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Reflections of a Jungian Analyst

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Reflections of a Jungian Analyst

When our wounds cease to be a source of shame and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers.

– Henri Nouwen –

Reflections of a Jungian Analyst

At the end of her training, artist and psychotherapist, Rue Harrison had the good fortune to have Gareth Hill as her supervising consultant. At the conclusion of her work with Hill, she asked Gareth if he’d be willing to share some of his own experiences in a recorded interview. What follows is an inspiring example of the archetype of the wounded healer and the deep power of suffering transformed. { read more }

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Transforming Apocalypse Fatigue into Action

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Transforming Apocalypse Fatigue into Action

Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things

– Lao Tzu –

Transforming Apocalypse Fatigue into Action

It is possible to transform “apocalypse fatigue,” the defenses that keep us from engaging fully in action on global warming, by sharing stories of those who are making real change happen, bringing the issue closer to home, and empowering ourselves to do what we can. In this TED Talk, Norwegian Parliament representative, Per Espen Stoknes, points to a path of re-imagining climate itself as the living air which is the earth’s skin, an amazingly thin and fragile wrapping of the massive ball which is our home, and inside which we are all connected. { read more }

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Consider inner defenses that have kept you from engaging fully in climate action. How can you flip them to simple actions in your daily life?

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An Immense World

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An Immense World

To perceive the world through other senses is to find splendor in familiarity, wilderness in one’s backyard, the sacred in the mundane.

– Ed Yong –

An Immense World

“Made famous by zoologist Jakob von Uexkull in 1909, the term Umwelt refers to the perceptual world experienced by each animal, a highly specific kind of “sensory bubble.” When we walk our dog and she stops to smell every other bush or car tire, she’s taking in through her acutely sensitive nose smells that we take in faintly or not at all. That’s because humans and dogs have two different sensory bubbles, or Umwelten.” In his book, “Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us,” Ed Yong invites readers into an exploration of how other species experience our world.

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Wendy Sussman: Painting as a Search

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Wendy Sussman: Painting as a Search

You want to unveil something. You want to know the Truth. That’s what’s behind it.

– Wendy Sussman –

Wendy Sussman: Painting as a Search

“Just gravitate to the thing you can easily do. Then all that baggage of being the great artist just flies away and you’re just doing it! That’s really the important thing. But you shouldn’t feel ashamed of yourself because you have an image of what you want to be. The thing is to find a way into it. To get in is real important — not just to stand at the door, over and over, for years and years. Get into the room.” More in this in-depth interview with the late artist, Wendy Sussman. { read more }

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Reflect on the thing “you can easily do,” in your own life. Have you found a way in, or are you standing at the door?

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Timefulness: A Geologist’s Story

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Timefulness: A Geologist's Story

Fathoming deep time is arguably geology’s single greatest contribution to humanity.

– Marcia Bjornerud –

Timefulness: A Geologist’s Story

“Geologist Marcia Bjornerud’s latest book, Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World, can easily capture your inner philosopher, scientist, activist, and writer. When I received this book from Princeton University Press, I was immediately intrigued by the books cover. Ive always been fascinated by ideas that necessarily mix up life’s ingredients into creative nature stories, and this book does just that. The choice of title and cover design (with its elegant series of mineralogy lithographs) offers clues to the layered Earth-story within: unwrapping the scientific ways of knowing our homes deep planetary history; how we humans have come to discover these stories; how knowing them can re-educate us and thus drive us to become better citizens as part of the whole community of life.” More in this interview. { read more }

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Error Of Perception

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Error Of Perception

–Ramana Maharshi

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2564.jpgQ: Are names and forms real?

Ramana Maharshi: You won’t find them separate from [reality]. When you try to get at name and form, you will find reality only. Therefore attain the knowledge of that which is real in all three states [waking, dreaming and sleeping].

Q: Is it a fact that dreams arise because of impressions received during the waking state?

RM: No, it is not true. In your dream you see many new things and many people whom you have never seen before in your waking state. You may even see a second dream within the dream. After waking up from the second dream, you may feel that you have woken up, but that is the waking state of the first dream. In the same way, man wakes up daily, but it is not to a real waking state.

Q: Why do we see the world as something real?

RM: We see so much on a cinema screen, but it is not real. Nothing is real there except the screen. In the same way, in the waking state, there is nothing but the [reality]. Knowledge of the waking state is knowledge of the knower of the waking state. Both go away in sleep.

Q: Why do we see such permanency and constancy in the waking state?

RM: It is seen on account of wrong ideas. When someone says that he took a bath in the same river twice, he is wrong because when he bathed for the second, time, the river was not the same as it was when he bathed for the first time. Somebody may say that he is seeing the same fruit every day, but really, a lot of changes are taking place in the fruit. On seeing the brightness of a flame, a man says that he sees the same flame, but the flame is changing every second. As the oil gets less and less, the flame keeps on changing. The waking state is also like this. The stationary appearance is an error of perception.

Q: Whose is the error?

RM: The knower.

Q: From where did the knower come?

RM: On account of the error of perception. In fact, the knower and his false knowledge appear simultaneously, and when the knowledge of the Self is obtained, they disappear simultaneously.

Q: From where did the knower and his ignorance come?

RM: Who is asking this question?

Q: I.

RM: Find out that ‘I’ and all your doubts will be solved. Just as in a dream, a false knower, knowledge and known rise up, in the waking state the same process operates. In both states, on knowing this ‘I’ you know everything, and nothing remains to be known. If, in the waking state, there is [inquiry] into the ‘I’, everything can be understood and nothing else will remain to be known. In deep sleep knower, knowledge and known are absent. At the time of experiencing the true ‘I’ they will also not exist. Whatever you see happening in the waking state happens only to the knower, and since the knower is unreal, nothing in fact ever happens.

Q: After waking from sleep, why does the world of the previous day appear the same?

RM: The world seen on the previous day was not real. It was the knowledge of an unreal knower. In the same way, the world of the next day is also is the knowledge of an unreal knower. For the [ignorant] the world is experienced as yesterday and today. But for the [awakened] the world is not there at any time, past, present or future.

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Perceptual Intelligence: Gathering Deep Knowledge

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Perceptual Intelligence: Gathering Deep Knowledge

The hunter-gatherer did [their] shopping in the natural world…Success depended upon the ability to accurately read the innumerable variables which each season, day and hour presented.

– Rupert Ross –

Perceptual Intelligence: Gathering Deep Knowledge

“One cannot know a forest by walking it only once. It takes several full cycles of the seasons, and regular explorations during that time, preferably daily, to even begin to know a place. Where are its berry trees and when are the berries ripe? Where are its meltwater ponds in the spring? Where is the nearest raccoon den, and how often do you normally see them out and about? When do the maple trees change colour for autumn? When will there be a mast year for acorns? Such are the habits of landscapes. It takes many years to get to know them. Some people may get a head-start in this process, benefitting from the guidance of grandparents, local elders, and other community leaders; though as observed earlier, the climate crisis can disrupt the old familiar cycles of nature, rendering this kind of ancestral knowledge less helpful. This kind of relationship with the earth rests upon what I call perceptual intelligence.” Brendan Myers shares more in this excerpt from his book “The Circle of Life is Broken.” { read more }

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Watching My Friend Pretend Her Heart Isn’t Breaking

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Watching My Friend Pretend Her Heart Isn't Breaking

There are many reasons to treat each other
with great tenderness. One is
the sheer miracle that we are here together
on a planet surrounded by dying stars.

– Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer –

Watching My Friend Pretend Her Heart Isn’t Breaking

“On Earth, just a teaspoon of neutron star

would weigh six billion tons. Six billion tons.

The equivalent weight of how much railway

it would take to get a third of the way to the sun.

Its the collective weight of every animal

on earth. Times three.

Six billion tons sounds impossible

until I consider how it is to swallow grief–”

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Tolu Ilesanmi: Cleaner and Life Artist

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Tolu Ilesanmi: Cleaner and Life Artist

We see cleaning not just as a job but as art, as a learning opportunity, a chance to experience the world differently, a chance to clean up our minds and be inspired while cleaning up physical spaces, a chance to move our bodies, a chance to learn humility and be better servant leaders.

– Tolu Ilesanmi –

Tolu Ilesanmi: Cleaner and Life Artist

“Tolulope Ilesanmi was a cleaner. He left banking in Nigeria and came to Montreal, where he did his MBA and then started a company, Zenith Cleaning. Tolu considered everything about that company a mystery its people, its practices, its purpose. He said to himself, I will contemplate this thing with awe and curiosity and gratitude until it is done with me. Eventually he wrote down this sentence: Cleaning is the process of removing dirt from any space, surface, object or subject thereby exposing beauty, potential, truth and sacredness.” Ilesanmi passed away in 2017. This beautiful post pays tribute to his remarkable life and spirit. { read more }

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