Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

IMAP: Integral Self-awareness Mapping Process—a study to evolve a method for consciousness development
by Alber, Mary Meeker, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2010, 472; 3443971
Abstract (Summary)

This author’s concept of an Integral Self-Awareness Mapping Process (IMAP) was studied through the experiences of 7 participants over a 3 month period. The IMAP process involved ten self-reflection steps in an interactive, weekly, web-based community discussion forum. The outcomes of the case study indicate a partial validation of the original purpose and philosophy associated with developing one’s integral consciousness : to inspire processes of observing, balancing, and integrating dimensions of Self and consciousness in the unique ways we each require on our evolutionary journey. While most participants realized some value from the IMAP experience, they also identified shortcomings in the design with 2 participants expressing strong disagreement with the integral philosophy and developmental principles embodied by IMAP.

Building upon participant feedback, additional literature reviews, and experiences with alternative models, systems, and practices for consciousness development, this researcher identified significant opportunities for design improvement. A central finding was the correlation between developmental motivation and belief in one’s Higher Self, Essence-being, or Soul as individual agent of change and consciousness evolution. The revised model and process of consciousness development, renamed I-MAP, incorporates key insights from Aurobindo (1993), Ouspensky (1950/1981), Ichazo (1991), Stevens (1989/1994a), and Young (1976/1999) including additional essence and personality attributes for self-discernment by participants. While the original model located the subjective singular perspective of awareness in one of four quadrants, I-MAP shifts the singular-subjective perspective to the central axis of a torus shaped model that delineates seven qualities of consciousness correlating with seven developmental stages. Relative to the Integral Life Practice program developed by Wilber, Patten, Leonard, and Morelli (2008), the I-MAP program proposes a comprehensive resource for participant understanding of unique essence and personality features in order to accelerate development of each individual’s consciousness and capacity to contribute to collective evolution.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gozawa, Joanna
Commitee: Combs, Allan, Hamilton, Marilyn, Weisner, Wendy
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning and Change
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 72/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Developmental psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Collaborative inquiry, Integral consciousness, Personality, Self-awareness
Publication Number: 3443971
ISBN: 978-1-124-50719-4
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