Since the beginning of my journey into the Person-centred approach I have always been discerning about its ability to support others in their struggles. This is why I have confidence in this approach. I would also suggest it has the potential to address the problems we face in the world due to the lack of compassion in our communities.
The mind and life’s latest meeting with the Dalai Lama was about human flourishing and one of the subjects stood out to me. They explored how the family environment influence the human genes. They hypothesised that if children were exposed to compassionate environments at a early age then this could transform the world. If programs developed children’s capacity to be compassionate and ethically thinking the impulse toward aggression and violence could be eradicated.
This could lead to care of self, others and the world we live in. Now I believe Carl Rogers was onto this when he believed in the strength in the core conditions which are Empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence. When these are present in high degree in relationships both parties experience a deep connection to each other, themselves and the universe. The quote below explains this.
Carl Rodgers transcendental quotes:
When I can relax, and be close to the transcendental core of me, then I may behave in strange and impulsive ways in the relationship, ways I cannot justify rationally, which have nothing to do with my thought processes. But these strange behaviours turn out to be right in some odd way. At these moments it seems that my inner spirit has reached out and touched the inner spirit of the other. Our relationship transcends itself and has become something larger.
I will be exploring this phenomenon on this website and demonstrating how therapeutic encounter can create the environment that could support the process of developing compassion for others, self-acceptance and compassion for the world we live in.