Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kathleen Wall and Olga Louchakova use the theory of emergent evolution of Sri Aurobindo

ITP Faculty Members Co-author Article on 9/11 Attack and Cultural Consciousness

ITP Core Faculty members Kathleen Wall and Olga Louchakova co-authored an article devoted to the 9/11 terrorist attack, cultural consciousness, and the evolution of consciousness. In this paper, published in the most recent issue of the Humanistic Psychologist journal (the journal of the Humanistic Psychology Division [Division 32] of the APA), the authors--through analyses of responses to the Sept. 11th attacks--interpret trauma as a catalyst of transformation of cultural consciousness and the American self, and articulate the foundations for a transpersonal theory of cultural evolution.

Accounts feature positive values, humanistic and spiritual aspirations, direct intuition of the evolution of consciousness, and instances of new type of integral consciousness identified with both oneness and multiplicity. The authors use the theory of emergent evolution of Sri Aurobindo and Jean Gebser, and the spiritual psychology of M. Ibn Arabi, as opposed to positivist and critical theory evolutionary perspectives. Imaginative responses to complexity and trauma, refocusing attention on spiritual values, and transpersonal dialog are indicated as components of the new cultural strategies.

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Kathleen Wall
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Miami, 1977
M.A., Counseling and School Psychology, Central Washington University, 1968
B.A./B.Ed., Psychology, Western Washington University, 1962

Kathleen is an Associate Professor at the Institute. She is a licensed psychologist and a certified Mental Health Administrator. She was the founding Executive Director of the Mental Health Resource Center, Jacksonville, Florida, and she was the Director of Counseling Services at San Jose State University.

A student of Integral Yoga (Sri Aurobindo and the Mother), her expertise is in spiritual integration in psychotherapy. She is Co-founder, with Carl Peters M.D., M.A.(Art), of the Group for Integral Consciousness which provides trainings and consultations on Psychospiritual Integration and Transformation. Her research interests are in spirituality and health, spirituality and psychotherapy, and spirituality and peace in organizations and the world. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Psychological Association Division32 (Humanistic Psychology). Her writings include Lights of Passage: Rites and Rituals for the Problems and Pleasures of Modern Life and Rites of Passage: Celebrating Life's Changes (recently translated into French), and “Evolution of consciousness in response to terrorist attacks: Towards a transpersonal theory of cultural transformation,” in The Humanistic Psychologist.

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