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What is Integral Theory?
In my coaching and group work, I often use a framework called AQAL (which means All Quadrants, All Levels, All Lines, All States, All Types). This is described as an integral framework, and was originally proposed by prolific contemporary philosopher Ken Wilber. It has become an all-inclusive model of human development and is incredibly powerful for coaching and embodied change.
The Integral Institute defines Integral Theory as ‘an all-inclusive framework that draws on the key insights of the world’s greatest knowledge traditions’. The objective is to integrate wisdom from all the major truth-seeking disciplines combining these varied perspectives. The awareness that is gained as a result allows a person using the Integral framework to approach every level of human endeavour with an unprecedented degree of compassion, clarity and depth. This awareness spans the whole spectrum of human undertakings – from unblocking a person’s potential as an individual, to finding innovative solutions for problems on a global scale.
The Huffington Post featured an article on Ken Wilber, in which his Integral model was described as helping us ‘to embrace and work with our pain and suffering, to spiritually wake up, to become more fully alive and creative, to participate in the evolution of consciousness, and to love and care for ourselves, and others, in a deeply sincere way’.
This contemporary and inclusive framework holistically addresses physical health, emotional balance, mental clarity and spiritual awakening. This makes it a powerful path towards helping my clients reach their coaching outcomes, as well as grow as human beings and expand their consciousness.
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