THE SEARCH FOR EXPANDED CONSCIOUSNESS With the person-centered approach
The last paper I wrote (Natiello, 2003), addressed a pending, global paradigm
shift, and opened with the following quote:
We are in the midst of an amazing global event that is centuries in
the making: the awakening of the global mind, the emergence of a
higher form of life in human evolution. (Ashok Gangadean, 2001)
I alluded to the kinds of persons who might usher us through such a shift, and said that
genuine dialogue was an essential component of that movement. In this paper, I am
suggesting to person-centered practitioners that we have the knowledge, research and
understanding to contribute significantly to the ‘awakening of the global mind’, and that
many of us have already joined the ranks of scientists and social pioneers who are
fostering the development of expanded consciousness
I will rely mostly on anecdotal evidence to illuminate the process of expanding
consciousness, because, ironically, residing too much in one’s theoretical head tends to
inhibit that very possibility.
A professor who wanted to know about Zen visited a master who
Poured tea for his guest, but kept pouring until the visitor cried, “Stop!
Stop!” It is running over!
Indeed, said the master, like yourself!”
As long as you are brimming over with opinions and theories
There is no way to show Zen to you. (Franck, F. 1976).