Spiral Dynamics and Spirituality

Spiral Dynamics and Spirituality

This course will be offered again in the Winter 2021.

Spiral Dynamics has helped me practice “non-attachment.”   

I see the world through the colors of Spiral Dynamics. 

Integral Theory developed by Graves and Beck

For the past 15 years, since I learned this model, I’ve seen patterns of social, cultural and emotional evolution through the lens of the Spiral. Now, more than ever, the Spiral has served me as I attempt to understand and have compassion for all others. I feel compelled to share this model with you, so that you, too, can be engaged in the current situation with less judgment, less emotion, and less attachment. 

I learned about Spiral Dynamics at Unity Institute, from Revs E.J. Niles and Robert Brumet, who emphasized that human behavior shifts when conditions and values change. Spiral Dynamics is a model that is highly respected within the field of Evolution of Consciousness. It’s easy to learn but provides fodder for many wonderful introspective, reflective conversations. In addition to various handouts and videos, our textbook is Birthing A Greater Reality by Unity author Robert Brumet. 

As I follow the news of our current politics, religion, economics, environment, media,  and many clashing social dynamics, such as immigration, LGBTQ, #MeToo, ISIS, policing, mass shootings, social nostalgia, rising consumer costs.., I’m reminded of the 1966 song that begins  “Something’s Happenin’ Here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.” I watch events unfold and I hear a particular verse:  


“There’s battle lines being drawn. Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong…  Singing songs and carrying signs. Mostly sayin’, hooray for our side!…  Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid. …”

Many folks are afraid of the swift shifts in culture, and they seem to think everybody else’s side in wrong!  How can we evolve toward seeing the Oneness in all “sides?”

Is this modern era degenerating into self-destruction? Or could it be that the tensions we’ve created in this western society are rising up and about to burst into something new and life-supportive? If a regenerative breakthrough is imminent, how can we help it come about? And how can we tolerate others who think differently and who seem to be blocking progression of consciousness? How can we practice what we preach: inclusiveness, regardless of race, religion, gender preferences, etc? 

Many people react to this model saying they don’t want to label people or categorize them in any way. Dr. Don Beck, the developer of this model and consultant to many groups who have benefited from the insights Spiral Dynamics provides, says that this model is a way for us to project ourselves into someone else’s paradigm so that we can break down misunderstandings and build bridges. 

Spiritual centers can host a weekend retreat. Contact Rev. Pat so we can explore what works for your spiritual center, church or study group. newvistaunity@gmail.com


Each session of our exploration of Spiral Dynamics begins with setting a heart-intention of non-judgment and non-attachment. In other words, we’re calling ourselves to a higher consciousness during our meetings: one with spiritual eyes of love and progress toward reconciliation and regeneration. We will not engage in blaming or degrading others. Instead, we’ll learn skills for seeing with compassion and tolerance. We will create a safe zone so that both republican and democrats, traditionalists and progressives, highly educated and high school educated can come together and lovingly see each other’s needs and values. As we learn about the levels of consciousness in this model, we’ll release the tendency to think of them as “better” or worse” than another level. Whatever stage in life or consciousness you’re in, it isn’t right or wrong. It’s just different.

Our primary text is Birthing A Greater Reality: A Guide for Conscious Evolution by Robert Brumet. We will also watch videos and read articles available online. This course provides several ways to learn: presentation, small group discussion and engaging activities. 

Questions? ask Rev Pat newvistaunity@gmail.com