From Me to We

A Phenomenological Inquiry into Coherence




Coherence, Co-sensing, Intersubjective, Group development, Beingness, Ways of knowing


Groups play a pivotal role in human lives and may be even more important at this current moment when the human species faces myriad intractable issues. It could be argued that groups that are able to form tight connections may be needed now more than ever. While many empirical studies of groups focus on group performance, productivity, and effectiveness, or group “doingness,” this paper introduces a recent study that explored group “beingness” and the experience of manifesting deep union and oneness, an intersubjective phenomenon called coherence. Coherence has been written about from a theoretical and conceptual perspective, as well as from a practice perspective, but it has rarely been investigated empirically. An interpretive phenomenological investigation of coherence inquired into the phenomenon through the facilitation of two group coherence sessions immediately followed by group interviews. The study’s design aimed to explore coherence from the intersubjective perspective, allowing participants to make meaning of their coherence experiences in community. This paper introduces the study and its findings and posits the importance of this type of group phenomenon in our current human reality.

Author Biography

Stacey Guenther, Awakened Impact and Antioch University

Stacey Guenther, PhD, is a certified leadership coach (PCC), organization development consultant, educator, and certified mindfulness meditation teacher (CMT-P) who is dedicated to a developmental journey for herself as well as for the individuals and groups she serves. She invites her clients into deep work with wisdom and heart while holding the space for them to find answers, inspiration, and direction and to build new skills. Dr. Guenther is the principal and founder of a small consultancy, Awakened Impact ( Until 2020, she had a 15-year affiliation with George Mason University, serving as adjunct faculty, administrative faculty and director of educational programs for the Center for Consciousness and Transformation (now known as the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being), and a corporate facilitator for the university’s outdoor challenge course. Dr. Guenther earned her PhD in leadership and change from Antioch University. She was named a 2021 Fetzer Scholar by the Academy of Management's Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Interest Group, and her dissertation proposal earned one of three awards by MSR as a 2021 promising dissertation proposal. Stacey is a long-time, committed meditator, a lifelong spiritual seeker, and she finds the sacred in nature as well as in animals. She lives near Asheville, NC, with her husband and two rescue dogs.


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How to Cite

Guenther, S. (2022). From Me to We: A Phenomenological Inquiry into Coherence. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change, 2(2), 149–171.