Imagine yourself at the center of the 4 quadrants at the right.  Your experience of reading this is categorized in the "UL" quadrant, your bodily functions and physical behaviors in the "UR," your relationship with me and everyone else in the "LL", and all the situational contexts of all your relationships in the "LR". Picture all of these quadrants of experience mutually influencing each other, all of it growing and evolving through the eons of time, and all of it, from back to front, so to speak, emanating out from the Ground of Being, through increasing bandwidths or realms of solidifying manifestation. Your egoic self, the one psychologists study, is a wave upon the ocean of your deep Self, timeless and palpably experienced through good states training. Post-conventionally mature, you bring your deeper states of consciousness into your everyday life.



Integral--AQAL--Psychology is not simply a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of consciousness that partly develops through the life span.  It is not multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary, but, as the quadrants show, Integral Psychology is an organization of some universal constituents of moments of awareness, including in you and in me across the time of my writing and your reading this, in the context of the myriad events in the quadrants.   

The LL shared we-space is made up not just of our agreements or shared values, but also the shared assumptions that might even allow disagreement to happen.  We probably agree on the importance of logic in my statements, for example, and this is in part the result of the modern and post-modern world view that Wilber often mentions.  The many implicit agreements are communicated (at least in the everyday realm) through LR quadrant patterns of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Logical materialists might say that LR quadrant physical appearance and behavior, including mirror neurons, creates or causes LL shared experience.  Philosophical idealism gives consciousness primacy over physicality.  Using the quadrants, we can bypass the chicken and egg question about brain and mind, science and spirituality, by noticing that they are simply experienced differently, and that, logically, they influence each other.

Because of the Integral research meta-theory called IMP, Integral Methodological Pluralism,  we can, and need to, build valid and reliable conceptual bridges between science and spirit (and states of consciousness), and especially between the conventional adult levels of psychological development, and advanced psychological development.  If advanced maturity is recognizable and accessible, then there is something we adults can grow to--there is more to life after all. 

I think other Wilber readers will agree that his books are not just intellectually stimulating but are also at times poetic and evocative of state experiences. Integral theory is based on perspective-taking, and science is one important, but not the only, perspective.


Lower Left Quadrant
Interpersonal subjectivity   
Mutual influence
Subjective relationships
Communication meaning
Conscious& unconscious
   shared experience
Implicit rules & norms

Lower Right Quadrant
Systems within systems

Rules carried out
Role behaviors
Relational exchange
Interpersonal behavior
Verbal & nonverbal

  Upper Right Quadrant
   Physical experience

   Action and behavior
   Gross, subtle, causal   
   Physiological function
   Physical system autopoiesis 

Upper Left Quadrant
Subjective experience
Personal lens  

Thoughts  feelings
States of consciousness
Unconscious mind

Integral Psychology NY