Introduction to Deep Dialogue
A Key to Inner and Outer Peaceby Dr. Ashok Gangadean
Deep Dialogue is not just talk; it involves a profound transformation of the habits of mind – of the consciousness in which we make our selves, our experience, our worlds. Entering the healing space of deep dialogue shifts our consciousness to a global perspective through the genuine encounter of diverse worldviews – through global dialogue. This global perspective expands our horizons and enables us to see deep patterns across worldviews – east, west, indigenous – that cannot readily be seen from being embedded within a particular worldview or perspective. Entering this global perspective dilates our mind, our being, and awakens the global mind in which it becomes evident that the root of diverse forms of violence is found in the egocentric or monocentric habits of mind which generate all kinds of splits, fragmentations, dualities and polarities in our daily lives. The global mind is able to recognize a powerful consensus emerging from the collective wisdom of the ages – that the root of violence and human pathologies directly flow from egocentric patterns of self making and culture making. This global wisdom rooted in our great spiritual traditions also sees that the single most powerful factor in moving towards a culture of peace and human flourishing comes from our maturation into dialogic, meditative, holistic and integrative patterns of self–making. This wisdom reveals that humans are dialogical (not egological) beings, and sees that our individual and corporate transformation into the healing patterns of deep dialogue is at the core of our shift into nonviolence, peace and human flourishing.
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