The transpersonal recognizes and works with our yearning, ingrained in the human psyche, for something beyond the personal, beyond the material and the everyday.
When coaches are familiar with the transpersonal dimension in themselves and the methods of addressing it in others, their capacity to help others is greatly enhanced. Even the most pragmatic of coaching interventions, such as daily task performance, is enhanced if the coach holds a transpersonal perspective.
In recent years, especially in Western culture, people have been waking up to the transpersonal through the emerging need to find meaning and purpose in all aspects of their lives and to work in the service of something beyond just making a living. Organisations and business are being called to account, with the ESG (environment, social, governance) agenda foregrounded, and making a profit is no longer considered the sole purpose of the corporation (see the Business Roundtable statement 2019). The yearning for meaning and purpose feels ever more urgent as social inequities, the failures of the capitalist economic model and consumer society, the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, are awakening us to a sense of crisis. Most recently the global Covid pandemic has brought the search for an ontology that goes beyond the narrow cult of the self and our need to change our way of being on this planet into mainstream discourse everywhere. The transpersonal provides a model and working methods to enable this shift.
Coaching tends to be viewed in the business world as an action-orientated way of addressing problems. Trying to fix things can be a dispiriting and energy draining approach for people. Put simply, if we focus on problems, then we will get more of them. If we look for where the positive energy is, the vitality, the spirit, and explore and build on these then this is the culture that will grow, within an individual or within a company.
A range of transpersonal tools and techniques are invaluable in helping people to reach higher levels of performance, to fulfil their potential and to achieve in leadership positions. Transpersonal coaching is an empowering process which helps coaches and clients discover the power and effectiveness of who they really are. This core, source of our deepest values and qualities, is a well-spring of real strength, creativity and actualization. Operating from this core enables clients to connect with their people, the vision of the organization and the global context fully and effectively.
Transpersonal coaching is at the cutting edge and now more than ever vitally needed by business, individuals and humanity if we are to build a world we wish to live and work in that is sustainable and beneficial to human beings and all life.