|A complete metaphysical system must include levels, lines, states and types. |
Levels are developmental levels or stages of growth. All organisms develop through biological/physiological stages of growth, there are stages of psychological growth, stages of moral development, stages of cultural/social development, and close to all metaphysical systems agree that there are stages of spiritual growth. Examples of developmental systems that include stages are the Chakras, Kabbalah, Vedanta, Theosophy, Buddhist Vijnanas, Cognitive Development, Socioemotional Development, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Yoga Tantra, the systems of Huston Smith, Stan Grof, Piaget, St. Teresa, St. Dionysius, Maslow, Jean Houston, etc. So, levels.
Lines are specific, distinct aptitudes or abilities or programs that also develop through stages, but are not uniformly developed. Lines develop independantly of one another. Any individual or collective can be developed to any level in any given line. Examples of lines are cognition, morals, affects, needs, sexuality, motivation, interpersonal, artistic, self-identity, spirituality, etc. So, lines.
States are the states available to human consciousness. Waking is a state, dreaming is a state, deep sleep is a state, chemical alteration is a state, a trance is a state, deep meditation is a state, spiritual enlightenment is a state, transpersonal states are states of psychic, subtle, causal, and nondual awareness. So, states.
Types are modes of being or orientation. Examples of typological classification schemes are the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Enneagram, Jungian types, masculine/feminine, etc. So, types.
Levels, lines, states and types exist in all individuals and in all collectives. Also, every individual and collective has an external existence and an internal existence, has an objective and a subjective. Levels, lines, states and types exist in the objective and subjective of individuals and the objective and subjective of collectives.
A complete, comprehensive, integral metaphysical system must include levels, lines, states and types, as they exist in the objective and subjective of individuals and the objective and subjective of collectives. Any less is to have a deficient system, is to overlook an important aspect of existence, is to be partial.