Human Development – Bill Plotkin

 Where are you?

Human Development-

From the work of Bill Plotkin- Nature and the Human Soul

Stage 1- The Innocent in The Nest- Early ChildhoodTask:
Ego formation and the care of innocence
Gift: Luminous Presence
Center of Gravity- Spirit

Stage 2- The Explorer in the Garden- Middle Childhood
Task- Discovering the natural world and learning cultural ways
Gift- WonderCenter- Family and nature

Stage 3- The Thespian at the Oasis- Early Adolescence
Task- Creating a secure and authentic social self
Gift- Fire
Center- Peer group, sexuality and society

Stage4- The Wonderer in the Cocoon- Adolescence
Task- Leaving home and exploring the mysteries
Gift- Mystery and Darkness
Center- The underworld

Stage 5- The Apprentice at the Wellspring- Early Adult
Task- Learning delivery systems for embodying soul in the culture
Gift- Visionary Action and Inspiration
Center- Cultural Depths

Stage 6- The Artisian in the Wild Orchard- Adulthood
Task- Manifesting innovative delivery systems for soul work
Gift- Seeds of cultural renaissance
Center- Giveaway as art form

Stage 7- The Master in the Grove of Elders- Early Elderhood
Task- Caring for the soul of the more then human community
Gift- Wholeness
Center- Web of Life

Stage 8- The Sage in the Mountain Cave- Late Elderhood
Non- Task- Tending to the Universe
Gift- Grace
Center- Cosmos- Spirit


Posted by Michael McKnight

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  1. #1 by Love on June 8, 2010 - 5:49 pm

    This is very intersting, though it would take me more than a few minutes to go within and Listen … so dark and deep could be the answer.

    “Where are you?” -you asked?

    I didn´t follow the natural ways of Evolution (not even the natural ways of evolution) so I have been living in a very unnatural way. I was not in the world of adults when I was supposed to (instead, I embarked (unconsciously of course) in a very unhealthy relationship with a dark man and …. when I tried to get out of there, I could only resist scarcely a couple of months on my own. I was then brought up to a similar dark pit but not of the same kind. Up until now.

    So where I am?

    I don´t know. I should study this post of yours deeper but having a quick look, I´d say that I can´t go back to the stage 1. I have no age for that.

    Stage two? Three perhaps?

    Whatever it is, now it´s my responsability to break with any unhealthy relationship (as I had the Intuition years before but I was too weak and unexperienced to Know better what to do) and try to …


    Do my best?

  2. #2 by Love on June 8, 2010 - 6:28 pm

    “in a very unhealthy relationship with a dark man”

    I could stop judging others … he was a reflection of the unconscious darkness that I was carrying inside, isn´t it?

    • #3 by verewig on June 9, 2010 - 2:41 pm

      Love, it is only when you have no more feelings – good or bad – as an reaction to a person that the underlying issue is finally resolved. If you are attracted to the dark; ask yourself what are the positive and negative qualities that the dark within you represent. Always there is something within the dark that also represent a positive quality that you need to express. What for example is the positive of jealousy? A person can see the specialness in another that they would like to express in themselves. Every negative quality also has a hidden positive quality.


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