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CONSPIRE 2014
Richard Rohr
Copyright © 2014 Center for Action and Contemplation
THE PRESENT CONSENSUSONLEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
EGOCENTRIC EARLYLEVELSArchaic/Infantile Level:Unitive Innocence and Absorption (Beige)—.1% of adultsMagical world of powers:Animistic world of magic (Purple)—10%Imperial order and glory:Might makes right/Feudalism (Red)—20%My Mythic Truth:Secure world of Unquestioned Truth/True Believers (Blue)—40%
MINOR DEATH OF EGOCENTRICITY REQUIRED TO MOVE FORWARD:SOCIOCENTRICMIDDLE LEVELS
Rational/Organizational:Effectiveness, technique, intelligence (Orange)—30%Pluralistic Equality:Assumes “equal rights” is the highest level (Green). So close to the finish line that much of today’s sophisticated society stops here, if it even arrives here (“Boomeritis” a combination of arrogance and individualism which will not let go of its separateness and superiority—grace is required). It can be called “Flatland,” contemptuous of both lower and higher stages—10% of the world population, 20% of the USA, and 15% of the people in power in the West.
Major death of ego: Normally must be initiated by Reality/God/Circumstances. No one goes here willingly or with understanding. The true “Dark Night.”Wisdom or Non-Dual Consciousness:Early stage enlightenment (Yellow and Turquoise Stages). Only now can we have the freedom and ability to INCLUDE the value of previous stages and not need to hate or reject any of them. A “rediscovery of hierarchy” whereby you are fully open to stages beyond where you are now! Cosmic humility.Firsttime this happens!TrueINTEGRATION—less than 2% of the population, less than 1% of those in power.
The Journey ofFaithDevelopment
Each movement forward tends to throw out the previous stages, and the immediately preceding stage it throws out with a vengeance!Mostrevolutions and reformations up to now.Wemust stop doing this.
Purple Level(Popular Catholicism through the Middle Ages)ToTranscend: Godas a spirit that I can coax and control by magic &superstitionTo Include:Perhapswearing “a medal” or a cross helps my focus andattention.
Red Level(Crusader Mentality, Inquisition, and the early Reformation)To Transcend:Tribalbelonging and forced membership to imposebeliefTo Include:Loyaltyto a Tradition and a group is alsogood.
BlueLevel(TheReformation and Counter Reformation Catholicism)To Transcend:Faithas doggedly holding out and holding on tobeliefsTo Include:Patience, Perseverance, and the Humility of Belief
Orange Level(Mainline Protestantism today and Vatican II Catholicism)To Transcend:Propriety, reason, and process as the disguised meaning offaithTo Include:Aproper use of intelligence and group governance
Green Level(The postmodern mind in any group)To Transcend:PluralisticEquality is the highest meaning ofenlightenment.To Include:Protectinghuman rights and human dignity
SECOND TIER CONSCIOUSNESS
Yellow and Turquoise Levels(Mysticism in various stages)Only at this stage CAN YOU both transcend and include every previous stage as both bad and good, which means you have gotten over thearroganceand individualism of the “Mean Green”leveland the self-sufficiency of alllevels,and you can compassionately understand and support the good at every level.
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