Shadow to Spirit: A Developmental Exploration

Shadow to Spirit: A Developmental Exploration

Kim Barta MA & Terri O’Fallon PHD

Practitioners can use the STAGES developmental model in flexible and practical ways. Psychotherapists, coaches and spiritual guides are able to target the presenting developmental level of their clients, their shadow and their leading edge in the moment and select appropriate interventions to match. This increases the efficiency and efficacy of interventions.

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The Senses: Demystifying Awakening

The Senses: Demystifying Awakening

Integral Theory Conference July 2013, San Francisco, USA

Abstract: Our humble senses, derivatives of space and time, can be seen as the fertilized egg of Awakening. Our earliest insights from the senses arrive as states, and these sensorial roots can grow into the mystical experience of God. This paper will bring a laser focus to the senses and how they develop, related to a recent research initiative, StAGES, that demonstrates how quadrants, levels, lines, states, and types express in repeating patterns, and provide the engine of development. Our senses give rise to both development and spirituality, which precede states and perspectives, allowing us to demystify our notions of enlightenment.

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StAGES: Growing up is Waking up—Interpenetrating Quadrants, States and Structures

StAGES: Growing up is Waking up—Interpenetrating Quadrants, States and Structures

Introduction
Many significant movements have graced humanity through its journey from its beginning to the present. While they are all important, there are several that seem to serve in fundamental ways.
The great mystical traditions, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, have influenced our human family for 2000 years or more, their practices surviving by handing down the teachings and practices from generation to generation, to this very day (Smith, 1989). These traditions seemed to focus on particular areas that make us uniquely human: the areas of awareness and states.

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The Evolution Of The Human Soul: Developmental Practices in Spiritual Guidance

May 3, 2010
Revised, March, 2015

Chapter One: Roots and Branches
Overview:
Spiritual direction as a profession has expanded and grown throughout the centuries and most spiritual lineages have directors, guides and/or soul friends to support the laity (Empereur, p. 23). As a field, it continues to grow and develop, adding the insights from other knowledge areas and expanding its reach to all spiritual paths. The work herein simply falls into that continued expansion by further exploring the integration of the understanding and research of adult developmental levels with spiritual direction practices.

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