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"...From Carl Jung’s theory of the Self to Ken Wilber’s integral theory (and so many in between)—they all added critical perspectives that eventually became the basis for the working model I call the Comprehensive Orientation for Developmental Emergence. The CODE is a modular, open-source, and adaptable framework for collaborative spirituality.

The CODE is based on five organizing principles, five spiritual elements, and seven developmental tasks. The five organizing principles can be understood as the container that keeps you aligned in each step of the process. The five spiritual elements are what makes the process come alive. The developmental aspect of the CODE is the operational framework for the process. It builds the psychological condition for maximizing your potential as a human. All these terms will become clear after reading Part two.

You can think of the CODE as an approach that encompasses what I term ‘deep-diversity’— A system thinking approach to diversity that simultaneously provides depth, developmental theory and inclusivity, in the interest ofdeveloping innovative integrations that redefine who we are as carriers of life. My hope is that the schism and fragmentation between religions, between religions and science, and between modernism and postmodernism can be mended by the principles, elements, and processes of the CODE.

The CODE is open-source and local. What makes the model distinctive is the fact that it offers practical structures that you can use in your own community. Each community and group has complete autonomy with regards to how to engage it. As such, you are welcome to ignore any of the ideas I share in the book, and just use the model as a kind of open-source code.

It builds safety and trust. If communities are to thrive spiritually and psychologically, we need to create containers that are small enough that people can feel safe to share and explore their needs, values, concerns, and questions. People need spaces where they can feel safe to be vulnerable, and thus more attached, to others. My extensive research on developmental psychology has shown that without this fundamental sense of security, individuals will not feel comfortable to learn and grow in ways that go beyond intellectual or spiritual understanding. I have also ensured that the model supports the development of clear boundaries among members.

It respects both authentic spiritual lineages and science. The world’s religious and spiritual traditions have mapped the human psyche, each in their unique (and limited) ways. This is not something you can absorb during a weekend- long retreat, through YouTube tutorials, or by reading books. The CODE encourages people to embrace one (or more) lineages for the establishment of depth. For me, lineages include any one of the great authentic religions but also Western psychological knowledge and scientific dialectics.

It is about self and others. It isn’t enough to just have an intellectual conversation or to exchange spiritual ideas. People deserve more. In fact, they need more. They need a space where the self, others, and the divine force that unites them are all active participants in an open-ended, self-reflective process. I want people to have an experience where everyone has a chance to be their best selves emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually while growing the relational art of meeting otherness.

It brings the best of all worlds. People sense that they need to make an unnecessary choice between different aspects of who they are. Can they be both spiritual and scientific? Religious and rational? Can they live in multiple identities? The CODE offers a process in which nothing has to be given up and nothing needs to be changed. To use a metaphor, our cultural RAM (RAM being the capacity to run multiple computer applications at once) has enough processing power to handle the paradoxes of our time. Each community has differentiated and stand- alone spiritual traditions, diverse groups, and the common ground of the group that unifies it all. This is not only multiculturalism in action but the embrace of the full spectrum of developmental spirit.

It is developmental. The CODE taps into the dynamic nature of human development on the individual, community, and cultural levels. This developmental process is critical because achieving our fullest development requires that we attend to any unfinished developmental tasks remaining from childhood or adolescence. Lingering unmet needs create psychosocial disturbances for individuals and the people they interact with. Poorly managed developmental trauma can wreak havoc in the lives of individuals, partnerships, families, and communities. This is why so many well-intended spiritual groups and religious organizations go through excruciating growing pains. It is also why the first task of any group working with the CODE will be to help its members to orient, find ground, and feel safe. Many groups skip this step and eventually find themselves stuck. This, in turn, creates a false sense of security in the community. Other communities skip straight to focusing on their vision and sacrificing the need for individuation for the sake of a bigger collective vision...."

From the book "Collaboration and Belonging in a divisive world", By Shahar Rabi

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