home page

The Big Picture





Search Astraea.net Search the web

We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thought. With our thoughts, we make our world.

home and frameset







Holonics and Integral Thinking

This is emerging language for a values based framework that describes big picture thinking. It is associated with the emerging Theory of Everything. It is very much a coherence of body, mind, spirit. It aids design of whole systems change. It describes the spectrum of experience from modest to sophisticated and spiritual levels in the realms of both matter and spirit.

Self-perspective is a characteristic of higher level consciousness. The key distinction of higher level thinking is inclusiveness. Thus integrating many perspectives is a prime objective. The thought processes are quite zen: winning without winning, etc.

Integral Thinking 101: There are 2 rules: a) everyone is right; b) there are no rules.

Understanding of physchology has reached a critical mass and parallel development of similar technologies is so similar this is powerful evidence of its viability in itself.  Three main streams of parallel thought seem to be spiral dyamics, the consciousness model and yogic chakra technology.

Please read our Introduction to Holonics to get a good overview.

Summary of Emergent Values in Intelligent Systems (click for easy to manipulate table):

Below is some information on spiral dynamics, the consciousness model of business transformation, chakra technology and definitions of holon.

Spiral Dynamics Primer

The copied pages linked here provide a comprehensive introduction to spiral dynamics technology.

What is Spiral Dynamics?

Evolution of Political Systems and Structures and Value System World View

Global Values Monitor and Value Systems Mosaic

Summary of Value Systems

Organising Codes and Principles

Meme distribution data


This (.pdf) essay is a recent review of issues: Spiral Dynamics the layers of human value in strategy.

An Interview With Don Beck.

The Consciousness Model

The following graphic summarises the consciousness model developed by Richard Barrett.  Contact him at www.corptools.com for full presentations and more information.


 Yogic Chakras

The description of the yogic chakras is thousands of years old and proven by time.  It is one of the bases for the consciousness model.  The graphic and note introduces the technology and fuller description is at this link.

Chakra Seven: Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge
Chakra Six: Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection
Chakra Five: Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression
Chakra Four: Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
Chakra Three: Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition
Chakra Two: Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification
Chakra One: Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation


Definition of Holon Links:

Holon definition by Wikipedia.

A brief history of the concept of holons from KU Leuven.

An even briefer history of the term holon  by Mark Edwards, Integral World


Back to top.

Contact    Legalese   Site Map


know thyself - Socrates