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IT IS THE • perception of the moment by moment 

sensory experience - of our species evolutionary

interaction with NATURE, over the last 40 millennia

- which has underpinned the reality of our various

individual and collective belief systems. IT IS the

evolution of those belief systems which was first

mapped by  Dr. Clare Graves as Spiral Dynamics

and subsequently honed by Don Edward Beck into

Spiral Dynamics Integral (SDi) as a core technology

of the Center for Human Emergence.





The world is in crisis and transformation. Now, our civilization has the opportunity to evolve its thinking.


We are beginning to realise that the old ways of competition and 'survival of the fittest' are not sustainable for individuals, businesses, or the planet.

NO RESPECT for your environment -



Nature may be our most qualified life coach, with millions of years of experience in creating sustainability. It's time to look to Her wisdom for some answers. It's time to do something different; the evolution occurs when we try smarter - not harder!







CONSCIOUSNESS is the source of MIND

                                                   Deepak Chopra - "Definition of Spirituality" Urban Zen

"consciousness and memory in the brain are arranged as a

hologram and even more astounding universe is a hologram "



"nothing in politics makes sense except in the light of cultural evolution"


What IS - ABSOLUTELY required - IS


"A new form of agreement that transcends the horizontal left/right continuum"


The goal of ICE's proposed synthesis platform is to articulate a fresh political

position that moves in a "vertical" dimension above the current state of

paralysis, transcending the horizontal continuum of left and right, where

politics are perceived within a simplistic "winning or losingframe of reference

To accomplish this goal ICE's synthesis platform must incorporate the 

essential strengths of each of the major perspectives that currently exist

within the American body politicThis requires the ability to see

and understand the healthy and thus enduringly necessary aspects

of America’s conflicting political positions.


The political “synthesis” that ICE envisions must go beyond merely

showing respect for each position; IT IS NOT a matter of simply

"brokering policy compromises between political tribes." Rather, the

synthesis platform must demonstrate a previously unconsidered perspective

that effectively transcends the current conflict by better integrating and

harmonizing the fundamental truths of each ideological camp. 



“You must unlearn what you have been ‘programmed ’ to believe from birth. That software no longer serves you if you want to live in a universe where all things are possible.”   -Jacqueline E. Purcell


EVOLUTION  [rise of consciousness 

RISE of consciousness  []  UNION affected






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Comment by Michael Grove on January 31, 2013 at 22:38

ZEN teaches the insight of the Buddha, that meditation brings an end to suffering. As esoteric as this may sound, it's an empirical fact. Ordinary people meditate and find their experience—their entire world—transformed. The poetry of their language is not myth, but an effort to do justice to their experience. When you taste the deep clear intelligence at the heart of being, nothing is left untouched.

Comment by Michael Grove on February 17, 2013 at 12:41

Consciousness may be an emergent phenomenon that showed up 12 billion years after the first Big Bang. Yet, an even more striking possibility is that proto-consciousness came into being along with other basic cosmic constituents shortly after the Big Bang occurred.

Consciousness would then not be an accidental “add on” that never quite fits in a material universe, but instead would be a primary feature of the universe that occurs at all levels of reality, right down to that of quarks.

                            - Michael Zimmerman

The world is in crisis and transformation. Now, our civilization has the opportunity to evolve it's thinking. We are beginning to realize that the old ways of competition and "survival of the fittest" are not sustainable, for individuals, businesses, or the planet. Nature may be our most qualified life coach, with millions of years of experience in creating sustainability.

It's time to look to Her wisdom for some answers. It's time to do something different!

The evolution occurs when we try smarter- not harder!


Comment by Michael Grove on February 26, 2013 at 15:24

What Is Evolution?

Whenever I explain what evolution is, I say simply this: Evolution is a cosmic process that is going somewhere in and through time. And we are all part of that process. This simple fact is potentially life-transforming, but it's also hard to grasp at a deep level. The process that created us is moving. We tend to see the world around us as static. But it's not. It's going somewhere. We're going somewhere. Awakening to this truth about all of manifestation changes the way we see the world around us and our place in it. The biggest and most important part of this awakening is that we discover our power to affect where the process that created us is going. We realize the ultimate reason for our own existence: to be a spiritual hero, to boldly take responsibility for the future of the process itself.

                                                                                                                   —Andrew Cohen

Comment by Michael Grove on March 18, 2013 at 17:11

What have become so important, as we have started to create an East-West integration, are the relative aspects of consciousness. And these relative aspects have to do with how you interpret that absolute experience of consciousness. What are the different ways of interpreting spiritual experience? For this we find that there are developmental components, or stages, associated with the types of shared values that we have as cultures and with the types of values and worldviews that we hold as individuals as well.

One of the easiest ways to understand these shared interpretations is through the names that were given to them by Jean Gebser, who was a real pioneer in the mid twentieth century in looking at the evolution of these relative structures of consciousness. He called the stages archaic, magic, mythic, rational, pluralistic, integral, and higher. So you can have a full-blown satori, or consciousness experience, but depending on where you are in this developmental scale, you’ll interpret it according to different values.

You can interpret it in a magical, or egocentric, fashion: “I and I alone have this pure consciousness.” You can interpret it in a mythic, or traditional, value structure, which is the next major stage, and believe that this experience is given just to one group, one people, or one chosen tribe. You can experience it in a modern, or rational, fashion. You can experience it in a pluralistic, or postmodern, fashion. And you can experience it in an integral, or post-postmodern, fashion. These are all relative aspects of consciousness. And what you and I are particularly looking at is the importance of a full enlightenment being an experience of both absolute and relative consciousness.

Comment by Michael Grove on May 29, 2013 at 9:01

At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the notion that the evolutionary process is ultimately driven by a spiritual impulse is continuing to gain traction, with a growing number of progressive philosophers, scientists, and mystics exploring its implications.

To many, it is simply a compelling philosophy, uniting the revelations of science and spirituality in a way that no other theory can. But others, like Aurobindo before them, are beginning to reach beyond a theoretical discussion to wonder: What might human life and culture look like if we fully took to heart the reality of this view?

Freed from the mythic dogmatisms of premodern religion, transcending the materialistic biases of modern scientific thought, and liberated from the narcissistic self-absorptions of postmodernity, what kind of new world could human beings aligned with the trajectory of a spiritually evolving cosmos actually create?

Comment by Michael Grove on June 28, 2013 at 13:25

We Seek a New Consciousness

To overcome the problems and crises of our fragmented world we also need a new consciousness. Culture and consciousness must evolve in step. If we are to become coherent and one with each other and with the world, all-embracing love must become a basic feature   of our consciousness.

                                                                       Ervin Laszlo

Comment by Michael Grove on June 29, 2013 at 6:29

The Consciousness of All-Embracing Love

Sixteen hallmarks of the new consciousness

  1. I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.

  2. I am part of nature, and nature is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with all living things. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the web of life on the planet.

  3. I am part of society, and society is part of me. I am what I am in my communication and communion with my fellow humans. I am an irreducible and coherent whole with the community of humans on the planet.

  4. I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism: mybody, and its cells and organs are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and developing in interaction with everything around me.

  5. I am one of the highest, most evolved manifestations of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the universe. All systems drive toward coherence and wholeness in interaction with all other systems, and my essence is this cosmic drive. It is the same essence, the same spirit that is inherent in all the things that arise and evolve in nature, whether on this planet or elsewhere in the infinite reaches of space and time.

  6. There are no absolute boundaries and divisions in this world, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence- and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent. Beyond my body other relations gain prevalence: those that drive toward coherence and wholeness in society and in nature. 

  7. The separate identity I attach to other humans and other things is but a convenient convention that facilitates my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much “me” as the organs of my body. My body and mind, my family and my community are interacting and interpenetrating variously prevalent elements in the network of relations that encompasses all things in nature and the human world ...

Comment by Michael Grove on December 4, 2018 at 14:08

Understanding what consciousness is,

and why and how it evolved, is perhaps

the greatest mystery known to science.

Comment by Michael Grove on September 13, 2021 at 18:32

Emerging Into The Conscious Realm

The term most often used is ‘emergent,’ which describes the place where unconscious properties are birthed into the conscious realm. It is a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties individually. When we apply this concept to human social systems, we begin to recognise the importance of thinking collectively, as well as individually. This can be difficult in a culture that emphasizes the power of the individual over the collective.

Vladimir Vernadsky used the term ‘Noosphere to describe the sphere of human thought as a distinct realm that shapes the physical world and thus the life-forms that inhabit it. In Vernadsky‘s theory of how the Earth develops, the noosphere is the third in a succession of phases, after the geosphere (inanimate matter) and the biosphere (biological life). Just as the emergence of life fundamentally transformed the geosphere, the emergence of human cognition fundamentally transforms the biosphere.

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