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group, the willingness to stay with conflict until it was resolved as the important

characteristics that facilitated this kind of learning. They expressed disappointment

sometimes that there wasn’t more rational, intellectual learning in the program that they

could articulate and express, but the tacit learning was a source of intense exhilaration

and considerable personal change for each interviewee.

It is this tacit knowing and its powerful creativity that is now being recognized in

many arenas as evidence of the expansion of consciousness, creative consciousness,

collective intelligence or group mind.

Sedona Large Group. In 1998 six experienced person-centered practitioners

convened a large international group in Sedona with the stated purpose of reflecting on

and understanding the phenomena that characterizes the person-centered groups we had

all experienced. There were approximately 60 participants from around the world, and no

designated facilitators.

I did not learn anything new there, but the recurring phenomena that

characterized these meetings led me to search the literature of systems, chaos and

complexity theory to see if I could bring some order and understanding to the person-

centered group experience. Those theories, I believe, lend coherence and meaning to

some of the mysterious occurrence of collective intelligence and group mind that often

characterize the person-centered process.

Systems and Chaos Theories

Okay, here comes a crumb about those theories, encapsulated into an impossibly

small, inadequate explanation. If it doesn’t make sense, just skip over it. Getting too

immersed in your intellect will fragment your wholeness, and inhibit the flow of


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