I started this blog because I was looking for a way to develop my views.
My views about mind versus matter. And about collective development versus personal development.
Those views are based on several existing models, some well known and other not so well known. And, of course, on my personal experience. My personal interest that makes me follow a certain lead and compare that with another one.
(Update: Many of my latest posts are about David Bohm and Friedrich Von Schiller. Their thoughts on how creativity, art and aesthetics are so much more important for us humans then we all tend to think, were mindblowing.)
Mind versus Matter
In order for me to describe how I see development, I have to use the body and mind interaction. My views are based on the theories of Carl Jung, David Bohm, Jean Carteret and Leonard Bernstein.
It all starts more or less with the concepts of Carl Jung about Individuation and the Collective Unconscious.
Then there is David Bohm who has many interesting things to say about mind versus matter, dialogue and creativity.
Jean Carteret is a French philosopher that did not leave any writings, but I found a very interesting translation of his thoughts that have become very important to me and is the core of all my thinking.
And finally there is Leonard Bernstein. He has some things to say about how he sees music as a metaphorical language to communicate our inner world.
Collective versus Personal Development
I use several models of development, which I all, more or less, translate to the model of the Zodiac. For me it is a way of looking at the world, seeing all in cycles.
The other theory is that of Ken Wilber, Integral Theory, mainly his Quadrants. He uses the word individual that is different from the astrological use. There is a graphic in the post Basic Concepts that shows the difference between the two in this context.
Another theory that is important for development, is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It is a very essential way of looking at what I would call in this context ‘personal’ development.
And finally there is also the theory of Spiral Dynamics. That is more what I would call human development. Human development in history, but also as seen these days in different parts of the world.
On the page Model of Development I combine all previous concepts as abstract as I can.