Ecopsychology Counseling and Consulting
Cultivating conscious and generous reciprocity between human beings and wild nature.
principles and Practices
Foundational Principle: The inseparability of humans and nature.
Gleaming cities appear distant from nature. But are they? Cities depend on soil - Healthy soil needs well-designed cities. High tech needs clean water. Clean water need good citizens. In reality, money does grow on trees. Beginning to end, we interweave within a vast web-of-life.
My praxis rests upon this principle: Dynamic reciprocity between humans and nature is real. In my eyes, we are nature and nature is a creative dynamic mysterious force within us.
The post-modern indigenous person develops a hard-won immunity to the excesses of modernity and needs support, community, and projects. Like any wild entity, the soul can be exploited. The best protection from exploitation is wholesome participation that is frisky, supportive, and mutually healing--for the sake of life!
Remember: The soul is a natural bridge between wilderness and civilization because the soul is essentially untamed, devoted to authenticity, and attracted to adventure.
Foundational Problem (and Promise): Choice has entered Earth's biosphere.
Our inner life matters because our influence is vast. Whether a tree anywhere on earth is left standing to grow tall and strong rests upon human decisions.
Breathtaking and heartbreaking, evolution is shaped by our participation.
Over eons (and in this moment) life sculpts and tests an intelligence capable of choosing between what is wholesome or destructive.
How we participate is a daily choice. Our choosing creates paths of healing.
Accountability is empowering. Conscientious participation is healing. Our willingness to "stand corrected" is crucial.
Foundational Practice: The initiatory development of the Ecological Self
Ecopsychology Counseling and Consulting reframes and engages environmental crises as an initiatory rite of passage for individuals and collectives. Initiation signifies a specific kind of transformation, where an old way of life dies to be reborn into something fresh, versatile, and aligned with current reality. In an initiatory framework, adversities are ripening forces for a more complex and inclusive identity that is emerging.
Crises don't happen TO us (as hapless victims),
but FOR us (as vital participants).
Whatever stands in the way of development and evolution–like shame, trauma, fear, habit, addiction–are relentless teachers. Difficulties are essential and necessary to initiations. Descending into the darker depths of human nature, much is revealed. Revealing unfetters. Unfettered, we shine.
Obstructions are the way, not in the way.
Reframing crises and trauma as an initiation transforms ruptures in life into invitations. Environmental loss and limits offer each of us an unprecedented opportunity to align with the intelligence, beauty, and integrity of nature.
What are these crises inviting us to become?
What or who are they inviting YOU to become?
I perceive five interweaving elements of this initiation:
Awakening and maturation ecological identity; the birth of the "ecological Self."
Accountability as an opportunity for creative action.
Honoring and tending collective trauma so individuals, communities and nations can open to a new fresh future.
Clarifying authentic purpose as individuals and collectives.
Listening to and heeding the intelligence of life and creation.
There is nothing you can see
that is not a flower.
There is nothing you can think
that is not part of the moon.
My Practice: ecologically oriented and soul-focused
I've been steeping questions about humanity and wild nature for 40 years and am humbled by their complexity.
There is no singular answer. However, of these I am confident: We belong. We are here forever.
Every perspective is vital. We learn from each other. Awe is crucial. Life needs us awake.
We are in this together and I mean all of us, including mollusks, mountains, moss.
Let's explore and hone a mature "ecological belonging" as a source of strength, inspiration, and creativity.
I work with individuals, small groups, and organizations.
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