Rogers, and the current researchers of consciousness some of whom are Juanita Brown,
Otto Scharmer, Tom Callanan, Rupert Sheldrake, and others. In the work of these
pioneers are many insights into the phenomena of person-centered groups.
Although the appearance of collective wisdom/expanded consciousness that we
are finding in the person-centered groups seems to resist explanation in rational, logical
terms, indeed, it does exist. It was the reputation of the famous scientist, David Bohm
that gave credibility during the 1980s to the study of thought and consciousness and their
connection to new models of reality being posed by modern physics. By ‘thought’ Bohm
meant not only the products of our conscious intellect but also our feelings, emotions,
intentions and desires (Cayer, 1997, p. 43). His well known conversations with the
Indian mystic, Krishnamurti, revealed a potential for a new kind of conversation that
could conceivably transform “not only the relationship between people, but even more,
the very nature of consciousness…...” Bohm called these conversations, ‘dialogues’.
(Hamilton, 2004). He understood that most of the problems between human beings arose
from the unexamined, memory-laden cultural presuppositions and ideas that we carry into
our discourse, and that prevent us from having meaning-filled exchanges on matters of
importance. If we could drop pre-conceived ideas and learnings, said Bohm, and get
unstuck from our intellect and memory, we could participate in a ‘pool of common
meaning’ where change and growth is far more likely to happen.
Even before David Bohm’s arrival on the consciousness scene, and, during the
last two decades especially, the acknowledgement of collective wisdom has proliferated.
Here are some examples of what people are beginning to accept: