Note to Reader: I value the feedback from the first submission. I am pleased that you acknowledge the academic approach I do take. I am pleased to hear that it is important that I do get that balance right. In regards to the feedback “that it was difficult to grade my submission”, due to not being able to see my own evolution of thought and process, which has largely been influenced by traditional secular education institutions. I sincerely thank the assessor for giving me the opportunity to re-submit an essay that addresses the assessor’s feedback of wanting to ‘find’ the writer in the essay and in what ways, has Metavision taken me to a new place of learning and how my understanding has evolved in relation to reflecting an honest and heartfelt approach to holistic counseling and psychotherapy.

My honest heartfelt view on an Holistic Approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I am Indigenous NZ Maori and place myself forward as an ‘Indigenous holistic bricoleur’ however fully acknowledge that this is a process in development and therefore this assignment only reflects the very beginning of my journey into an “emerging new bricoleur” (Lincoln 2001). One may disagree with ‘Indigenous holistic’ when viewed as indigenous cultures having never separated body, mind, soul & spirit unlike their western counter parts, and state that Indigenous, is holistic. I use both terms in being careful to not mesh Indigenous with Euro-Western & Eastern-Western paradigms of research into holism. “The connection between structural subordination and indigeneity led to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which acknowledges the dual reality of many Indigenous people who live in two worlds” (Mertens, Cram, Chilisea 2013, p.13). If I do not consider the effects of colonialism and the displacement that has on an individual and the collective, then I am not being true to the Indigenous holistic bricoleur. I am introspective to how the bricolage is



References: Durie, Mason, 2003, Nga Kahui Pou: Launching Maori Futures, Huia Publishers, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand Gidley, Jennifer, 2007, The Evolution of Consciousness as a Planetary Imperative: An Integration of Integral Views, accessed 4 June 2013 Mindell, Amy, 2003, METASKILLS: The Spiritual Art of Therapy, 2nd edition, Lao Tse Press, Portland, United States of America Nielsen, Christina, 2013,What is good therapy? The Da Vinci Code and modern therapy, class handout, Metavision Institute, Bowral Nielsen, Christina, 2013, Therapy for a new age, class handout, Metavision Institute, Bowral Nielsen, Christina, 2012, Evolution of Consciousness, class handout, Metavision Institute, Bowral Pere, Dr Rangimarie Turuki, 1997, te wheke: a celebration of infinite wisdom, 2nd edition, Ao Ako Global Learning New Zealand Ltd Smith, L Yvonna S. Lincoln, 2001, An Emerging New Bricoleur: Promises and Possibilities—A Reaction to Joe Kincheloe’s “Describing the Bricoleur” Texas A&M University Qualitative Inquiry, Volume 7 Number 6, 2001 693-705, Sage Publications

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