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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.
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Cultivating a Resilient Self Amidst Social Chaos - Part 3: The Spiritual Dimension
The word "soul" encompasses the beauty and strength of an experience of connection to the spiritual dimension-one that cannot be reduced to one word, but remains an ineffable experience, which is very central to the human condition and which we can recognize as common to all, in all in the midst of our differences.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 5, 2021 Cultivating a Resilient Self Amidst Social Chaos - Part 2
Existential psychotherapy sought to address "terminal superficiality" in western man. "Not knowing who one really is," not being able to engage in life from the depths of one's being, necessarily creates inner conflicts. Beyond simply managing symptoms, this approach seeks to enable clients to grapple with the root causes of their symptoms. Underlying these issues is the search for Being.
(25 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 30, 2021 Cultivating a Resilient Self Amidst Social Chaos - Part 1
We need the kind of strength that is flexible to accommodate rapidly changing conditions. We will also need wisdom, compassion, and a capacity for loving ourselves, our fellow humans, and kindred Earth creatures. Here are some tools to accomplish these goals.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 21, 2021 Reconciliation Pt. 2 - Easier Said Than Done
"There is an important distinction between forgiveness and simply allowing others wrongdoing. Where wrong action is concerned, it may be necessary to take appropriate counteraction to stop it.
"Toward the actor you can choose not to develop anger and hatred. This is where the power of forgiveness lies - not losing sight of the humanity of the person while responding to the wrong with clarity and firmness."
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, January 18, 2021 Reconciliation: Toward a Unified World
There are so many divisions that alienate us - one from another. Yet, in order to survive as a species in the coming years, we must find way to bridge our divisions and learn to create a habitable, sustainable planet.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, January 11, 2021 Dystopians R' Us
The message of the prophets of old: "Change your ways of seeing and living in the world because the path you are currently on will lead to disaster." At the core of our consciousness is a wellspring of caring and compassion. What David Korten has called "the Great Turning" emerges from shifts occurring in our hearts, minds, and views of reality.
(25 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 2, 2021 Deep, Positive Stories For the Future
We cannot avoid the urgency and importance of the collective effort of imagining and building a global "eco-civilization" - one that recognizes that we all inhabit the same Earth and want the ecosystem to be strong and resilient to sustain a global civilization into the distant future.
(53 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 24, 2020 Addiction, Humility, and the Fate of the Earth
This article is about our collective free will as a species. At this pivotal time our predicament calls us to bring to bear: great intelligence and knowledge, penetrating insight and far-reaching vision, and dedication to address the perils our human civilization faces. We need to discern how we might survive these adversity factors and even grow from them.
(25 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 10, 2020 The Essential Adventure of our Time
Facing the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced, people can dare to be comfortable with uncertainty if they are in solidarity with each other. Feeling overwhelmed easily becomes traumatizing. But once people have tasted that they can, with each other, speak about what they see and feel is happening to our world, a number of things happen. There is a trust and realization of, "Oh my god, I'm not alone."
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2020 Honoring our Pain for the World
We now have a previously unprecedented communications capability to connect and share our learning with our local and global neighbors as we create a new civilization into being.
We the People have the right, the means, and the power. We are the ones we have been waiting for.
And the time is now. The window of opportunity is fast closing.
(15 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Evil and The Malignant Narcissist
Erich Fromm first coined the term "malignant narcissism" in 1964, describing it as a "severe mental sickness" representing "the quintessence of evil". He characterized the condition as "the most severe pathology and the root of the most vicious destructiveness and inhumanity."
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 11, 2020 Planet Earth - The Titanic?
While much attention is understandably on the upcoming election, we may not be thinking much about the upcoming decades. But the problems we are facing are not going away and in fact are likely to worsen if we proceed with business as usual. After tens of thousands of years, humanity has begun to move into a time of great transition. In reality we are hitting an "evolutionary wall" and need to make a pivotal turn as a species.
(44 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 13, 2020 A Caterpillar, A Butterfly and Donald Trump
We are living in a time of disintegration. For the moment Donald Trump is the maestro of this highly discordant symphony. However, it is possible to step back and view his actions as representative of a culture that is antiquated, worn-out and in fact obsolete. In the midst of the chaos Trump has brought to the fore, a new, life-affirming and sustainable culture beckons.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, August 31, 2020 Overcoming Fear of Freedom
"...more at work here than the use of coarse language or a display of incivility by a sitting president; there is also a flirtation with violence, the rhetoric of white supremacy, and the language of expulsion and elimination. Trump's embrace of unthinkable terror takes on an even more onerous tone as the language of dehumanization and cruelty materializes into policies that work to expel people from any sense of community..."
(19 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 23, 2020 Mechanisms of Escape from Freedom
Powerlessness leads to the kind of escape that we find in the authoritarian character or else to a compulsive conforming. if we don't see the unconscious suffering of the average "robot," we fail to see the danger that threatens our culture: the readiness to accept any ideology or leader if only he promises excitement and offers a political structure and symbols which allegedly give meaning and order to a person's life.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2020 Umberto Eco's 14 Common Features of Fascism
""fascism holds that moral conceptions, as applied to mankind, are absurd, and... impede the natural course of events: nationalism, ethnocentrism, militarism, and global conquest as an extension of realpolitik"implemented by the domination of the masses" guide the natural inheritors of... civilization to a series of battles in which the global state apparatus, in conjunction corporations subjugate mankind."
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Seeking Solutions to the "World Problematique." Breakdown or Breakthrough.
Our world is in crisis. Global challenges abound. The dark side is the imminent danger of the breakdown of interdependent societies with the perspective of extermination of civilized human life. The bright side marks a possible entrance to a new stage of evolution of humanity, to the self-organization of a humane world society. Systems research and the science of complexity can help us master the current transformation.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 26, 2020 The Childhood of Tyrants
Beaten children become humiliated and confused, although soon are taught that the beating is "for their own good" and does no lasting harm. Much later, this type of beating becomes a part of their own so-called good parenting--forming the basis for much violence in the world.