In our most essential being, we are of nature, of wildness, of life. I propose that the “Self” described in psychosynthesis is closely akin to the “Ecological Self” described by deep ecologist Arne Naess and others– a sense of self encompassing all of nature, all of life, and acting from this very inclusive perspective.

Sadly, many psychosynthesis practitioners confine Self to the “higher realms.” They tend to go “up” for guidance and inspiration, and avoid touching– both literally and figuratively– the soil beneath their feet. Assagioli himself called Self “the Higher Self” and most of his students carried on this tradition, at least until recently. John Firman and Ann Gila (1997) have described vividly how this perspective can create a split within an individual between the “good” self on high, and the “bad” self below. It also reinforces the unfortunate tendency in our culture to divide Spirit from Nature, mind from body, heaven from earth. 

Molly Young Brown, 1999

INTERVIEW - Bill Plotkin: In times of challenge, most of us focus on healing. In this interview, Bill Plotkin, PhD, cultural visionary, author, and wilderness guide, invites us to look beyond healing, to “Wholeing.” He guides us through his Nature Based Map of the Psyche, explores what it means to be a true, initiated adult in the world, and introduces us to the key practices we need in order to become whole, soul-centric, agents of cultural change. Bill picks up where most Western psychologists leaves off, and invites us to descend into the nature-based terrain of the Soul. Listen in.   (Voice of America recording)


Anthropogenic Climate Disruption & Its Moral Challenges - Molly Young Brown… "we will not win the battle for a stable climate by arguing, for instance, that it is more cost-effective to invest in emission reduction now than disaster response later. We will win by asserting that such calculations are morally monstrous, since they imply that there is an acceptable price for allowing entire countries to disappear, for leaving untold millions to die on parched land, for depriving today’s children of their right to live in a world teeming with the wonders and beauties of creation. – Naomi Klein (p. 464)

All roads lead to Rome for me these days, Rome being the looming catastrophe of global climate change/warming. Journalist Dahr Jamail, in a series of in-depth articles on the subject, more aptly calls it “anthropogenic climate disruption” “Anthropogenic” places the responsibility where it seems to belong, on the shoulders of humans with our shortsighted addiction to fossil fuels, money, and consumption. “Disruption” means this is not ordinary change, but something well beyond the normal cycles of planetary systems."

Magazine interview: I’m doing this work so that when things fall apart, we will not turn on each other - Joanna Macy, 2017

So, if you’re a clergyman or woman, you’ll find yourself saying new and stronger things from the pulpit.....

The most important thing to do is find your gratitude for life. Take stock of your strengths and give thanks for what you have, and for the joys you’ve been given. Because that is the fuel. ...So don’t get too solemn. Don’t just spend all your time gritting your teeth. Laugh out loud. Enjoy a kind of wild joy. Ah! Now I have time, to break free from what had stopped me before. Now I’ve time. This time. To realize my inter-being with all life.

So it’ll be different for different individuals. But I think we should not make a move to do things alone. Find others....  Because everybody is lonely. And everybody is ready to find what they most want. And if it means that we have to be in such danger for us to find out how much we need each other, then let it be that.