The Subtle Consciousness Underlying The Human Drama

AHP President Carroy “Cuf” Ferguson talks with Alan Levin about consciousness, the multi-dimensional nature of reality, and how that intersects with our personal and collective experience as humans navigating issues of peace, justice and our issues concerning race.

In Tribute to Pete Sanders by Erin Stevens

The devastating news of Pete Sanders’s death will undoubtedly be felt across the counselling professions worldwide, such was his talent, influence and generosity of spirit. I know that tributes will be many, and I am not going to use these pages to list his tremendous achievements, the way in which he shaped person centred counselling in this country and beyond, and his pivotal role in bringing politics to the forefront of our consciousnesses as therapists. Those stories are important, and I know I am not the best person to tell

An “Inner” Dialogue and Message From COVID-19 by Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D.

David Bohm, one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, contributed ideas to quantum theory, neuropsychology, and the philosophy of mind. Bohm’s main concern was with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which according to Bohm is never static or complete. As an American-British scientist, he developed a mathematical and physical theory of “implicate and explicate order” as a way to understand the nature of reality and consciousness. In alignment with that theory, he also developed what

Spiritual Synchronistic Events Related to Personal Loss

NOTE: This article is from the AHP Perspective Magazine – August/September 2012 issue. This article and other articles from prior Perspective issues can be found on the AHP website – Recent personal events are proving to be an evolving story, and one that my family and I are learning from on a continual basis. How we view these events, and more importantly, how we proceed in our lives after these events, is the key to determining if we are to grow or remain stagnant. In July 2010, my one-year-old

Humanistic Psychology is alive and well — in Peru!

AHP may be based in the United States, but Humanistic Psychology is alive and well all around the world! Keep an eye out for our upcoming Membership Directory and you will be able to see members who are doing amazing work all across the globe. From Azerbaijan to Russia, from Brazil to Argentina, from Denmark to Poland to Australia, humanistic psychology is changing lives for the better. Two quick examples. We love our sister organization in Britain, AHPb, and they have been holding workshops and conferences and producing their journal Self

Undoing Racism: Archetypal Energies, Race Relations, And Decolonizing The Anti-Black Racist Mind

Undoing Racism: Archetypal Energies, Race Relations, And Decolonizing The Anti-Black Racist Mind Dr. Carroy (Cuf) Ferguson, Ph.D. There is a deep yearning at play in the United States and the world to heal what I have called the race-linked wound in the human psyche. While that yearning has been ever present historically, more recently it has been given more conscious visibility through the expression of the Black Lives Matter Movement.  To a large extent, the yearning is a call to undo racism.  As such, the yearning and call to

Love For Family and Loved Ones In The Context of COVID During The Holiday Season And Beyond

  During the holiday season, we all have a deep yearning to be with family and loved ones. In my view, that yearning is the eternal call of the soul toward Unity, fueled and energized by Love.  In that light, Love sees no barriers while Fear does. The expression of Love, however, can take many “forms” and can be expressed and received in infinite ways. We simply need to be “open” to giving and receiving Love in all its infinite “forms” and “expressions.” It is in the above context, then,

Maslow: a psychologist. Hartman: a philosopher. You: a conference attendee?

I only recently joined the AHP and look forward to building a broader  inter-disciplinary perspective about how to live an abundant life from my membership. I’m not a psychologist; rather, I am a management professor and consultant. I am also a student and scholar of the work of the late philosopher Robert S. Hartman [1910-1973]. It seems that, in the ‘60s, when the ideas of humanistic psychology were first being formed, there was a greater openness to inter-disciplinary thought than I find to be the case today, at least in

Person-Centred therapies under threat

Person-Centred therapies under threat Dear ADPCA colleagues The family of Person-Centred therapies is under threat in the UK and we are looking for signatories to the attached open letter. We would like ADPCA to sign if you think it appropriate, together with as many individuals as are willing (please feel free to circulate the email below). We are aiming for 10 October. ————- Dear Person-Centred Therapist or supporter of PCA, You may have heard of the SCoPEd project in the UK, which would marginalise Person-Centred practice in favour of other

We Are Always Connected and We Are Always Alone (Personal reflections evoked by the pandemic)

Human beings are always connected and always alone. This paradox is inherent in being human. It is a given of existence, no matter our status in life. We can be surrounded by thousands, or in a forest by ourselves. Whatever the circumstance, we will still be alone within ourselves and simultaneously connected to a planet of 7 billion-plus people. The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a light on this existential paradox. We are struggling to make meaning of the crisis and our place in it. I believe it will be helpful to explore

Humanity Rising For A New Humanistic Reality

In the wake of the entry of COVID-19 as a new entity on the planet, two important historic developments are unfolding. The first historic development is that, for the first time in human history, we all have been thrust into the same conversation. That conversation is about how best to “engage and communicate” with this new entity as an interdependent species so that it does not continue to do harm to our individual and collective Well Being (our minds-bodies-spirits). A part of that engagement and communication process involves the various

Impact of corona-crisis on existential well-being

COVID-19 does not only influence our moods, but also our existential well-being and the way in which we experience our lives and give meaning to our existence. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in partnership with Ghent University, aims to map the intercultural impact of the coronavirus on existential well-being. The researchers want to know how citizens are experiencing this period emotionally, how they are dealing with it, how it is affecting their health, sleep and above all their existential experience of life, and whether this period also offers opportunities to emerge