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Starved for Inspiration?

Posted by Julia Stewart

OK, I'm re-inspired to the max.

Just attended a one-day seminar with the EnlightenmentNext people in NYC with Andrew Cohen, their founder, and Dr. Don Beck, the world's expert on Spiral Dynamics. This, following a 5-day intensive certification program with Dr. Beck in Boston, at Andrew's center, there.

I've been checking these guys out for a while and every time I go deeper and come out even more excited about what they're doing.

What can I say?

The best of what Thomas was teaching was completely in line with them and yet, he was just scratching the surface.

Interestingly, Don and Andrew, aren't teaching the same thing. Don is a psychologist who travels the world helping companies, school systems and governments transform crises into what he calls win/win/win situations. The most spectacular of which is the evolution of South Africa from apartheid to integration. Ever wonder why that situation didn't devolve into a civil war? A lot of brilliance all around, to be sure, plus a secret weapon named Don Beck.

Andrew, on the other hand, is a spiritual teacher. What kind of spirituality? Well, his own brand. It's not Eastern and yet, it's not what I think of as Western, either. What's seems to be distinct about it, and I'm no expert here, is that it's not just about experiencing mystical states, which he sees as a form of escapism, not unlike drug use, but that the altered states experienced through meditation, etc., are just the beginning. It's the evolution of consciousness that's the important part.

How'd they get together? Well, mutual friend, Ken Wilber, introduced them a couple of years ago. Together these three form a kind of triumvirate of leading edge thinking. Each doing a brilliant job in a slightly different realm.

I keep wanting to tell them, Hey, coaches are working on the same stuff you guys are! Except, frankly, were not doing as great a job of it. Even Thomas was barely scratching the surface and most other coaches haven't begun to do that much. We're too busy trying to make money.

Beck says the reason his work is suddenly becoming popular, even after 50 years, beginning with exhaustive research by Dr. Clare Graves, is that more and more people are beginning to think in the "2nd Tier". Given that, it's safe to say, the profession of coaching couldn't have been born at any other time.

I'll be teaching some classes around this material in the near future.

Copyright, Julia Stewart, 2005

Topics: Coaching, Thomas Leonard, Ken Wilber, IAC, Don Beck, Dr. Clare Graves

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