Philosophical Enquiry and Guidance

Type of Method

• Psychology - Psychotherapy - Counseling
• Nature Connection Practices
• Meditation - Spiritual Guidance
• Coaching - Transformation - Philosophy

Suitable for

• Self-Guided
• Parent / teacher / child care provider
• One to one, personal
• Groups, teams and organisations


Philosophical enquiry tends to engage with fundamental questions about knowledge, truth, ethics, language, mind, existence and consciousness. The word itself originates from Greek and means ‘love of wisdom’. In a practical sense it can be said to be the effort of improving, deepening and refining the internal model we use to understand, engage and align with greater reality.  This can be entirely conceptual, or it may involve practices (such as meditation, diet, exercise, observation etc) which enhance the overall capacities of the human being to make sense and live a good life. 

There are a vast number of ‘philosophies’, which are particular schools or perspectives,  which may assert themselves as more truthful than other schools or perspectives. Such philosophies may be religious, western, eastern, materialist, idealist, empirical and so on. In western universities philosophy tends to be the academic study of the history of ideas and critical thinking, rather than the practical means of enhancing personal and practical wisdom.  

A philosophical guide may stand in, or teach from a particular philosophy which they adhere to, practise and champion, or they may be offering to facilitate the practice of ‘philosophising’ improving the overall capacity to compare and evaluate different ideas and perspectives on fundamental questions. 

Collapse awareness often brings about profound existential uncertainty. At this time the human sense-making ecosystem is highly polluted with ideology, mis-information, disinformation, conspiracy and lies, and it could be said that an entire globalised worldview is collapsing. Making sense of what is unfolding, and critical thinking are essential, and philosophy may help.

A philosophical guide should give a brief explanation on their profile of their philosophical stance if they have one, or the practices and processes they offer and how it can help with Deep Adaptation. If you are wanting to work with a philosophical guide it is important that you gain clarity on what the guide is offering, where they stand and how they might help you. Feel free to ask searching questions of any guide to ensure that your needs and expectations can be met. 

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Guides using this Method

Terry Rankin


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