Glossary of Terms


One of the three Types of Awareness.

Awareness (or “aperceptual Awareness”) is the raw capacity for any and all sentience to occur. It is synonymous with Divine Essence. As it does not have an Energetic “object”, only self-reference, it is aperceptual.

See (Divine) Essence.

Body (Material Cognition)

One of the three Faculties of Cognition.

This faculty encompasses the physical body, along with its genetic instincts, and sense organs.

The perceptual object of the Body is matter, interpreted with the physical senses.


One of the three Types of Awareness.

A form of Awareness with limited scope; occurring spontaneously due to the process of Nature, where perception occurs exclusively in terms of specific patterns of Energy.

Nature brings rise to countless forms of Cognition. There are as many different forms of Cognition as there are forms of life.

Human Cognition is expressed through Body, Life, and Mind.

Cognitive Construct (Construct)

Identification with the fixed contents of Cognition; a Cognitive pattern derived from the origins, upbringing, memories, and personal history of an individual. What is commonly called “self” or “ego”.

Cognitive Level

One of the three Levels of Existence.

The Cognitive Level is the least encompassing of the three Levels of Existence. All ordinary human activity takes place entirely within its scope.

Cognitive Matrix

A world of experience arising from (and within) the Cognition of similar entities. While a Cognitive Matrix is based on the Cosmos of Energy, it is actually a simulation consisting of an adherence to an interpretive system existing only within the Cognition of its participants.

Each Cognitive Matrix can be conceived of as a region or sub-section of the Cosmos itself. These Matrices overlap where entities with similar Cognition exist in proximity.


One of the three Types of Awareness.

Consciousness is the perceptual faculty of the Soul. It is a form of Awareness with which one may perceive Integral Energy directly, thereby experiencing direct knowledge or “gnosis”.

Consciousness arises due to the interruption or suspension of Cognition.


The totality of all Energy currently existing, considered as a whole.


The true, undefinable, absolutely limitless reality in which all forms of relative existence arise. The unfathomable originator of Divine Essence.


The secondary Function involved in Essential Aspect Roles. The four Divisions are: Regulation, Reconciliation, Conservation, and Correction.

Energy (Integral Energy)

Essence that has been imprinted with information, either through the modulatory process of Nature, or through intentional application of Consciousness.

All Energy is composed of varying ratios of the Essential Aspects. Energy a requirement for the manifestation of perception.

Energetic Level

One of the three Levels of Existence.

The Energetic Level (also called the Cosmic Level) is the Level of Existence within which Energy manifests as a result of the process of Nature (the modulation of Essence through the medium of the Essential Aspects).

This level is synonymous with the Cosmos: it is the continuum of Energy arising from the interaction of the Essential Aspects.

The Essential Aspects, as the fundamental principles of Nature, are the governing principles of the Energetic Level.

Essence (Divine Essence)

Pure Existence: the Beingness and Awareness of Divinity made manifest. Essence forms the underlying basis for any and all relative manifestations.

Essence is aperceptual, it cannot be perceived as an external. It can, however, be experienced directly, through identifying with it.

The undivided Essence exists in an eternal unity, prior to the appearance of time, space, and perception.

The only distinction between Divinity and Divine Essence is that Essence is characterized by a quality of “existing”, while Divinity itself is not limited by this characteristic.

The Levels of Existence and the Types of Awareness are contained within (and formed of) Essence.

All Energy is contained within (and formed of) Essence. Essence is the true identity of all beings.

Essential Aspects

The Essential Aspects are elemental organizing principles perpetually existing at the primal heart of Nature.

The Aspects arise from the undivided Essence through the spontaneous activity of Nature (modulation). They are the primal stances that the Awareness of Essence can assume in its self-modulation, as well as being the fundamental forms of information, the core operating principles of Nature, and the “building blocks” of Energy.

In regards to the Cosmos, the Essential Aspects simultaneously inform, influence, organize, and perturb all Natural manifestations.

The Essential Aspects are sometimes referred to as the Aspects of Energy, The Aspects of Awareness, or the Aspects of Nature.

For convenience, each Aspect is associated with a color, and given an indicative title.

The Essential Aspects are named as follows: Independency (white), Interdependency (black), Assertivity (orange), Receptivity (blue), Criticality (red), Tolerancy (green), Resiliency (yellow), and Flexibility (purple).

Essential Level

One of the three Levels of Existence.

The most fundamental Level of Existence is the Essential Level. The Essential Level is synonymous with Essence itself, prior to any modulation, and therefore exists outside time and space, apart from, yet informing all of the manifestations of Nature.

At this level, there is only the unity of Divine Essence: Beingness itself, Awareness itself, and the state of existential completeness.

Faculties of Cognition

See Cognition.


One of the eight possible pair groups among the Essential Aspect preferences.

The eight Functions are: Manipulation, Mediation, Operation, Observation, Regulation, Reconciliation, Conservation, and Correction.

See Division and Section.


One of the three Methods of Integration.

A three-stage process that facilitates and expedites the process of personal integral development, placing the individual within a coherent framework of purpose and destiny.

Through Initiation, one becomes aware of one’s own origin, situation, faculties, and potentials, thereby coming to terms with the complexities and difficulties of incarnation.

Levels of Existence

The three nested “levels” of manifestation, corresponding to the three Levels of Awareness. Each level is primarily characterized by the degree to which Essence has been modulated.

Line of Anticipacy

One of the Essential Aspect Lines of Affinity.

This line refers to the relationship between the Essential Aspects of Resiliency and Flexibility. This Line deals with the future, and strategies for dealing with upcoming events.

Line of Immediacy

One of the Essential Aspect Lines of Affinity.

This Line describes the relationship between the Aspects of Assertivity and Receptivity. This line deals with the present moment.

Line of Memory

One of the Essential Aspect Lines of Affinity.

This Line refers to the relationship between the Essential Aspects of Criticality and Tolerancy. This line deals with the past, and with decision-making based on past events.

Line of Perpetuity

One of the Essential Aspect Lines of Affinity.

This Line describes the relationship between the Essential Aspects of Independency and Interdependency. It is concerned with the perpetual distinction between the ubiety of definition (denotation or plenity), and the ubiquity of relation (connotation or vacuity), a distinction that forms the ultimate basis for all Natural manifestation.

Life (Animate Cognition)

One of the three Faculties of Cognition.

Life is the “life-force”: the motive, transactional, or Animate principle expressed through an individual. This is the motivating vital principle that allows for activity to occur. It also accounts for the existence of emotion, desire, repulsion, and attraction.

The perceptual object of Life is emotion and “feeling”.

Methods of Integration (Integration)

The core practices of Integralism: Orientation, Initiation, and Organization.

Mind (Conceptual Cognition)

One of the three Faculties of Cognition.

Mind is the symbolic, abstract, hypothetical and/or imaginal sub-class of human Cognition. It provides the medium for thoughts, concepts, aims, goals, plans, memories, theories etc.

Mind makes it possible to speculate concerning things that may or may not exist in terms of Material or Animate Cognition.

The perceptual object of Mind is the concept, which can take virtually any symbolic form.

Nature (Divine Nature)

Nature is the engine of manifestation; the unconscious, spontaneous process of Essential modulation, whereby Energy is generated through the primal bifurcation of Essence, and the subsequent interaction of the Essential Aspects.

The Natural process brings rise to the Cosmos of Energy, along with the myriad Worlds contained within that Cosmos.

The term Nature is sometimes used colloquially to refer to the Cosmos itself.


One of the three Methods of Integration.

The study of the Essential Aspect Styles, and their interactions, as they apply to individuals and groups.

The Method of Organization provides a means to practically organize synarchic societies of any size or type, for the purpose of manifesting and maintaining an Integral society.


One of the three Methods of Integration.

The intentional recognition, internalization, and application of the Essential Aspects, for the purpose of providing an individual with the means to understand all facets of activity, experience, and manifestation.


Sentient activities arising only in relation to Energy. Specifically, Perception is Awareness that focuses on Energy as its object, bringing rise to experience.

Consciousness and Cognition are forms of perception, while Awareness itself is aperceptual.

Role (Essential Aspect Role, or “Integral Role”)

A specific style of interaction, determined by Essential Aspect preferences along the Lines of Affinity. The Role is part of the individual Cognitive Construct.

See Cognitive Construct.


The primary Function involved in Essential Aspect Roles. The four Sections are: Manipulation, Mediation, Operation, and Observation.


An intimate, functional relationship with Divine Essence. The reincarnating principle, Consciousness that survives death.

A Soul is not “given” by Nature, rather, it arises via unique circumstances of incarnation, usually through suffering. The Soul is not possessed by all sentient beings. Manifestation of Souls is the ultimate purpose of Nature.

The perceptual faculty of the Soul is Consciousness, and its intentional faculty is Will.

Spirit (Divine Spirit)

Nature itself, when it functions as an active conduit for the Awareness of Essence in relation to a Soul. Spirit has direct access to the total repository of self-existent Energetic truth, and can therefore provide an individual with any valid information.

Types of Awareness

The three broad Types of Awareness, corresponding directly to the three Levels of Existence.

These Types are (from the most encompassing to the most limited): Awareness, Consciousness and Cognition.

The distinction between the three Levels of Existence and the three Types of Awareness is simply one of a subjective vs an objective point of view.


Will (or “True Will”) is the intentional faculty of a Soul. See Consciousness and Soul.