A Model of Integration


A Model of Integration™ is defined as “a holistic model depicting the constituents of a human person and how they function and interact.”


A Model of Integration™ gives us a visual of a conceptualization of what constitutes a human person. Here, we think of a person as comprised of a Body, a Mind, and a Soul respectively.

Body refers to our physical nature that is comprised of cells, organs, and systems. It is where we experience physical sensation.

Mind is believed to be the sum of various affective (feeling) and cognitive (thinking) experiences. It is a kind of overseer of the bio-chemical processes of the brain through which we experience a sense of being. It is the small “i” (ego) with which we identify.

Soul refers to a part of us that is not yet scientifically proven, but is supported by multiple references within philosophy and religion. There we find that Soul is essentially an ethereal component of being that many persons “know that they know” is who they really are beyond the body and mind. It is the large “I” (self) with which we identify.

I like to think of these constituents as somewhat hierarchical in nature. What this means is that there is a natural order that they seem to follow in which Soul transcends Mind, which transcends Body. One way to metaphorically capture this consideration to compare them to a “chain of command” as seen in the military. Here we can name them “Private Body, Sergeant Mind, and Captain Soul.”

The Captain issues and order to the Sergeant who in turn issues an order to the Private who carries it out. Some who know this metaphor often like to add that the General is {God} or {Spirit}. All are encouraged to resonate (or not) with the Model as they see fit.

The next aspect of the Model to which I will draw the reader’s attention is to the circles to either side of Mind. Here we examine how the mind is comprised of an Intellect and a Will. These account for the way we think and then move to enact said thoughts.

This brings us to the words found within the space of the overlaps between the circles. These include feeling, thought, intention, and discernment. The easiest way to explain these terms and how they operate within the Model is to provide an example.

Imagine that you are faced with an important decision regarding a new job. How might you go about engaging that process? Based upon our Model, we know that you will most likely have feelings and thoughts about the situation, and you will need to formulate an intention regarding what you will do. Discernment adds another layer to the resources available to assist us with our decision making processes. Here is how it might go:

I feel good about the new opportunity and I resonate with the people involved. I also feel tired and burnt out in my current job, so I might want to think through these feelings to understand their origins. I will also want to think about details such as pay, benefits, hours, distance to travel, etc. I may also want to pray or meditate upon the situation and consider what intuition might have to offer as I discern how the offer lines up with me on the level of Soul. Finally, I formulate an intention to either accept or decline the offer.

In this example we see The Model in vivo, and we see how we can take a complete approach to our daily lives. Notice also how the example demonstrates the hierarchy mentioned earlier. All aspects are important, but the higher faculties are applied to more deeply understanding the lower ones. In this way I think through my feelings, and seek to enlighten my thoughts.

With this we have a basic overview of how these highly psychological, philosophical, and theological constructs might be better understood and applied in daily life. Those interested in delving deeper are invited to reference the literature that addresses psychology of being, philosophy of mind, and theology of persons.




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