Ken Wilber – Evolutionary Dynamics
If you’re on a path of self-development. you may be witnessing the state of the world today and wondering how this is possible.
How, with all that is known about human development and potential, is the world still in such a deep state of turmoil and conflict?
How is it possible that we’re capable of exploring our solar system, inventing the internet, and decoding our DNA, but we can’t solve our more fundamental global problems—like hunger, poverty, and armed conflict?
There are obviously deeper issues that prevent us from solving the wide array of problems we all face.
If you’re familiar with Ken’s work, you may already know some of the evolutionary dynamics that are influencing these issues.
The truth is, whether we are aware of these subtle evolutionary forces or not, they shape our world-views and our societies. They influence every action we take. They shape our individual lives and our communities.
The discovery of these evolutionary dynamics is one of the most important insights into human nature in modern history and has profound implications for our future if we can learn to how to harness these forces to accelerate our development and affect greater change in our world.
Throughout history, humans have discovered new possibilities and technologies through focused inquiry into the principles of nature.
For example, the discovery of optics led to the the creation of microscopes and telescopes. This opened up breakthroughs in medicine and a deeper understanding of our universe.
The discovery of electricity gave us light and technology. This made the modern world and digital revolution possible.
Each time we discover more about the deeper structures of our reality, we unlock greater capacities to generate change, in ourselves and in the world around us.
Consider the discovery of the Tradewinds…
Just consider, as one example of the power of understanding natural forces, the discovery of the trade winds. These are the winds that blow in consistent patterns over the surface of our planet.
When pioneering mariners first discovered these winds, they revolutionized life on Earth and began what historians call, “The Age of Sail.” This was the dawn of international trade and travel. The world’s great civilizations began to encounter one another in both conflict and cooperation.
It revealed new territories, new opportunities, and new risks. And it fundamentally changed the fate of life on earth. For better or worse, individual lives, regional economies, and even entire nations were irreversible transformed.
And the advantage was in the hands of those who truly understood the Tradewinds. Once a mystery, the ocean winds, became an ally to those who learned to work with them.
The evolutionary dynamics of human growth and development are much like those ocean trade winds…
Once discovered and mastered, they can allow you to reshape your path and your destiny, and contribute to the transformation of life on earth.
Harvard Studies on Self-Evolution
Robert Kegan, professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at Harvard Graduate School is a pioneering researcher on the forefront of this discovery.
He first presented the idea of self evolution in his 1982 book, The Evolving Self. According to Kegan, self evolution means to take responsibility for your internal authority. To establish your own values and ideologies, independent of those you’ve been handed by culture and by society as a whole.
In Kegan’s work at Harvard, his research revealed the specific stages or “orders” of conscious we all grow through, and they are truly fascinating.
Robert Kegan’s Orders of Consciousness
Order Zero is the order you are born into. This is when you live in an “objectless world.” Everything is taken in with your senses and perceived as an extension of yourself. The only things that exist to you, are what you are seeing and experiencing in the moment.
Order One is called “Meaning Making” and occurs around age two. This is where you begin to realize you can control your own reflexes. You can recognize that there are things that exist outside yourself, even when you can’t see them. And while you start to make meaning of your experiences, your thoughts and feelings tend to be illogical and impulsive. You become attached to whatever or whoever is present in your environment at any given time.
Order Two is “The Instrumental Mind,” and is where you begin to think and behave in more logical and organized ways. You begin creating internal classifications of ideas, objects, and people Your feelings are capable of lasting beyond the moment, and you rely more on rules, boundaries, and directions You also begin to have greater clarity about who you are and what you want, as well as developing skills for competition and compromise.
.Order Three marks the arrival of “The Socialized Mind.” This is where you become capable of more complex and abstract thoughts and feelings. You’re able to make and keep commitments to people, communities and ideas. You now look to others to provide you with validation, love, direction and encouragement. You are also capable of providing those same experiences for others. According to Kegan, most adults will not develop beyond this stage.
Order Four, “The Self-Authoring Mind” is a stage that very few people in this generation will evolve into because it requires a “quantum leap” to a new level of autonomy and awareness beyond the comfort and safety of society and community. Understanding evolutionary dynamics is the key to opening up that world.
“The Self-Transforming Mind” is the pinnacle of human development and is yet another “leap” to a new level of awareness and possibility. Your capacity for connection becomes so deep that the lines between you and others and the universe itself begin to dissolve. You see beyond ideas of self and systems entirely and experience the flow of evolution through your being, allowing you to transform yourself in accordance with your will. According to Kegan, even few people reach this stage in their life time.
Commit to the Journey of Self-Authoring
Robert Kegan’s research suggests that those who are able to grow through self-authorship and into self transformation will be able to shape not only themselves, but humanity’s future.
This evolutionary development first requires you to tap into your own capacities to craft your own authentic narrative and rewrite your own life story.
Once this capacity is integrated, and you understand how the process of development really works, you can then consciously take the reins of your own evolution to guide it in the direction of your highest potentials.
And this is why a deep understanding of Evolutionary Dynamics is so profound. Just as an author might use an understanding of language to shape a novel, you will use your understanding of evolution to shape your life.
And, Kegan’s research is just the tip of the iceberg… Hundreds of developmental researchers from around the world have confirmed and expanded upon his conclusions.
One of those researchers is Ken Wilber. He’s spent the last 30 years compiling and organizing the vast amount of evidence, scattered across near every major discipline related to human growth and development.
From this deep study and inquiry he devised a cohesive framework that integrates all major research about human growth and development into a unified system.
This system has come to be known as Integral Theory (AQAL). And, while many people have a general understanding of the framework, very few people have full integrated and mastered it. So Ken and his team have pulled together his life’s work in this definitive advanced training designed to help you cultivate mastery of this developmental framework to accelerate your self-transformation and make a greater impact in the world.
A Five-Volume Advanced Training
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Evolutionary Dynamics is the most comprehensive, in-depth study of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory ever created. This five-volume advanced program guides you, step-by-step, through each of the lenses of the Integral Framework, giving you an incredible opportunity to gain a Masters-level understanding of the evolutionary dynamics that shape your life and our whole reality.
Once you fully understand and have deeply integrated the interplay of these dynamics in your day-to-day experience, you will no longer be at the whim and will of those forces and can instead channel them to create lasting impact in every area of your own life and in our world.
Over the 18 months of the program, you will discover how to truly see those dynamics at work in every moment of your own life and in the lives of family, friends and colleagues, enabling you to more quickly adapt to new situations, learn new skills, and leverage new opportunities when they arise.
The program will provide you with everything you’ll need to cultivate and actualize your highest potentials and help others around you do the same.
With this expanded awareness, that you can to call upon for the rest of your life, a whole new vistas of possibility will open up for you and you will have the capacity to truly become the architect of your own self-transformation.