Gebser’s 19 Criteria to Appraise Aperspectival Movements and Tendencies

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Peter Pogany:

  1. "The whole: Originary givenness spiritually awared.
  2. Integrity: Harmonious coexistence among all structures in the lived experience of integral consciousness.
  3. Transparency: Based on the thermodynamic worldview, the individual sees, senses, and feels the unity of past, present, and future. Such a synairetic way of “understanding” becomes the permanent backdrop in dealing with all problems of human life.
  4. The spiritual: Excessively ambitious calculative deficiency withdraws in the face of originary presence. The intellect is no longer dominated by a compulsion to squeeze the world into categories; quantifying, tabulating, and formalizing every aspect of it. Primal trust overcomes primal fear.
  5. Supersession of the ego: Reduction of egoity -- Ichhaftigkeit. (Feuerstein describes the outward manifestations of integral consciousness. See, Feuerstein, 1987, p. 170).
  6. Realization of timelessness: Connection between archaic-magic preconceptual and integral postconceptual “being-without-time.”
  7. Realization of temporicity: Recognition of mythical elements (e.g., cyclicality and destiny) in the structure of consciousness.
  8. Realization of the concept of time: While becoming the integrating factor of all dimensions, time itself disappears (becomes amension) both as an absolute scientific/philosophical concept and as the Molach of daily life.
  9. Realization of time-freedom: The integrative vantage point renders individual, community, and cosmic existence transparent.
  10. Disruption of the merely systematic: Freedom from mental-rationally perceived causality, liberation of creativity.
  11. Incursion of dynamics: Conscious appreciation that ceaseless animation is a fundamental aspect of all forms of existence, including human thought.
  12. Recognition of energy: The science of thermodynamics absorbs and reinterprets conceptualizations and characterizations of time.
  13. Mastery of movement: Transformation of consciousness begins to take an outward shape.
  14. Fourth dimension: Conscious absorption that Being is temporally dimensionless.
  15. Supersession of patriarchy: Movement toward integrum is catalyzed by the elimination of man/woman duality in the socioeconomic sphere; decline in the relevance of masculine symbolism in theological metanarratives.
  16. Renunciation of dominance and power: Discovery that imbalances in personal and social relations are ultimately futile, collectively harmful, and consequently, untenable in the long run.
  17. Acquisition of intensity: The presentiation of “Itself” (Sich) as internal transcendence in opposition to the mere expansion of consciousness. (This theme is too abstractly related to economic theory to make a plausible connection.)
  18. Clarity (instead of mere wakefulness): Recognition through a “systatic act” that the outer-related (exhaling) mental-rational world of wakefulness, buffeted by previously dominant structures, is insufficient to achieve true freedom.
  19. Transformation of the creative inceptual basis: History is no longer viewed as a path of some linearly imaged progress; the future as an unlimited design of human volition."


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