The Bittersweet Symphony of Personal Growth

Higher consciousness develops through cyclic experience and linear stages of growth

Paula Bramante, PhD
Apr 28 · 5 min read

Step aside — no offense

In the music video for “Bittersweet Symphony” released in June 1997, Richard Ashcroft strides down Hoxton Street in London while musing on the meaning of life and the instability of identity:

Growth is cyclic, not linear

And who are the “million different people from one day to the next” that Ashcroft’s protagonist becomes?

The Four Stages in sequence and cycles

In the following paragraphs, I give brief explanations of Beckwith’s four stages followed by examples of the cyclic nature of these stages as I have noticed them in my life.

Days become lives

Frameworks are invaluable if we remember not to take them too literally. Personal growth happens at both macro and microcosmic levels, and its trajectory is rarely neat.

Beckwith’s quartet, your symphony

It can be fun to push a framework further, according to personal experience. Using the four stages as a starting point, are there other perspectives you can identify that inhibit or accelerate your personal growth? How does Beckwith’s quartet of stages inspire you to tune into and discover your own symphony of perspectives?

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Paula Bramante, PhD

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Paula is a writer and researcher specializing in mindful living, art, psychology, and other topics.

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