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KEN WILBER,
JOSEPH CAMPBELL, &
THE MEANING OF LIFE

How Two Great Thinkers Collaborate to Give Us
The Ultimate Hero's Journey of Personal Growth & Human Development

Installment #3:
System #7 -- Evolution & Involution

Hugh & Kaye Martin

Hugh & Kaye Martin's new book presents a unique, new way of viewing personal growth and human development. In this series, Integral World presents excerpts from the Advanced Version, Volume 1 -- sections of the book that were omitted from IW's previously-published Introductory Version -- because they are more complex, more speculative, or more controversial than the rest of the book.

Ken Wilber's terms 'Evolution & Involution,' 'Height & Depth,' 'U-Shaped Pattern,' and 'Transcend & Include' from Integral Psychology. How do these terms square with the Martin's new ADAPT Model? Those features are consolidated into a major form of growth, which likewise is called 'Evolution & Involution.'

Evolution & Involution[1] are the twin processes by which Directional Growth takes place: Evolution occurs in an 'Ascending' Direction. Involution occurs in a 'Descending' Direction. These excerpts explain these terms and show some important ways they impact your life:

  • The Ascending Direction (upward and outward). Where we direct our growth toward Achievement, Psychological Maturity, Aliveness, and Enlightenment.
  • The Descending Direction (downward and inward). Where we direct our growth toward Fulfillment, Authenticity, Grounding, and Compassion.
  • Life Trajectories. Where we show how Evolution & Involution are played out over the course of a lifetime -- with a transition between the two that is often characterized by a wrenching Mid-Life Crisis.
  • The Transcend & Include Cycle. A special case of Evolution & Involution. We normally grow through a process of Evolution -- unless impeded by a pernicious Shadow Self. Through a process of Involution, the Shadow Self is incorporated back into our personality, so that normal Evolution Growth may resume.
  • To show you how the processes of Evolution & Involution help people to grow, we present two case studies:
    • Ransome -- The cut-throat businessman, plagued by migraines and depression, who breaks through his mental prison and rediscovers his feisty, loveable Inner Child.
    • The Prophet Moses -- The Prince of Egypt, who is plunged into a Mid-Life Crisis, when God orders him to return to Egypt to confront a raging Pharaoh and lead his people to the Promised Land.

NOTES

[1] The process of Evolution & Involution applies Ken Wilber's terms to the subject of Human Development. It does not purport to describe the full implications of Wilber's concepts.

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