12 April 2016

12 April 2016

The Reality Game (3rd edition)
The second edition came out in 1998

This is now complete with the publisher, and should appear next month.
A lot has changed since 1998 in the whole field of therapy, and this
edition is very different from the previous one: this difference is
reflected in the cover picture, which has had to be changed completely
to reflect the current views on the importance of the relational.
It takes the view that what we need now is HEART therapy – that is,
Humanistic, Existential, Authentic, Relational and Transpersonal.
The book tries to cover all of that, and here is the list of chapters:

INTRODUCTION
Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching and Personal Growth
Assessment or Not
The Initial Interview
The Opening Sessions
Aims
Ways and Means
The Dialogical Self and Transference
Resistance
The Process of Development
Listening with the Fourth Ear
Research
Supervision
Ethics
The Transpersonal
Appendices
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

If anyone would like a leaflet offering a 20% discount, just let me know.

Leave a Comment April 11, 2016

Latest Revision

John Rowan Masterclass 2016
Saturday 26th March

The Philadelphia Association, 4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1PX
10 am to 5 pm £100 or early bird before 1 March £90 Contact: Inforowan@aol.com

HEART therapy (third draft)
HEART stands for Humanistic, Existential, Authentic, Relational, Transpersonal therapy. I now feel that this is the answer to which therapy to adopt. It is demanding and thorough, and I have written about it at length in my new book. Also in the same book is a full treatment of Dialogical Self theory, which replaces the idea of subpersonalities, and also replaces the old idea of the Unconscious. It goes into the question of the transpersonal in a much fuller way than was possible in the previous edition. The book is called ‘The Reality Game – 3rd edition’.
To me this is a revelation, and a real step forward in the search for a therapy which will actually do justice to the whole person. After all, it is the whole person who comes in at the door and needs to be seen and appreciated. And if the person is really infinite, as I believe, then they need a therapy which does justice to that, and does not fob them off with anything less.
I think that the person is a bit like the TARDIS – pretty unimpressive on the outside, but practically infinite on the inside, with huge resources and immense untrodden ways. The person is not a poor limited worm on the face of the earth, but a being of great potential and magical connections.
Missing in most attempts at therapy integration is a real appreciation of the Primal and the Transpersonal. But if we take account of this amazing potential, we can move into a much higher realm of being, where nothing is impossible.
There will now be a new section on Primal Integration, including the classic work of Grof and Lake, the new book by Shirley Ward, and a full booklist.
There will also be an explanation of how to use the work of Barbara Ingram instead of DSM-5, in cases where the therapist is expected to provide a report.
This workshop is experiential, and contains some new exercises, including a simulation of the psilocybin experience. There will be handouts, and an opportunity to buy the new book at a reduced price.

JOHN ROWAN has been working in this field since 1982, and his book on the transpersonal in therapy (Routledge 2005) has become a classic. His more recent work on Personification – using the Dialogical Self in therapy – (Routledge 2010) has ventured into the farther reaches of the transpersonal as well. He has presented workshops in 25 countries. He is a Fellow of the BPS, the BACP and the UKCP.

Leave a Comment February 21, 2016

MEETING THE DOLPHIN

MEETING THE DOLPHIN

We are going to meet a dolphin
A real, real dolphin
But first you sign a waiver
But first you sign a waiver
(A second time, again!)
If anything should go wrong
(Of course, nothing will go wrong)
It’s not the dolphin’s fault!

And then you have to sit down
In groups of ten or twelve
And listen to the lesson
In what you have to do.
It takes months to train a dolphin
Months and months to train a dolphin
But you have got ten minutes to take the matter in.

Then we put on black suits
Different sizes black suits
Doing up with snappers
Now we look the same
Eager, eager faces
Waiting for the next step
Getting in the water
Getting in a line
Swimming, swimming, swimming
Getting in a line
Move a little forward
Move a little backward
Move a little sideways
Hold that child up straight

And now you meet the dolphin
And now you kiss the dolphin
And now the dolphin tows you
Very very fast
The dolphin is much larger
The dolphin is much stronger
The dolphin is much faster
The dolphin is more slippery
You have to hold on tight
It’s all just so surprising
Endlessly surprising
You think you know what’s coming
But you don’t, you don’t, you don’t

It takes months to train a dolphin
Months and months to train a dolphin
But take a bunch of humans
And it happens very quick!

You get to meet the dolphin
You get to kiss the dolphin
You get to ride the dolphin
You get to pet the dolphin
You get towed by the dolphin
You get shocked by the dolphin
It’s a busy, busy dolphin
But it seems to like the fun

And when it is all finished
And we are climbing out
We see the merry dolphins
Leaping in the air
Two by two they leap up
Turning in the air
Showing off their paces
Giving us their all.

And then we have to walk
Past the lovebirds and the parrots
The bunnies and the pirates
The shops with pretty colours
The cups made out of wood
Until we come to the computers
Computers with the photos
Oh yes, we all had photos,
Lots and lots of photos
All there on the screen
So we picked out all our photos
Our fun, exciting photos
And plucked them off the screen
Of course they wanted money
– Lots and lots of money –
To put them on a disc.

So we grinned and bit the bullet
Yes, we grinned and bit the bullet
And now we have our disc.
And so we can remember,
Remember, remember
Our foray with the dolphin
Our jolly with the dolphin
Our molly with the dolphin
Our one mad, joyful day

And was it really worth it?
Really, really worth it?
Yes, man, it was worth it
Worth it any day!

John Rowan, Caribbean January 2016

Leave a Comment February 10, 2016

New Workshop March 2016

John Rowan Masterclass 2016 Saturday 26th March: The Philadelphia Association, 4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1PX 10 am to 5 pm £100 or early bird before 1 March £90. Send cheque to Dr J Rowan, 70 Kings Head Hill, North Chingford, London E4 7LY, UK
Contact: Inforowan@aol.com after 1st February.

HEART therapy

HEART stands for Humanistic, Existential, Authentic, Relational, Transpersonal therapy. I now feel that this is the answer to which therapy to adopt. It is demanding and thorough, and I have written about it at length in my new book. Also in the same book is a full treatment of Dialogical Self theory, which replaces the idea of subpersonalities, and also replaces the old idea of the Unconscious. It goes into the question of the transpersonal in a much fuller way than was possible in the previous edition. The book is called ‘The Reality Game – 3rd edition’.
To me this is a revelation, and a real step forward in the search for a therapy which will actually do justice to the whole person. After all, it is the whole person who comes in at the door and needs to be seen and appreciated. And if the person is really infinite, as I believe, then they need a therapy which does justice to that, and does not fob them off with anything less.
I think that the person is a bit like the TARDIS – pretty unimpressive on the outside, but practically infinite on the inside, with huge resources and immense untrodden ways. The person is not a poor limited worm on the face of the earth, but a being of great potential and magical connections.
Missing in most attempts at therapy integration is a real appreciation of the Primal and the Transpersonal. But if we take account of this amazing potential, we can move into a much higher realm of being, where nothing is impossible.
This workshop is experiential, and contains some new exercises, including a simulation of the psilocybin experience. There will be handouts, and an opportunity to buy the new book at a reduced price. JOHN ROWAN has been working in this field since 1982, and his book on the transpersonal in therapy (Routledge 2005) has become a classic. His more recent work on Personification (Routledge 2010) has ventured into the farther reaches of the transpersonal as well. He has presented workshops in 25 countries. He is a Fellow of the BPS, the BACP and the UKCP.
This notice will appear in the Gestalt News and Notes for February, because the link is now permanent: www.gestalt.org/news

Leave a Comment January 8, 2016

A NEW DREAM

29 December 2015 DREAM ABOUT A BUILDING
Last night I dreamt about a building, a square office block. On every floor there was an opening in the middle of one wall. It was small and narrow, just big enough to take a CD or a DVD, and you could drop one of those into the opening. It dropped all the way down to the basement, where it was received and catalogued. It was then transmitted to the world. This was a way of communicating quite different from Facebook or Twitter, because it was large scale – the things transmitted could be quite long and complex, including perhaps sound and vision. People, including me, did use this, and dropped important statements and analyses into the slots – you could have long and serious discussions and large chunks of information go out. People thought this was a very valuable asset, and certainly worthwhile.

Leave a Comment December 29, 2015

A GOOD EXPERIENCE

3 DECEMBER 2015
A GOOD EVENT
Yesterday I was with my wife in the Selfridges food hall. She was going to be out at a lecture, with a friend, and I had to choose something to have for supper on my own. I chose a very nice-looking tall transparent package, with the description: “Daylesford organic farm Gloucestershire: Organic Red Thai Chicken with aubergine and lemongrass: Meal for two”. It could be cooked in a saucepan for ten minutes, or in a microwave for six. And I chose a large potato to be cooked to go with it, because I am not fond of the recommended noodles. It seemed it might be a bit too much for me, and all the papers and magazines and TV programmes go on about the amount of food thrown away as being far too frequent, but I reckoned it was a risk worth taking. Later Sue typed out an explicit list of instructions for what to do and how long to do it for, and went out for her evening.
I saw my last client, and headed for the kitchen, when there was a phone call. It was Sue, who had had a horrible experience with a new regime at the car park, which made her late for the lecture, so that she could not get in, and had to return home again. When she got back I tried to comfort her, but she still felt bad. Then I had an inspiration. The meal was intended for two, and the potato was large enough for two – we could both share the meal. So this is what I did. I followed the explicit instructions, leaving Sue to recover and find a suitable TV programme. We could have the meal on the sofa, not needing to set the table.
The cooking went well, and the two plates looked full enough, and good enough, and actually quite attractive in the end. Against our usual plan for that evening, we opened a bottle of wine to go with it. We ate the meal while watching ‘Have I Got News For You’ (one of the extended versions) which we had recorded earlier. Sue said she felt much better. So what do we make of that? Was it a miracle? Was it just lucky? We thanked the Goddess anyway.

Leave a Comment December 3, 2015

MEETING WITH AN ANGEL

MEETING WITH AN ANGEL
It was the 10th of June 2015 when I met an angel.
I was standing on the DLR platform at Stratford, trying to get to Greenwich University for the ‘Breaking Convention’ conference starting on the Friday morning. I was very puzzled, because the train standing in the station had the wrong label on it, going to some place I had never heard of. I tried to ask someone who looked like an employee of the railway how to get to the Cutty Sark, which was the stop I wanted, but he was not very helpful, and I could not get much sense out of what he said. I was feeling quite lost.
Suddenly there was a middle-aged man at my elbow, asking if he could help. I explained my problem, and he instantly came up with the solution. ‘You need the Jubilee Line’, he said. ‘Oh’, I said, ‘where is that?’ ‘Come with me’, he said, ‘and I will show you’. He took me to the Jubilee Line, and it turned out that he was going to Greenwich University himself, because he worked there. We went to Canary Wharf, where we had to get out, walk across a square, and get on the DLR line at Heron Quays. We chatted as we went, and he seemed quite an ordinary normal person, nothing special about him at all. We both got out at the Cutty Sark, and he then left me, after pointing me in the direction of the nearby University.
The conference started in the wonderful Painted Hall of the University, an amazing huge room with a high ceiling and a multitude of electric candles, really beautiful and impressive, quite inspiring.
So this is the puzzle. Why should he have gone out of his way to the DLR platform? Why should have he come up to me and asked me what the problem was? Why should he have taken me all the way to where I was going? The only answer I could come up with was that he was actually an angel, sent to guide and rescue me. He did not look like an angel – but then I realized that I had no idea of what an angel would look like in the world of today. All the images I had were from previous centuries. Am I being fanciful? Or is this the sober truth?
John Rowan

Leave a Comment November 11, 2015

HEART therapy

28 September 2015 HEART therapy
HEART stands for Humanistic, Existential, Authentic, Relational, Transpersonal therapy. I now feel that this is the answer to which therapy to adopt. It is demanding and thorough, and I have written about it at length in my new book which comes out next year. I shall also be presenting a whole day workshop on it on March 26th in Hampstead. Also in the same book is a full treatment of Dialogical Self theory, which replaces the idea of subpersonalities, and also replaces the old idea of the Unconscious. The book is called ‘The Reality Game – 3rd edition’.
To me this is a revelation, and a real step forward in the search for a therapy which will actually do justice to the whole person. After all, it is the whole person who comes in at the door and needs to be seen and appreciated. And if the person is really infinite, as I believe, then they need a therapy which does justice to that, and does not fob them off with anything less.
I think that the person is a bit like the TARDIS – pretty unimpressive on the outside, but practically infinite on the inside, with huge resources and immense untrodden ways. The person is not a poor limited worm on the face of the earth, but a being of great potential and magical connections.
One of the main things missing in most attempts at therapy is a real appreciation of the transpersonal. But if we take account of this amazing potential, we can move into a much higher realm of being, where nothing is impossible.

Leave a Comment September 28, 2015

psychedelics

21 July 2015 PSYCHEDELICS
Went to the big psychedelic conference called ‘Breaking Convention’ this month at Greenwich University – 800 people from 50 or so different countries for three days! Very exciting event – talks, videos, workshops, films, experiments – very wide range.
Since 2006 or so there has been a revival of interest in psychedelics, and a wide range of research is now being carried out. Using MDMA in the treatment of PTSD has been successful, as has the use of psilocybin for depression, and so on.
It becomes clear that many of the psychedelics are useful in the exploration of mystical states and spiritual experiences. Unfortunately, most of the research has been of what we might call the ‘vanilla’ variety, restricted to mystical experiences which are nice, and easily containable, and thoroughly positive! But really these substances can offer access to the whole wide range of experiences of what Wilber calls the Subtle level. And it turns out that all, yes all, spiritual experiences come from the Subtle, as do our dreams. At the higher levels, which Wilber calls the Causal and the Nondual, there are no experiences. There is doubtless a realisation, but it would be wrong in my view to call that an experience. And so all the shocking experiences that Jung had, and the spiritual emergencies listed by Grof, and the many weird experiences listed in the Masters and Houston book, all belong to the Subtle realm, and are readily accessed through the use of LSD, ayahuasca, DMT and so forth.
The authorities in the UK are not keen on psychedelics, and show no signs of making them more available or accessible. The Beckley Foundation is a highly respectable research organization which has extracted some concessions, but even they report a Home Secretary with a hard line on drugs of any description at all – except of course for those peddled by the big drug companies.
I found the conference very enlivening and positive. The next one is in two years time.

Leave a Comment July 24, 2015

The Great Bear

The Great Bear

This morning I was meditating and looked out of the window, and there in the darkness was the Great Bear, hovering over the garden, squarely, as if it belonged there.
I had been meditating in the same spot for ten years, and never noticed it before! It must have been there all the time, because the window faces North. There it must have been, circling round and round, and I hadn’t ever seen it.
Of course, sometimes there would have been clouds, and sometimes the dawn would have come sooner and obliterated it, but still and all, it must have been there many times before.
And it made me think – how many things are there that have been there all the time, and I have never noticed? How often have I ignored something big that was staring me in the face? Because the Great Bear is huge, it covers a big chunk of the sky.
Not only that – the Great Bear is highly significant. It points to the North, and you can always locate the North Star by following the two stars at the square end. It is one of the most useful constellations in the sky, because it never fails – it is always there, no matter where you go in this country.
It is one of the 28 constellations listed by Ptolemy in the second century. It is mentioned in the Bible and in Homer’s Iliad. It is also called the Plough, the Wagon, the Big Dipper and Charles’ Wain. The Charles in question is actually Charles the Great, or Charlemagne. In Ireland it is called King David’s Chariot, and in France the Great Chariot. In Germany it is the Wagon of Odin. In Hindu mythology the stars of the Great Bear are known as the seven Rishis, or Sages. The Romans called these stars the Septentriones – the Guardians of the North. In Greek mythology, the nymph Callisto lost her virginity to Zeus and was changed into a bear by his jealous wife Hera. But she was then placed in the heavens by Zeus together with her child the Little Bear.
I knew none of this. How strange it is that we can ignore something so big and so important. How many other big things am I ignoring? How many big things are you ignoring? We talk sometimes of the elephant in the room – how about the great bear just outside the window

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