Glossary

  • AQAL: Ken Wilber’s Integral theory, AQAL is an acronym for “All Quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, and all types.”
  • Awakening: 1) The lifelong process of growing and maturing into who we are. 2) In the iConscious model, a stable shift into the deeper inclusiveness of Chapter 7, Chapter 9, or Chapter 13.  3) A temporary “state” experience that opens or expands one’s awareness in any or more domains.
  • Being: The totality of existence, non-existence, and the experience of all beings.
  • Body: The physical human organism, including its structure, responses, processes, and movements.
  • Chapters: In the iConscious model, defined steps of growth in the Development direction.
  • Consciousness: In Phase 1, consciousness is first realized in chapter 7 as the subject of all experience; the awareness that registers what we’re aware of. In Phase 2, consciousness is known as the subjective essence, but now is seen as non-separate from objects, even while subject/object experience persists. In Phase 3, consciousness and experience are known as singular.
  • Design: The domain of human type and uniqueness. This includes our DNA, and all other elements that make us unique, including our personality and all its manifestations.
  • Domains: The five primary arenas of human experience (Consciousness, Design, Emotion, Mind, and Body) that span the range of subtlety from personal through transpersonal and together comprise our WholeBeing.
  • Development: The dimension of growth, maturity, and evolution, characterized by increasing awareness, embodiment, and skill in all domains.
  • Dual: The first phase in the Development domain of the iConscious model, in which life and self are experienced as partial, fractured, confining, and disconnected.
  • Emotion: In the iConscious model, the domain of energetic feeling-sensations; such as love, anger, fear, joy, etc. (see Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions). Emotions are deeply connected with thoughts and physical sensations according to our design.
  • Field: The boxes in the iConscious model created by the intersections of the Domains and the Chapters. Each Field also contains the 4 Views, whether shown or not.
  • Gross: On the scale of subtlety (represented by the vertical axis in the iConscious model), gross refers to the most manifest, material, tangible aspects of physical form.
  • Integral: A term Ken Wilber used to describe his integrative framework and perspective. We use the term WholeBeing in a similar way.
  • Levels: Same as Stages in the language of other systems; steps of maturation and development. Our Chapters are like levels, but are defined differently than in other systems and are shown horizontally.  
  • Lines: In Wilber’s Integral theory, Lines are types of intelligences, such as cognitive, emotional, kinesthetic, etc. Lines in Integral theory are found within the Domains in the iConscious model.
  • Mind: In the iConscious model, the domain of Mind includes thoughts, ideas, voices, and images that appear in our inner experience.
  • Nondual: A description often used by spiritual teachers of the experience of life after the dissolution of subject/object perspective. This generally corresponds with the Singular Phase on the iConscious model.
  • Objective View: On the iConscious model, Objective View refers to other’s perspectives of the person being referred to.  It includes everything that others can observation about a person from outside.
  • Personal: On the iConscious model, Personal refers to all 4 manifest domains: Design, Emotion, Mind, and Body.
  • Phases: On the iConscious model, Phases are overall structures of awareness, each of which contains multiple Chapters, or steps of development.
  • Quadrants: From Integral theory, Quadrants are the same as iConscious Views.
  • Reality:  Same as Being.
  • Relational View: Shared interior experience in relationship - between 2 or more people. Shared feelings, meanings, understandings, biases, experiences, etc., which are part of culture.
  • Singular: Name for Phase 3 in the iConscious model, referring to the experience of life without the experience of subject/object dichotomy.
  • States: In Integral theory, States are temporary experiences, which can theoretically be classified in any domain or Chapter.
  • Stages: A term used in Integral and other works to describe levels of development. Similar to Chapters in the iConscious model.
  • Structure-stages: Same as Stages.
  • Subjective View: On the iConscious model, Subjective View refers to one’s personal internal perspective.
  • Subtlety: iConscious term for the scale that ranges from Gross to Causal.
  • Systemic View: Objective systems view; what’s observable about group dynamics and the relationships between individuals and their environment.
  • Subjective View: Personal (internal) experience of life and self.
  • Subtle: Objects and experiences that are less tangibly manifest than gross physical, yet still more energetically manifest than Consciousness. In the iConscious model, Design, Emotion, and Mind are all subtle realms.
  • Tiers: In Integral theory and among other theorists and researchers, Ties are primary structures of awareness, each of while contains several Levels or Stages. Tiers are similar to our Phases, but are defined differently.
  • Transpersonal: The non-manifest, non-material aspect of ourselves that exits beyond personal experience and boundaries.
  • Types: In Integral theory, Types refers to the infinite ways people are unique and the ways uniqueness can be categorized. In the iConscious model, Types are found in the Design domain.
  • Unified: Phase 2 in the iConscious model, in which all domains are known as whole, unified, and integrated.
  • Vantage Points: The locus of a person’s identity or basis of operation.
  • Views: The four perspectives that can be noticed in any moment: Subjective, Objective, Relational, and Systemic.
  • WholeBeing: Same as Being.  
  • Witness: A temporary or stabilized experience of being identified as the impersonal witness of all experience. In Phase 3 of the iConscious model, all sense of a witness dissolves because there is no longer the experience of individual or existential separation.