Social and Global Change

The Papillon Human Potential Model of Personal Development and Global ChangeWelcome 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.

On this page we continue with the second half on Social and Global Change

Our Manifest World: The Four Quadrants

Our model of personal development and global change is based upon the four quadrants, and inspired by Ken Wilber’s AQAL model, which is based upon, or at least includes, the four quadrants.

The diagram below shows the four quadrants. You may recognise the top two boxes as representing your ‘Finite Self’!

The Model of the 'Four Quadrants' shows the individual's interior (Upper Left), the individual's exterior (Upper Right), the interior of the collective, or shared cultural space (Lower Left), and the collective or shared exterior space (Lower Right). All four are part of the equation of personal development and global change.

The Model of the 'Four Quadrants' shows the individual's interior (Upper Left), the individual's exterior (Upper Right), the interior of the collective, or shared cultural space (Lower Left), and the collective or shared exterior space (Lower Right). All four are part of the equation of personal development and global change.


The four quadrants can be defined as “I”, “We”, “It” and “It’s”, which are also often reduced to the ‘Big Three’ of self (“I”), culture (“We”) and nature (“It/It’s”), by thinking of the entire right hand elements as one – objective “It(s)”; nature.

By Wilber’s ‘Integral Theory’, focussing on all of these areas, or as many perspectives as possible, allows us to take the most effective aproach to any life situation.

Integral Theory points out that ‘piecemeal’ approaches to society’s problems do not work…

Integral Theory

If you are trying to eat healthily, the number of fast food stalls, snack bars and concession stands that you run in to isn’t an excuse for not doing so, but it certainly doesn’t help!

Likewise if you are trying to get a job and there are none to be had.

Whatever society or physical environment we are in plays it’s part on our lives, as does the cultural or inter-subjective (between people) context, and as do we on it. Likewise, our individual behaviour can affect both our own interior thoughts and feelings, and the physical world around us, not to mention the collective, cultural worldspace. And so continues the arising and interaction of the four quadrants in each and every moment.

Life manifests in all four quadrants simultaneously. And all of these quadrants interact with and affect the others…

Not Quite The Law of Attraction Alone…

The power of our own intention allows us to direct the course of our own lives. As explained by the quadrants above, our own will is not the only factor influencing our lives, but it does provide each individual with the ability to direct their own lives and choose their own path.

Given the compelling nature of the power of intention, also known as the law of volitionality, and combined, perhaps, with the seeker’s developing inner awareness and sense that our deepest subjectivity is absolute, pure subjective consciousness itself (as it is), through which people can indeed be ‘at one with The Universe’, it is easy to understand why many have slightly over-concluded that we each create our entire reality through our own, individual thoughts; a troublesome over-exaggeration of The Law of Attraction. But to conclude this is to fail to see that life, or Spirit, if you wish to call it that, manifests itself through all of these four quadrants. Our highest self may indeed intersect with pure subjective consciousness, or emptiness, but that is also true for everyone else’s highest self;

“I honour in you the divine that I honour within myself and I know we are one.” – Deepak Chopra

So it is not quite the law of attraction in which the individual’s own intention is the only factor…

“You don’t create your own reality.” – Ken Wilber

…But Much, Much More Than a Physical Universe

On the other hand, the view that the Universe is simply a physical space is an equally incomplete view, as identifying the reality of interior depth is an incredibly important realisation, as we have seen.

And it is this key factor that many seekers quite rightly herald and nurture, as they play their part in helping to raise the collective consciousness through ethnocentric stages of care for oneself and one’s tribe, through and on to deeper, more inclusive perspectives at the worldcentric levels and worldviews, and beyond.

It is important to realise that a sufficient, ‘critical mass’ percentage of the global population who can hold a worldcentric perspective are required in order to actualise an effective and sustainable world/global community. We must remember how we became worldcentric – and it was through a profound process of several stages of growth through interior depths.

“A global map is one thing. A mapmaker capable of living up to it, quite another.” – Ken Wilber

Interior Depth

Therefore, if we wish to change the physical outside world, then developing both the interior depth of culture of the collective, and interior depth of self of the individual, is part of the effective way to do this in addition to acting on the physical world (and each individual’s physical body).

Developing one’s individual self is therefore crucial to developing the whole, and creating new cultures, and new and more integrated, harmonious societies.

“Nothing is more important than the evolution of the individual, as, with the evolution of the individual, consciousness itself evolves.” – Andrew Cohen

In addition to our explanations above, our page on Interior Depth explains the full relevance of developing self and culture on our exterior world, showing, amongst other things, how it can alleviate famine.

And our Body Wisdom initiative is also a great example of one such way in which we are creating new cultures in consciousness and thought.

The Cost of Separation

A phrase that we at Whole Life Whole World use is ‘The Cost of Separation’, as a name for social and global resource inefficiency; not the use of resources as they need to be used, but the additional use of society’s and the world’s resources that results from the extent to which we human beings go out of our way to separate our interests and wellbeing from each other.

In reality, this is actually incredibly inefficient. And in basic, raw resource terms, rather unintelligent, as there is indeed enough for everyone.

Whilst there is an historic, evolutionary reason why this less than maximised state of co-operation exists, (it’s down to stages of development, and in an evolutionary context), there also exists the possibility for us to now reduce it as we individually and collectively increase the depth of our sense of self. In short, the growth and development of Interior Depth reduces The Cost of Separation.

Let’s look at the example of a family;

In a healthy family environment, all available resources are maximised because everyone is working together as a unit. Specifically, though, the reason why everyone in a family pulls together is that they each have each other’s wellbeing at heart.

It would be a rather ugly family in which this was not the case.

The Global Family

In a social or global context though, where this is not necessarily the case, The Cost of Separation manifests itself in a million different ways.

Such things as email spam, and the stressful use of aggressive ’do this, be this!’ advertising are all forms of The Cost of Separation – they are all caused because the initiator does not really have the other party’s interests at heart.

The notion of ‘One Family’, and the striving progress towards it, is therefore the antidote to The Cost of Separation, and this, again, is promoted through the achievement of interior depth, individually and collectively.

Through this there may become less war and fighting, less social unrest, conflict and social cost, and less resources needing to be used on the exorbitantly expensive costs of upholding law and order, which spiral out thoughout every area of society they effect. You drop litter – someone has to pick it up. If they have to pick it up, their time cannot be employed firefighting, or building cheaper homes, or mentoring troubled young adults who might otherwise without it go on to cause more trouble, damage and cost than can be calculated. All that is required is to see the bigger picture – but this requires a deeper perspective, which is where we left off with our old friend interior depth!

Empowerment, The Power of Intention and Building Utopia

As obvious as it may sound, it may actually be useful for people to be told that they are even able and allowed to make a difference in the world and in their own lives.

Anyone who has ever done so has had that ‘zap’ moment when they realised what was possible.

When we realise that we are powerful forces in our own lives, only then can we effectively play our part in the world, and here everything that we have discussed above counts;

We may grow consciousness, and the deeper, integrated perspectives which come with spiritual awareness. At the same time, we may also wish to heal the shadow elements that we have, not just individually, but collectively also; to heal our societies.

We may work on our bodies and minds, to maximise our contribution – and therefore prosperity – and to master our own physical health.

And we may work on the exterior, physical realities of our world, building the actual physical fabric of our societies and nations, where the minds of the best and most caring architects, engineers, visionaries, educators and social thinkers come into play, the extent to which we each (individually), and collectively ‘find our right work‘ being absolutely crucial for an effective, integrated population. What could be more fruitful than that?!

Both in terms of our vocational skills and in terms of our life skills, the positive impact which we may have for ourselves and upon others makes itself obvious and clear.

And so, as it becomes visible that all of these factors plays a part, we become more and more able to see what we might do, both on individual and collective interior depth, on the exterior physical world, and on the detail that cements our lives.

The opportunity for positive impact both in one’s own life, and in the lives of others abounds, for, as in the words of the astute thinker, Colin Turner;

“EVERYTHING counts!”

James Blacker

1st November, 2009.

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