond to the yin/yang bias, then:

Yang: 1=Beige, 3=Red, 5=Orange, 7=Yellow
Yin: 2=Purple, 4=Blue, 5=Green

The Angelic realm appears yin, everyone out serving God (blue). The Demonic realm appears yang, all the demons trying to eliminate the others and be king of the hill.

Therefore, you could not have a "blue" demon, they would have to be orange, corporate CEOs. :)

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Post by Arcelius » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:54 pm

LoneBear wrote:Therefore, you could not have a "blue" demon, they would have to be orange, corporate CEOs. :)
Or possibly Red for the less-structured Demons. The Orange ones hire the Red ones to do their dirty work :wink:

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Post by LoneBear » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:26 pm

aluxon wrote:Or possibly Red for the less-structured Demons. The Orange ones hire the Red ones to do their dirty work :wink:
In the old days of the church, there was an interesting discussion about whether or not the demonic realm COULD have any type of hierarchy to it, since that would imply "order" in "chaos", and demons were chaotic by nature and would therefore be repelled by any form of order.

However, "order" proved to be a excellent tool to control the group mind, since the group is also an ordering principle.

I found it quite amusing that the demons of the TV series "Charmed" also came to this conclusion, finding it was easier to promote and execute evil influences on people through corporations, where people became more than willing to do their dirty work for an insignificant amount of money, thus hiding the demonic presence from the world.

These days, towns, cities, counties, states and countries are all "municipal" corporations, not a body politic, which I find interesting. They are businesses, and their customers are criminals. In order for them to stay in business and be profitable, they must ensure that they have a good supply of customers! Therefore, it is in the best interest of government to make everything illegal.

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