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A Journey in Search of Wholeness and Meaning

Rupert Clive Collister

This book explores the concept that the reality which is created by the consciousness inherent in the Western worldview is exceptionally limiting and probably unsustainable. After describing the contexts within which the book was written the author documents his personal journey in search of wholeness and meaning. From his experience of this journey he suggests that the wisdom, insight, and praxis contained within – what he describes as the meta-narratives of – Holism, Indigenous cultures, and Eastern traditions are manifestations of a holistic consciousness. The author explores the concept that a shift to such a holistic consciousness is required in order to redress the imbalance that is evident in all humanity’s relationships, and he suggests that enabling such a shift in consciousness would have deep implications for the concepts and contexts of community, adult learning, meaningful work, and sustainability.

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Section four: Reflections and applications

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This section provides a reflection of what I have come to understand as the holographic nature of not only my life but of all life (Bohm, 1980; Laszlo & Currivan, 2008; Talbot, 1991; Wilber, 1982). I have provided this reflection to complement the description of my story in chapter two. It is important to reiterate that this understanding is emerging, constantly unfolding, enfolding, and evolving as I progress along my journey in search of wholeness and meaning. This section articulates my understanding of the concepts of community, adult learning, meaningful work, and sustainability as they have emerged from my inquiry to date. It also describes the rela- tionship between these concepts and a harmonious ontology. CHAPTER EIGHT An emergent understanding of a holographic life Reflection In the years since I began my post-graduate study, my approach to in- quiry has drawn criticism largely in four areas. First, there has been criticism with regard to the relevance of such meta-narratives (as I have investigated) to the issues facing humanity in the twenty-first century. Second, with regard to the perception that a researcher from an Anglo- Saxon/Viking background, such as myself, should not be researching meta-narratives from outside their cultural context, what Dr. Cajete calls ‘cultural schizophrenia’ (collaborative conversation, 2006). Third, with regard to the perception that it is inappropriate to highlight for discussion and synthesis only certain orientations, strategies, or cultural forms since this removes them from their original cultural context, what Dr. Cajete again calls the ‘all or none apology’ (collaborative...

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