– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.55 –
Understand The Map Of One's Integrity
Later in the Heartwood Path we will describe the layers necessary to add depth to your character. Here, we are going to let you know how to grow without becoming lob-sided.
To make sure you have balanced growth, we will employ the Heartwood Path Four Leaf Model of Integrity, based on the collected works of philosopher and author Ken Wilber (specifically his Four Quadrants) (Wilber, 1995, pp. 121-126). This map is vital to your successful spiritual maturity because it reminds you that there are four quadrant in which you need to grow if you are to be balanced in your development.
Figure 1. The Heartwood Path Four Leaf Model of Integrity
The upper left leaf represents Beauty, expressed in reality often in language with the first person pronoun… “I.”
The lower left leaf stands for Goodness, which in reality is expressed after discussion with or about two or more people who tend to use the second-person pronoun… “We.”
The upper right leaf represents Truth, expressed in reality in its singular aspect with the word… “It.”
Lastly, the lower right leaf represents Truth again in its plural social or environmental systems aspect (group behavior) and expressed with the word… “Its.”
People grow, develop, and evolve in each of these four arenas simultaneous, but not necessarily uniformly. Trying to organize any personal growth program that does not reflect each of these four areas of development is doomed to failure. That is because it will not be in line with the way the universe works.
Again, the map in the form of a four-leaf clover will be useful to explain the terrain—the universe. The two leafs on the left are for discussing the inner world. The two on the right are for discussing the outer world. The two on the top are for discussing individual aspects of the universe—inner world individual aspects on the upper left (intensions) and outer world individual aspects on the upper right (individual behaviors). The lower two leafs are for discussing collective aspects of the universe—the lower left is for discussing the inner world of collective aspects (group ethics) and the lower right is for discussing outer world of collective aspects (group behavior). These “leaves”—these arenas of development—simply represent the “inside” and “outside” of the individual and collective aspects of the universe. Using this system, the upper left leaf is about intentions and lower left is about ethics. The upper right is about the “outside” of individuals, with individual behaviors being a dominant pertinent topic; and the lower right is about the “outside” of collectives, with nested physical systems and group behaviors being the dominant pertinent topics.
This symbolic model, with its four leafs, is a chart of one’s Greater Self. It is also a map of integrity (both in terms of wholeness and in terms of moral soundness). Once one understands both its design and its symbols, it will be the single most helpful tool for those charting their way down the Heartwood Path. Use it repeatedly to make sure you are developing the poise that comes with developmental counterbalance.
The main point here is for you to be comprehensive in your efforts to be balanced and to grow in depth in all ways possible. An eartHeart’s most comprehensive way to look at reality is to take into account all four arenas of development—intentions, ethics, things, and behaviors. In reality, these aspects of the universe occur only collectively—together, or not at all.
As an example of the usefulness of the Four Leaf Model of Integrity, I can think of no better application than how the model can foster better relationships. As you do the following activity, note where intentions, ethics, things and behaviors come into play. If you are confounded by this Model or seek special assistance I encourage you to reach a more comprehensive understanding by securing Guidance.