By Steve McDonald On December 8, 2011
A map for the Archaic Revival
This article appeared in Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) Journal 3 – 2011/2012 (December 2011)
In 1974, American professor of psychology Dr Clare W Graves wrote an article for The Futurist magazine titled Human Nature Prepares for a Momentous Leap. Graves described an impending change in human consciousness that would be, in his words:
‘…the most difficult, but at the same time the most exciting transition the human race has faced to date. It is not merely a transition to a new level of existence but the start of a new “movement” in the symphony of human history.’
His claim wasn’t just speculation though, it was based on seven years of field research plus almost 20 years of data analysis. Unfortunately he died before publishing his research findings and therefore his work remains largely unknown. Graves’ theory was used as the basis for the book Spiral Dynamics (Beck & Cowan, 1996) and most of his original research papers were eventually published as The Never Ending Quest (Cowan & Todorovic, 2005).
Dr Graves’ findings provide a credible map for what philosopher and psychedelic pioneer Terence McKenna called The Archaic Revival. According to Graves, humanity is indeed making a momentous leap in consciousness, which is characterised in part by the re-emergence of archaic themes. One of these themes is tribalism; not a regression to ancient tribalism, but the emergence of one global tribe.
Phi Beta Iota: There are roughly eight “intelligence” tribes, or eight different tribal approaches to information-sharing and sense-making. They are all out of touch with one another and stovepiped to irrelevancy within themselves. The “craft of intelligence” in the 21st Century is about M4IS2 – Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making. Within individual nation-states, especially those willing and able to follow the example set by Iceland, citizens and governments must come together on four essentials: Electoral Reform, Coalition Cabinet, Balanced Budget, and “True Cost” Accounting. All of this is possible if the citizens demand and represent one word: INTEGRITY.