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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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(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.
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(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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(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Some Thoughts on our Collective Predicament -- The Recovery of Humanity This piece is designed as an introduction to a series of occasional notes, based in the idea that we have become inured, and in a sense "addicted", to a worldview/paradigm that is ready to be outgrown. These ideas, of necessity, will be developed in a step by step format -- each step building on former entries.

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