Aletheia Coaching is founded on the understanding that there are four depths of reality accessible in the present moment. We call these The Four Depths of Cosmos, Psyche, and Soma. As a cosmology, these depths allow us to understand the phenomenon of depth as it occurs in the world around us. As a psychology, this model allow us to understand and unfold depth in ourselves and in other. This empowers integral development. And, as a somatology, The Four Depths allows us to understand the phenomena of depth in the body and to design precise practices to unfold and express the body in deeper and deeper ways.
The Four Depths are:
This fundamental characteristic of experience at this depth is separation. Everything feels separate, as if it is a part of something bigger. At this depth we live in a cosmos of people, places, and things that are all separate from each other. Our psychology is composed of parts. For example, the part of me that likes to be in control, the ambitious part of me, the self-sabotaging part of me. Research has shown that a typical person has 30 to 50 structural ego parts. This understanding explains how we sometimes feel inner contradictions and dilemmas. A part of you wants to keep the job you are in and another part of you wants to leave the job.
In our culture today, this tends to be out everyday vantage point.
In Aletheia Coaching, we work with clients to understand and unfold their parts through acceptance, love, and appreciation using Parts Work. As we do that, the structural aspect of the client’s Parts softens and melts in a way that spontaneously drops the client into the Depth of Process.
The outer Depth of Parts
the inner depth of process
The characteristic of phenomena at this depth is impermanence. Everything is experienced as a flow.
This is the depth in which everything is in a constant state of flowing and becoming. There is less objectification at this depth and hence less separation.
the subtle depth of presence
This is the depth of holistic awareness in which we realize our innate wholeness and completeness.
This is the depth of no duality, no separation, no boundaries. This depth is the realization of the nonduality of awareness and emptiness. This is a very liberating realization.
the very subtle depth of nonduality
Each of us has a vantage point located in these depths from which we experience, feel, sense, and understand ourselves, others, and life. With unfoldment, our vantage point deepens and with this our experience of everything undergoes a transformation. With unfoldment, we undergo a change of heart and a change of mind. Everything is the same as it always was and everything is also fresh as if being experienced for the very first time.
We live in an unprecedented age in which we have access to the proven psychologies, philosophies, and spiritual methods of both the West and the East. Using a model such as The Four Depths of True Nature, we can understand how to integrate all this practical wisdom into a unified method for integral unfoldment.
Unfolding requires specific skillful means at each of these depths. Here we name the kind of "work" associated with each depth and name exemplars that center their method at the indicated depth.
Parts Work / Outer Work - exemplars are Internal Family Systems created by Richard Schwartz and Voice Dialogue created by Hal and Sidra Stone
Process Work / Inner Work - exemplars are The Philosophy of the Implicit and Focusing created by Eugene Gendlin and Process Psychology created by Arnold Mindell
Presence Work / Subtle Work - exemplars are the Essence and Personality teachings of Gurdjieffian Fourth Way schools and the work on wholeness by Henri Bortoft
Nondual Work / Very Subtle Work - exemplars are the nondual Buddhist, Daoist, Advaita, and other nondual traditions
The method of Integral Unfoldment incorporates Parts Work, Process Work, Presence Work, and Nondual Work in a unique and comprehensive way.
As an aside, we use the term "work," as this is traditional. However, the aim is always to be more deeply here - not to get or be anywhere else. And so we sometimes also refer to this work as play. Work is usually done in order to generate something not already here. Play, on the other hand, is done for its own sake. In this regard, unfoldment can be more like play than work.
The methods named as exemplars above tend to center themselves in a vantage point at a specific depth. As a method, Integral Unfoldment, seamlessly flows up and down with what is emerging in the present awareness of the client. As such it isn't centered in any one depth but includes them all.