Severed Light – Crossing the Void

Ecopsychology Project

The greatest lie we have been told upon entering the living world is that we, as humans, evolved beyond nature – as if we have risen above it, as if this is our progress and greatness as a species. This lie, however, has brought our human development to a halt and left us stranded, like a beam of light cut off from its source, illuminating only a sliver of who and what we are, creating a void of darkness all around us in which we are too afraid to approach. And if it approaches us, we cower in fear or lash out in aggression.
By psychologically viewing ourselves as better and superior to the assumed primitive lesser world of nature, is to deny and deprive ourselves of our own self – to separate our body from its natural evolution.
Human’s greatest gift is to “see” we are all the same, but it is also our greatest weapon, to “see” we are separate and alone in a void. Which have you chosen?
Are you ready to cross the void?

 

 

 

 

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The Unconscious

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The Unconscious: "Is all those parts of experience that remained inchoate and unarticulated, parts for which we never developed a full voice, for want of that receptive intersubjective field that is requisite, for the full development of the self. It is experience that is felt but cannot be shared, represented, articulated, echoed, symbolized, and thus integrated into the whole social field this tends to become stunted and arrested at best, if it doesn't disappear from felt reality altogether." ~ ' The Voice of Shame, Gordon Wheeler Ecopsychology is always attempting to understand phenomena as experiential, or rather through the phenomenological experience: that how we come to understand our world, ourselves, and each other is an embodied experience. Ecopsychology's purpose is to extinguish the separation of self and nature and see it all as one whole process. So as a bodily sense of experience: what then is the unconscious? It is the body's stopped processes, a muscular and physiological blockage. It is a jam of our world-bound energies or intentions. We learn to deliberately intercept our bodily intentions (mainly through shame) until this becomes habitual: falling out of our explicit awareness. Thus the unconscious is born: our urges and desires (intentions) persisting in a cramped or dammed up form – as bodily blocked sexuality, anger, grief, fear, terror, love, joy, etc… Spoken in another way, if our body is a river then the water is our soul, and the movement of the water down river is the experience of life: our soul's awakening and expressed self. If you place a dam along the river, stopping the flow, jamming the experiential process of your water, then we have what we call the unconscious. The unconscious is not a separate mind within the mind. It is not this thing deep down inside of you with all the answers to the universe. It is not the "dam" itself, rather, it is a relational interactive phenomenon born from repression of your life process: not living fully. This is how pathology comes to exist. This is why the unconscious has become so common in psychology language to explain a part of ourselves. #theunconscious #wetooarenature #ecopsychology

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The Unconscious: “Is all those parts of experience that remained inchoate and unarticulated, parts for which we never developed a full voice, for want of that receptive intersubjective field that is requisite, for the full development of the self. It is experience that is felt but cannot be shared, represented, articulated, echoed, symbolized, and thus integrated into the whole social field this tends to become stunted and arrested at best, if it doesn’t disappear from felt reality altogether.” ~ ‘ The Voice of Shame, Gordon Wheeler
Ecopsychology is always attempting to understand phenomena as experiential, or rather through the phenomenological experience: that how we come to understand our world, ourselves, and each other is an embodied experience. Ecopsychology’s purpose is to extinguish the separation of self and nature and see it all as one whole process. So as a bodily sense of experience: what then is the unconscious?
It is the body’s stopped processes, a muscular and physiological blockage. It is a jam of our world-bound energies or intentions. We learn to deliberately intercept our bodily intentions (mainly through shame) until this becomes habitual: falling out of our explicit awareness. Thus the unconscious is born: our urges and desires (intentions) persisting in a cramped or dammed up form – as bodily blocked sexuality, anger, grief, fear, terror, love, joy, etc… Spoken in another way, if our body is a river then the water is our soul, and the movement of the water down river is the experience of life: our soul’s awakening and expressed self. If you place a dam along the river, stopping the flow, jamming the experiential process of your water, then we have what we call the unconscious.
The unconscious is not a separate mind within the mind. It is not this thing deep down inside of you with all the answers to the universe. It is not the “dam” itself, rather, it is a relational interactive phenomenon born from repression of your life process: not living fully. This is how pathology comes to exist. This is why the unconscious has become so common in psychology language to explain a part of ourselves.
#theunconscious #wetooarenature#ecopsychology

The Bodily Ground of Experience

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The Bodily Ground of Experience: "only human beings have come to a point where they no longer know why they exist… they have forgotten the secret knowledge of their bodies, their senses, their dreams." ~ John (Fire) Lame Deer How do we come to extract meaning from our world? This question begs to be asked in a time when our purpose to be alive seems lost in the reflection of our own humanity. To return to the bodily ground of experience, to interpret the felt ground of the world with a privileged part of nature; our body, is to receive the intelligence of nature and the purpose of your life process. Somatics. The body is a finely ordered living responsiveness, always seeking some sort of symbolic completion for its needs or intentions. When we equate the body's needs with irrational tendencies, or sin, is to repress your own soul. It is to deanimate the self, as was systematically done by the time of the Age of Reason. Animality was considered then to be the root of madness; thereby returning to a state of chaos. But the irony is that if our nature is chaotic, then our experience has no intrinsic order. Yet all we must do is pick up the sand of a river bank and feel the weight of millions of parts slide through our fingers to understand that nature is the definition of order and organization. "Your body enacts your situations and constitutes them largely before you can think how. When your attention joins the living, you can pursue many more possibilities and choices than when you merely drive your body as if it were a machine like the car." ~ Eugene Gendlin #wetooarenature #ecopsychology #eugenegendlin #somatic #body #bodyintelligence #mindfullness #order #chaos

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The Totality of The Human Experience

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"In order to understand ourselves and heal ourselves in this age of abstract horror, we must regain the sense of the totality and the immediacy of human experience." ~ Stanley Diamond – Returning to experience is to awaken the senses. To be sensitive. In a world wrought with violence, we have dulled our senses as to distance and disconnect from the suffering of such consequences. Thus, a tree becomes an abstract thing, perceived objectively and separate from us even as we try to view it through a scientific, biological lens. To be sensitive is to find truth in your own experience. Find your senses, all the joy and sorrow, and feel the enrapture of the Cedar as she welcomes you back into her warm embrace. – #westernredcedar #wetooarenature #ecopsychology #sensitive #healingtrauma #stanelydiamond #phenomenology #experience #feminint #restore

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The Era of Hypocrisy and How to break free to the next Golden Era.

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Hypocrisy.

noun
  1. the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
    Greek hupokrisis ‘acting of a theatrical part,’ from hupokrinesthai ‘play a part, pretend,

We’re all hypocrites. All of us. Even me.

Hypocrisy is a special kind of pretending. There is the pretending which is born from the art of theatre, in which a person is acting out a character other than their own, as was the original meaning of this word as it was used in Ancient Greece. Then there is the pretending which seems to have greatly evolved from such theatre. And that is the modern use of Hypocrisy.

Today, we participate in the Hypocrisy which more closely aligns with the concept self-manipulation. A hypocrite today is no longer a person acting out theatrical character. In other words the intent is not known, the intent is clouded in deceit. And more often than not, the intent is even hidden behind the curtains from the acting agent of the intent. The self-manipulation then evolved further into self-deceit.

Self Deceit.

Self-manipulation.

Hypocrisy.

And we are all living it. Self-deceit goes all the back to the Garden of Eden. It’s source of origin lies within the primordial soup of the conscious human mind as we awoke to our own awareness and found ourselves recording, for the first time, our very own existence. This time in human history, one that predates any historic accuracy, was an exciting and devastating transition for our species. It was a birth and a death all at once. It was a confrontation and awakening to the infinite source of Nirvana that many of our ancestors feared this spiritual actualization that they denied it’s full consequences. With the birth of our awakening, came all of humanity as we know it, and much of that history has been dominated by a sociological programming meant to prevent us from ever knowing it had occurred – thus severing the eternal bond between us and nature. We are all deceiving ourselves. We’ve done such a good job of it that we go along living out this belief based on deception, perpetuating a collective society’s conscious into oblivion, and we’re taking the rest of the precious planet with us.

The deception, or belief, or illusion, or dream, or maya – call it what you will – is this:

1) Everything in the past is gone, non-existent, dead.

2) All of the answers to our problems, discontent, diseases, depressions, anxieties, fears, conflict, and confusion, lie in the future. If we just keep pushing on through, and search for innovative new ways to adapt to a rapidly changing world with technologies and competitive markets, we’ll be okay.

Even Stephen Hawkings, one of the most respected international scientific figures said just the other day that this world, according to the numbers, is without a doubt doomed for disaster within the next 1,000 to 10,000 years.

1,000 years ago the first crusades began their wage across the globe, and the gospel of Christianity spread like a thick oil over all of humanity. Now it is found everywhere. Now we are extracting crude oil under the very same gospel: the gospel of hypocrisy.

You feel it. You know it’s there: this pit you can’t shake that sits in your gut waiting to be purged, but you swallow hard and curl up denying the pain you hold onto – the pain that has been passed down to you, inherited from generation to generation since the era of conscious awakening. That somehow you are not fully living, you never did. You were born and immediately after the trauma settled you began to feel the sensual persona of the universe all around you, but that feeling slowly diminished into a dark cellar. How disappointing.

I propose a single and simple solution to this life-long problem. Accept you are a hypocrite. Let that acceptance sink in. Stop fighting it. Then apologize for denying your own nature. And once you have finished apologizing, forgive yourself for playing out a false destiny. Once you have done that, and that could take some time, you will be ready to connect back to your nature, your truth, your destiny.

When we make a mistake, when others make a mistake, we must accept, apologize, and forgive, before we can ever move on. We have been playing out a tens of thousands of years of denial and anger. And we are going to have to accept it before it’s too late. Worry about yourself, and then help others. We can do this together, we can’t do it apart.