Practical Practitioner November 3 - 11, 2018






So what is a Rhizome?

The term comes from botany.  A rhizome is a form of plant life which has a
horizontal underground stem which has no tap root or source, like ginger, mint, mushrooms and grasses.  It’s growth is lateral and it spreads in a way that it fills any gaps.  It is characterized by geometric connectivity and multiplicity of shoots, roots and nodes.  Even when a piece is broken-off from a rhizome it can grow on it’s own, re-attach to a different part of the system or bond with other plants to create hybrid vigor.

OK, enough Botany, John…What is Rhizomatic Thinking and Perception?

In the late 70’s Gilles DeLeuze, a philosopher with a background of Jungian  psychology, and Felix Guattari, a psychoanalyst, developed a philosophical system based on the metaphor of the Rhizome: acentered, non-linear, multiplicity. 

Deleuze and Guattari used the
rhizome as a alternative way to perceive process and map reality.  It is used to describe and predict the evolution of culture, societies, philosophies, art, media, even counter terrorism, and the development the internet!

Now, John has taken this powerful way of understanding reality and has applied it to personal evolution, problem solving, coaching, and therapy.

How is it useful in Coaching and Therapy?

It provides many pointers for where to look for solutions in problem-solving that most people miss.   It challenges vertical thinking and categorization and other potential errors in conventional left brain thinking.

It provides a useful metaphor conceptualizing what’s happening in the brain (especially  in the sub-dominant hemisphere) to more effectively prime and engage the brain for change and transformation.

The processes John has developed from applying
rhizomatic thinking and perception to coaching and therapy allow for direct access to the unconscious mind, so you can reap the same benefits of traditional hypnosis without inductions or scripts.