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Joe CorbettJoe Corbett has been living in Shanghai and Beijing since 2001. He has taught at American and Chinese universities using the AQAL model as an analytical tool in Western Literature, Sociology and Anthropology, Environmental Science, and Communications. He has a BA in Philosophy and Religion as well as an MA in Interdisciplinary Social Science, and did his PhD work on modern and postmodern discourses of self-development, all at public universities in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at


Corbett's AQAL Cube

The Dark AQAL

Joe Corbett

I think there is great merit in converting the AQAL square into an AQAL cube. But rather than reinventing the wheel, or the Kosmic Mandala, with a whole new and confusing set of terminology, we can leave the existing AQAL intact as it is and add a single z-axis designating the manifest and unmanifest realms. Thusly, four new quadrants are opened-up with matching terminology, only with the prefix of unmanifest body, unmanifest mind, unmanifest collective subjectivity (soul), and unmanifest collective objectivity (spirit).

This new quadrant realm is not some fanciful extra that complicates and overwhelms the AQAL square with redundancy and confusion, but rather is vital in order to understand the underlying forces that help to generate and evolve the phenomena in the manifest AQAL square. As the virtual particles of the dark energy vacuum pop in and out of existence, they exchange information between the manifest and the unmanifest realms, which is then stored in the informational storehouse of the dark matter. This is the accumulated information of events past and present that have occurred in the manifest universe (the Akashic field), which is then fed back into the manifest realm from moment to moment in a continuous feedback loop of holomovement between the manifest and unmanifest universe.

Just as any organism, or cell, or any open complex system more generally adapts and evolves by receiving information from its environment and adjusting its own outputs (including molecules, proteins, genes, or behaviors) in response to what it is receiving in order to maintain equilibrium within a dynamical flow of events, so the universe itself is an undivided dynamical flow of interactions in continual positive and negative feedback loops between its parts from moment to moment. Indeed, in this sense the universe can be considered a living being, the template or primordial being, in fact, after which all other living beings and complex systems model their own existence through self-similar iterations of their Source, as nested systems within the Kosmic System.

The Dark AQAL is meant to model that dynamical evolving Self which is our Source.

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