The concept of 4th Generation Warfare (4GW), as espoused by William S. Lind, has several similarities to the Integralist model, albeit with many differences.
4GW is a concept focused on war, while Integralism is a holistic or all-inclusive Cultural system. (Culture is here defined as the integrated sum total or synthesis of a group’s spiritual, moral, political, and social concerns).
model from the work of Boyd (Physical, Mental, Moral), is more
accurately reflected in the three faculties of human Cognition (Body:
Material, Life: Emotional, and Mind: Conceptual).
The correlation between the Physical and Material is clear. When Lind references the Mental level in Boyd’s model, he is clearly referring to a Vital or Emotional response. The Moral level is a limited frame for the Conceptual level, valid in the 4GW context.
In regards to Tactics, Operations, and Strategy – when you add Diplomacy to this group (as Kiersey does in his model of personality) – this model corresponds to the four Essential Aspect Functions (Manipulation (Tactical), Mediation (Diplomatic), Observation (Strategic), and Operation (Operational-Logistical). These four Functions must interdependently support each other in any truly successful endeavor.
Furthermore, Boyd’s OODA model is entirely superseded by the eight Aspect Modes. Rather than Observe, Orient, Decide and Act, four concurrent choices are made before implementation: Articulate vs Associate, Execute vs Examine, Regulate vs Adopt, and Replicate vs Adapt. These four pairs of modes present a choice sequence that allows one to effectively make a decision, one that roughly corresponds to the O-O-D-A sequence.
On the surface, the
Aspect Divisions seem to be missing from the 4GW model, yet they are
alluded to in several passages, at least partly through references to
conventional warfare systemology:
Loosely – “Outward
Focus” corresponds to the Aspect Division: Reconciliation.
“De-Escalation Emphasis” corresponds to Conservation,
“Decentrialization of Authority and Intelligence” to Regulation,
“Accuracy” and “Proportionality of Response” to Correction.
The information in the 4th Generation Warfare Handbook for Light Infantry, aside from the military specifics, is similar to balance in the eight Aspects and their Virtues. Patience, Speed, Self-Discipline, Physical Fitness, Tracking, Stalking, Proficiency, and Broad Perspective are implementations of Virtue.
Using the Essential
Aspects, and the Integral systemology to fuse and evaluate models
will all the Culture of the future to finally emerge, and this is
just one example of a situation in which many close parallels exist.
Awareness is the very medium through which we have any experience, understanding, and expression.
Considering this, understanding Awareness itself is of crucial importance, for this understanding provides the key context which provides the ability to truly understand other matters.
To proceed from a strictly material basis is to take the cart before the horse, to neglect the fundamentals in favor of the superfluous.
Integralism is founded in the observation that Awareness, being Divine Essence itself, is more fundamental than Nature itself – yet this Awareness is nascent, undefined, until it reflects upon the constructs of Nature.
As byproducts of that process, human beings would be wise to seek out its root, and the Essence ultimately responsible for its manifestation. In order to do this, we must first break free of the chains that anchor our Cognition, forcing it to retain a static, inflexible form.
Cognition is the outgrowth of the Natural process as it meets the limitless Awareness – Awareness harnessed, channeled, focused, to the exclusion of all that is contrary to its specific modality.
For human beings, understanding Cognition means defining Body, Life, and Mind, then recognizing those principles as the underpinnings of human experience. It is to take the countless experiences, and consolidate them first under Body, Life, and Mind, and thereafter under the banner of Cognition itself, in preparation for the leap into genuine Consciousness.
Consciousness is unchained Awareness, Awareness of Nature itself in its substantive (rather than interpreted) form. It is not merely the material form of the Body, it is not merely the movement of the Life force, nor is it only the ideas or concepts of the Mind. It is BEYOND these things, yet they are included in it.
Beyond this is the recognition of Awareness itself: unity with Divine Essence.
Understanding that Awareness is the actual basis of all relative existence places the Cosmos in its proper context, and it points the finger of responsibility for self-realization and cooperation where it belongs: directly pointed at YOU.
beings find beauty in Natural phenomena. Generally, we implicitly
recognize the “rightness” of Nature and its expressions, despite
any reservations we may have about our individual experience, or our
place in the Natural order. We even go so far as to apply the labels
“artificial” or “unnatural” to any phenomena that we believe
conflicts with or diminishes this Natural beauty.
what exactly is
Nature, and what role does it play in Integralism?
Nature, we must ask, whose Nature is it?
It is the Nature of
Divinity, as expressed through Divine Essence, this being the impulse
of Divinity towards existence. Nature proceeds from Essence, for it
is the process of Essential modulation: the paradoxical method
through which Energy is manifested.
is the foundry of Energy at the very heart of the Cosmos, the
incubator of universes. Nature is the origin of all life, all
relative sentience, of all the phenomena that exist.
is eternal. Within it, entire universes form and disappear, countless
living beings live and die, yet the continuum of Energy
that informs those universes endures, shifting and changing
has no beginning or end, yet
all phenomena manifested
will eventually cease to exist – for
flow and shift, attracted and repulsed by complementary and opposing
maintaining motion in order to sustain the Cosmos.
continuum possesses an inherent self-consistency, revealing implicit
tendencies that appear within all of the forms that we perceive in
Essential Aspects may
also be called
the Natural Aspects. They
the heart of the Natural process, and can be described as subtle
attractor fields informing the entirety of the Cosmos, endlessly
tracing the outline of Essence so it may be revealed & realized.
In modulation, Essence appears to divide into a pair of polar, yet complementary opposites, principles that then become mixed or blended together in varying proportions. Energy is the result of the “coloration” of Awareness (remember that Awareness itself is identical with Essence) resulting from this process.
that is generated through
is Essence itself, conditioned to assume various
distinct properties, thereby
for the objectification of Awareness
continuum of Energy
occurs within Essence, everything manifested
Nature is Essence objectified; Awareness lends substance to Energy.
Because of the essential identity of Nature with Essence, all Energy
is characterized by certain properties that are inherent to Essence,
but that are unified within Essence itself.
all appearances to the contrary, there is never any actual division
process occurs within Essence
itself, without truly affecting it in any way. Nature is a sort of
sleight-of-hand, being akin to a Cosmic
conjurer’s trick performed by
a performance with profound implications.
sometimes arises: “Why must Divinity manifest Essence &
Nature?” Essence provides the sense of “beingness” or
“existing”: the very basis of the Cosmic process.
Through Nature, a
mirror is forged in which Essence may come to perceive itself, at
first dimly, and at last clearly. Nature modulates Essence, providing
the “mirror of mystery” through which Essence may reflect upon
itself, eventually recognizing that which cannot be known directly as
a percept: Itself.
Centered in Essence, in full Awareness, it is then possible to take the leap into the utterly inconceivable truth of unfettered Divinity.
Is an Integral Network a “nation”? Is nationalism a valid concept in the 21st Century?
There is little argument that the concept of a “nation” has its origins in ancient tribalism. A nation is always associated with a physical territory, and is nearly always formed upon ethnic/racial lines.
Yet, today, the nations of the world adhere to neither conceptually nor racially based forms of collectivism.
Today, “nation” has real meaning only in the territorial sense. Beyond that, it has only a perfunctory meaning, as the past tribal or cultural basis of nations has essentially deteriorated.
The modern nation is
nothing more than a territorial legal structure, enforcing an
economic engine, coupled with varied means of defending that engine.
Furthermore, nearly all so-called “nations” are subsumed by a
pervasive globalist economic order, the demigod to which they pay
The Integral Network Concept
An Integral Network is not a public, political, religious, or economic group. Integral Organization is not intended to engage with (or challenge) the system of “nations”, nor does it ultimately intend to form a nation. It is not a territorial scheme, it is not concerned with holding or occupying a certain region.
Rather, the Integral
Network concept is intended to provide an alternate form of mutual
cooperation, one that intends to bypass the nation system through the
means of privately recognized Integral Nodes. It is a communication
Network, and a means for providing mutual assistance to those who
have similar interests.
In this sense, an
Integral Network is a “parallel institution”, linking individuals
(through “private association with a structure”) with similar
interests. The Purpose of such a network could be virtually anything
that its Founders wish to Organize a group around.
Ideally, the members of a functional Network would employ some medium of exchange within the network. This is not money, per se, but a means to determine influence, facilitate favors/gifts, and participate in barter/private exchange. It never touches the globalist/fiat economy.
Consensus is Dead, Long Live Consensus
We live in a world
defined by information and instantaneous communication. It’s time
to start acting like it, and to begin building up Integral Networks
as a bulwark against atomization, disempowerment, and division.
We also must
recognize the profound danger of the globalist system, for it is
ultimately incoherent, self-destructive, and out of control. To the
extent possible, we must mitigate the dangers of this system. We must
do this not by opposing it, we must instead withdraw participation
and consent to the maximum extent possible.
It is time to stop taking the circus seriously, and begin forging something entirely different. The basis of Integral Organization allows for groups who have wildly dissimilar interests to cooperate through built-in negotiation systems.
Integral Network concept is based in the Essential Aspects, the
binary basis of Natural Law, the ultimate heart of Nature itself. It
is not founded in arbitrary concepts like “freedom vs slavery”,
“equality vs dictatorship”, “progress vs regression, or “growth
We have been
fractured internally and externally, brainwashed and tormented by the
artificial state of affairs we endure daily. Is it any wonder that
cooperation comes only in the form of state-sanctioned “assistance”?
The ultimate question in the establishment of Integral Networks is to ask whether there is currently any group who can muster sufficient consensus to establish one.
The Essential Gestures are movements intended to synchronize the individual with the Essential Aspects, shifting and balancing the individual Consciousness. This sort of technique may not be for everyone, but it is provided here for those who may be interested.
A major benefit of this basic set of Gestures is that the set is easy to learn and remember. The set also may be practiced in a relatively small area and short space of time (but don’t rush!).
appropriate attitude associated with each Gesture is as important as
the physical movement itself. Practice the attitudes until they come
Breathing is also
important. Generally, breathe in while making the movement, and
breathe out at the end point of the movement (breathing in, you are
holding the Energy that is being moved, breathing out, you are
releasing or anchoring it). Hold the end point at least until you
have fully exhaled.
The order can be
reversed and the starting point can be different. There are natural
cycles to the movements. Using specific gestures and cycles can be
used for different purposes. The cycle below is the basis, and is
good for re-establishing balance.
Quiet your thoughts.
If you are versed in creating a sacred space field, do so.
Enter the Ready Stance (the so-called “Horse Stance”): Stand and place your feet widely at your sides comfortably, about halfway to the fullest possible extension.
Let your arms fall loosely to your sides without touching the sides, release tension.
Loosen up: With your hands still at your sides, take a moment to vigorously shake your hands “horizontally” – twisting the wrist along its axis (not moving the hands up and down).
Make the “Gesture of Spirit” to prepare the main Energy Gates of the body: This is a neutral gesture similar to a traditional prayer pose, made at the center of the body:
First at forehead, palms and fingertips touching, fingertips facing upward, then at heart, palms and fingertips touching, fingertips facing upward, then at the navel, same gesture, except fingertips point downward.
Interdependency (Absence): Encompassing the World
Movement: Both arms raised above the head, each out to the widest reach, fingers outstretched, as if they reach out to the vast expanse of space.
Total release, openness, letting Energy move to the farthest distance
without resistance. You are the great mystery, and it does not need
to be solved.
Flexibility: Bridging the World
outstretched to sides at level of heart, fingers loosely split,
fingertips pointed upward, like holding oneself up between two walls
at the sides. Arms are not extended out to full tension, only just
before full tension.
Responsiveness, adaptability. You are a conduit between co-existing
states, a bridge. Energy both moves both in and out freely.
Receptivity: Probing the World
Hands at front at the level of the heart, fingers loosely split,
fingertips slightly curved. Legs slightly (comfortably) bent. Like
Attitude for a wall you cannot see, a wall that is soft and
permeable. The palms are like leaves taking in the sunlight.
Attitude: Curiosity, sensing Energy. Intuition. Attitude for what is “out there” – as a whole, rather than in tiny pieces.
Tolerancy: Embracing The World
Movement: Hands out in front of the body, close to the center, palms upward, both hand edges touching. The fingers are curled inwards and moved towards the chest, as if one was pulling a solid bar towards the center of the body at the level of the heart.
Also akin to holding another’s clasped hands and pulling them to you. Sense those invisible “hands” or the “bar” you are grasping. Elbows remain bent at the end of movement, and rest on the base of the lungs. Also at the end of the movement, shoulders are slightly raised inward and upward, as if in excitement.
Attitude: A wholehearted “yes”. Letting the Energy into the heart. Accepting, wanting, beckoning. The world is yours to enjoy.
Independency (Presence): Claiming the World
Movement: Both hands clutching a fist 3-5” in front of the heart. The left hand mainly holds the energy (at heart) while the right hand mirrors the motion. The movement is halfway between the Embracing and Enduring movements.
Attitude: Fervently squeezing one’s heart like it is the universe itself: holding on to Presence, the “here-and-now”. Your existence is your own to hold.
6. Aspect: Resiliency: Enduring the World
Fists clenched against the chest, with thumb at top, hands touching,
at the level of the heart.
Attitude: Determination. You will claim what is yours, and tenaciously protect it. Feel your solidity: you are stable, tenacious, you can weather the storms of time. Holding the center.
Assertivity: Shaping the World
Fists clenched against the body, with thumb at top, hands touching,
at the level of the stomach. Similar to a body-builder’s “flexing”
Attitude: Passion, ability, strength to work one’s will. You are capable of creating change, as well as pursuing what you desire.
Criticality: Resisting the World
slightly crouched (almost pouncing) defensive posture. Pushing away
with hands outstretched at the level of the stomach, fingers split,
fingertips barely curved.
Attitude: Rejecting with the body, releasing. Eliminating the unwanted, decisively pushing away all that is harmful. You have the right to say “no”.
In Part III of INTEGRALISM, the basis of Integral Organization, one of the three Methods of Integration, is established.
“Human groups are a human extension of the perpetual action of Nature. Not only does Integral Organization address specific methods of behavior in regards to the individual, it also addresses the behavior of groups.”
A key purpose of Integral Organization is to allow for the cooperation of Integralists with similar aims, through a system of coordination based upon the Essential Aspects.
At the heart of this
system is the concept of the Integral Node, or Node. A Node is a
group of individuals engaged in a collective purpose, and the
structure of the Node is based in the core Aspect Functions derived
from the eight Essential Aspects.
“Nodes are the basic units of an Integral Network:
semi-autonomous groups based on the (Integral) Functions, Sections,
Divisions, and Roles. Nodes consist of individuals who work closely
together, and are engaged in a common purpose.”
To found an Integral
Network, one needs only eight individuals who are in agreement about
a specific collective purpose. The group defines a Purpose Statement
to elucidate this aim, and proceeds to act according to the system
laid out as Integral Organization.
“The Purpose Statement (or simply the “Purpose”), of an
Integral Network is a statement declaring the reason the network is
being founded, along with its aims. The Purpose should be brief and
clearly stated. Any Membership restrictions and fundamental rules
should be included in the Purpose Statement.”
An Integral Network
may be as small as a sports team or gaming club, or as large as a
Nation. It all depends upon the Purpose Statement, and corollary
Tenets, and the subsequent membership of the Network.
“Tenets are the “laws” of the Network, providing auxiliary
rules that members of the Network must adhere to. Some of these
Tenets may be adopted at the time of founding, or they may be added
later, as long as they do not conflict with the Network’s Purpose.”
The benefit of
divergent Networks following the same Organization protocol is that
they may parley, coordinate, or even merge, through the mechanism of
the Network Commissions.
“(The Council of Reconcilers) addresses new ideas, messaging or
presentation issues, diplomatic alliances, linking with lost Nodes,
merging of Networks, and novel operations proposals.”
Network is organized into Levels, where higher Levels have more
authority over the Network. The operation of a Network is directed by
Councils, the heads of which are chosen by their peers. Directives
are passed down the Network through the medium of Councils.
“Decisions affecting internal affairs of a Node are generally
handled by the Node Council, through a majority consensus vote.
Level-wide decisions are decided by all of the Node Councils on that
Level. Network directives are sent from higher Levels to lower Levels
through the Function Councils, where they serve as distributed
Organization is designed in such a way that the system mitigates the
danger inherent in unsegmented democracy: that of “mob rule”, yet
it also protects against unlimited arbitrary authority through peer
voting, accountability and measures of censure.
has been a brief introduction to the concept of Integral
Organization. More information is provided in the book INTEGRALISM,
and the methods involved are also evolving / undergoing further
There are very few prerequisites for becoming an Integralist, and they are as follows:
One must affirm the reality of a singular infinite and eternal principle, one that is ultimately responsible for all manifestation, while also being unaffected by that manifestation. It has been known by many different names. Integralists call it Divinity.
One must affirm the existence of a single Divine Essence, derived from said Divinity. This Essence is both transcendent of all manifestation, and simultaneously present within it. It is Divinity limited only by the quality of “being” or “existing” (Essence; from esse “to be”).
One must affirm that no relative manifestation may come into being on any basis other than a binary basis, wherein Essence is modulated in relation to itself.
One must affirm that Nature is the engine of manifestation derived from varying degrees of juxtapositional relationship between two complementary, yet opposing principles: “Presence” and “Absence”.
One must affirm the Essential Aspects (priniciples derived from the primary combinations of Presence and Absence) as the fundamental elements of Nature. These Aspects have been described in countless different ways throughout history.
One must affirm that the purpose of existence is for Divinity to experience itself subjectively, and that it does this through the medium of Awareness.
One must affirm that a Soul consists of an intimate functional relationship with Divine Essence, and that a Soul must be manifested and realized through the formation of this relationship.
Many other realizations follow from the internalization of these affirmations, but, in comparison, they are of lesser importance. It is from the understanding of these truths that the basis of Integralism is revealed.
It is mysterious in
the ordinary sense of the word, being generally unexplained or
puzzling, and also in the original sense of the word mustērion, the
Greek word (meaning “sacred rites”) from which the English word
mystery is derived.
The very existence
of Awareness presents us with a profound enigma whose secrets we must
unlock; it poses a riddle with an extremely elusive solution. The
answers to all of the great questions of life are intimately tied to
the mystery of Awareness.
Awareness compels us to participate in the ultimate initiatory
mystery: the secret rite of Nature itself. Being aware, we cannot
escape the mandate of this mystery: to experience, and thereafter to
reflect upon the meaning and consequence of that experience.
something that we rely on implicitly. It is generally taken for
granted, despite the fact that it is absolutely crucial to our very
It is an
unmistakable fact that Awareness exists. You are Aware. If this were
not true, you would be unable to read and interpret these words.
Without Awareness, you could not even be what you are, for “you”
would not be present.
Many forms of life
rely entirely on instinct and impulse to guide their actions, and
this does, of course, indicate a certain degree of Awareness. But the
awareness of human beings has a greater level of complexity, allowing
for deeper forms of Awareness which are not present in all forms of
Human beings cannot
simply move instinctively from one experience to another without
retaining some degree of knowledge of what has previously transpired.
We rarely proceed in life without a compulsory recourse to memory and
to the anticipation of future events.
We are able to recall and refer to specific moments in the past, and we may imagine past and future events that have never occurred. These abilities transcend instinct, as well as going beyond the generalized forms of imprinted memory that serve only biological and/or emotional needs.
Human awareness is challenging, for its capabilities can be as harmful as they may be helpful. Although we may attempt to avoid this burden of Awareness, we cannot. There is no escaping this geas of Nature: the amazing gift of sentience, a gift that often seems like a terrible curse.
But how has this
awareness come to be? Where has it come from?
What exactly is
Awareness and why does it exist? Who is it exactly that is Aware?
Fortunately, you already possess the one and only thing you need in order to investigate this mystery: Awareness itself.
From the standpoint of Integralism, Awareness is the essential medium that facilitates relative existence, its cultivation being the very purpose of Nature.
Integralists assert that Awareness is in no way an emergent property of matter. Conversely, they recognize that Awareness itself (Divine Essence) exists prior to the appearance of the Cosmos of Energy, while also manifesting in myriad forms within that Cosmos.
We live in a society whose emphasis is placed upon equality and conformity, dominated by concerns of material wealth and scarcity, coupled with a driving philosophy that emphasizes the preeminence of the specific, concrete, and observable domains of experience to the point of an almost total rejection of the subjective domains of experience.
This insidious zeitgeist extends far beyond a simple cultural bias. It is a worldview drains the world of meaning and richness. Challenging the boundaries of this paradigm is perceived as a threat to the social order.
The horror of this control is that it is practically invisible, and those who foster it often know not what they do. The social conditioning individuals are subjected to is implicit, pervasive, and incredibly powerful. It is rarely examined or evaluated in the “light of day”.
Counter-cultural movements at times resist this status quo, but a common flaw of these movements is a failure to understand and examine the fundamentals. Such movements lack the necessary perspective. They perform within the “system”, within the bounds of social conditioning, and they simply “rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic”.
What is at stake here is Awareness itself. Perceptual freedom: the ability to determine, direct, and shape one’s own experience, and to cooperate with one’s peers. What is at stake is culture itself, and the ability to manifest it.
The Living Myth
The premise of the “living myth” is a common theme in mystery schools and religions throughout the world. It is only through participatory Initiation that one comes to “live the myth” (myth as paradigm, not as fairy tale).
Integralism is a participatory myth that aims to manifest a future culture. The lasting benefits of Integralism are to be found through participation in its mysteries, its “sacred rites”: the very precepts and practices that lead to the inner development of the individual who undertakes them, The power of Integralism is that even a basic involvement with its precepts purifies one’s perception of Nature, and of individual potential.
Integralism is ultimately a meta-philosophy, one oriented towards fostering a level of understanding that exceeds mere philosophical musing. It aims to empower participants in its “myth” through an understanding of Nature and its origin: Awareness.
No amount of political wrangling, armed or unarmed struggle, social programs, religious or moral initiatives will aid our survival in any significant way unless we can also cultivate Awareness.
This is not to say that the various forms of social organization
fail entirely. Obviously, groups of like-minded people often produce
good works. However, the machinery of “social justice” can just
as easily become a device engendering evil and suffering, as has
happened time and time again throughout history.
Existing social institutions are largely mechanisms of
enslavement. To once again suggest and implement an alternative
social program within the existing paradigm, as has happened
countless times throughout history, will not solve the fundamental
dilemma at the heart of social ills. Such suggestions may be
potentially valuable, but they are simply band-aids that are
attempting to heal a serious wound.
It is only when social structures are devised by truly Conscious
individuals that they can truly achieve their purpose. Only a
revolution of Awareness can get us out of this mess: a true
revolution of personal responsibility, identity, and organization.
We need to become immunized to propaganda and manipulation. We
need to be Aware of just who and what we are, what we are capable of,
and how we got here. We need to be both idealistic in our adherence
to truth, and realistic in applying that truth to our current
The lowest common denominator of Awareness among us must be
raised. Only the expansion of Awareness can save us from destruction.
The concerns of philosophers and metaphysicians are not simply idle
pursuits, but rather are crucial endeavors to enable the salvation of
our species and the preservation of life on this planet.