A space for conversations in a time of global disruption
For some time I have thought that we need a new and poetic integration for our troubled times. There are projects out there of course- notably Ken Wilber’s Integral Life, the recent field of Positive Psychology, the Human Givens Institute, among others. All these have something important to offer but none seem to me to really grasp the existential need to locate distress and joy within the context of the ecological and social crises we are facing. And the most comprehensive of these – Wilber’s Integral project – for all its many strengths, has become hopelessly hierarchal and obsessed with ‘spirit’.
My sense is that such an integration must be more grounded – essentially of the earth – and must recognise our essential kinship to our fellow lifeforms and connection to the earth on which we have evolved. The nearest I have found to a incubator for the idea that we may have to turn upside down our assumptions about life, psychology and everything is Dark Mountain and in a sense, my sketching of this new integration is inspired by the idea of uncivilisation (I might call it unpsychology!). This post is a tentative beginning of my exploration of the twenty-first century soul:
"If we go back to first principles, a life of soul and shadow is humanly possible. This life is not a pursuit of ‘self’ or ‘spirit’, however, rather a mindful joining together of streams of ‘soul’; a distillation of deep and turbulent waters into five plain measures. Each cup holds enough of us to fill up over a lifetime – hopefully not to overspill.
If each of these dimensions of soul is approached humbly and without assumption then it is possible for us to move deeply, and find ourselves in the realms that some call spirit, but which might equally well be recognised intuitively as the vast, unexplored spaces of our internal mental world.
Here are five lives. They are entwined; plaited together; inextricable; interdependent...."
Find the full post at my blog: www.lifescape.me.uk and let me know what you think...
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