Comparative Models of Human Development*

 

 

EcoSelves
Sean Hargens

 

 

Self-Identity
“Who Am I” 

Susan Cook-Greuter

 

Structures of the Mind
Gebser/Aurobindo**

Ascended Master’s 
Soul Development
Prophet/Silver***

Nature
& Soul

Plotkin

Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow

 

 

Super Mind

 

“Origin”
The Divine One

 

Spirit

 

 

 

Over Mind

Unio Mystica

Reunion of
Soul-Christ Self-I AM Presence

 

 

 

Eco-Sage:
One with living nature/earth; sacredness & compassion for all life; Interspecies communication; awareness of archetypes & nature spirits.

Ego-Aware: Witness self; aware of but not fully identified with ego. Compassion for evolution and the joy and suffering of life.

Illumined
Mind

 

Embodied Radiant Presence of 
Higher Christ Mind  transforming the World.

Communing with Deity Realms.

 

The Sage in the Mountain Cave
Late Elderhood

Task:
Tending the Universe

Gift:
Grace

Center of Gravity:
Cosmos/Spirit

 

Further Reaches of Human Potential

“Study the Mystics!”
 -Maslow

 

Eco-Integralist: Earth as a living conscious being; global awareness;  responsible to whole & parts; Interspecies communication

 

Construct Aware:
Aware of self as a story, as a fiction and ongoingly created. Focus on conscious awareness & transformation.

Late Integral

 

 

Higher Self or Christ Self becomes One with Ego as embodied
“Second Coming”

Fulfills Divine Plan/Soul Purpose

 

 

Master in the Grove of Elders
Early Elderhood

Task:
Caring for the Soul of the more-than-human community

 

 

Self-Transcendence

Service to something greater than self.

Aesthetics & Wisdom highly valued

 

Eco-Holist: Honors and values all perspectives; conflicting truths held together; Diversity celebrated.

Autonomous: Awareness and integration of sub-personalities into a complex core self-identity. 

 

 

Early Integral

 

Balancing Karma through World Service &
Sacred Practices

Gift:
Wholeness

Center of Gravity:
The Web of Life

 

 

 

 

 

Eco-Radical: Liberation of all humans and animals from greed; participation & team work valued; consensus prized in decision making.

 

Individualist: Aware of multiple perspectives & unique subjective reality. Experience of many selves in multiple contexts.

Pluralistic

 

Development
of Higher
Rational Mind.

Christ Self teaches
Ego-Soul Personality.

Ego in service
to Soul & Spirit.

Soul Purpose offered in service to the world.

 

 

Artisan in the Wild Orchard
Late Adulthood

Task:
Manifesting innovative ways of delivering soulwork

Gift:
Seeds of Cultural Renaissance

Center of Gravity:
Giveaway as artform

 

 

 

Self-Actualization:

Fulfilling one’s true purpose.

“What a human can be, they
must be.”

-Maslow

Creativity, spontaneity,
lack of prejudice.

 

 

Eco-Strategist: Rational approach to environment; technology to enhance standard of living; good life sought; life is a game – win or lose.

 

Conscientious:  Formal operations; focus on objective measurable reality, laws, goals, plans. System effectiveness, rules craft logic.

Rational

 

Developing Rational Mind/Ego seeks to
serve
Soul Purpose.

 

Mastering
 the
Ego & Four Lower Bodies.

 

Balancing Karma as
Christ Self emerges.

The Apprentice at the Well Spring
Early Adulthood

Task:
Learning systems for embodying soul in culture

Gift:
Visionary action & Inspiration

Center of Gravity:
Cultural Depths

 

 

 

 

Self-Esteem

Respected by others; respect for others.

 

 

 

Eco-Manager: Stewardship approach to environment; order and law – divine or state; nature managed for human bounty; moralistic tone.

 

 

Self-Conscious: Discovery of personhood separate from group; embedded in correct view given by authority figures. Craft logic rules norms.

 

Mythic

 

Soul Personality
initiated into the Mysteries.

 

Purification and Development
of
Four Lower Bodies

while
balancing karma.

Wanderer in the Cocoon
Late Adolescence

Task:
Leaving home & exploring the Mysteries

Gift:
Mystery & Darkness

Center of Gravity
The Underworld, the Realm of Soul

 

 

 

Self-Esteem
Confidence & achievement

 

 

Conformist: Norms rule needs; Self valued as belonging to and adhering to group norms, authority, and approval

Mythic

 

Soul Personality Development.

Adopting Family & Cultural Values
&

Development & Purification of the Four Lower Bodies
while balancing karma

Thespian at the Oasis
Early Adolescence

Task:
Creating a secure & authentic social self

Gift:
Fire

Center of Gravity:
Peer group, sex & society

 

Love
&
Belongingness

Friendship & family

Eco-Warrior:
Heroic approach to environment; self over system. Leadership by power and strength.

 

Eco-Guardian: Return to lost paradise; tribal; magic or unseen forces; signs, omens; Angels, Councils, Shamans

Self-Protective: Egocentric, focus on own needs, self-interest, self-protection; might makes right. Needs rule impulse

 

Late Magic

 

 

 

 

Early Magic

Early
Ego & Soul Personality
Formation
&
Family
Formation.

 

 

Soul Development
through Inner Teachings.

 

Explorer in
the Garden
Middle Childhood

Task:
Discovering the natural world and learning cultural ways

Gift:
Wonder

Center of Gravity:
Family & Nature

 

 

Love
&
Belongingness

Intimacy

 

Self
is not separate from nature.

 

Archaic

 

 

Dharmic
&
Karmic

Soul Descends
Merged with Environment

Emergence 
of the 
I or Ego

 

Innocent in the Nest:
Infancy to Early Childhood

Task:
Maintaining Innocence

Gift:
Luminous Presence

Center of Gravity: 
Spirit

 

 

 

Physiological
&
Safety

Food, Water, Warmth,
Security and health of body

 

 

*The different developmental models in this chart are categorized for comparison by approximation only for each stage within each model.

** The Structure of the Mind/Consciousness Model is a hybrid of Jean Gebser & Sri Aurobindo created by Ken Wilber.

*** The Ascended Masters Soul Development Model was created by Rich Silver based on the spiritual teachings of Elizabeth Clare Prophet.