The ‘unfolding’ of Etty Hillesum’s developing consciousness is considered from an integral and ‘evolution of consciousness’ perspective. The work of several pioneers in the field is drawn upon: Sri Aurobindo, Indian yogi and sage; Jean Gebser, the European non-dual cultural theorist; and A.H. Almass and Karen Johnson, the developers of the Diamond Approach, an original, contemporary spiritual path geared toward the soul’s realization. This path combines Eastern teachings and practices with the concepts of Western depth psychology and sees development as occurring in spiraling and overlapping stages. Etty’s spiritual and psychological journey is examined in the context of these stages. Her evolutionary process is informed by the Diamond Approach’s method of inquiry, which is similar to Etty’s process of “hineinhorchen” or “hearkening” to herself. This exploration will offer a contemporary yet ancient perspective that tracks Etty Hillesum’s own radical evolution of consciousness that we glimpse in a mere ‘moment’ in time, that is, indeed, timeless.
Morrill, Barbara, "Unfolding Toward Being; Etty Hillesum and the Evolution of Consciousness" (2014). Founders Symposium. 21.