Kabir Kadre
STAGES Development

STAGES Development...

One of the ways that wisdom enriches our lives is by helping us come to terms with the nature of change. In many cases, we can see that change is really development; this does not mean that we value all development equally, nor does it imply that development imparts value directly. This change/development, however, is essential to our own nature. Understanding ourselves in this context can bring significant compassion as well as agility as we move through the cycles of our lives.

Throughout our lives, it can be said, we move through a progressive inquiry of perspective taking. We can understand this journey of evolutionary wisdom through a lens revealing 12 distinctly identified and well-defined stages. By understanding the nature of these stages, how and to what extent any of them may be active, and our particular relationship to them, we can find ourselves insightfully empowered towards a more effective, more awakened, self knowing. At any point we may be seen to be sourcing our meaning making and the logics from which we derive our actions from the perspectives represented by these stages. In certain cases, taking a developmental perspective can be a powerful leverage tool for gaining insight into the wisdom of our current unfolding, or possible choices we may make along the way.

One of the metrics we may use in our work together is the STAGES Model of human development. This powerful assessment tool and accompanying wisdom perspective, developed by Terri O’Fallon and further enriched by her work with Kim Barta, (see references in our “Competition” section) stands on the shoulders of over a century of research and practice in the field of understanding human development.

“Wisdom inclines toward the good but is not attached to it. It shies away from what is not good, but has no aversion to it. Wisdom recognizes the difference between skillful and unskillful, and it sees the undesirability of the unskillful.”

—Sayadaw U Tejaniya