What is the social domain?
SYSTEMS FOR :
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• No solid first position.
• No social orientation.
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Social Myths of NLP
• The sacred self: the illusion of the
• The lone rebel: no man is an island.
• Independence: individual autonomy is
• Nobody can tell me what to do: our
identies exist as a function of others.
• The Guru Trap: im making it all up.
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Three Key Concepts
• Value Memes of Spiral
• Wilber Quadrants
• Holarchys instead of
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The Dynamic Spiral of Value-Memes
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The lower-right quadrant
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The four quandrants
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WORLD OF HIERARCHIES
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HOLARCHIES OF EVOLUTION
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Wilber’s & Beck’s Levels of Development
in the Four Quadrants
Holistic self Net- or Meshworker
Integral self Green Innovator
Sensitive self Orange Involver
Individual Achiever self Blue Competitor
(I) Mythic self Red Loyalist
Egocentric Purple Risk-taker
Interior Exterior (It)
Animistic-magical aging Ethnic tribes
Power gods Pre- Hortic. Feudal empires
Mythic order modern Agrarian Early nations
Scientific-rational Modern Industrial Corporate states
(We) Pluralistic Value communities
Integral Postmodern Informational Integral commons
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BECK & WILBER CHART
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The Global Challenge:
30% at Orange 50%
40% at Blue 30%
20% at Red 5%
10% at Purple 1%
70% of world
10% at Green 15%
1% at Yellow 5%
0.1% at Turquoise 1%
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“The mean green meme”
The marriage of pluralism and
• Invalidating the holarchy that have given
birth to it’s own level of development.
• Regressing to red,purple
• Talking the talk without walking the walk.
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Society is a
REALIZING EMBODYING SELF
Individual (I) INTEGRAL SELF IN BEHAVIOR
Collective (We) EMBRACING SELF EMBEDDING SELF
IN CULTURE IN SOCIAL
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Values create culture/society
• The individual needs to
himself, his culture, and
his social domain.
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Four Quandrants focused on humans
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The four socio-spiritual experiences of life.
1. The experience of separation of self and other . This is the
process of individualisation, which occurs around the
second and third years of life. This is essential for the Self
position in NLP models of referential index computations.
It is the recognition of who one is not.
2. The experience of separation of self and behavior. This is
the experiential response to the question, “Who am I?”
Recognizing that you have a personality usually happens
around 7 to 8 years of life. One learns one performs good
and bad acts, and the invitation is to learn that we are not
our behaviors. This is a variety of meta position.
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3. The experience of separation of self and emotions . The
cascade of emotions produced hormonally in adolescence,
the invitation is to learn that we are not our emotions. This
is the experiential answer to the question, “Who I can
become?”-- identity infused with mission. Obviously, not
all people cross this threshold in their lifetime. This is what
Dilts refers to as third position.
4. The experience of separation of self and belief.
Transpersonal experiences occur at times of Maslow's
"peak experiences" The invitation is to learn that we are,
after all, interconnected and share the same spiritual
nature. Often called witness, or garden-variety
enlightenment. In NLP terms this is the grail of
simultaneous referential index, or the ability to associate
and dissociate with self and others’ models of the world in
Social Aspects simultaneous experience.
• What’s your
model of the
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The context from which the presenter speaks:
• Investigative journalist, staff writer for the Village
Voice. Published 100s of articles about healers,
psychics, parapsychologists, gurus, zen masters,
and teachers of a host of spiritual approaches.
• Contributing editor to New Realities and
columnist for Practical Psychology and New Age
• NLP trainer and coach since 1983, taught 10,000
world-wide, director of French and US Institutes.
• Founding Member and Chief Facilitator, Europe,
of Integral Institute.
• Organizer for Congress of Racial Equality, World
Peace Marches, NAACP, etc.
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Scoops and scope:
• First articles on Findhorn, the Course in Miracles,
• Worked with various consciousness organizations,
and have been involved in projects with people
like Buckminster Fuller, George Leonard, Swami
Muktananda, the scribe of The Course in Miracles,
Werner Erhard, Marilyn Ferguson, Ken Wilber
and the Dalai Lama.
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• Hatha, bhakti, siddha and raja yoga,
macrobiotics, tantra, Actualizations, est,
aikido, karate, psychedelics, kundalini,
mystical Christianity, Feldenkrais,
Alexander, zazen, long-distance running,
and Sufi dancing
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1979 NLP & Spirituality
• I asked my teachers the same question:
• Where does spiritual experience fit in
• We don’t know, they all answered. We are
studying the structure of subjective
experience. And we haven’t had any
spiritual experiences to model
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NLP has changed a great deal
• Some of my teachers have had children-- perhaps
the fundamental human experience of our inherent
• Some encountered healers, sages and saints, others
had gifted clients that taught us about dimensions
of the spirit that have resulted in a host of
seminars addressing matters of the soul.
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Now (1995) things are different.
• When John Grinder met healer Finbarr Nolan
• Robert Dilts began modelling Jesus of Nazareth
spirituality heads his Bateson-inspired
neurological levels model.
• Leslie Cameron-Bandler created a model of
personality that hovers around existential Virtual
• Richard Clarke gives Zen-flavored seminars on
NLP and spirituality.
• Tad James teaches “The Lost Secrets of Ancient
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What are YOU going to do?
• The trajectory of
• Truly experiencing your identity as the other.
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Huston Smith’s The Religions of Man
• Descartes, Spinoza, and Leibniz and the Great Chain of Being
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The Great Chain of Being
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An Integral Approach:
All Quadrants - All Levels
Individual (I) Soul (subtle)
Life / Body
Adapted from Ken Wilber
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A meta-model of human
• People are already, always related. We are all part of the
same organism, entity, brotherhood of light, the Source, a
unity beyond our ken. Presupposition: it’s better to be
identified with all humanity than with oneself. Love thy
neighbor, be a Bodhisattva, the Atman, reality is a social
• This is about the criteria cluster of integrity, honesty, and
the interaction of people: what we do resonates in the
world, creates interference waves, influences the human
reality, makes a difference. Presupposition: right action,
right livelihood works.
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• We create our own universes. We're not guilty, just cause
in our reality, and have the ability to alter our responses.
Presupposition: reality is somewhere along the continuum
of karma and freedom; objective and constructed; or at
least enlightenment is possible. It is possible to take a meta
4. REVERENCE This is as structurally close as I can get
to love. That gratitude for the privilege of being alive
works. That reverence for life, and the miracle of ontology
that is our reality works better than disdain.
Presupposition: compassion rather than dispassion. Love
rather than fear.
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• Though beyond the value judgements of good and bad, the
mastery of a discipline creates a positive state that blows
away all our understandings of what it is to be happy/sad
along the lines of the sensorium. Presupposition:
transcendence is joy.
• This is why human beings invent disciplines. What good
are the five points above, if you don't have a way to
remember to use them? Presupposition: persevere and
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• Evolution exists, one can attain
enlightement through transcendence.
Presupposition: Change is possible.
“It works, if you work it.”
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The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James, the father of American
psychology, attempted in 1902, a “Summing up in the broadest possible way the
characteristics of the religious life, as we have found them. It includes the
1. That the visible world is part of a more spiritual universe from which it
draws its chief significances;
2. That union or harmonious relations with that higher universe is our true end;
3. That prayer or inner communion with the spirit ... is a process wherein work
is really done, and spiritual energy flows in and produces effects, psychological
or material, within the phenomenal world...
Religion includes also the following psychological characteristics:
4. A new zest which adds itself like a gift to life, and takes the form either of
lyrical enchantment of appeal to earnestness and heroism.
5. An assurance of safety and a temper of peace, and, in relation to others, a
preponderance of loving affections.
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levels(20 charts like this)
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Ken Wilber’s Integral Psychology
• Comparison of 100 developmental
• Four levels beyond “vision-logic”
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Human experienciel analogs
• Psychic-- Hypnogogic sleep.
• Subtle-- REM sleep.
• Causal-- Lucid dreaming.
• Non-Dual-- Deep sleep.
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Integral Transformative Practice (ITP)
• ITP grew from a two-year experimental class in human transformation conducted by George
Leonard and Michael Murphy, beginning in 1992. The class met for two hours on Saturday
mornings and also held overnight retreats. The Saturday classes included group support,
discussion of assigned readings, transformative work in Leonard Energy Training (LET), and a 40-
minute mind-body-spirit series of exercises called the ITP Kata. In addition to meeting every
Saturday as a group, the fifty participants in the experimental class agreed to follow The Eight ITP
• Each member of the ITP class also made four affirmations of positive change. The fourth
affirmation for everyone was "My entire being is balanced, vital, and healthy." The affirmations
were not casually tossed off, but thoughtfully considered over a period of weeks before being
signed. Careful records were kept concerning the participant's condition in regard to each
affirmation at the time the affirmation was signed and again at the year's end. (Instructions for
making affirmations can be found in The Life We Are Given, Chapters Four and Five.)
• Leonard and Murphy kept careful records of all changes in the class members' conditions and
engaged the services of a statistician to analyze the figures, which showed a strong correlation
between adherence to the program and success in realizing affirmations, along with significant
improvements in overall health. There were also some unexpected findings that suggested the
importance of what we call "mind" or "intentionality" in positive human change. For example, how
focused participants were while doing the ITP Kata seemed to be even more important than the
number of times they did the Kata, and how conscious they were of what they ate more important
than exactly what they ate--though both were important.
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The Eight ITP Commitments
0. I take full responsibility for my practice and for all transformations of my body and being that
flow from it. While respecting my teachers and fellow practitioners, I fully understand that I
am the final authority.
1. I seek to join in community with other ITP practitioners. While maintaining my individual
autonomy and authority, I commit myself to my ITP community in vision and practice.
2. I do the ITP Kata at least four times a week. I understand that, time permitting, I can
lengthen any part of the ITP Kata, and that extended periods of meditation at the end of the
ITP Kata and at other times of the day are recommended.
3. I accomplish at least two hours of aerobic exercise every week in increments of no less than
20 minutes. (Three hours a week in increments of no less than 30 minutes are
recomended.) Three sessions of strength training a week are also recommended, but there
is no commitment on this.
4. I am conscious of everything I eat. I am aware of the many benefits of a diet low in fat and
high in fiber.
5. I develop my intellectual powers by reading, writing, and discussion.
6. I open my heart to others in love and service. I stay current in expressing my feelings to
those close to me, and take care of my emotional needs in appropriate and healthy ways,
seeking counsel when needed.
7. For each six to twelve month period, I make at least one affirmation having to do with
significant positive change in my own being. I also make the following commitment: "My
entire being is balanced, vital, and healthy." I include my affirmations in my ITP Kata and
seek in appropriate and healthy ways to realize those affirmations. (Instructions for making
affirmations can be found in The Life We Are Given, Chapters Four and Five.)
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One of the first steps of
enlightenment is lightening up.
• NLP is a meta-discipline. A discipline of disciplines. A
meta-position to all
• The first metaposition in history was probably a joke. A
good laugh is communication that operates outside of time
• Comedy forces you to suddenly contain two different, and
often mutually exclusive ideas at once.
• The result is transformative. The punch line of a joke
arrives and – wham! – you pop outside of everything you
know to be logical,important, or real.
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• Did you ever wonder why the Buddha is usually
portrayed with a smile on his lips? Why all those
gurus and swamis are always giggling? Or why
the twin guardians of Zen temples are confusion
• Humour is the only form of expression that
operates outside time and spice .
• A good chuckle fulfills all the conditions required
for classic satori, samadhi, and most garden
varieties of transubstantiation or transcendence.
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What are you going to do?
• With your partner
• With your family
• With your work
• With your company
• With your community
• With your government
• With your world
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H.H. The Dalai Lama
• Since Buddhism is not a religion, but a
philosophy, the Dalai Lama was asked
if he had one.
• “My religion is kindness,” he
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An NLPrimer on Spirituality-- 1994
• “Spirit [fr. Latin spiritus ,
literally, breath]: an animating
or vital principle held to give
life to physical organisms.” --
Webster’s New Collegiate
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Google Web Search:
61,500 pages for nlp and spirituality.
• Connirae and Tamara Andreas identified five core
states: being, inner peace, love, OKness, and
oneness at the heart of the “Core Self, a
universally known concept that goes by many
names: our inner essence, our full potential, self-
actualization our True Self, our Higher Self, the
God within, and the Soul.
• Robert MacDonald and Robert Dilts wrote:Tools
of the Spirit.
• Steve Andreas: modelling spirituality seminars.
• Steve Gilligan: Courage to Love
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• NLP modeler's quest is to find the common
structure of transcendent experience, be it Sufi,
Buddhist, Platonic, Jewish, Taoist, Hindu, Zen, or
• We follow William James ( The Varieties of
Religious Experience ), Huston Smith ( The
Religions of Man) , Joseph Campbell ( The Masks
of God) , Aldous Huxley ( The Perennial
Philosophy ), Carl Jung ( The Archetypes and the
Collective Unconscious ), and Ken Wilber
(Spectrum of Consciousness ).
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Context/content/ logical levels
• Gregory Bateson: The Logical Categories of
Learning and Communication.
• Learning I-- acquiring content, correcting errors
within a set of alternatives.
• Learning II-a change in the process of Learning I
-- acquiring the context of content, correcting
errors by changing sets or sequences of sets of
• Learning III-- a change in the process of
Learning II--generating the context of context.
This is the level of enlightenment, satori , of
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Bateson’s “Angel’s Fear”
• Learning IV-- a change in Learning III--
generating the context of context of context.
• This for Bateson was the domain of the spirit,
“Where Angels Fear to Tread. ”
• He also said the most human beings accomplish
this type of learning before they are born , as the
foetus transforms from single-cell organism, to
sponge, to coelenterate, to fish, to mammal, to
baby homo sapiens . Or as they say in biology,
“Ontogony recapitulates phylogeny.”
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Yogic Chakras :
1. Physical world and instincts; hunger/thirst.
2. Emotional-sexual level. Mid-abdomen.
3. Intentional mind; power. Navel.
4. Community-mind; love. Heart.
5. Rational-verbal mind; communication. Throat.
6.”Third eye” psychic cognitions. Brow.
7. Beginning of higher “chakras” enlightenment.
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The Perennial Philsophy
• In 1946, English novelist Aldous Huxley published his
modelling project, The Perennial Philosophy , which was
an overview of his research and practice of various
spiritual disciplines, many of them Eastern:
• Philosophia perennis-- the phrase was coined by Leibniz;
but the thing-- the metaphysic that recognizes a divine
Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and
minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something
similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic
that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the
immanent and transcendent Ground of all being-- the thing
is immemorial and universal.
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KEN WILBER’S “SPECTRUM OF
4 rule/role mind
3 representational mind
THE BASIC STRUCTURES OF CONCIOUSNESS
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Wilber defines these levels
1. Sensoriphysical--realms of matter, sensation, and perception.
2. Phantasmic-emotional-- the emotional-sexual level, the image
3. Representational mind-- Piaget’s preoperational thinking... of
symbols and concepts.
4. Rule/role mind-- concrete operational thinking.
5. Formal/reflexive mind-- formal operational thinking, the
6. Vision-logic-- establishing networks of relationships.
7. Psychic-- transcendental, transpersonal visionary insight.
8 . Subtle-- the seat of archetypes, the realm of illumination and
9. Causal-- The unmanifest sources of all the lesser structures...
being who is in essence one with the Surpreme Self.
10. Ultimate-- the Supermind.
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