TSV STAGES AND INSIGHTS. .

 

 

 THE TWELVE STAGE MODEL

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S1. MATTER. 50 billion years ago, says one well respected scientific theory, two branes in 10 dimensional space were about to collide in a "big bang" to form a infinitude of universes including our particular one. Most matter entities are “simple” enough to be described by mathematical laws.

S1. MATTER stage. 14 billion years ago the "big bang" stretched space/time (and our own proton-sized universe) to form our universe of atoms, stars, galaxies. Physics theories allow for alternate or parallel universes and life in other systems.

S2. CELLS. 5 billion years ago the solar system and earth condensed -- and soon after microscopic cellular life covered our earth like thick pond scum. Cell life is to rich and complex to be described by math.

S2. CELL stage. Life occurs on earth. Photosynthesis, DNA ( with megabytes long code) replicates cells. Algae like cells eat each other, have sex - millions in a pencil spot.

S3. ANIMALS. 500 million years ago the pond scum differentiated into the legs, organs, preceptors and primitive nervous systems that made up animals that ran complicated but basically instinctual lives. The dinosaurs could be more complex.

S3. ANIMAL stage. “Cambrian Explosion” of multi-cellular life. Fish, amphibians, reptiles. Instinctive physiological drives (hunger, sex, warmth, pain). Frog sees fly spot, frog flicks tongue, frog eats). [Fetal, Infant 0-4 mo].

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S4. MAMMALS. 50 million years ago an Everest sized meteor had wiped out the dinosaurs – giving mammals with their intricately complex social/emotional structure and triune brains their chance to rule the earth.

S4. MAMMAL stage. Emotion rules wolf or baboon pack -- overrides basic instincts. Anger, fear, greed, jealousy, sharing, parenting all part of complex baboon social world. [Infant 5-9 mo]

S5. HOMINIDS. 5 million years ago apes started walking upright and evolving larger brains. By 2 million years ago hominids on African plains were using stone tools and symbolic thinking to compete with lions for food.

S5. HOMINID stage. Australopithecus (Lucy), Homo Habilis/Erectus. Scavenger/gatherer. Stone tools. Brain 40% to 75% of modern. Habilis eaten by carnivores, but Erectus used fire, spread over world. No real sense of death or mental reflection. [Child 9-18mo, extended present, emotions]

S6. ARCHAIC. 500 thousand years ago archaic humans and later Neanderthals evolved with modern sized brains using signing and primitive language to develop hunting, fire and sophisticated stone tools. But the Neanderthal culture hardly changed in 200,000 years.

S6. ARCHAIC stage. Archaic homo-sapiens (Neanderthal), current brain size, complex stone tools, organized hunting, possible burials & nature-worship but no art. [Pre-conceptual thinking of child 18-36 mo, 2-3 word utterances,]

 

 

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S7. MAGIC. 50 thousand years ago, as forager/gatherer/hunters, after hundreds of millennia, we started using conceptual language to do intricate cave art and compete for sex and food and status – raiding neighboring tribes, worshipping animistic gods with human sacrifices and cannibalism. We made more changes in one millennia than the Neanderthals did in hundreds. By 10,000 years ago we had started horticulture, early villages, and mother-goddess worship. [People not of my tribe were "sub-human".]

S7. MAGIC stage. Modern homo-sapiens. Complex verbal, cro-magnon/shamanic cultural explosion. Ritual cannibalism/ regicide, life 22 years. [Preoperational (prelogical) thinking of child 3-6, no volume conservation, night sends dreams] {Today, about 25% of world adults with 5% of the power still have a predominantly magical view.}

S8. MYTHIC. 5 thousand years ago, the invention of writing, herding, and ploughing threw us into a mythic culture of survival agriculture, god-kings, patriarchy, wars, and slavery – with the hope of escaping earth for a heaven run by an omnipotent male god. [People not of my myth or race or state are "sub-human".]

S8. MYTHIC stage. Conventional rule-role. 25 year life. Worship daddy god (although Plato, Jesus, Buddha introduced true spirituality) [Concrete operational thinking of child 7-11, uses numbers, arithmetic, linear time, ego, self dialog, guilt, ...] {Today about 33% of adults, with 25% of the power, have a predominantly mythic view..}

S9. RATIONAL. 400** years ago the rational stage was starting with the printing press, scientific method, Galileo, Newton, the Reformation, Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, the American and French revolutions, the Industrial revolution, market economies, democracy and the end of legalized slavery. "All men are created equal." [All the world's people are human, like me.]

40 years ago we had invented cars, airplanes, atomic power, television and moon rockets, but were terrified of the evil empire and nuclear winter. Women and minorities had the vote and were getting better jobs, but most folks could not imagine a future with e-commerce, Chinese cell phones, or sales calls by a melodic woman in Bombay.

Today, we hire people who can do the job, whatever gender, race, or even location on the planet. And we generally treat them with respect. Most countries are nominally democratic and free market. We are progressing from the rational-individual to the rational-pluralistic substage (see sidebar).

But there is much work left to do if we are to make it to the rational-integral substage – and then to a spiritual view. There is still starvation, poverty, disease, injustice, cruelty, war, and global warming. And there is our own personal dysfunctional habitual patterns and occasional narrowness of view. So we do the best we can to move toward integral -- trusting that Spirit is pulling us home.

 

** NOTE. The TSV model implies that  the rational stage started 500 years before the omega or end point – which could be roughly 2100-2150 based on current development rates (this time shift makes little difference to the earlier stages)

S9. RATIONAL stage. [mind/ egoic/ industrial/ democracy] Compares rules to find best “mythic” vision. Rejects autocratic church-dogma. Democracy, science, market economy , printing. [Formal operational or rational thinking of child over 12, can use algebra/ calculus, ...]

Spiral Dynamics is a well researched technique that divides developmental stages into colorful "memes":

Purple/red -- MAGIC stage (pre-conventional).

Blue -- MYTHIC stage (conventional).

And our rational is sub-divided into:

Orange - RATIONAL-INDIVIDUALISTIC substage. Challenges conventional mythic-blues with inquisitiveness, achievement, equal rights, democracy, market economics, science, technology and rockets to the moon.   {30% of adults, 50% of power.}

Green – RATIONAL PLURALISTIC substage. Softens the assertive individualistic orange people and adds multi-perspective human bonding, ecology, anti-hierarchy, humanistic psychology, diversity, eco-psychology to our view. {Tiny 50 years ago, but now 10% of adults, 15% of power.}

Yellow – RATIONAL-INTEGRAL substage. Unlike all previous stages, these folks respect and integrate the views of previous stages. Both individuals and societies need magic, rules/ roles/ order, individual creativity, human diversity. {Only 1% of adults and 6% of power now, but at our current accelerating rate, they hopefully will soon run a better, safer, integrated world.}

 

 

 

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S10 INSIGHT (1st spiritual stage).** The rational-integral stage provides a springboard to the trans-rational. People now have the time and the leisure and the motivation to answer the call of spirit by meditation, contemplation and other paths. People will quickly start penetrating and inhabiting the spiritual stages. [Note that a spiritual EXPERIENCE is transitory but repetition can lead to a permanent spiritual STAGE.]

** NOTE.    The INSIGHT stage should start (based on the TSV model) 50 years before the omega point -- or about 2100 based on current technological/economic growth. 

S10. INSIGHT stage. Initial insight into  knowing of oneness of self, spirit and nature (nature mysticism). Basis of true morality or compassion - since you and I are one, I can no more kill you than cut off my own arm. Possible extra-sensory vision and expression.

In the Insight stage, there is a direct experience or knowing (insight) of oneness rather than the more intellectual approach found in the Rational-Integral stage.

S11 SUBTLE. The sense of self continues to expand to the subtle realm – deity mysticism. Conscious during our daily experience of the subtle realm – lucid dreaming.

S11. SUBTLE stage. Clairvoyant, extra sensory. Reached for brief periods by some meditators or shamans for spiritual or healing. While in this state, the illusion of space-time is lightly held.

S12. CAUSAL. The direct experience that I and God are one. Awareness continues even during deep formless sleep. We transcend form and embrace it as an expression of the one. Since we now see others and ourselves as one, our compassion and love for others is unlimited. 

S12. CAUSAL stage. Divine radiance, perfect ecstasy. Reached by great mystics like Jesus, Buddha, etc. Can change space time as desired, but desire for space-time "things" is minimal.

OMEGA POINT. Based on the acceleration of stage development – both historically and currently, TSV suggests that there will be an end or omega or transition point shortly after stage 12 – sometime in the next 100 -150 years – some fundamental and totally unpredictable change from our past development – as when heated water becomes gas.

 

 

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MAJOR TSV INSIGHTS

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS AND TRAGEDIES OF A WRONG VIEW

1.Stages. Humans and human culture develop in stages – each stage is based on and incorporates the previous one, but has a wider, deeper view. Thus we learn words before sentences and foraging and agriculture before industrial and informational technologies.

At each stage our sense of who we are is larger and more inclusive.

Until we reach integral – we think our stage is the right and best stage. (especially mythic)-- and we kill for it. (i.e. Crusades, Cortez, Iraq war, suicide bombers)

2. Acceleration. The pace of change of technology, economics and stage development is accelerating – from millions of years (language) to thousands (writing) to decades (internet). If current technology and economic projections hold true, then growth in the next century will increase an incredible 100 to 1000 times. To avoid global meltdown or blowup will require a huge increase in ethics, morals and vision – and will likely push us into a new spiritual era.

Ignoring the ecological effects of this acceleration could lead to global meltdown. Technology impacts have to be monitored and controlled by united world action.

 

3. Technology Drives Morality (or better - prepares the ground for a higher morality to flower). Historically, higher technology drives (or allows to expand and flourish) higher economics, society, culture, spirituality and morals – expanding our view of who/what is fully human and eliminating in turn cannibalism, slavery, and (in progress) racism and the patriarchy.

We revert to the "good old days" and condemn millions or billions to starvation, misery and death.

4. Rational Globalization sets the stage for Integral Spirituality. Increasing wealth and globalization are causing painful human disruptions and stressing the planet. However the answer is not to regress to simpler times (and let billions die), but to move though this painful growing stage.

Improved technology and wealth have saved billions from the suffering of starvation and extreme poverty -- even as the rich get even richer. Higher wealth also appears to stabilize population, create a wider view of who is "human" and provide a greater freedom and fairness in politics, law, and economics.

Finally, the rich are discovering that money can not buy happiness. It does, however, provide the incentive and the opportunity to seek true happiness in the spiritual.

Mao was evil and killed millions. Gandhi was holy and good.  However, Gandhi's mistaken utopian economic views kept his people mired in archaic caste and economic systems for decades – isolated from the refreshing breeze of global competition, new ideas, and economic growth. Until his policy was changed after 25 years, hundred of millions of Indians were kept in grinding poverty and millions starved and died just like the Chinese, people -- despite Gandhi's good intentions.

5. The Pre/Trans fallacy. This is the frequent confusion of pre-rational magic-mythic rituals, religions and consciousness with genuine trans-rational spiritual and mystical states consciousness. Ken Wilber calls this the pre/trans fallacy. In fact, true spirituality builds on, includes, but transcends the rational and personal.

The problem arose when the early rationalists in their rebellion against “daddy” church (not unlike most adolescents) condemned trans-rational spirituality as non- or pre-rational. But spiritual materialism leaves the human heart empty, and the anti-rational fundamentalists reverted to the old mythic church – also mistaking mythic pre-rational religion for true trans-rational spirituality.

Some pluralist greens make a similar mistake by yearning for the nice simple states before technology. A sort of romantic eco-naturism that leads to blindly moralistic anti-technology, anti-business, anti-globalism.

Reverting to a mythic-fundamentalist view leads to holy wars and repression of rational era freedoms.

 

 

Reverting to magic belief systems
and blindly rejecting life saving technology will condemn  billions to misery and early death. [Horticulture could only support a few million people.]

 

 

6. Integral. The rational-integral stage is still mind/ego based, but is the first stage that sees value in all the other stages. Like inner child work ("love your inner child, but don't let her drive the school bus"), the integral person values and respects all the lower stages as vital developmental parts of the whole. [However, an integral world government will not let those lower stages drive the "global school bus."]

Going back to the "good old days" is not an option.  We must go forward with intelligence, good will, and good view.  This is where the TSV or integral view is vital for the survival of the planet.

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