The Upper Left quadrant represents consciousness and its contents. While Upper Right would, for example, include the study of brain-evolution, Upper Left will explore the development of cognition. The essential concepts include perception, thought, feeling, sensing. The contents of the Upper Left quadrant can – in contrast to Upper Right – only be studied through interpretation i.e. in dialogue with the object of investigation.
The Upper Right quadrant is most prevalent in natural science. It deals with everything that can be perceived directly or indirectly through the senses; everything that has a “simple location”. This means that Upper Right examines structures like molecules, cells, organs, organisms, etc. If we look closely though, we notice that everything is studied from the outside: it can tell us about the composition of a reptilian brain – how it is organized and how it forms – but it tells us nothing about the interior experience of a turtle.
Right View: AQAL applied Integral Coaching Personal Vision DevelopmentBig MindVoice DialogueEQmental EfficiencyCoachingMindfulness
No consciousness ever exists on its own but is always in relationship with others. It is in those relationships that structures such as language, morals and worldviews come into being. All of those are phenomena of the interior (without a simple location) and of the collective (they only exist in communities). The laws of these relationships are studied in the Lower Left quadrant.
All relationships between individuals possess exterior manifestations. These are the structures that make the exchange of ideas, thoughts and emotions possible. Human relationships for example give rise to social structures, governmental institutions, tools for communication, settlements, markets, educational institutions etc.