If we reject the notion that the earth is a huge machine and understand that it is not composed of dead matter but is a living system of which we are a part - as Carl Rogers understands it in A Way of Being – we find that this changes the way we relate to all living beings. We realize that interconnectedness with all being is an aspect of who we are. We take Rogers seriously when he writes about the ‘formative tendency’ and understand the growth is not something we do, or even something that happens to us, but something in which our lives are embedded – the movement of the cosmos towards more complex being. We will discuss the implications of the “organic paradigm” for our work as counsellors, teachers or other helping professionals.
What would psychology and counselling look like if we took the planet seriously?