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I work as a psychotherapist with an emphasis on transformational learning - a blend of psychoanalytic and transpersonal approaches, and am the author of Self Actualization and Unselfish Love and co-author of Families Helping Families: Living with Schizophrenia, as well as Mental Illness as an Opportunity for Transformation. My interests and life have taken parallel courses, which together have woven a complex tapestry: spirituality and meditation on the one hand, and political psychology on the other. I have studied and practiced with Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Mata Amritanandamayi and Gurumayi Chidvilasanda, and continue a daily practice of meditation. My early political education began with the writings of the founding fathers. Over time this led to involvement in the anti-Vietnam war and anti-nuclear movements. I was interested in the powerful molding of prevailing political and economic dynamics by what C. Wright Mills called the military-industrial complex. In time I have come to the conclusion that, despite various interest groups' attempts to minimize or trivialize the concept, the deep state is a reality - decisively and covertly shaping events on both the domestic and international fronts. I am interested in an exceptionally promising alternative source of energy that has yet to see the light of day. I see the current period as a precarious form of initiation rite into the beginning of adulthood for our species, and hope to do whatever I can to help us reach this goal. Meanwhile, I seek daily to recall the reality that the same awareness (the Ever-Present-Origin) looks out through all of our eyes, and actualize this in my relationship with other beings.

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Facing Unmourned Loss - Norman Paul (27 minutes), From YouTubeVideos
(41 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Imagining our Future" FORWARD INTO THE PAST - A New Birth: Interbeing As we engage in the "struggle" to create a world that works for all living beings--those of us who feel called to contribute to the healing of the Earth can expect to be sorely challenged. My sense is that we can all benefit from an awareness of our family's historical roots. We will also need to draw sustenance by consciously recalling the wisdom of elders and allies. That way we will realize that we are not "in it alone".
Series: Positive Visions of the Future (5 Articles, 19526 views)
Through the Insight of Interbeing | Dharma Talk by Thich Nhat Hanh, 2012.10.11 Dharma Talk by Thy 2012.10.11.Lower Hamlet (Plum Village). Talk in English. Audio: English Help us caption & translate this ..., From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 15, 2024
Imagining our Future - Perils and Promise: Story 4. We Are in a Process of Planetary Birth - Pt. 1 "There's a revolution that needs to happen and it starts from inside each one of us. We need to wake up and fall in love with the Earth. Our personal and collective happiness and survival depends on it. This kind of enlightenment is crucial to a collective awakening. In Buddhism we talk of meditation as an act of awakening, to be awake to the fact that the earth"and living species are in danger." - Thich Nhat Hanh
Series: Positive Visions of the Future (5 Articles, 19526 views)
MLK: Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 speech in New York. In this speech, he opposes violence and militarism, particularly the war in ..., From YouTubeVideos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 20, 2023
IMAGINING OUR FUTURE: PERILS AND PROMISE: Story 3. Humanity Is Growing Up If we are to move into our early adulthood as a species and grow beyond our adolescent consciousness, we will need to develop greater capacities to consciously work to restore the resilience and integrity of our Earth's eco-system, consider the impact of our actions on the rest of life (including future generations), and bring fresh awareness and sacred regard for the living universe that is our home.
Series: Positive Visions of the Future (5 Articles, 19526 views)
The Hero's Journey in 5 Minutes The Hero's Journey is a concept that was developed by Joseph Campbell in his book the Hero with a Thousand Faces. This story ..., From YouTubeVideos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 22, 2023
IMAGINING OUR FUTURE: PERILS AND PROMISE: Story 2. Humanity Is on an Heroic Journey What if the most difficult challenges facing humanity are not devising solutions to the energy or climate crisis or our other self-generated predicaments? What if, instead, we are challenged to bring positive images of the human journey into our collective awareness? We need to be able to step back: to disidentify from stories about destruction and raise our vision to see the other side of the coin.
Series: Positive Visions of the Future (5 Articles, 19526 views)
The Global Brain - Peter Russell Peter Russell's award-winning video, based on a live audio-visual presentation in 1983. He explores the idea that the Earth is an ..., From YouTubeVideos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 31, 2023
IMAGINING OUR FUTURE: PERILS AND PROMISE Story 1: The Global Brain Is Waking Up Given challenges of climate disruption, energy shortages, resource wars, deep poverty and our own tendencies to feel indifference and even despair, is it worth asking questions about our own place on earth? --- One answer is that we need to be able to step back and get our bearings - to disidentify from stories about destruction and raise our vision to see the other side of the coin - the promises inherent in this era.
Series: Positive Visions of the Future (5 Articles, 19526 views)
Three Futures for Humanity | Duane Elgin & Coleen LeDrew Elgin, April 2022 The Time is Now: Showing up for the Earth with James Baraz & Friends Interconnected Engagement Duane Elgin & Coleen ..., From YouTubeVideos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 12, 2023
Toward a Mature Global Civilization "Although human societies have confronted major hurdles throughout history, the challenges of our times are unique in one crucial respect: they are planetary in scope."
Series: Species Forerunners (4 Articles, 14908 views)
Joanna Macy: Climate Crisis as a Spiritual Path This 20 minute interview with Joanna Macy will help answer an essential question: How are we going to live our lives fully, with ..., From YouTubeVideos
(48 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 4, 2023
Joanna Macy - Climate Crisis as a Spiritual Path Joanna has lived a profoundly eventful external and inner life. She has grown tremendously and helped others to grow within and turn toward the world in service. She has lived in many countries, learning about service to society - and helped people to not deny their grief and caring for Life on Earth, but to work through these natural and use their long-repressed energy to help create a life-sustaining society.
Series: Species Forerunners (4 Articles, 14908 views)
Thomas and Anne Yeomans in conversation about his new book Holy Fire: the Process of Soul Awakening. An informal interview and conversation between Anne and Tom Yeomans about his new book Holy Fire: the Process of Soul ..., From YouTubeVideos
(65 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Seeds of the New: Species Forerunners -Tom Yeomans and an Application of Spiritual Psychology "Everyone on earth shares the fate of the earth, and everyone has a contribution to make. "To do this we need to learn to work deliberately on the process of inner transformation and the development of spiritual strength and vision in each person, young and old. We need to learn to support the spiritual maturation of individual, group, and species, so that we can... deal with the great challenges that face us today."--T.Y.
Series: Species Forerunners (4 Articles, 14908 views)
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(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 6, 2023
Species Forerunners: Can Humanity Grow Up in Time? "The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained. "Individual thought is mostly the result of collective thought and of interaction with other people. "The language is entirely collective, and most of the thoughts in it are. Everybody does his own thing to those thoughts - he makes a contribution. "But very few change them very much." David Bohm, Physicist, On Dialogue
Series: Species Forerunners (4 Articles, 14908 views)
Jose' Arguelles (1939 - 2011) RIP The Human Adventure is just beggining., From YouTubeVideos
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 24, 2023
What Can We Do? The Relevance of Higher Levels of Consciousness to our World Crisis - Part 2 "We cannot just make outer changes, for without the inner support they will not last - and the habits of consciousness will recreate the old forms. Inner and outer change need to go hand in hand/" Tom Yeomans
Series: The evolution of human consciousness and culture (4 Articles, 8211 views)
Joanna Macy: Climate Crisis as a Spiritual Path This 20 minute interview with Joanna Macy will help answer an essential question: How are we going to live our lives fully, with ..., From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 17, 2023
The Only Game in Town: The Relevance of Higher Levels of Consciousness to our World Crisis - 1 Despite the multitude of perils we face Edgar Morin sees many reasons for urging one another to continue to exert the effort necessary for making this promise a reality. There is cause for hope, and for work stresses Morin, on a number of grounds. There is first the resilience of life itself. All living beings, he reminds us, regenerate themselves through being naturally and non-coercively directed toward their own future.
Series: The evolution of human consciousness and culture (4 Articles, 8211 views)
Tracy Chapman - Change (Official Music Video) Tracy Chapman - Change (Official Music Video), From YouTubeVideos
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 3, 2023
"Better Living Through Chemistry" - LSD, DMT and The Postmodern Worldview Wittgenstein - "to let the flies out of the fly bottle."
Series: The evolution of human consciousness and culture (4 Articles, 8211 views)
Houghton EC85 Ab264 884f - Flatland%2C cover., From WikimediaPhotos
(52 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 4, 2023
Flatland Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness Sri Aurobindo, who used his own consciousness as a laboratory, discovered and described the following levels of awareness, which he expected to flower as we evolve: Ordinary egoic mind, Higher mind, Illumined mind, Intuitive Mind, Overmind, Supermind.
Series: The evolution of human consciousness and culture (4 Articles, 8211 views)
The Artist [Maurits Cornelelius Escher] working at his Atelier, From FlickrPhotos
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 4, 2023
Power in a Unified Universe (Transforming Paradigms - The Recovery of Humanity) Summary Part 13 - 2/3 "Games Without End" are what the name implies: they are endless in the sense that they contain no provisions for their own termination.
Peaceful Warm Sunrise Over Atlantic Ocean Beach, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(50 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 17, 2023
Breaking Free of Our Trance, Escaping The Gordian Knot: Summary Part 13 - 2 (Transcending Paradigms) The Indian sage Sri Aurobindo argued that our world can evolve and become a new world with new species, far above the human, just as human species have evolved beyond the animal species.
Series: Our Collective Predicament - The Recovery of Humanity (19 Articles, 43448 views)
Jalal al-Din Rumi%2C Showing His Love for His Young Disciple Hussam al-Din Chelebi., From WikimediaPhotos
(78 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 1, 2023
Paradigms, Domination, and Trance - Bringing It All Back Home - Part 13 - 1 (Summary: Transcending Paradigms) "It is possible, as we face the fearful complexity of life-destroying problems, to experience recurring moments of grace and joy...if we choose not to flee or withdraw from reality. "It is possible to use our influence and power to create islands of sanity in the midst of a raging destructive sea. "A path to engage well and sanely with the destructive dynamics of this time... Meg Wheatley
Series: Our Collective Predicament - The Recovery of Humanity (19 Articles, 43448 views)
ALPHA_The dominant male!, From FlickrPhotos
(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 16, 2023
Somebodies and Nobodies: The Demise of Rankism and the Rise of Mutual Dignity - Transcending Paradigms - Pt. 12 Challenging as it may be, without a positive vision of a promising future, we are likely to remain lost amidst uncontrolled power dynamics and create a ruinous future for ourselves.
Series: Our Collective Predicament - The Recovery of Humanity (19 Articles, 43448 views)
Nina Simone: Why (The King of Love Is Dead) Nina Simone: Why (The King of Love Is Dead), From YouTubeVideos
(24 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 15, 2023
Why? (The King of Love is Dead) Song from Nina Simone just after the assassination of the "Mahatma" (Great Soul) Martin Luther King Jr.
Series: Our Collective Predicament - The Recovery of Humanity (19 Articles, 43448 views)
Sunday Smile, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(49 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Dark Night of the Soul - and Light at the End of the Tunnel -Transcending Paradigms Pt. 11 We need to cultivate Sacred Activism infused by wisdom, strength, compassion, and joy.
Series: Our Collective Predicament - The Recovery of Humanity (19 Articles, 43448 views)
George Harrison, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 25, 2022
Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Hall of Fame A contemplation: Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. khall.com/
Series: Our Collective Predicament - The Recovery of Humanity (19 Articles, 43448 views)

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