Welcome to The Papillon Human Potential Model of Personal Development and Global Change.
This is a very simple model of the individual and the world with positive direction that everyone can understand and find their own place in.
Whole Life Whole World’s aim is to support personal development and success within the individual, and global success of the whole. This model sets the scene for that.
It is as important to us at Whole Life Whole World to support those who are only able to help themselves, as it is to support and work with those who are also able to make a difference in the lives of others. If you are only here at Whole Life Whole World to make a success of your own life and fulfill your own heart then that is absolutely fine. Some people will be able to expand beyond themselves more than others can. Each state of affairs is equally true, and thus equally welcome.
Let’s begin with the individual’s Personal Development…
Your Finite Self: Exercising the Potentials of Mind and Body
From a State of Grace: Living in the Moment
The diagram above defines our ’Finite Self’ of mind and body.
The ’spirit’ element of us (as in ‘mind, body and spirit’) is that element of awareness, or consciousness, that is ever-present in us, wherever we go and whatever we do. You can be aware of your thoughts and you can be aware of your body! Our spirit, or consciousness, is that awareness.
Identifying one’s sense of self with this ever-present awareness, or ‘Witness’, as explained in Self Mastery, is the healthful, peaceful or ‘liberated’ place (state) of mind from which to approach any work on developing one’s mind or body, or any engaging in life activities generally; one of peace, restful growth and a sense of absolute, inherent perfection.
So this, ideally, is the first tenet of any attempts at life, success, personal growth or development (and also global change, as we shall see later); that we approach it from a mindset of already being complete, liberated and in a state of grace. Otherwise, our efforts will always be fighting against our own true natures, rather than flowing with them, and anything we attempt will be compromised from the very start.
The First Tenet: Everything from a state of grace.
When we do rest in that state of grace we then have the perfect stance from which to approach anything we do by way of working on the other aspects of our Finite Self; being a ‘vehicle for spirit (or simply our own life force) to express itself through us’…
Spiritual Practice: The Awakening of Consciousness
As well as resting in that state of grace consciousness, we may also wish to reach that point whereby we can identify as the Witness as a stage – as a permanent trait.
Resting as the infinite as a state is known as horizontal enlightenment (which simply means being free), and holding that stance as a permanent trait, or stage of development, is known as vertical enlightenment (which simply means being filled; by our deepest potentials of consciousness).
Spiritual practice is that endeavour – most typically meditation – which allows us to reach those higher stages. It is part of what may be an ongoing process of personal awakening of consciousness, which simply means being able to cognise more and more – to take greater or deeper perspectives on life and on one’s own self.
Both these states, and stages, are dimensions of relative truth that can be developed within any individual.
“Once you see the evidence and see that these are potentials that you have, then if you have any interest in enlightenment at all, you must have interest in enlightening both of these streams … because they’re both there. Down one path, the Supermind (vertical stages – fullness), down the other path, Big Mind (horizontal states – freedom).” – Ken Wilber
As we have seen on the pages on Self Mastery (for the individual), and Interior Depth, in particular (for the collective), the benefits of realising both these states, and higher stages, are profound.
Shadow Work: The Healing of Consciousness
On our page on True Success we explained the notion of inner beauty – the sincere expression of a person’s own true inner strengths, beauty and desires.
Shadow work – or psychological practice – is any endeavour geared towards uncovering any energies, thoughts and truths which may have been suppressed during our lives. It is always recommended to be done in a safe and supported environment.
This shadow work also includes correcting any basic beliefs that simply have no basis in truth, such as “I am useless”. The subconscious is the home of the lie – when we bring conscious awareness to these things we can see the actual truth of the situation and ‘heal’ that bit of our mind, or psychology.
By working on any shadow elements we may have, we may both heal ourselves in order to express ourselves in the true, beautiful way that we wish to, and also make our own, deeper growth of consciousness more likely. In other words, removing any shadow elements frees up energy and consciousness for the growth ahead.
“The purpose of spiritual practice is to awaken from the dream, and the purpose of psychological practice is to stop the dream from turning into a nightmare.” – The Wisdom Traditions
The following is the diagram of a person’s Finite Self of mind and body that has acquired suppressed shadow elements – anything that has inhibited the truthful expression of the individual’s sincere thoughts, feelings, beliefs, desires and natural and authentic personality.
(This person in orange above actually looks more like they are engaging in spiritual practice rather than shadow work. The two practices can appear to be the same from the outside, however, they have different inner characteristics. Spiritual practice, mostly meditation, is about getting in touch with the infinite, whereas shadow work is about healing finite things in the mind and body, which you don’t necessarily get in touch with when the focus of your meditation is the infinite; you must choose your intentions according to which practice you wish to work on in any given moment.)
No More Self-Constriction
So long before we even get anywhere near the subject of the developing of one’s skills for work and so on in order to get on in life, we have already seen a glimpse of the dramatic ‘opening up’ effect that working on healing the subconscious, and awakening the deeper Self’s consciousness-in-potential, can have.
Working on these two of shadow and spirit is like pulling on a draw string to afford for yourself all of the consciousness that is available to you – and in a strong and useable form. Spiritual practice is like lifting the lid of ego off of on one’s potential and sense of self, and Shadow practice is like removing the chains and shackles from around one’s ankles – and even one’s own heart and soul.
Mind, Body and Contribution: Work Skills and Life Skills
The freeing up of shadow and spirit fully charges, and grows, the ‘consciousness power batteries’ of any efforts we may make towards developing both work skills and life skills.
And the extent to which we maintain and maximise our bodies is another way in which these related dimensions either widen, or constrict, the capacities of our own selves. Our page on Body Wisdom presents an accessible approach to developing a comfortable and successful relationship with one’s own body.
This developing of mind and body, perhaps aided by work on healing shadow and deepening awareness, or spirit, in turn determines how much and how well we contribute, and that is also important as it is from that contribution base that our prosperity is derived, both financially and socially.
This all culminates in full and authentic self-expression in both our working life and in life generally; a deep, real and sincere fulfillment of the individual.
Finding Your Right Work
Shadow work is doubly relevant here as it helps each person to find the modes of contribution, both social and work-oriented, that are right for them, by being as true to themselves as they can possibly be.
And spiritual practice creates that ‘big picture’ deeper perspective, and therefore higher or ’integrated’ purpose, which ensures that our efforts and resources are not wasted by what we call ‘The Cost of Separation’, but are maximised through unity, teamwork and worldcentric integrity.
Our page, Finding Your Right Work, will give you a deeper insight into this whole area of contribution and prosperity.
…and this in turn will help to create the courage, passion and authentic inspiration and enthusiasm to enable each individual to develop those vocational work skills that will allow them to flourish and thrive, and fulfill themselves on an ongoing basis.
The development of life skills is also relevant, both for social prosperity (at home with the family, for example), and because these skills also have a vast impact on vocational work prosperity and contribution.
The diagram below shows a psychograph, which shows various ‘lines’ of development (see Interior Depth) in various areas; life skills.
The cognitive line, from which all the others take their lead, is initially the same growth which is developed by spiritual practice, as an individual gets in touch with a deeper sense of self and can take more perspectives in awareness. These other lines take their lead from the cognitive line because you can only develop that consciousness that you have; you cannot draw pictures on a piece of paper that you cannot yet reach! A perfect example of this is given in the section on ‘Emotional Mastery’ on our page on Self Mastery.
Cognition leads development in other areas such as emotional strength, interpersonal (relationship) skills, moral and ethical development, and even psychosexual development; all very important for any human being to function effectively in today’s world.
There are many and varied practices which can be effectively used for developing life skills such as these, and indeed many of the presentation websites of Whole Life Whole World are there to help you do exactly that!
Contribution and Prosperity
Whether done for the right reasons, or given grudgingly, the contribution that we give is generally what determines our prosperity levels in all areas of life.
By developing our mind and body we can contribute more effectively, and thus prosper. We are not seeking to spend even more and more time working. The wider and deeper we can develop ourselves, the more we can contribute, and in less time, for a more desireable balance to our working, social and personal lives.
Contribution in hours is trumped by contribution in terms of what we actually achieve together, for as we shall see, ‘no man is an island’…
Let’s continue to Part 2 of The Model…