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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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Trump Emperor parade O_O ..... Holy Emperor. Parade: v=EWjC_mrucY4&t=2s  Music: Triarii - Emperor of the sun., From YouTubeVideos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 23, 2020
In Relationship With An Abusive President, Will We Be Trauma Victims or Trauma Survivors? - Part 2: A Larger Context "...for many people in nations where authoritarianism is now achieving a foothold, it is hard to see parallels between Hitler's regime and their own governments. Many accounts of the Nazi period depict a barely imaginable series of events, a nation gone mad. That makes it easy to take comfort in the thought that it can't happen again."
Black-widow-red-spots-yellow-legs., From InText
(54 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 16, 2020
In a Relationship with an Abusive President: Will the Country be a Trauma Victim or Trauma Survivor? We are in a relationship with an abusive president. The question is whether we will choose to be "trauma victims" or "trauma survivors." A country's president is often at some level envisioned much like a father. We find ourselves in an analogous condition to children living in a family with an unpredictably rageful, out-of-control father. Such circumstances can have damaging, often powerfully traumatic effects.
Skull, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 10, 2020
The Value of Cataclysm Humanity appears to be divided against itself and pitted against nature. With devotion, good fortune, genuine remorse, endurance and much effort, the crises in which we will predictably continue to find ourselves may together act as an evolutionary catalyst: motivating the human species to move to a higher level of awareness and skillful action by forcing the issue: what might be called "emergence through emergency."
Mayan Temple, From InText
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 6, 2020
The Four Stages of Spiritual Growth "In the last analysis, the current global crisis is a psychospiritual crisis; it reflects the level of consciousness evolution of the human species. It is, therefore, hard to imagine that it could be resolved without a radical inner transformation of humanity on a large scale and its rise to a higher level of emotional maturity and spiritual awareness...This is not only possible - it is already underway.
Monarch Butterfly, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 8, 2020
Of Trump, Caterpillars, and Butterflies Trump is a representative of Control Culture writ large. In Slater's analogy the caterpillar stands for the existing culture, with an emphasis on domination over people and environment, growth as the critical aspect of economy, and the belief in separation and conflict. The butterfly stands for an emerging, more mature culture that values cooperation, democracy, a sustainable economy, and a belief that everything is connected.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 4, 2020
Dumbin' Us Down Many of us at home and abroad, are incredulously asking how the American people lifted Donald Trump into the position of President of the United States. Will we be enduring four more years with Donald Trump at the helm? Why is our next election predicted to be even close, not to mention, "highly competitive?" Trump's approval rating has remained steady between 40% and 44%. Why aren't more of us utterly appalled?
Flammarion., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 1, 2020
The Authoritarian Character in a Time of Turmoil Today we are immersed in a disoriented and fragmented world - faced with dwindling resources, including supplies of nonrenewable energy, a destabilized global climate, mounting environmental pollution, expanding population growth and rampant corruption. This is a formula for ecological collapse and social anarchy. Authoritarianism is a crucial obstacle to our survival and further evolution as a species.
-Earthrise.ogv., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 14, 2020
Domination To make the necessary great transition to equality and sustainability involves recognizing that, as a species and despite our many differences, we have been on a common journey. To survive we must turn our attention to discovering how the human family can live sustainably on Earth. Transforming our predicament involves appreciating our history of being divided. This article reviews the "new authoritarianism".
The Earth seen from Apollo 17., From WikimediaPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 30, 2020
Our Shared Quandary Human beings and the bio-community to which we belong are in trouble. We have already entered into a time in which we are beset by unrelenting forces of overpopulation, a destabilized global climate, dwindling supplies of nonrenewable energy, and mounting environmental pollution. It is likely that human civilization will either collapse into chaos or ascend in a process of profound transformation.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 8, 2018
Turning Within and Envisioning a New World Inner Emancipatory Awakening and External Political Action
Monarch Butterfly, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 31, 2018
Integrative vs. Control Culture - An Overview We are in the midst of a transformation from one set of global values and habits of mind, called here, "control culture" and the other, "integrative culture." The first is in the process of dying, exhausting itself in an attempt to stay alive and dominant, the second, integrative culture, is still in the process of being born. Naturally, this is a disorienting and disconcerting time.
Belated Birthday - Im1happy by RufusShinra4179 on DeviantArt800 ├-- 600 - 2423k - gif, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Our Need for Positive Meta-Narratives for Cultural Transformation We operate - often unknowingly - via stories or beliefs regarding where we came from, who we are and where we are going. Given the state of the world, our species has a clear need for fresh, life-enhancing narratives (or assumptions). Alternative, inspiring stories are presented in this piece.
TikZ examples tag: 3D435 ├-- 500 - 53k - png, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 12, 2018
Duane Elgin and the Maturing of Humanity All of the humans alive today apparently descended from a very small community of several thousand persons living in South Africa around 65,000 years ago.Members of this community moved out of Africa and spread rapidly around the Earth. From a small band of hunter-gathers we have come to the edge of a planetary-scale civilization of more than seven billion humans.New challenges face us as we move from separation to community.
Matryoshka Doll Surprise Now for something different... This is a Matryoshka doll, which could be called the first ever surprise toy, invented 123 years ago in Russia. From Wikipedia: A ..., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 9, 2018
Jean Gebser and the Recovery of Humanity Human consciousness has developed and matured in stages. We have entered the threshold of a new level of consciousness. How this will impact the "world probematique" remains to be seen. Nevertheless, seeing where we're come from may offer glimpses on where we may go, especially when it comes to the cul de sac in which we currently find ourselves.
Fort Albany Residential School Students in a classroom, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 5, 2018
School Daze and the Recovery of Humanity Can education teach us to think for ourselves - or is repetition and "the party line" the best we can do?
Hands Grabbing Grab ? Free photo on Pixabay960 ├-- 569 - 404k - png, From GoogleImages
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2018
"Achtung, Baby!" Monopolizing exchanges in one to one conversation is something with which almost all of us are familiar. It is a microcosm of the larger phenomena we have looked at to date. We can not build a cooperative, sustainable world when this is an unconscious norm.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 30, 2018
Our Collective Predicament and the Power of Group-Think One of the ways we jettison the responsibility for crucial decisions in group-contexts is by bowing to the will of the majority. As far back as 1835 Alexis de Tocqueville warned that a form of autocratic rule in the United States could easily take just this form. It takes a strong and centered individual to resist the seductive pull of majority rule in small groups. This is another way we seek to "escape from freedom."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 28, 2018
Totalitarian States of Mind in Organizations - Recovery of Humanity Power-over scenarios are still rampant in organizations. This, naturally,provides rich food for authoritarians. Yet, it is an error to think that dominance resides in one person only.e.g. the "boss". Work groups are interdependent and emotionally based thought-forms (such as anxiety - as we know) are quite contagious. An alternative perspective is offered.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 27, 2018
The Authoritarian Personality Much of the trouble facing our species involves misuse of power. Although this power-over, rather than power-with paradigm - like empire - has seen its time come and go. Still there are many people and institutions who are deeply wedded to this way of life, will fight to hold on to power and have little interest in introspection. The alternative is learning to empower others and allow others to empower us. Courage is needed.
Flammarion Woodcut 1888 Color 2, From WikimediaPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 26, 2018
Our Collective Predicament; Authoritarianism, Patriarchy and The Recovery of Humanity In a great many spheres of human life we are once again becoming accustomed to a dominator/dominated, even sadomasochistic, style of being governed. Ignorance, fear, aggression and a wish to cling to the familiar are on the rise and becoming the norm. Meanwhile, various forms of apathy and paralysis spread. Insight - the ability to see things just as they are is both a first, final, and dependable way out of this morass.

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