Q: How do Holistic Dialogue (HD) and Meditation relate?
The general meaning of meditation, as perceived by people, is that of an activity or a practice - which is equivalent to a religious prayer to Tripute. Beyond that, the meaning of meditation is something to be observed rather than pinned down in a definition - observing the totality of life and its flow, inside of us and out, whether there is a separation in us or not. In this sense, Holistic Dialogue (HD) is almost inseparable from meditation.
Q: What makes HD different from Coaching and Counseling?
Counseling concerns itself with the content of the past and, consequently, the future, and co-living in our environments with peace and no conflict.
Coaching, on the other hand, concerns itself mainly with the content of the future, sometimes delving into the past to clear any limiting beliefs in order to achieve what is desired and make progress.
HD does not concern itself with the content of the past or the future but with understanding the nature of that content as a whole and the movement of the same within an individual and a group.
In a nutshell, Coaching and Counseling concern themselves with organizing consciousness as the individual knows it, while HD concerns itself with the total understanding of consciousness and beyond, if there is such a thing.
Q: How does HD make no use of a methodology?
Observing the nature of thinking and thought holistically opens up the possibility for method-less and structure-less change, raising the question of whether observation is a result of a method or not, a point often explored in HD.
Q: What makes Holistic Dialogue different from Dialogue as presented by David Bohm or Jiddu Krishnamurti or William Isaacs and others?
From our experience with different circles and spaces of Dialogue, most, if not all, often refer to previously documented works of so-called "experts" and their expressions and actions. However, HD is unique in the sense of having no body of reference related to dialogue or life in general. It stands apart from the reliance on established authorities and instead stays with on a fresh and uncharted approach.
Q: Can you say more about what makes HD a sober psychedelic conversation?
Individuals who have experience with psychedelic medicine/drugs would be surprised by the word 'sober'. Because it is not yet imaginable that one can go through a psychedelic process without the assistance of a substance. Here is where HD shines, the understanding of the intellect, thought and related sensations, through our initial and only vehicle: language. This same vehicle that creates all our prejudice and separations, is also what allows us to delve deep within. In an HD one learns, not through accumulating knowledge and meaning, to embody this vehicle or to be embodied by it to see and release the internalized psychological structures, shallow and deep. This is also what happens in an HD: Unpredictable flow of verbal and non-verbal thought and sensation.