On Becoming an Elicitive Peace Worker
This qualitative and interdisciplinary research builds on the findings of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology as well as on the Transrational Peace Philosophy. It investigates how peace and Self-unfolding processes of the peace facilitator’s clients resonate with the facilitator’s own processes of peace and Self-unfolding. As a tool for identifying and navigating possibilities for holistic conflict transformation, Elicitive Conflict Mapping invites introspection from social activity. Thus, peace workers are called to transform their own blockages, as those are part of all of us due to our imprinting socialisation experiences. Within my research, I found that an elicitive approach to peace work can be the very gateway towards a profound resonance of the external transformational peace work with the very internal processes of the facilitator. Due to its relational and holistic nature, elicitive peace work can be a useful approach for taking responsibility for the own intrapersonal conflicts and their transformation by understanding the healing journey of one’s clients as one’s very own healing journey, too. This way, the previously hindering blockages can unfold as one’s very potentials.
The research is based on my particular interest in intra- and interpersonal peace processes as elicitive peace facilitator. As transrational research aims at providing transformation opportunities for both the audience and the researcher – and logically invites for introspection as well – my research was accompanied by a challenging personal journey as also I confronted my own blockages. It resulted in a profound transformation towards an upright responsibility for my very own personal blockages and potentials, especially against the background of elicitively facilitating spaces for transrational peaces.