Tom Atlee, in a letter to "a community organizer and networker who is overwhelmed by the potential impact of global crises on his community," offers his own reflections on some of the traps we get ourselves into in doing work for the benefit of the world, and how to transcend those traps with wisdom and courage. Read the rest of this entry »
There is a vitally important piece of the equation that continues to go missing in the culture of environmentalism and in society in general. That piece can be summed up in a single word: psyche (as in psychological). It's a word you don't hear much. And yet, in so many ways, it's the most important word in the world. What are the key elements of a resilient foundation for a sustainable and life-affirming society? One critical element, I believe, is the inner resilience that only work with the psyche can bring. Read the rest of this entry »
Dharmagaians come from many fields of learning and endeavor: science, philosophy, psychology, art, literature, spirituality, activism, and – yes, astrology. Astrology, one of my own symbolic systems of learning, offers some of the most fertile insights into our time in human history because it is the study of time – or, perhaps I should say, timing. There are several excellent astrologers writing about the process of paradigm change in relation to socio-political and ecological events in the world as they relate to archetypal astrological influences in the sky. (Paradigm change is a major theme among Dharmagaians and on Dharmagaians.org, where it is also called The Great Turning.) Read the rest of this entry »
My intention with 'Discoveries of the Week' is not to cover all the news of the last week, but to share what caught my attention as relevant from a Dharmagaian Big Picture perspective. These are events and writings that relate to but are not covered in the Dharmagaians.org website, but could be considered supplemental to it. Read the rest of this entry »
A Slow-Moving Crisis: As has been pointed out many times in the last few decades, the Chinese character for crisis is a combination of the characters for danger and opportunity. This concentrated bit of ancient Chinese wisdom is often applied to our historical time. The danger is that, if we do not see the danger, we will miss the opportunity – they go together. In ecosystemic terms, periods of imbalance, far from equilibrium, create the opportunity for change and evolution, but can also lead to breakdown. What are the myths that prevent people from preparing to meet the dangers that are evident? Read the rest of this entry »
The Great Turning: For decades Dharmagaians have warned of the dangers to civilization and the possibility of human extinction. They also have analyzed the causes of these problems as being rooted in the Western worldview, and have proposed solutions based on love for the Earth and concern for future generations. But the fundamental solution that all Dharmagaians agree upon is that a change in consciousness – a deep paradigm change, which many call the Great Turning – is necessary if our species is going to survive. Read the rest of this entry »