Spiral Dynamics is a system that describes and highlights the unfolding of the eight levels of human consciousness. Dr. Clare Graves, the originator of SD, states, “What I am proposing is that the psychology of the mature human being is an unfolding emergent, oscillating, spiraling process, marked by progressive subordination of older, lower-order behavior systems to newer, higher-order systems as man’s existential problems change.”Spiral Dynamics outlines the specific”value”meme of each of the different levels of human development.

In this presentation Deborah will describe the value memes of the Spiral Dynamics system and how they interface with the nine points of the Enneagram. The Spiral will be explored in terms of its relevance to the Enneagram. Possible applications for how to use the Enneagram and Spiral Dynamics to assist in shifting individual and global consciousness will also be explored.

Deborah Ooten, Ph.D., is certified in Spiral Dynamics by Don Beck and in the Enneagram by Helen Palmer and David Daniels. Deborah is the founder/director of the Conscious Living Center and the School of Conscious Living in Cincinnati, Ohio. Deborah is dedicated to transforming human consciousness and utilizes the Enneagram and Spiral Dynamics to bring about global change. Deborah holds her doctorate in clinical psychology, is an occupational therapist, and a craniosacral therapist. Deborah currently practices as a life coach, helping individuals, groups, and businesses to balance work, play, and self-care by attending to the body, mind, and heart. Deborah is a member of the IEA board of directors and will serve as the 2006 IEA Conference chair.

Deborah Ooten


2005 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco, California, USA

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