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    Can Humanity Change?

    Can Humanity Change?

    To say humanity is living unsustainably is a massive understatement. In the words of Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, humanity is like a jockey, whipping its horse faster and faster to get to the finish line, not realizing that the finish line is a brick wall.



    The proliferation of nuclear weapons did not make us change. The ecological movement of the 60s and 70s, ushered in by Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, helped awaken us, but not enough. After some modest improvements, the soil, air, and waters remained polluted. The rainforests continued to be cut down at an alarming rate. Temperatures continued to rise, along with the seas. It seemed we were beyond hope for change and now living in the Age of Consequences. Then, a tiny virus did what no social movement had done. It shut everything down. The incessant pressure of human economic activity ground to a halt. Amid the human death toll, the natural world was granted a reprieve. 



    In the midst of the pandemic, a police officer kept his foot on George Floyd’s neck, causing him to die, but giving birth to a renewed social justice movement. Social justice and ecological justice are invariably connected; the Floyd murder was a metaphor for what humanity had been doing to Mother Earth. We had been keeping our foot on her neck, paving over the natural world to pursue our short-sighted economic interests. It was Mother Earth that could not breathe. If we did not change, much of the natural world would die.



    In this edition of Circle for Original Thinking, we explore how we might learn to live in a different way, renew our relationship with the more-than-human world, honor the wisdom of nature and of our ancestors, and reimagine education to be an agent of change rather than merely a reflection of the current society.



    We have never lived through a time exactly like this. But we have lived through crises before. We know from experience that every crisis presents both danger and opportunity. The opportunity now seems clear. We must gather all our resources, the perennial wisdom of the past and the most brilliant minds of the present, to make a course correction. Our guests today are Jim Garrison, current president of  Ubiquity University, and Will Taegel, former dean of Ubiquity. Join us as we address humanity in crisis on the next episode of Circle for Original Thinking.



    Dr. Will Taegel walks in two dimensions. One reflects his lifelong connection with the Indigenous Mind/Heart and the other his psychological and scientific research. While both his doctorates concentrate on the synergy of ecopsychology and the matrix of field physics, he counts his shamanic training described in his book Walking With Bears as the most important of his life. Walking With Bears completes a trilogy of books that includes Wild Heart and Mother Tongue; all address a human return to Earth-based consciousness. Will is the former Dean for the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, Ubiquity University, Austin, Texas. He is an experienced psychotherapist with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry, and holds a Doctor of Ministry focused in Family Systems Therapy and Spirituality from University of California at Berkeley.



    Dr. James Garrison is founder and president of Ubiquity University. He originally served as founding president of Wisdom University, which he led from 2005 – 2012, after which it transitioned into Ubiquity. He has spent his entire professional life in executive leadership, including as founder and president of both the Gorbachev Foundation/USA from 1992 – 1995 and State of the World Forum from1995 – 2004 with Mikhail Gorbachev serving as convening chairman. He attended University of Santa Clara for his B.A. in History, Harvard for his Masters in the History of Religion,

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    The World is As You Dream it with Bill Pfeiffer and John Perkins

    The World is As You Dream it with Bill Pfeiffer and John Perkins

    We live in an era when nearly every governor, state congressperson, or mayor supports maximum economic growth. 



    It doesn’t matter what party you are from – or whether you support lower taxes or more social programs. Economic growth covers up all sins. Increasingly, it does not matter what country you are from. Economic growth is promoted as the way forward, the way to becoming more prosperous, the way to becoming a more “developed” nation. But economic growth is not the answer. In the words of Oren Lyons, we are acting like jockeys, whipping our horses to go faster and faster, unaware that the finish line is a brick wall. 



    How do we get people to understand: We cannot grow infinitely on a finite planet. How do we get people to understand that without fertile soil, clean air and water, all life is endangered, including human life. When will we remember that humans are made of light, air, water, and earth – that what we do to the elements we do to ourselves? 



    Why has the Western developed world - ever since the industrial revolution - been relentlessly pursuing progress? Why do we put our short-term economic goals first while ignoring the despoilation of the planet? It is not out of malice. It is not entirely out of fear, racism, or greed. It is more that we don’t know a different way. We had a dream – a belief that increased goods and services made for a higher standard of living – and that was all that mattered. We have been chasing that dream ever since. In our dream, we don’t count our blessings. What we have now is insufficient. We want more - the more the better, and the faster we get there and the more convenient the better. 



    Fortunately, my two honored guests know this is not the only way to live. They have met people who have another dream and it has changed the way they live. All over the world, Indigenous peoples carry a dream that sees all of creation as our relatives – a dream that respects the right of everything to exist. A dream that sees a way to live life differently, a way to perceive differently, a way to look at the world in a joyful, ecstatic manner – a way to be fully alive! 



    What will it take to change our dream?  How do we dance and sing a new reality into being? Join us as we delve into this with John Perkins and Bill Pfeiffer. 



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    Bill Pfeiffer aka “Sky Otter” is the founder of Sacred Earth Network (SEN) which continues to implement leading edge visions for over 25 years. In that time, Bill has made Russia a second home having traveled there 44 times assisting the environmental and indigenous movements through SEN. This has given him a rare cross-cultural perspective. He has also led hundreds of spiritual ecology workshops, including men’s and breath work.  He has 25 years of experience in Re-evaluation Counseling and Vipassana meditation, and has undergone extensive training with Siberian shamans. Bill has partnered with and designed experiential workshops with Joanna Macy, John Perkins, Llyn Roberts, Cathy Pedevillano, and John Seed. He has also spent much time in the US Southwest learning about Native medicine ways and the crucial importance of the petroglyphs and pictographs. His  book, “Wild Earth, Wild Soul: A Manual for an Ecstatic Culture” has been met with high acclaim. I’ve read the book and reviewed it for Amazon. The first 50 pages alone are an important summary of Western civilization and what needs to change. John Perkins, a kindred spirit, wrote the Foreword.



    John Perkins began his career as a “Chief Economist” at a major international consulting firm, advising the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major ...

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    Staying Optimistic in Troubled Times

    Staying Optimistic in Troubled Times

    This week, Glenn Aparicio Parry shares directly with listeners some of his own thoughts about current events, putting them in a larger historical context.



    An uplifting but realistic peek at the founding of the United States, the history of the Republican and Democratic parties, emphasizing how much they have changed over time and could change again, perhaps even become defunct and have a new party form.



    The questions he examines are:  “Why stay optimistic during troubles times?” and “Is the world transforming in a positive way?” He reflects on human culture: Are we a destructive force that imagines we are separate and transcendent from nature? Or can we learn to listen and be directed by the wisdom that is found in the land? Can we merge ecological and social justice? Can we remember how to love nature, so that we love each other?



    Join us for a special podcast with Glenn Aparicio Parry. 

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    The Coronavirus, Interdependent Evolution and the Awakening of Time Free Consciousness with Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen – Part 2

    The Coronavirus, Interdependent Evolution and the Awakening of Time Free Consciousness with Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen – Part 2

    A tiny virus did what climate scientists and the Paris accords could not do. It shut everything down. Mother Earth took a breath. The air and water became clearer and cleaner. More people planted gardens. We had time to think. And most importantly, to reset our thinking. 



    What is the human relationship with the microbial world? How did we get to the brink of environmental destruction in the first place; what are zoonotic diseases and why are they emerging now; how does this crisis end? Can we get back to normal, and do we want to? 



    In the md-twentieth century, a German philosopher Jean Gebser forecast a time like this, when our normal sense of time and space itself would be turned upside down in preparation for the emergence of a new, integral sense of awareness -- a mutational, evolutionary leap that transcends our illusory, limited view of our own evolution while transforming and integrating past structures of consciousness into a time-free originary presence – or everpresent origin.  



    What lessons do ancient viruses and bacteria hold for us in understanding evolution and this exciting new emergent mutation of consciousness?



    Join us as we explore the coronavirus, interdependent evolution, and the awakening of time-free consciousness with guests Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen.



    BIOS







    Jeremy Johnson is a philosopher, editor at Integral Leadership Review, publisher at Integral Imprint, and Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva. His academic research, writing, and publishing advocates new forays into integrative thinking and praxis—aligning the scholastic, poetic, and spiritual—as existentially crucial work for pathfinding in a time of planetary crisis. He is the author of Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness, editor of Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene (2020) and host of the Mutations podcast. Jeremy currently serves as president for the International Jean Gebser Society and is working on his second book, Fragments of an Integral Futurism (2021). You can read more on his Patreon. You can find Jeremy on Twitter  @jdj_writes



    "Our modes of consciousness (our way of thinking of time) are breaking down. They are going throuh a death process. The more we can accept that reality, the less suffering, the less struggle has to happen. " Jeremy Johnson







    Barbara Karlsen, PhD, is a Continuum movement teacher, nurse, and somatic psychotherapist trained in birth psychology. She earned an MA in somatic psychology from Naropa and a PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies. She maintains a private practice in Marin County, California, where she teaches and practices the shamanic art of Continuum and re-birthing. Her special area of interest is in Earth-based spirituality and ancient Buddhist psychology. She contributed a book chapter to The Corona Transmissions: Alternatives for Engaging with Covid-19,  and is the author of a forthcoming book called Becoming Terrestrial: Embodying the Intelligence of Nature (to be published by Inner Traditions).



    "We are our microbes. We are our viruses. It's a matter of recognizing these are germs to be killed - this is a consciousness that is primordial - it is the fabric of all existence. If we nullify this consciousness that is the basis of all life, we are doomed." Barbara Karlsen

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    The Coronavirus, Interdependent Evolution, and the Awakening of Time-free Consciousness With Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen

    The Coronavirus, Interdependent Evolution, and the Awakening of Time-free Consciousness With Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen

    A tiny virus did what climate scientists and the Paris accords could not do. It shut everything down. Mother Earth took a breath. The air and water became clearer and cleaner. More people planted gardens. We had time to think. And most importantly, to reset our thinking. 



    What is the human relationship with the microbial world? How did we get to the brink of environmental destruction in the first place; what are zoonotic diseases and why are they emerging now; how does this crisis end? Can we get back to normal, and do we want to? 



    In the md-twentieth century, a German philosopher Jean Gebser forecast a time like this, when our normal sense of time and space itself would be turned upside down in preparation for the emergence of a new, integral sense of awareness -- a mutational, evolutionary leap that transcends our illusory, limited view of our own evolution while transforming and integrating past structures of consciousness into a time-free originary presence – or everpresent origin.  



    What lessons do ancient viruses and bacteria hold for us in understanding evolution and this exciting new emergent mutation of consciousness?



    Join us as we explore the coronavirus, interdependent evolution, and the awakening of time-free consciousness with guests Jeremy Johnson and Barbara Karlsen.



    BIOS







    Jeremy Johnson is a philosopher, editor at Integral Leadership Review, publisher at Integral Imprint, and Senior Research Associate at Perspectiva. His academic research, writing, and publishing advocates new forays into integrative thinking and praxis—aligning the scholastic, poetic, and spiritual—as existentially crucial work for pathfinding in a time of planetary crisis. He is the author of Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness, editor of Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene (2020) and host of the Mutations podcast. Jeremy currently serves as president for the International Jean Gebser Society and is working on his second book, Fragments of an Integral Futurism (2021). You can read more on his Patreon. You can find Jeremy on Twitter  @jdj_writes







    Barbara Karlsen, PhD, is a Continuum movement teacher, nurse, and somatic psychotherapist trained in birth psychology. She earned an MA in somatic psychology from Naropa and a PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies. She maintains a private practice in Marin County, California, where she teaches and practices the shamanic art of Continuum and re-birthing. Her special area of interest is in Earth-based spirituality and ancient Buddhist psychology. She contributed a book chapter to The Corona Transmissions: Alternatives for Engaging with Covid-19,  and is the author of a forthcoming book called Becoming Terrestrial: Embodying the Intelligence of Nature (to be published by Inner Traditions).

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    Places of Hope With Jurgen Kremer and Karen Jaenke

    Places of Hope With Jurgen Kremer and Karen Jaenke

    The past year has brought us an ongoing global pandemic, tremendous social unrest, political polarization, the near complete erosion of truth in politics, the rise of authoritarianism and white nationalism culminating in the insurrection at the US Capitol.  Amid all of this chaos and destruction, where do we find hope? And not just hope based in shallow wish fulfillment, but hope grounded in deep perennial wisdom traditions? 



    Jurgen Kremer and Karen Jaenke, editors of ReVision Journal, decided to do something to dispel the dismal atmosphere of the past year. They put together an issue of ReVision Journal that confronts the shadow side of human history, exploring different stories and worldviews that are expansive, complex, and flexible enough to uplift the spirit needed most. Join us as we explore Places of Hope in today’s edition of “Circle for Original Thinking.”



    Guest Bios







    Jürgen W. Kremer received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Universität (Uni-versi-tat) Hamburg, Germany. In 1982 Jurgen settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to teach full time and serve as dean at Saybrook University and [later][ at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His teaching and research interests range from general psychology, clinical psychology and research methods to the relevance of indigenous knowledge for today as well as ethno-autobiography. For four years he co-directed, with Dr. Apela Colorado, a program for Native American students and others concerned with indigenous roots and origins. Jürgen is widely published, has served on several editorial boards and has been an executive editor for ReVision (a journal of consciousness and transformation) since 1994. Today Jürgen is a tenured faculty member at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He is also a consultant to the UN University for Peace and its Indigenous Science and Peace Studies program.



    Jürgen has published regularly since 1976, with 150 plus publications to his credit (journal articles, book chapters, books). Most recently he co-edited three volumes on culture, consciousness, and therapy. He published the textbook Psychology in Diversity, Diversity in Psychology – An Integrative Psychology for the 21st Century with Kendall-Hunt. His Ethnoautobiography (with R. Jackson-Paton) is scheduled to be re-issued in its third edition with the same publisher. His multicultural textbook Abnormal Psychology has been issued in January of 2020 by Kendall-Hunt. 







    Karen Jaenke, Ph.D. is Chair of the Consciousness & Transformative Studies MA program at National University. In 2016, she placed the Consciousness Studies program online., giving it global reach.   Formerly, she served as Director of the Ecotherapy Certificate at JFKU (2011-14) and Dissertation Director at the Institute of Imaginal Studies in Petaluma, CA from 2001-2008. She is also an Executive Editor of ReVision:  Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, she has edited journals and published articles on: Imaginal Psychology, Shamanism and the Wounded West, and Earth Dreaming, as well as numerous articles on dreams. She is the founder of Dreamhut Consulting (www.dreamhut.org)  and her creative vision synthesizes dreamwork, indigenous ways of knowing, the subtle body, with (Gaian) or living planetary awareness… 

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