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Free Content Core self, transformations and consciousness: Transpersonal perspectives on healing and holding in Role Method and DvT

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This article offers an appreciative examination and critique of theoretical tenets of Landy’s Role Method (RM) and Johnson’s Developmental Transformations (DvT) from the perspective of Ageless Wisdom teachings and transpersonal thought. Consciousness, viewed as a depth structure, challenges Landy’s assertion that his role system obviates the need for a core self and Johnson’s minimizing of transcendence as a resource for mitigating anxieties around ‘the instability of being’. The transpersonal construct of Higher Self is proposed as a means to extend drama therapists’ capacity to hold therapeutic space for existential or spiritual issues.
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Keywords: Developmental Transformations (DvT); consciousness; drama therapy; role method; spirituality; transpersonal; wisdom teachings

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: California Institute of Integral Studies

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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