Soquel, California, USA
What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
How can I best serve those who are awakening and committed
to the transformation of personal, organizational and global consciousness?
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
My experiences of collective wisdom in groups are numerous
and varied. Examples include a Shaman’s Journey, my dissertation
co-researcher gathering, a Women’s Circle, and the Pathfinder
Circles Bill and I co-lead. Each of these experiences has been profoundly
transformative for me and others involved.
On a Shaman’s Journey in Peru, collective wisdom
was accessed through shamanic ritual and practices, meditation, and
the energy of sacred sites. In that powerful field, the group opened
up to the archetypal realms of the collective unconscious, and many
of us were catapulted into new levels of ourselves and our work.
In my dissertation on the transformational journeys of
business leaders, I wrote narrative poem stories to capture the essence
of each person's journey. When all eight participants gathered for a
day to share these stories, a magical and transformational field was
created. Laughter and tears flowed easily and naturally. As each story
was told and responded to, the depth of personal and collective insights
grew and new modes of creative expression spontaneously emerged.
I have participated in a Women’s Circle over the
past 8 years. While supporting each other on our journeys, we have encountered
periods of conflict and crisis. Collective wisdom always emerged at
such times, facilitated by our commitment to work through issues, speak
our truth, open to divine guidance, surrender attachment to outcomes,
and trust the larger process.
Bill and I are now in our fourth season of Pathfinder
Circles for leaders and change agents committed to personal, organizational
and global transformation. In the safe and sacred space of these circles,
participants are supported in exploring uncharted territory, becoming
more authentic, accessing the magic and mystery of Spirit, gaining personal
and collective insight, and making a lasting difference in their relationships,
organizations, and local/global communities. A field of collective wisdom
has grown not only within each circle, but building on those that preceded
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
I’m very excited about the personal and collective
wisdom that can be accessed in groups, and I’m fascinated by the
ongoing discovery of what supports that arising and the many ways it
can manifest. I have experienced it in various settings, and it never
ceases to surprise, awe and inspire me.
A safe and sacred container that supports deep listening,
whole-body sensing, intuitive knowing, and the humanity and divinity
of all has been essential to my accessing collective wisdom while connecting
with my deepest self. Personal and collective wisdom show up for me
in body sensations, inner images, and auditory messages. I’ve
found symbols and metaphors to be potent means of communicating such
In his group inductions, Brugh Joy uses the metaphor
of a tree for individual consciousness and the forest for group consciousness.
When we honor and stay connected with our own Source, our uniqueness,
our “tree;” while opening ourselves to sacred community,
the mystical body of the gathering, the “forest;” that is
when real magic happens!
In a recent Pathfinder Circle gatherings, we each brought
a drawing of a tree that represented our personal and professional commitment
to making a lasting difference in the world. The roots of the tree symbolized
our foundation or sources of nourishment, and the ends of branches,
the outcomes or fruits of our commitments. Through these images, dialogue,
and the felt-sense in our bodies, we experienced our unique “treeness”
as well as the intermingling of our roots and branches in the group
An aspect of this field that I find particularly exciting
and that links to a major focus of my work is the experience of “dying”
and “birthing” at personal and collective levels. It’s
no surprise that those challenging transitions are also personal learning
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
In 1987, after seventeen years in the corporate world,
I followed my inner guidance to become an independent consultant to
individuals and organizations in transition. Then, in 1992, I felt "called"
to take my work to a deeper level and serve as a guide to others on
transformational journeys. This led me cross-country to pursue graduate
studies at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
In the process of earning a Masters in counseling psychology
and a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology, I underwent many descents and
always emerged with deeper insight and embodied wisdom. I also experienced
new spiritual heights and saw the link between heights and depths on
the journey. In my dissertation, I created a model of the transformational
journey that reflects both of these inner-oriented transpersonal aspects,
as well as outer-oriented personal aspects, of the journey.
Now, serving as a transformational coach and guide to
those in major life transitions, I support and guide clients as they
descend to their depths, awaken spiritually, and rebirth themselves
and their work. In my individual and group work, I draw from various
counseling and spiritual guidance practices, my spiritual practice in
the Kriya Yoga tradition, and Mother Nature. My group work is also influenced
by Angeles Arrien, Arnold Mindell, Ellen Grace O’Brian, M. Scott
Peck, Michael Sky, and Alberto Villoldo.
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