Rites of Passage in Developmental Coaching—A White Paper

Every positive change — every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness — involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation.

— Dan Millman

A Rite of Passage describes any ceremony or event marking an important transitional stage in someone’s life, especially birth, puberty, marriage and death. So too might it be employed to describe the transitional time of coaching where a client transforms to a new developmental level—a new life phase.

This white paper and the accompanying commentary document sets out to align understanding, research and cultural wisdom from social anthropology, human developmental theory, eco-mythics and modern coaching practice into a over-arching model of transformation, one which bridges both modern Western empirical and traditional animistic worldviews.

The paper is currently in submission for publication however you can view or download it and the additional commentaries using the links below.

The White Paper

Click here for a version of the white paper.

The Commentary

Click here to download the additional commentary.

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