Guest Blog: Introducing The AQAL Cube. Part 2: The AQAL Cube in Integral Practice (by Lexi Neale)
November 04, 2009 16:35
A Note from Ken:
The following is one possible extension of the basic AQAL framework. Lexi presents it as the fundamental framework, whereas in my opinion it is but one of several possible extensions of the simpler, more fundamental framework, anchored in the present moment. But it won’t work as the fundamental framework because it puts too much stuff in to go all the way up, all the way down, and thus actually ends up leaving out important dimensions.
The reason these types of extensions are not fundamental is that 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person are not fundamental—what is fundamental is just the inside and outside of the individual and collective—those are the four quadrants. At red altitude, we introduce 1st-person; at amber, 2nd-nd person; at orange, 3rd-person; at green, 4th person; at teal, 5th-person; at turquoise, 6th-person; and at indigo, 7th-person. Those types of things are missed by “cube” approaches, which make 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-person fundamental at every level. At each of those higher levels, what is actually present is simply a variation on the inside and outside of the individual and collective, reflexively applied. Making “1st- , 2nd-, and 3rd- person” actually fundamental misses all of this; nor, in fact, do “1st- , 2nd-, and 3rd- person” go all the way down—only the inside and outside of the individual and collective go all the way down. Moreover, in making 3rd-person fundamental, the cube doesn’t even cover past orange vertically. Anyway, as I said, the “cube” approaches are certain extensions of the fundamental AQAL framework that cover a fairly narrow range of the full spectrum of all AQAL dimensions.
I’ve worked on several of these types of extensions myself, but haven’t presented them because they are, in fact, derivative of the simpler and more fundamental present-moment AQAL framework as I have presented it. Still, it is an interesting and useful extension in some ways, so it is offered here. In my mind, of course, it is definitely not Wilber-6, just a thoughtful extension of Wilber-5.
Introducing The AQAL Cube, Part 2: The AQAL Cube in Integral Practice
by Lexi Neale
Read Part 1 here.
In Part 1, the AQAL Cube was introduced in the cold, hard terms of Integral Theory, where it was presented as a fundamental model rather than as an extension of the AQAL Square; the Square being presented instead as a reduction of the Cube. Here in Part 2, the AQAL Cube is presented in the warmer, softer terms of practical application, where it has enjoyed a long cultural history as a fundamental model for various incarnations of Enlightenment Kosmology. Both the AQAL Square and AQAL Cube are Enlightenment Kosmologies in that they map the evolution of our awareness, through the process of Integral Life Practice, back to Ultra Violet / Clear Light. The AQAL Cube reveals an added dimension of Consciousness to this process.
In “Introducing The AQAL Cube”, posted on KenWilber.com June 12th, I showed how languages of the world conform in presenting our most fundamental consciousness perspectives, as the personal pronouns, in three sets of eight through the 1st, 2nd and 3rd persons. Not three squares, but three cubes, where the additional dimension was provided in differentiating the possessive from the non-possessive personal pronouns.
Ken Wilber described his initial research into the AQAL model in amassing all known categories of data. He began to find himself surrounded by four piles of paper, as four essential categories, which became the Four Quadrants. But the data he had accumulated was, by its very nature, tangible, empirical and third person, which lent itself to the four possessive quadrants (below) of the Cube. The corresponding four intangible, subtle and non-possessive categories of identity (above) remained elusive.
In its conventional use, the AQAL Square deals with the evolving structural processes we call Life. I proposed that involution, or Consciousness getting involved in gross structures as an AQAL process, is inseparable from evolution, or Life getting evolved as an AQAL process. They are two sides of the same coin, where AQAL Consciousness manifests as AQAL Life. The Life Quadrants, as gross structures and processes, are subject to death and disintegration; whereas the Consciousness Quadrants, as subtle identities inhabiting those structures, are subject to continuity and perpetuity. I subsequently proposed that the AQAL Cube is kosmologically fundamental to model the dynamic between Life and Consciousness, because the AQAL Square is a reduction or non-differentiation of that dynamic. Furthermore, I proposed that each of the three persons, each as an octave of personal pronoun perspectives, shows how that dynamic between Life and Consciousness operates in real life. In Part 2, I propose how this dynamic, as the AQAL Cube, fulfils the prerequisites of an Enlightenment Kosmology as a time-tested framework for Integral Life (/Consciousness) Practice. This now begs the question, what is Consciousness?
The AQAL Witness
To introduce the dynamic between Life and Consciousness in first-person experience, we must first understand the nature of Consciousness. Con-Sciousness, or “knowing with”, assumes a synthesis between a Knower and a Means of Knowing. There is only the One Knower, a.k.a. the Supreme Witness, or undifferentiated Knowing. In the AQAL Square the Supreme Witness resides in the Ultra Violet/Clear Light of the Upper Left Quadrant. This is a cast-in-concrete aspect of Integral Theory, which hardly lends itself to allowing the One Knower to occupy not only All Quadrants, but also All Levels of All Quadrants. But in the first person AQAL Cube, as the eight first-person possessive and non-possessive pronouns, our Con-Sciousness is “Witnessing-With” eight simultaneous perspectives. In our evolution, those eight perspectives have also transcended/included through a number of levels: Through levels of “I” to “I Am”, through levels of “Me” to “All Of Me”, through levels of “Us” to “All Of Us”, through levels of “We” to “We All”.
Fig. 1. The First Person Cube as AQAL Witness
In other words, if it is true that the Witness is our true seat of Knowing awareness, and that without the Witness there would be no awareness, then it is true that the Witness, as well as being Supreme/Ultra Violet, is also AQAL throughout the entire Spectrum of mistaken identities we have assumed in our evolution that include, but are not limited to, the Witness-as-Id, Witness-as-Ego, Witness-as-Soul and Witness-as-God on the Intuitive “I” Quadrant. All these mistaken or assumed identities are inevitable in our evolution, because an identity State results when the individual Witness, on whatever Quadrant or Level, identifies with whatever corresponding Structure it inhabits. And then that Structure enters the conspiracy by interpreting itself according to the assumed identity. For example, the Ego-as-Knower identity (Intuitive “I”) assumes that the corresponding Structure (Empirical “I”) it inhabits is its Means-of-knowing. But the Soul-as-Knower identity shifts towards Enlightenment when it realizes it also is a mere Means-of-knowing, and that the Universal Consciousness is the One True Knower. Wilber has clearly alluded to an AQAL Witness many times; but the AQAL Square, as a reduction of the AQAL Cube, was never able to differentiate and model it.
The first-person Cube maps the individual as an AQAL Witness. The second-person Cube shows how the AQAL Witness relates with other AQAL Witnesses; and the third-person Cube locates the AQAL Witness functioning in the arena of manifestation. These three octaves of Witnessing in an individual comprise an integral, evolutionary entity. Our individual progress towards Enlightenment, which is the actualization of our Integral Being and Knowing, is achieved by definition through Integral Life/Consciousness Practice. This would imply that the Enlightenment of any individual at any time in history would have been via Integral Practice (with the rare exception of spontaneous Enlightenment) usually under the guidance of an Enlightenment teacher.
Spontaneous Enlightenment and early-age Enlightenment (spiritual prodigies) cannot be explained by the AQAL Square model, but on the first-person AQAL Cube it becomes immediately clear that the Continuous Consciousness of an incarnating Witness can be mapped as a fact of Life for the reincarnating bodhisattva. If at the end of a life the “saint” is, in perpetuity, well into “Violet” in the Intuitive Quadrants, then the conscious choice of a next life could be through spiritually aware parents who can help fast-track that being’s Empirical Quadrants in the next incarnation. This is the on-going story of the Dalai Lamas. With my own Master, Prem Rawat, even by the age of three years old there is abundant archival footage of him delivering profound discourses about the need, nature and means for Enlightenment. This defies the usual timeframe of Fulcrum development in the Empirical Upper Left Quadrant, but when coupled with advanced development of the AQAL Witness in the first-person Intuitive Quadrants incarnation package, any type of precocious manifestation is immediately relatable.
Integral Life Practice in Cultural History
My introduction to Integral Practice was in 1972 when I met my Master Prem Rawat in India, at his home by the Upper Ganges in the Himalayan foothills. His home was also an ashram (“shelter”) housing a number of followers. I was struck by the utter tranquility and ease in which the entire place functioned. The daily routine was an ancient Hindu classic version of ILP: Meditation, Satsang (“company of Truth”) and Service; or the “I”, “We” and “It” as first, second and third person practices. Prem Rawat dissolved the ashram system two years later, saying that we needed to fully integrate with worldly life. This went down very badly with many Hindu traditionalists, but it indicated he took an Integral approach to Enlightenment (words he never uses).
Later, when I was working on the AQAL Cube, I realized how the Four Quadrants also mapped time as a clock, with the Interiors below the horizon from sunset to sunrise, the Exteriors above the horizon from sunrise to sunset, the Individual Period before Noon, and the Collective Period after Noon. In traditional Hindu ILP, time allotted for Meditation was before/during/after sleep (12 Midnight – 6 am); Service in the world (6am – 12 Noon); Service in the community (12 Noon – 6pm); Satsang through the evening (6pm – 12 Midnight). Every moment of every day was accounted for. The Enlightenment teacher who I feel re-established this regimen was the one who advocated the Sangha (the spiritual community), and the Dharma (including Raj Yoga) as inherited by Hindus, Taoists and Tibetans alike: Gautama Buddha. His Eightfold Path (Dharmachakra) divides the 24 hours into 8 Watches. I take the liberty to number the Watches according to their corresponding AQAL Cube perspectives. Note how each six-hour Quadrant is comprised of an Intuitive/Empirical pair.
Fig. 2. The Dharmachakra translated to AQAL Cube.
|1. “Intuitive I”, Understanding. |
2. “Empirical I”, Purpose.
3. “Intuitive We”, Absorption.
4. “Empirical We”, Mindfulness.
|5.“Me”, Speech. |
6. “My”, Action.
7. “Our”, Livelihood.
8. “Us”, Effort.
The (AQAL) Cube as a kosmological model in history
In the previous article I showed how each set of personal pronouns, for each of the three persons, is a cube of eight perspectives. This in itself is a linguistic kosmological model shared cross-culturally throughout history. When it comes to fundamental archetypes, there is nothing new under the Sun.
The Cube has featured many times in the past as the kosmological archetype, such as in the Tree of the Kabala with its Sephiroth perspectives. “Kabala” is a Semitic derivative of the Arabic “Kaaba”, meaning “Cube”; and “Kaaba Al Lah” (Kabala) meaning “Cube of God”. The Cube structure in the Kaaba at Mecca was supposedly built by Abraham, which itself means “The Brahmin”, so a lot of cross-culture was happening there.
But most notable is the cube of eight trigrams in Taoist kosmology; trigram perspectives that are generated in exactly the same was as the triplet polarities of the personal pronouns; trigram perspectives that when recombined as binary perspectives produce the 64 hexagrams (lattices) of the I Ching. Please note here that I am not referring to the “Red” altitude Oracle of King Wen, but prior to that when the unwritten Hexagrams were used freeform as a “Violet” altitude Enlightenment Kosmology. The AQAL Cube sheds a new light on that Taoist kosmology. Over 5000 years ago Fu Hsi, an Enlightenment teacher in the same mold as Lao Tzu, “saw” on the back of a turtle (turtles all the way down, all the way up) the eight trigrams arranged on its circle of eight plates. As we have seen with the Dharmachakra, the cyclic polarities (time) are synonymous with the spatial polarities of the Cube.
In the anonymous ancient Taoist treatise “The Secret Of The Golden Flower”, the eight stages of the breath cycle also follow this same sequence of trigram polarities.
Fig. 3. The Trigrams Cycle of the I Ching translated to the AQAL Cube.
As a cross-reference, here is how the traditional names of the trigrams compare to corresponding octants of the Dharmachakra:
And not to forget the New World, where the basic kosmological map of the Native Americans and Meso Americans are the Four Directions. Maybe Ken was subconsciously attuned to them when he amassed those four mountains of paper, because those Directions have the following kosmological attributes: East: the Individual Path of Vision Quest; South, the Outgoing Path of Life; West the Communal Path of Ancestors; North, the Ingoing Path of Spirit. Yes, the Four Quadrants! And each Direction has its own sacred Mountain, Ken! But a moment ago we were talking Eight. It just so happens that living in each of the Four Mountains (Life Quadrants) are the Four Talking Gods bestowing directional Wisdom (Consciousness). Yes, its all been done and said before. The human form as a potential Enlightenment vehicle has been anatomically functioning at its present capacity for at least a half a million years. It’s a very old story indeed. This story I tell in more detail in an upcoming book “The Seed Game, a kosmology of Enlightenment”.
ILP and the AQAL Cube
The fundamental goal of Integral Practice is to balance out the first, second and third person perspectives so that they can mutually evolve. As I said earlier, this traditionally played out as Meditation, Satsang and Service respectively. When employed successfully by true Enlightenment teachers, this also guaranteed the reclaiming of Shadow elements from third to first person as a prerequisite to Enlightenment. There’s nothing new there. But when the model gets expanded from the 4 perspectives of the AQAL Square to 3 x 8 = 24 perspectives of the AQAL Cube through the three persons, we have a lot more nuance to work with. I personally think that Enlightenment teachers in history also used the latter model, with its degree of complexity, because “Enlightenment structures” by definition do have that degree of complexity. By “Enlightenment structures” through the three persons we embrace everything from higher-level Consciousness States (Indigo on up) in all first-person Intuitive Quadrants, all the way to corresponding-level gross Structures of increasingly subtle processing, complex neurological rewiring, physiological shifts, and genetic components that come “on line” for the first time throughout the body during the Enlightenment process, in the third-person Upper Right Empirical Quadrants. This takes a lot of mapping, including that of the relationships between teacher and aspirants, and those within the spiritual community in question, in the second-person Cube.
For these reasons, I feel that the Human Consciousness Project, in eventually mapping all this via the AQAL Cubes, will work hand-in-glove with Ken Wilber’s ILP. It is inevitable. The Enlightenment process is Integral par ultima. Everything is included.
A very simple example of this mapping was given in Part 1, in regards to tracking the breath cycle as a transformative process through the first-person Individuals Quadrants “I”, “Me”, “My” and “I”. We can now apply that perspectival processing to ILP. Let us say that my Intuitive Self “I” has outgrown its present Level of identity, and is witnessing (identifying) its imperative to evolve to the next Level in an identity shift. My Empirical Self “I” is experiencing corresponding metabolic needs and psychological hungers to move to the next Fulcrum, and interprets the situation through its corresponding Levels of intelligence structures. It tries to meet and express those needs through the appropriate behavior of its organism, “My” Empirical Persona. Depending on whether everything goes according to plan, that those needs are correctly identified, interpreted and met, then my Intuitive Persona “Me” (the way I identify my Self) is either satisfied with the results of action or will prompt “My” Empirical Person into more appropriate action.
It is clear there is great potential for dysfunction and lack of integration between these Four first-person “Individuals” Quadrants, such as poor identification of the identity crisis (Intuitive “I”); poor information and intelligence to correctly interpret it (Empirical “I”); inappropriate behavior to deal with it (Empirical “My”); or poor identification of the so-called solution (Intuitive “Me”).
Ideally, the evolution of these binary perspectives through the Levels, such as between any two of those Four “Individuals” Quadrants, would be in perfect balance through the Levels of both Quadrants. In real life, however, we tend to meander between extremes until we learn to get it right. When we are “strung out” in an identity crisis, or going through a behavioral “wobbly”, this is literally the case:
Fig. 4. Balanced and meandering evolution through a binary perspective lattice.
A stabilizing factor would be to apply ILP as per Wilber on all Four first-person “Individuals” Quadrants and bring them into balance at a common altitude; and similarly with the other faces of the Cube.
The AQAL Cube as a philosophical model
I conclude this brief Introduction to the AQAL Cube, Part 2 with how it fulfils the basic philosophical tenets of an Enlightenment Kosmology. According to my Master, Socrates was also an Enlightenment teacher who introduced the three fundamentals of Integral Life Practice: Beauty, Goodness and Truth. Ken found a place for them in the AQAL Square as relating to the three persons “I”, “We” and “Its” respectively. In that regard, the three persons as three AQAL Cubes will be seen to flesh this out even more. But the AQAL Cube also has its own profound take on Beauty, Goodness and Truth, which emerged at the very outset of my developing the model.
As a meditator I was working on a T.O.E. model to equate Energy with Consciousness, all the way through the Spectrum, until pure, undifferentiated Energy, as Pure Unconsciousness, was realized as pure, undifferentiated Universal Consciousness in the Enlightenment experience. I therefore wanted to base the model on the human body, our vehicle of Enlightenment, as the microcosm realizing the macrocosm “made in God’s own Kosmic Image”.
I saw our “present awareness” as our individual evolving capacity to experience Universal Consciousness; an individual awareness with an expanding Identity, or Self-awareness, which I called the Intuitive Consciousness, as shown in Fig. 5, in Part 1. From its contracted “Infra Red” beginnings, our Intuitive Consciousness inhabits corresponding, disposable Energy vehicles as its Identity dilates through the Spectrum of Consciousness to “Ultra Violet”. By this time it begins to get the Non-Dual message that the entire Kosmos is merely a disposable Energy structure, just like the human body, through which Pure Energy is realized as Pure Consciousness. Now I had the model for a Kosmology, which would apply no matter where we are located on the Spectrum.
Our primal polarity as a Life Form occupied by a Consciousness State, can be represented by this very simple Kosmogram:
Fig. 5. In God’s Own Image.
Our mortal human form is the model for our mortal Kosmos. We assume six first person directions for our orientation. We stand on our vertical axis, holding our head Up and standing Down on our feet, facing Ahead, with our hands to our Right and Left. Ahead is the direction of our individual intentions; Behind are the collective ideals from where we came; to our Right (left brain) we differentiate our objective experience; to our Left (right brain) we integrate our subjective understanding; Up above we hold our Intuitive Identities, through which we evolve; and Down below we stand on our foundation of Empirical Structures, by which we evolve. Our Ahead/Behind axis is about our Direction; our Right/Left axis is about our Balance; and our Up/Down axis is about our Growth. The three axes form a Cube of Being (Quadrants below) and Knowing (Quadrants above), and intersect in our Center, our Within.
On the Directional axis, our Individual/Collective intentions lead us to the Goodness of who we are. On the Balance axis, our Objective/Subjective experiences lead us to the Truth of who we are. On the Growth axis, the evolution of our Identity through Form leads us to the Beauty of who we are. Our Goodness is ultimately Omnipotent; our Truth is ultimately Omniscient; and our Beauty is ultimately Omnipresent.
Fig. 6. Goodness, Truth and Beauty.
Through our individual Cube of Being and Knowing we evolve in six directions as the six faces of Spirit:
1. Below, the foundation on which we build our Empirical Structures, we manifest the Beauty of the Kosmos, as Life. She is symbolized by our planet Earth.
2. Behind, the collective womb out of which we all emerge, we inherit the unconditional Love of the Kosmos.
3. On the Right, through our objective experience, we obtain Knowledge of the Kosmos.
4. On the Left, through our subjectively integrating our experience, we become the Wisdom of the Kosmos.
5. Ahead, in choosing our individual direction, we orient ourselves to the Will or Purpose of the Kosmos.
6. Above, in identifying with Spirit, we become the creative Inspiration of the Kosmos, as Consciousness. She is the Creatrix, symbolized by the Moon.
7. Within is the Witness to all this. The Creator as Universal Consciousness, symbolized by the Sun.
Going back to Beauty, Goodness and Truth as the three axes of the Cube, we can now define them according to the six faces of Spirit: Beauty is Life with Consciousness, as realized in the practice of Meditation; Goodness is Love with Purpose, as realized through participating in Service; Truth is Knowledge with Wisdom, as realized in listening to the Satsang of the wise.
Fig. 7. The Seven Chakras.
The numbered sequence 1 – 7 is that of our Chakras, our seven faculties of conscious awareness. They comprise the entire psyche as the seven faces of Spirit. The Chakras are no mystery. They are simply the Consciousness interfaces between the Intuitive Domain and the Empirical Domain. They make the dirt frisky through the full Spectrum. I propose that it is through the Chakra interfaces that the Intuitive Consciousness occupies and orientates (Direction/Balance/Growth) the Empirical Structures it inhabits. The higher the Levels in the Intuitive Quadrants, more the Intuitive identity can fast track through the Empirical Fulcrums. Each of the three axes, 1 – 6, 2 – 5, 3 – 4, add to 7, the Crown Chakra, through which our integration ultimately takes place between Direction, Balance and Growth in the Enlightenment process.
As empirical beings we keep ourselves embedded and embodied in the physical realm by Inertia/Attachment (Beauty), Desire (Love) and Fear (Knowledge/Power) in the first three Chakras. This comprises our Ego complex. On the three axes of the Cube, through Inertia we lose our Growth; through Desire we lose our Direction; and through Fear we lose our Balance. In Integral Life Practice, we can use the Quadrants on each of the six faces of the AQAL Cube to provide an expansive framework on which to map an individual’s first, second and third-person lattices (discussed in Part1) and thereby evaluate our unique, individual configuration of Ego complex. This could prove to be a valuable therapeutic tool for ILP therapists and counselors. My experience is that the breath cycle (also discussed in Part 1) is crucial to integrate the Chakras as perspectives.
Looking again at the Seven Chakras Cube (Fig. 7) each of the eight perspectives is formed where three faces-as-Chakras come together. As with the personal pronoun triplets, it comes as no surprise that a conscious perspective is formed as a triplet interaction between three Chakras, one from each axis of the Cube (Direction, Balance and Growth). This is not a pseudo-effect of the model, but the way embodied Consciousness fundamentally orientates itself in a living vehicle.
In Fig. 8 it is apparent that each of the four diagonal axes, connecting two diametrically opposite perspectives on the Cube, involve all the Chakras 1 – 7. These four important binary perspectives represent four all-Chakra paths of integration.
Fig. 8. All-Chakra Binary Perspectives.
The four all-Chakra binary perspectives are key to integrating the Intuitive Quadrants with the Empirical Quadrants, and are therefore key to AQAL Cube ILP for integrating the Chakras. For example, a person with a perspective bias in the Intuitive Self “I” (# 1, Chakras 4,5,6) can find balance by developing the Social Persona “Our” (# 8, Chakras 1,2,3) as a means of grounding. This path was taught by the Avatar Krishna as floating like a lotus in the Sun (“I) while rooted deep in the mud of worldly existence (“Our”). The next diagonal integrates the Inter-proximate Self “We” (# 3, Chakras 2,4,6) with the Empirical Persona “My” (# 6, Chakras 1,3,5). This path was Buddha’s doctrine of integrating the Sangha (“We”) with the Dharma (“My”). The next diagonal integrates the Intuitive Persona “Me” (#5, Chakras 3,5,6) with our Cultural Self “We” (#4, Chakras 1,2,4). This is the classic path of a culture hero “Me” righting wrongs and establishing rights “We”, the servant-leader in each of us as exemplified by Mohammed. Lastly, the fourth diagonal integrates the Inter-distal Persona “Us” (#7, Chakras 2,3,6) with the Empirical Self “I” (#2, Chakras 1,4,5). This is the way taught by Jesus, of love your neighbor as your self, where we apply our individual experience “I” to improving our social awareness “Us”. Those four Avatars were high-profile Enlightenment teachers whose individual approaches were nevertheless Integral Life Practice formats.
As mentioned earlier, the breath cycle (spiral) is also key to integrating the Chakra-perspectives. Awareness of breath (spira) in Chakra 1 leads to Breath-awareness as Spirit in Chakra 7. “The Secret Of The Golden Flower” is very explicit about this, and also about the need of guidance from an enlightened Master.
All this leads us to yet another lost Enlightenment Kosmology: the Cubic Die. Like temple virgins reduced to temple prostitutes, the dice rolled in gambling joints around the world are all identical, in that they bear the same configuration of spots on their faces: 1 – 6, 2 – 5, 3 – 4. This is not a coincidence, but a testament to the one-time universality of that kosmology. The Cube, as one of Plato’s primary solids, represented Earth, the material plane, and the body. The human form contained the key to Enlightenment. Common salt, as a cubic crystal, was given that same alchemical symbolism. As a cubic die, the message was that life, as a crapshoot played out in this green arena, nevertheless could throw us a “lucky 7”. I was certain that there was a way to roll a “7” with an equal probability to the other six, and I asked my math friends to figure it out, without any luck. Then one night I had a dream of solving it, but the next morning left me clueless. A few weeks later it came back to me – where else but in the bathtub! Eureka! Using a single die, a “7” is obtained in either two or three throws.
In conclusion, what is this Non-Dual place (Chakra 7) in the center of the Cube – the Within? The anonymous great Sage who wrote “The Secret Of The Golden Flower” described it as the Square Inch House in the Square Foot Field. More appropriate here would be the Cubic Inch Altar in the Cubic Foot Temple, in the center of our head. The three axes of our head extend between the eyes (Direction), between the ears (Balance) and through the parietal foramen at the crown of our head (Growth). They intersect exactly at the pineal gland, which is the seat of our Attention/Witness. In deep absorption meditation we center on the pineal via the three axes: Seeing Ahead what will coalesce as the Inner Light of Pure Energy; Hearing Right and Left the Inner Sound of Pure Energy; and Feeling the inner Breath (Spira) of Pure Energy (Spirit) rise up Vertically through the spinal canal into the brain’s ventricles surrounding the pineal. Here is where the amplitude, polarity and frequency of Pure Energy become Emptiness, Stillness and Silence; where Pure Energy is realized as Pure Consciousness in an imploding experience called Enlightenment.
Our inner Cube expands through the Spectrum as a bubble of Awareness, from its center of Pure Energy to its boundlessness as Pure Consciousness. Finally our bubble, that diaphanous Kosmic rainbow memebrane within which we evolved, pops. . . and we realize we were Already There.
“Introducing The AQAL Cube Perspectives” by Lexi Neale, KenWilber.com guest blog, (June 12th 2008). “Integral Life Practice” by Ken Wilber, Integral Books (2008). “The Secret Of The Golden Flower” (Anon), translated by Richard Wilhelm. Harvest Books.
’66 – ’69 B.Sc. Zoology and Psychology, London University. ’72 – Integral Life Practice with Prem Rawat. Now completing an inter-active, self-evaluating Enlightenment Kosmology called The Seed Game, at the core of which is the AQAL Cube a.k.a. Integral Cube. The AQAL Cube, with its “quasi-infinite” permutations of Kosmic Address, is also a potential model for the Human Consciousness Project. Contact him at email@example.com
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