I've been reflecting lately on various models of growth based on natural cycles. Specifically, I've been spending a lot of time in Native American communities, and have studied recently with Joanna Macy and Bill Plotkin, and learned of the cycle of the Work That Reconnects (Macy's body of practice and theory) and of the Eco-Soulcentric Model of Human Development (Plotkin's model). Parallel to this, I recently heard Jon Young's Seeing Through Native Eyes audio lecture series, and have been reading Coyote's Guide to Nature Mentoring, and was captivated by the ideas on the Learning Cycle in those works.
Below are a number of images that represent these models, placed side-by-side. You'll find the above models, an Ojibwe medicine wheel, a Bagua from the Chinese tradition, and some nautilus shells for good measure. I hope you enjoy the resonance as much as I do.
The final image is of my own making, as I've begun to play with synthesizing these teachings for my own uses as a storyteller, facilitator and teacher. Just a sketch I'm using to serve as a guideline for a video I'm working on – not meant to be definitive of anything by any stretch of the imagination.