Psychotherapist, clinical hypnotist, published author, father, husband, ‘possibillian’ and ‘planetary contextualist’ – Richard Whitehurst has been involved in meditation, change work, and helping others to expand awareness since 1970.
His incredible presentation, 'The Overview Effect' is a powerful movie and talk that has changed people's lives - Forever. An overview of the planet that astronauts report feeling changed once they return to earth from deep outer space.
The former president of the Ericksonian Hypnotherapist Association of Australia, the former vice-president of the Queensland Professional Hypnotherapists Association and a certified trainer in HeartMath, Richard has over 25 years of clinical experience in utilizing therapeutic trance states and heart-centred living to bring about positive changes in thousands of clients from all over the world.
Beginning in the late 1960’s, he has spent years in research and practice involving a variety of meditative and contemplative modalities. A powerful transpersonal experience in 1970 made it clear that there was no turning back from what became an intensive and immersive decades-long experiential odyssey into higher consciousness – the personal and immediate context in which the dream-like stories of our lives are taking place.
Richard’s fascination with the importance of context has more recently become grounded in his other area of deep interest and concern – the need to understand our planetary context. This began early in his life when he began seeing images of Earth from space. As these images were made available through the various space agencies, he began to feel a calling. He sensed that these beautiful photographs of our home planet Earth were perhaps the greatest gifts that humanity’s space programs had given, for they clearly – visually – established the circumstances of our collective fate, living together as one human family on a single planet – Spaceship Earth – with limited resources and a life-support system that needed our care and attention.
As a result of this prolonged focus, Richard has founded The Overview Institute of Australia
www.overviewinstituteaustralia.org along with its sister organisation and website, Planetary Human: www.planetaryhuman.com wherein he and an impressive array of colleagues from around the world are working to direct attention, deepen awareness, and marshal the collective will to further catalyse humanity’s entrance into new paradigms of personal and planetary regeneration and thriving.
Richard has appeared in various media, and has lectured extensively in colleges, universities, workshops and conferences in America, England, Europe, India and Australia.
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