|Some of the reasons I am willing to suffer knowledge of my participation in climate change.|
The Environmental Crisis: What We Can Do
When I think of the best approach to the issues we have created in our environment, I think of the old Buddhist adage: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Detach from outcome. The problem lies in being so overwhelmed that we cannot show up to pay attention. Then we deny the truth, effectively participating in a horrible outcome! It is critical that we are not paralyzed into denial by our fear.
In the recently published Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics (Lindisfarne Books, 2013), Dennis Klocek emphasizes the importance of this “showing up.” It is important that we acknowledge our vulnerability to the earth, he says, versus feeling in control and above it. “The only way I can turn my soul from existential guilt into the willingness to imagine my role in the Earth’s destiny is through active imagination (110).”
On February 22, 2014, the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco will offer the first of a series of eco-psychology seminars and workshops on the environment crisis. These workshops will be from differing perspectives but of one piece: the necessary crisis of consciousness in earth changes and what we can/must do. In this first workshop, Indwelling: Our Human Participation in the Dream of the Earth, analysts Carol McRae and Barbara Holifield will lead participants into active imagination states through drumming and authentic movement. “We will allow what emerges to build on Thomas Berry’s idea that hope for our future lies in our human participation in the dream of the earth.”