Volume 2: 2003 Abstract 2

Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management

Volume 2: 2003

Stage theory and Wilber’s holarchy: Pathways for deeper consciousness

Kerry Cochrane

University of Sydney, Orange Campus

Stage theories and Wilber’s holarchy model act as a template for a discussion on a possible route for the emergence of the spiritual Self. Critical in this process is the need to engage with certain types of experiences in preparation for spiritual development. Reference is made to the power of objectivity in western culture and how that can hinder the journey. The paper provides an account of how Gregory Bateson’s model of learning and Ken Wilber’s holarchy are being used in units of study at the University of Sydney, Orange, to provide students with an insight into the development of their self-knowledge and how this connects with the wider world.