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					             What is the social domain?

      SYSTEMS FOR :
      •    Society
      •    Economy
      •    Ecology
      •    Politics
      •    Communication


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                    NLP lacked:

      • No solid first position.

      • No social orientation.


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             Social Myths of NLP

 • The sacred self: the illusion of the
   Individual.
 • The lone rebel: no man is an island.
 • Independence: individual autonomy is
   an irrelevant.
 • 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
        Dynamics
      • Wilber Quadrants
      • Holarchys instead of
        hierarchys

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The Dynamic Spiral of Value-Memes




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               Spiral Dynamics




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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

     INTENTIONAL                                                                            BEHAVIORAL

                                    Turquoise
                Holistic self                                                         Net- or Meshworker
                                      Yellow
                   Integral self        Green                                       Innovator
                     Sensitive self          Orange                             Involver
Individual              Achiever self           Blue                         Competitor
    (I)                      Mythic self          Red                     Loyalist
                                 Egocentric          Purple            Risk-taker
                                          Magic                     Traditionalist
                                                       Beige
                                        Instinctual              Survivor
  Interior                                                                                           Exterior (It)
                                                                  Survival clans
                                         Archaic         For-
                             Animistic-magical           aging       Ethnic tribes
                               Power gods        Pre-    Hortic.        Feudal empires
                            Mythic order       modern    Agrarian          Early nations
Collective
                  Scientific-rational       Modern        Industrial           Corporate states
  (We)              Pluralistic                                                  Value communities
                     Integral           Postmodern         Informational             Integral commons
                  Holonic
                                                                                       Global meshworks

    CULTURAL                                                                                  SOCIAL
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          BECK & WILBER CHART




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 The Global Challenge:
                      Population       Power
                      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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                    SD German




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“The mean green meme”
       The marriage of pluralism and
                   narcissism
• 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
            spiritual/cultural/behavioral matrix

                               Subjective                    Objective



                          REALIZING                         EMBODYING SELF
 Individual (I)           INTEGRAL SELF                     IN BEHAVIOR


                                                                             (It)


Collective (We)           EMBRACING SELF                    EMBEDDING SELF
                          IN CULTURE                        IN SOCIAL
                                                            INSTITUTIONS




     Adapted by
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Values create culture/society

 • The individual needs to
   begin eVALUEuating
   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
           an of
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 Modelling Spirituality--

 •   What’s your
     model of the
     world… and
     beyond?
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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
  Journal.
• 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,
   and Rahjneesh
 • 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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Experiences:
 • 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
   NLP?
 • 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
since l979.
 • Some of my teachers have had children-- perhaps
   the fundamental human experience of our inherent
   spirituality.
 • 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
   Questions.
 • Richard Clarke gives Zen-flavored seminars on
   NLP and spirituality.
 • Tad James teaches “The Lost Secrets of Ancient
   Hawaiian Huna.”
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What are YOU going to do?

 • The trajectory of
   Enlightenment:



           Self                                Other
   • 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
                           Subjective                   Objective


                                        Spirit (causal)

 Individual (I)                         Soul (subtle)
                                            Mind
                                          Life / Body
                                            Matter                  (It)


Collective (We)




 Adapted from Ken Wilber
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                    A meta-model of human
                    spiritual disciplines
 1. RELATIONSHIP
 • 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
   construct.
 2. RESONANCE
 • 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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               Spiritual meta-model
    3. RESPONSIBILITY
    • 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
      position.
    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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             Spiritual meta-model

 5. RAPTURE
 • 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.


 6. REMEMBERING
 • 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
   practice.

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                Spiritual meta-model

 7. RENAISSANCE
 • Evolution exists, one can attain
   enlightement through transcendence.
   Presupposition: Change is possible.

 “It works, if you work it.”



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             GETTING THERE
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
following beliefs:

   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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                EVOLVING


               •PRACTICE
               •DISCIPLINE


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Wilber’s Comparative
levels(20 charts like this)




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Ken Wilber’s Integral Psychology

 • Comparison of 100 developmental
   models.
 • Four levels beyond “vision-logic”
         –Psychic
         –Subtle
         –Causal
         –Non-dual

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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)
     www.itp-life.com
 •    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
      Commitments.

 •    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
          traditional disciplines.
        • The first metaposition in history was probably a joke. A
          good laugh is communication that operates outside of time
          and space.
        • 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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                    High Spirits
 • 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
   and paradox?
 • 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
   replied.


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 •THE END

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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
   Dictionary

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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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Previous Models
 • NLP modeler's quest is to find the common
   structure of transcendent experience, be it Sufi,
   Buddhist, Platonic, Jewish, Taoist, Hindu, Zen, or
   Christianity.
 • 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
   content alternatives.
 • Learning III-- a change in the process of
   Learning II--generating the context of context.
   This is the level of enlightenment, satori , of
   sudden illumination.
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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.
    Perineum.
 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.
    Crown.
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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
CONSCIOUSNESS”
                                                             9 causal


                                                  8 subtle


                                              7 psychic


                                        6 vision-logic

                                      5 formal-reflexive
                                  4 rule/role mind

                               3 representational mind

                            2 phantasmic-emotional

                          1 sensoriphysical


                    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
     mind.
 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
     reasoning mind.
 6. Vision-logic-- establishing networks of relationships.
 7. Psychic-- transcendental, transpersonal visionary insight.
 8 . Subtle-- the seat of archetypes, the realm of illumination and
     rapture.
 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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