Introductory session: Becoming a Student of Fear A Live, Online Video Webinar with Special Guest Andrew Harvey Thursday, March 6th at 6pm PST/9pm EST. First session is free.
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In this FREE introductory session to Carolyn’s upcoming, five-part, live online video course, Befriending the Dark Emotions: Healing in Turbulent Times (http://www NULL.synchcast NULL.net/#!befriending-the-dark-emotions/c1vhp), Andrew Harvey will join Carolyn to discuss the healing potential in our emotions. Carolyn and Andrew will lead us on an exploration of what fear has to teach us. We’ll learn to honor it as a valuable part of the psyche, and allow ourselves to dialog with it as it passes through us.
. . . → Read More: Befriending the Dark Emotions Webinar Has Been Rescheduled To Begin March 6
Collapsing Consciously – A Book Trailer (http://vimeo NULL.com/84141762) from Carolyn Baker (http://vimeo NULL.com/user18365402) on Vimeo (https://vimeo NULL.com).
Why do grief work? So that we can register the sorrows of the planet and we do whatever we can, whatever we are obligated to do morally and spiritually, to try to prepare whatever is coming, so that they have a better chance to survive and continue. They have a right to that.
. . . → Read More: In Praise Of Manners, By Francis Weller
Beyond the edge where what we know and don’t know meets lies the Unknown (with a capital U). It’s a wild place that stretches the capacity of our human consciousness. This edge space is inhabited by a very particular kind of Edge-Dweller – those willing to hold the hugeness of even our ability to know, the horizon of human consciousness.
. . . → Read More: Edge-Dwelling: A Social Ecology For Our Time: Part 5: Shamans, Midwives, And Hospice Workers, By Dianne Monroe
Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act of protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small. There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside the ordained and sanctioned behaviors of our culture. Because of that, grief is necessary to the vitality of the soul. Contrary to our fears, grief is suffused with life force.
. . . → Read More: Francis Weller And Carolyn Baker Converse About Grief And Joy
What we see and what we cannot yet see, what we know and cannot yet know, become the edge places from which we create new ways for humanity to live as part of our Earth community, weaving from the frayed edges of what we leave behind a bridge to the potential and possibilities of what we can become. These qualities and abilities enable us to do a dance of co-creation, visioning and building the future out of and together with what exists today.
. . . → Read More: Edge-Dwelling: A Social Ecology For Our Times, Part 4: Low Tide, By Dianne Monroe
These are the sorts of deaths that I carry, not only in my memory, heart, and soul, but in my body. I work to make sure they do not either silence or immobilize me in the quest for social justice. Each death is unique and personal. We can recover from them. Death Cafés are not grief groups where people get counseling. They exist to talk and listen to stories about death, without judgment. They can be more fun than I would have imagined.
. . . → Read More: A Date With Death Over Coffee, By Shepherd Bliss
Carolyn Baker is such an Edge-Dweller. She writes “with unrestrained passion and urgency” about navigating the collapse of culture. According to Carolyn, it is no longer a debatable issue that our culture is, indeed, collapsing. The signs are everywhere, for those with open eyes. Our ecology, politics, economy, personal and social conditions have all deteriorated. Our politicians no longer are in hiding regarding who actually supports them. It is those large-scale corporations, who are nothing less than sociopathic entities that politicians such as Romney, and his counterpart, Obama and the Supreme Court justices, proclaim as “people.”
. . . → Read More: Moving Beyond Fear And Into The Joy Of Mindful Preparation, By Burl Hall
By the time some readers see these words, Valentines Day will have become a distant memory. Nevertheless, the entire month of February has been designated (http://www NULL.heart NULL.org/HEARTORG/) American heart month, and for twenty-eight days we have permission to pay attention to the human organ, the heart, yet throughout the entire year, we have little or no permission to pay attention to the psycho-spiritual “organ” we call “the heart.” During the month of February, however, it is acceptable to think about the physical organ by focusing on heart disease and to cautiously entertain the psycho-spiritual organ on Valentines Day by way of eating chocolate, having sex, and sending flowers.
. . . → Read More: American Heart Month: Heartbreak And The Happy Heart, By Carolyn Baker
I believe this ability to see both within and beyond the boundary of something (galaxy, community, culture, civilization) is an important quality of Edge-dwelling – one that can be discovered, learned, cultivated. It’s a practice we can grow within ourselves. This ability to see both within and beyond is a crucial quality for our times – living within and at the edge of a crumbling civilization, entering an epoch of human-created climate change whose impact on our Earth is not yet known. This is a huge edge to be living on.
. . . → Read More: Edge-Dwelling: A Social Ecology For Our Times; Part 3: Middle School, Misfits, And The Milky Way, By Dianne Monroe
I pick cherries because I see nobody else connecting the dots on climate change. I see nobody else making an honest effort to describe our predicament. So, by default, I’m The Connector. I collate, summarize, and synthesize information about climate change. And in the process of serving as host for the finest reality show on the Internet, I connect people, too (http://guymcpherson NULL.com/classifieds/).
. . . → Read More: Picking Cherries, By Guy McPherson
In the Summer of 2012, I met a Shoshone Elder named Finisia Medrano. (The story of that meeting is told in “Postcard from Eastern Oregon: When Planting Food is Illegal”[link: http://www.carolynbaker.net/2012/09/16/postcard-from-eastern-oregon-when-planting-food-is-illegal-by-kollibri-terre-sonnenblume/]). She has spent decades following the routes and practices of the ancient migratory “Hoop” of the Great Basin Native Americans, harvesting and cultivating wild food seasonally. In so doing, she has safeguarded vanishing knowledge and made invaluable observations of the ecosystems in an area spanning several states. Over that time she has witnessed the undeniable effects of Climate Change.
. . . → Read More: Refugees Without Legs: How Climate Change Leaves No Room For ‘Invasive Species’, By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume