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The full text of each of a range of papers by John Heron, including co-authored papers. This is by no means a complete archive, either of published or unpublished papers. It will expand from time to time. This archive also includes some key extracts from my published books. While I have made a distinct category of spiritual inquiry papers, the theme of relational spirituality is explicit or implicit in all the other categories listed below. JH

Co-counselling papers

These papers express the peer-to-peer approach of Co-counselling International (CCI), an independent association founded in 1974 - by John Heron,  Dency Sargent and Tom Sargent - to develop co-counselling within an international federation of autonomous co-counselling communities, now active in several countries worldwide. CCI is entirely separate from, and has significant differences to the centralized approach of, the Re-evaluation Counseling Communities, founded in Seattle, USA, by Harvey Jackins in the 1960s.

For a radical extension of the theory and practice co-counselling, see A Little Book of Co-creating (1996), a recent (2008) update of this in three maps, MAP 1, MAP2, MAP3, and a A Reconstructed Definition of CCI 2009

Co-counselling teachers' manual  1978, revised 1998

Co-counselling teacher trainers' manual  1978, revised 1998

Intensive counselling   1978, revised 1998.

Catharsis in human development   1977, revised 1998. 

Co-counselling manual   1974, 1979, revised 1998.

A definition of Co-counselling International   1974, revised 1996.

Co-counselling: An Experiential Inquiry (2)  1982. A PDF file.

Co-counselling: An Experiential Inquiry  1981. A PDF file.

Co-operative inquiry papers  Click here for a comprehensive selection of introductory papers, papers exploring the context, and a bibliography.

Holistic education and training papers

Our process in this place   July 2002.  Keynote talk at  Living Spirit Ė New Dimensions in Work and Learning, International Conference on Organisational Spirituality, 22-24 July 2002, University of Surrey, UK.

Holism and collegiality   Published in Self and Society, Vol 29 No 2,  2001.

The modern revolution in learning   An extract from Chapter 1 of John Heronís book The Complete Facilitatorís Handbook, London, Kogan Page, 1999

Facilitator fundamentals   Seven charts on the basic principles and practices of facilitation. They can be printed and enlarged for use in facilitator training workshops and courses. Based on John Heronís book The Complete Facilitatorís Handbook, London, Kogan Page, 1999. A pdf file.

Helping whole people learn   Chapter 6 from Working with experience: animating learning, edited by David Boud and Nod Miller, London, Routledge, 1996.

Assessment revisited   Chapter 4 from Developing Student Autonomy in Learning, edited by David Boud, London,  Kogan Page, 1988.

An overview of radical education in action  A paper prepared for the Committee of the Institute for the Development of Human Potential, London, 1985.

Prospectus for an IDHP course   A paper prepared for the Committee of the Institute for the Development of Human Potential, London, 1985.

Holistic endeavour in postgraduate medical education   Published in The British Journal of Holistic Medicine, Vol 1 No 1, 1984, 80- 85.

Education of the affect  A paper on emotional education. Published by British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, in association with Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1982. A pdf file.

Practitioner papers

The placebo effect and a participatory worldview  Published in D.Peters (ed), Understanding the Placebo Effect in Complementary Medicine, London: Churchill Livingstone, 2001, 189-212.

A self-generating practitioner community   Published in R. House and N. Totton (eds), Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 1997, 241-254.

The politics of transference  First published in Self and Society, Volume 18, No.1, 1990. And reprinted in R. House and N. Totton (eds), Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 1997, 11-18.

Living with teenagers   Three chapters, with the start of a fourth, from a manuscript commissioned by a UK publisher after the screening in 1994 of a BBC1 TV programme in which I facilitated a group of parents and teenagers exploring the challenges of living together. The publisher found the chapters too radical. This is the first publication of the original text.

Critique of conventional research methodology   Published in Complementary Medical Research, Vol 1 No 1, 1986, 12-22.

Whole person medicine: a co-operative inquiry   Published by British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, in association with Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1985. A pdf file.

A systems approach to medical research   A paper prepared for the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London, 1985.

The human capacity for intentional self-healing and enhanced wellness   A research proposal by John Heron, British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, and Peter Reason, Centre for the Study of Organizational Change and Development, University of Bath, 1985.

A paradigm of well-being   From Heron, J., Paradigm Papers, published by British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, in association with Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, December 1981; and reprinted in British Journal of Holistic Medicine, Vol 1 No 2, 1984.

Notes on holistic medical research   A paper prepared for the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London, 1983.

Policy statement on the use of the randomized trial   A paper prepared for the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, London, 1983.

Choice: a paradigm of personal power   From Heron, J., Paradigm Papers, published by British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, in association with Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, December 1981.

Holistic medicine   Published with the title Humanistic Medicine by the British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, in association with the Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, February 1978.

Research on group work   An extract from Heron, J., Dimensions of Facilitator Style, Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1977.

Criteria for evaluating growth-movements   Published by Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, 1975.

                From the quest for certainty to the quest for wholeness   Unpublished paper, 1962.

Spiritual inquiry papers

Humanism: the fourth wave  Published in R. House, D. Kalisch and J. Maidman (eds), The Future of Humanistic Psychology, Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2013.

Notes on spiritual leadership and relational spirituality  First published here May 2008.

Charismatic inquiry in concert: action research in the realm of the between   John Heron and Gregg Lahood. Published (without the photo) in Handbook of Action Research, second edition, edited by Peter Reason and Hilary Bradbury, London, Sage Publications, 2008.

An unconvincing case  Of the several drafts written between September 2007 and February 2008, this one of 11,600 words is the full and definitive version of my critique of Richard Tarnas' case for astrology. It gives a more comprehensive and radical account of my views than the 5,000 words I extracted from it - to meet editorial restriction on length - to publish as 'A commentary on Richard Tarnas' Cosmos and Psyche' in Network Review: Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, No. 95, Winter 2007, pp. 11-16.

Participatory fruits of spiritual inquiry, ReVision, Vol 29 No 3, 2007. A pdf file.

Spiritual inquiry: a handbook of radical practice   May 2006. The ninth and definitive draft of the paper previously published here in successive drafts as Revisionary perspective on human spirituality.

Relational spirituality   Published as Perspective 3 in Heron, J., Participatory Spirituality: A Farewell to Authoritarian Religion, Morrisville NC: Lulu Press, 2006. For an extended version see http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Relational_Spirituality

Papers on the inquiry group   June 2005. Five informative documents on our ongoing inquiry group practices and beliefs.

On The Way   Entries from an inner journal  first published here 14 April 2005.

A model of decision-making  September 2004. From the ongoing decision-making inquiry.

Cookbook of dyadic inquiry: recipes for transfiguring relationships  Barbara Langton and John Heron. First edition e-manual, January 2003.

Experience of the Subtle Realms  This e-document, published here January 2003, is my 1994 revised edition of Confessions of a Janus-brain the first edition of which was published by the Endymion Press, London, 1987. Now available to buy online as a paperback and download with the title Living in Two Worlds.

Divine determinacy and indeterminacy   June 2001. First publication.

Spiritual inquiry as divine becoming   Published in ReVision, Fall, 2001.

A dipolar map of the spiritual and the subtle   Chapter 6 from Sacred Science 1998.  

The four causes    August 1991. First publication.

The guardian on the verge: a study of conscious and unconscious dynamics   August 1991. First publication.

Dipolar theology   August 1984. First publication.

The nature of the inspirational process   February 1984. First publication.

A marriage of paradigms: autonomy - heteronomy; Mind Ė mind   From Heron, J., Paradigm Papers, published by British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London, in association with Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, December 1981.

Practical methods in transpersonal psychology  May 1975. Published by Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey.

The phenomenology of social encounter: the gaze  Published in Philosophy & Phenomenological Research, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, December, 1970, 243-264.