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In an evolutionary context we recognize that natural order or hierarchy is an aspect of how the world of form is structured. Natural hierarchy is the structure of human relationship that spontaneously emerges when the living context of relationship is grounded in evolutionary non-duality (embracing both Absolute and Relative truth).
It is an egoless structure defined only by the actual differences between the individuals’ relative levels of development and experience. In Evolutionary Spirituality, while the ground of relationship is oneness and non-difference, the relative reality of difference, which is the fabric of a developmental perspective, is embraced and recognized. So the relationships between evolving human beings would ideally demonstrate the absolute truth of non-difference while simultaneously respecting differing levels of experience, understanding and authority.
This model of leadership places full responsibility on every individual to participate at the leading edge of their capacity and development. It is an emergent potential that operates between the poles of a traditional top-down guru/student model on one hand, and a pluralistic “everyone is the leader” or “there are no leaders” paradigm on the other.
In this model leadership is fluid and should be self-evident and based on mutual trust. Those who are more advanced should naturally lead, but in a natural hierarchy there is no fixed structure and anyone can lead the inquiry further and deeper at any given time. Ideally a natural hierarchy is evidenced as a hierarchy of humility, which works to help everyone develop.
A healthy natural hierarchy rests on the recognition that we are all “works-in-progress”. It is essential that we do not hold onto perceptions or ideas that create any degree of separation. This requires courage, transparency and profound trust and a willingness to engage in creative friction.