Stage Purple – Spiral Dynamics

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Stage Purple

As human consciousness evolves, those at Stage Beige move through to Stage Purple. During this second ascension up the spiral, people tend to form tribes and understand cause and effect, as opposed to perceiving events as merely ‘random’, a typical thought process found at Stage Beige. This type of thinking creates mystical and magical beliefs; linking events to other tribe members or other-worldly spirits, which can be seen as the very origin of spirituality. 

In 2020, Purple represents around 10% of the adult population but holds just 1% of the power. With its relatively low level of development, Purple has little to no influence in broader global concerns. You may notice a purple culture by their practice of child-sacrifice; those who believe in guardian angels and groupings bonded over mystical or magical beliefs. Purple rely heavily on the tribe and a strong relationship to nature for their survival.

At stage purple, the world is frightening and mysterious. Spirits must be controlled by offering sacrifices or gifts, and people will naturally form tribes to survive. They look to the gods, higher powers and tribal rituals for safety and protection. 


The Origin Of Purple

This level of development first occurred approximately 40,000 – 50,000 years ago. The ice-age meant that humans had less space to live and had to transition from being lone-wolves (Stage Beige) into Groupings (Stage Purple), usually in subtropical areas. At this point, Humans began to look to nature and their group members as a means for survival. 


Stage Purple Phrases or Slogans

  • “Home, sweet home”
  • “The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel it’s warmth” – African Proverb
  • “Trust is hard to gain but easy to lose”
  • “A good friend is my nearest relation”
  • “There’s no place like home”
  • “Home is where the heart is”
  • “Blood is thicker than water”
  • “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”


Point of Gravity 

The essence of Purple is tribal, kinship and a feeling of belonging to something other than yourself. 


Characteristics of Stage Purple 

The following characteristics can be seen at this vMeme:

  • They hold family and home as their highest values. 
  • Stage Purple doesn’t value materialism, but more so social-bonding and building safety and a warm home within their tribe or group. 
  • Stage Purple tends to have a natural attitude towards sex; it is not ‘repressed’ or seen as ‘bad’ but seen as a natural way of life. You’ll often see these tribes with very little clothing as a manifestation of this.
  • Most of the work done in these cultures or groups is manual labour and based on a need for survival, as opposed to material wealth.  
  • Those at stage purple have a strong connection with their ancestors.
  • They have little scientific thinking or evidence, and most cause and effect is based upon mystical or magical thinking. 
  • Arranged marriages are prevalent at stage purple; as well as the selling of daughters. 
  • For people within stage purple, there is usually favouritism towards boys than girls, due to their physical attributes, such as strength, making them better for survival means. 
  • Nepotism is a commonly found within groups at stage purple; they may put family members into powerful positions (if they have them) as this is of a higher value to them than the individual’s competence within the role. 


Healthy Manifestations

Those at Level Purple show the following healthy manifestations or characteristics: 

  • They are developing imagination to something past the physical.
  • Stage Purple seeks harmony with natures power
  • Purple tends to be caring and warm people to those within their tribe
  • It is the beginning stages of spirituality
  • They care for people other than themselves
  • They have a deep understanding of who they are and what needs to be done.
  • They have a strong sense of commitment
  • They build healthy social bonds


Unhealthy Manifestations

Unhealthy manifestations of Stage Purple:

  • They tend to be uncivilised groups
  • Stage purple are usually relatively closed people
  • They hold an ‘us’ vs ‘them’ mentality, which can lead to tribal warfare and racial violence
  • Stage purple cling to tradition and tend to be ‘closed’ to anything outside of that
  • They are usually fearful 


Moving into Red

As purple evolve, they move into Stage Red; founded on the order and security provided by the ‘tribe’ at stage purple. As consciousness transitions into stage red, we see the emergence of the individual ‘ego’ and a shift from collectivism. Consciousness moves from ‘survival of the tribe’ to ‘survival of the fittest’, and an essence of power is formed. 



Gratitude to Don Beck, Chris Cowan and Clare Graves for the gift of this work.

I’d also like to thank SDiNL and for the exceptional work they have done in sharing this information and making it accessible to the masses.