Eco-Thought III

It can be disheartening when you can’t share your loves, interests and passions with like-minded people, to have someone that will understand you and give an echo to your experiences and thoughts. Even more importantly, it’s good to have people to collaborate with and that can walk in the same direction as you.

Eco-Thought II

In a context of verbalising experience in nature: In order to communicate with the world (human), we have to find effective ways to talk about our experiences. There have been plenty of times in my life when I “knew” something, but could not explain it. Experience is rooted in the non-verbal, but it is expressed and made sense of verbally. If my experiences are to be of use (to myself or anyone else), then to find a clear and simple language for them is essential.

Eco-Thought I

I’ve just started an ecopsychological course called Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship with Project Nature Connect, which should be going on for eleven weeks. In that time I’ll have reflections that I’ll share on this blog. This is the first of many posts of “Eco-Thoughts”.

Humans can change the way they think and feel about the world, and the overall condition of the world is improvable. We don’t have to submit ourselves to the mess we’re in, nor do we have to submit to the way of thinking that got us into it. And the solution can come from each individual in their connection with nature!

Glorieta: A Campaign Well-Fought

In the end the Glorieta did not get enough votes. We did come in a close second though. For a while we lingered around the bottom, and the last week or so we put the pressure on, blogging, emailing, tweeting, posting on forums, going to the streets. In the last week our number went from bottom to near the top!

I want to thank all those that participated and helped out, voting and spreading the word.

Even though the Glorieta didn’t get the funding from EOCA, the project for Glorieta will still go ahead. There are still things to do!

You can still help out by donating one euro a month: www.teaming.net/cen

Glorieta Update

The Glorieta Stream has risen through the ranks and is now in second place, and still rising fast. Thanks to all those who have voted and spread the word. But it’s still not finished yet!

With less than a day to go it’s vital to continue voting and pass the message along. We’re so close, and it’s so possible! Please, copy and paste this message and share it with your contacts, whether by email or a social networking site. Just vote and past it on!

“Along the Glorieta stream, there are amazing landscapes and many endangered species, but it is threatened by incivility and invasive exotic species.

We need your vote to make this conservation project work.

 quick, free and anonymous

from computer, mobile and tablet

Vote and more info:

http://www.assoc-cen.org/Glorieta_eng.php

until 31st March at 12:00 midday (GMT).

Please, disseminate this message

 THANKS!

The Elephant in the Room II

There are other forces in the house (i.e. the psyche) besides the dog’s instincts: cultural and spiritual forces. There are angels and gods, and other varieties of archetype and stereotype.  We’re taught to ignore these too, so when we see an “angel” we ignore it for fear of going mad!

There are also intruders, burglars and gatecrashers that have come, uninvited, into the house through a door or window you left open (or someone else opened for you). And even though they don’t belong here, we’ve been taught to accept them as though they were. Shouldn’t we learn to identify them, reject them and guard well the house’s portals?

And have you ever looked upstairs? There a mysterious room filled with toys and colourful paintings. For many people this is a room that is shut off when we reach adulthood, and it gets abandoned. But it doesn’t go away. It is another “elephant in the room”. Hey, the inner child has a life to live, too! ;)

The Elephant in the Room

There is a secret open to everyone, but not everyone sees it. Or rather not everyone chooses to see it. There’s an elephant in the room that we are so habituated not to see.

The unconscious is like having a pet dog in the house, which is ignored. We are taught that we are “reasonable” and “rational”, and so all forms of unreasonableness and irrationality come from outside, not inside (it’s the world and everyone else that is unreasonable and irrational, obviously). We say “there’s no dog in this house.”

The more it is ignored, the more damage it does, and the more we think “why does this always happen to me?” The furniture is getting torn up, food is stolen, puddles of wee appear under bare feet, and poos turn up in unexpected corners. Until we pay attention to these signs and say “Yes, there is a dog in this house”, the problem will never be resolved.

So, we’ve acknowledged the dog, what now? Well, first it has to be trained not to trash the furniture, not to steal food and not to leave unpleasant presents around the house. We have to take responsibility for it and feed it well, take it for walks, giving it its “exercise, discipline and affection” (as Cesar Millan says).

In this way the dog can be integrated into the life of the house, and cause no more disruptions (i.e. the unconscious can be acknowledged and integrated, instead of being at a loose end).