The Living Classroom: Teaching and Collective Consciousness

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This work in teaching and transpersonal psychology explores the dynamics of collective consciousness in the classroom. Combining scientific research with personal accounts collected over thirty years, Christopher M. Bache examines the subtle influences that radiate invisibly around teachers as they work - unintended, cognitive resonances that spring up between teachers and students in the classroom. Moving beyond theory, this book is rich with student stories and offers practical, hands-on strategies for teachers who want to begin working with these learning fields to take their teaching to a more conscious level.
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“Chris Bache has been a leader in the quest to rediscover our hidden connectedness for a long time, and his new book answers a critical need for grounded examples of how collective intelligence functions in practical settings. His beautiful stories and incisive reflections will not only inspire teachers but help us all to recover our collective birthright as human beings.” — Peter M. Senge, Director of the Society for Organizational Learning and author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

“This seminal work is an inspiration to all of us who see collaborative dialogue and conversational leadership (including teaching) as a powerful path for accessing the kind of collective wisdom that is so needed in today’s challenging times.” — Juanita Brown, Cofounder of The World Café and coauthor of The World Café: Shaping Our Future through Conversations That Matter

“Bache does for teaching what Galileo did for skywatching, opening our horizons to an entirely new dimension of both theory and practice. His articulation of this expanded perspective is superbly precise, and the implications are profound.” — Richard Tarnas, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and author of The Passion of the Western Mind

“What a joy to read this book by a master teacher with a new vision for educators.” — Marilyn Schlitz, Director of Research and Education, Institute of Noetic Sciences

“This may be the shortest endorsement on record—just one word repeated twice: True, true.” — Ervin Laszlo, author of The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness

“Chris Bache has written an important and pathbreaking book about collective consciousness in the classroom. This thoughtful and delightful read is at the forefront of education for the twenty-first century.” — Alfonso Montuori, Chair, Department of Transformative Inquiry, California Institute of Integral Studies

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Meet the Author

Christopher M. Bache is Professor of Religious Studies at Youngstown State University and the author of Dark Night, Early Dawn: Steps to a Deep Ecology of Mind, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents


Pt. I The Emergence of Fields of Consciousness

Ch. 1 Resonance in the Classroom

Ch. 2 Group Fields, Group Minds

Ch. 3 The Science of Fields

Pt. II Working with Fields of Consciousness

Ch. 4 Working with Fields

Ch. 5 Cafe Conversations

Pt. III Teaching in a Living Universe

Ch. 6 Waking Up in the Classroom

Student Stories


Ch. 7 Where We Begin

Ch. 8 Healing through Writing

Ch. 9 Spiritual Experiences

Ch. 10 Conversion Experiences

Ch. 11 Touched by Death

Ch. 12 Personal Discoveries




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