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Integral Consciouness and Integrative Theories in general are helpful for learning about your personal and character uniqueness. The way you think and feel about things is very personal. When the therapist can organize your uniqueness in a simple way, it helps make the psychological work more understandable.                

The Integral model goes beyond mind, body, spirit. The Integral model puts all your features and your social, biological and enviornmental experiences into a diagram of four quadrants for you to ponder. Here the coach or therapist and the client learns about all four quadrants of the person's situation. Although, Integrative work refers to mind, body, spirit and your deepest self, your thoughts your moods;  Integral Methods also include, the people in your environment, the people in your social system, work place, community.

All of the experiences you have from each situation can affect your mood and even your pain. Integral also refers to the pain clinic and hospital, doctors office, or location and rules of the traditional or alternative system in which you are trying to regain function and improved mood.  

Ken Wilber created a quadrant map to explain "Integral" and some people use Ken's ideas and his AQAL Map to make the point, to illustrate the defintion of Integral. This is an Adaption of Ken's Model as it pertains to healing: 
Integral Type Therapy - Coaching for Healing

Although it is not necessary to learn the Integral Method, for those who are interested the four Quadrants are mentioned below --- actually most of which we will talk about if you would like Integrative Treatment:
  (upper left quadrant) where people interprets their interior experiences and focus on "I."  This is what is the patient experiencing as “I feel hurt, pain or alienated”  and the self (UL)  and it is subjective, esoteric, Intentionality, personal interests attitudes and values of the internal dynamic of the specific person means the coaching intervention should be about their motivation (why we do things)  and should include a dialogue as the or one of the intervention.



LL  (lower left) interpret the collective consciousness of a society, or plurality of people and focuses on “we” In terms of “we” as in our values, family values, our morality, our corporate culture.This could be how the family reacts to chronic pain.  Referral to family therapist many be needed.  However this quadrant can contain other interpersonal systems, such as vews of your boss, co-workers, friends, etc. on work-life balance.



UR (upper right) empirical observation of the behavior of organisms  interventions of the traditional healthcare. and  is objective, measureable, tangible., UR observable behaviors of a person how we do things, muscle testing or SUDS and the client’s reaction to them.



LR  (lower right) behavior of healthcare insurance, laws, and  medical organizations/systems of a society (ITS).  Describes the problem of health service fragmentation that underlies the more obvious health care crisis. This describes the alternative, allopathic and complementary systems and the client’s reaction to them

Integral services compassionately incorporate your experience of pain and life in terms of many dimensions including your experienced self, observed self, member (or not) of a larger community and your experience of the the medical/healing culture where you live. What is the quality of the support you get from your environment? This matters in terms of your healing and wellbeing. In the Integral method Consciousness is described in a four quadrant chart. Both quadrants above the line refer to the individual healing experience and the intervention should be appropriate to that. Below the line on both sides, is where the description of the collective healing experience lies and also needs appropriate interventions for those quadrants.


In terms of the Integral System and pain, the model integrates the medical and physical aspects of pain with the cognitive, emotional, social/environmental issues of pain. You may be a person who needs holistic help, the kind that looks at not just your symptoms but at the support you receive and the environment in which you are trying to heal. Integral also looks at the health system you are using and your goals in terms of 'lines' such as emotional, spiritual, intellectual (cognitive) social and so on. However, it may be Fredrick Krasey (2011) on a U-TUB video, who captures the Ken Wilber AQAL system the best:


“UL which is the intentionality is related to our Wisdom. UR which is the behavior relates to our Health. LL which is the cultural aspect which is our happiness realm and the LR which is the social or systemic relates to our Wealth. This tool is also able to help us map our Happiness, Health, Wealth and Wisdom and can show us where our weaknesses and strengths lay.”

 Note that Integral thought has been proposed off and on since Plato. It has been proposed and forgotten, quickly buried by others. Yet it just keeps being ‘rediscovered’ not unlike Chinese Gun Powder. Allegedly, the reason that the Chinese invented gun power and other things three times over is because they not only figuratively, but literally, destroyed the dynasty’s technology every time they overthrew that dynasty. The new dynasty stopped history.


Integral ideas go way back. An important Integral theorist, Jean Gebser (1905 – 1973) (Wilber, 2000, p. 148), wrote about five structures of consciousness: archaic, magic, mythical, mental, and integral. By far the biggest difference between Gebser and others was that in his system, rational cognition was defined as deficient because it devalued or even rejected non-rational thinking. Here, Gebser begins psychology’s adventure toward spiral dynamics and the deficiency of the flatlands (boredom and existiential pain)   -just fancy words for modern conditions, actually. What that means is that you can grow spiritually, mentally, emotional, socially, and physically, no matter how old or how chronic your pain.


A specialist in oriental medicine, professor, writer, and Shinto Priest, Hiroshi Motoyama’s theory is also Integral.According to Dr. Motoyama people can develop themselves over the course of their life and even among lifetimes (Motoyama, 2009). For example, Motoyama (2009) advises three ways to break up individual karma to develop spiritually: “chosaku” (a Buddhist term for “non-attached action”), strenuous spiritual observances like fasting or lent or the method of Yogic cultivation demonstrated by Patanjali in the Yoga-Sutras, and worship of God and/or commitment to surrender/prayer.


 *Frontier does not provide crisis intervention nor immediate phone or video services. Services are rendered by scheduled appointments only. As of August first those appointments rendered with Concierge services are done so within 48 hours. If you are in need of crisis intervention prior to an appointment, please call  the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TTY:1-800-799-4TTY)

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