• Emerging Soul

    flowers2kprev2
  • Join us on an expansive journey of discovery to peel back the layers of daily living in order to view life's spiritual perspective that is of soul importance. -Emerge an approach to living that can forever change the way you do your life. -Gain new insights, open to the metaphysical aspects of life experiences. -Learn the precious gift of self-inquiry and become more aware of the transformative forces at play in all that you find out. We invite you to join us, read our posts, leave comments, link to us. Want to know more about who we are and what we do? Check out our website www.emergingsoul.co
  • Upcoming Classes and Events

    We are training for EFT certification right now. Our new classes will include this powerful tool as a unique way to work with Voice Dialogue. Visit our Class page for details and sign up menu - when these classes are available - keep checking back!
  • stats for wordpress

Ecopsychology – The Human Factor as Healing for Global Warming

earth

Global Warming Crisis and Ecopsychology

That the earth is in crisis is not new news. Issues of war, poverty, natural disasters, rainforest depletion, polar ice caps disappearing….is the stuff of front page news. Economically, politically, socially and environmentally we face monumental  challenges. Planetary malaise is evident in the quantity and magnitude of natural disasters experienced recently: tsunamis of mega proportions, massive hurricanes, raging forest fires and intense earthquakes that provide mounting evidence that something is out of balance.  There are viable scientific explanations for these crises – global warming as a result of ozone depletion being the prime reason. But that is one perspective only.  Human culpability in the plight of our ecosystem is another aspect of this destruction. It  is the realm of a relatively new discipline called Ecopsychology which investigates this human involvement and offers a way out of the complex maze in which  we find ourselves embedded.

The Human Factor – our disconnection from “the living planet that nurtures us”

The large human footprint of civilization has exacted a huge toll on nature and disrupted the harmonious balance between all beings on this planet. Our consuming compulsions escalate at alarming rates despite global economic downturns. We drive gas guzzling vehicles that deplete fossil fuels. We pollute our atmosphere, our rivers and streams with industrial and household waste from our bloated living. Through our disruption of the innate order of nature, the vital  diversity of numerous species of  animals and flora are ravaged to extinction.   Environmentalists have admonished such behavior and pointed out repeatedly our collective shameful conduct. Yet we act as if we are immune to and isolated from the consequences of our behavior and  that we are deaf to the warnings. What is at the bottom of such insanity? What is the compulsion  that drives our behavior to the brink of our own destruction?  Can we change in time to reverse the effects of our unconscious behavior? Is change the answer?

In his book, The Voice of the Earth, Theodore Roszak, founder of a new environmental discipline called Ecopsychology,  points to our disconnection from “the living planet that nurtured us” as the cause of our irrational conduct. Through the deifying of technology, science and materialism, we have become disconnected from our ecological unconscious which he defines as   “the living record of cosmic evolution, tracing  back to initial conditions in the history of time”.  He is referring to the very beginnings of our universal existence, our primordial connection to Gaia –a connection that our ancestral cultures intimately honored and respected for the vitality and harmonious existence  it provided.

lotusflower

Power Over vs Co-operation

Our industrial-social heritage has embedded a pejorative view of nature in the human psyche which calls for a stance of ‘dominance over’ in our relationship with the natural world. Such a frame of reference allows little room for  any meaningful, respectful and equal interaction with the cosmos and invites conflictual, anxiety-driven interface with nature, Gaia and in fact, with God.  We are closed to “the true ‘doors of perception’, [and] there is so very much we can no longer ‘see’”.   Roszak offers that “Our sense of being split off from an “outer” world where we find no companionable response has everything to do with our obsessive need to subjugate and conquer”.  This is indeed what we see in the insatiable appetite to consume. People admit when they are given the chance to reflect on their behavior that they feel better when they buy a new electronic gadget, car, clothing. It is not so much about deliberately  deciding to destroy the environment as it is about the momentary sense of  having some power and control over their world that brings  tranquility and fills a nebulous void.  But much like an addictive ‘high’, the feeling is not sustainable as the law of diminishing returns encourages escalation of the behavior and actually models the deeper problem of  disconnection.

The Multi-Dimensional Perspective from modern madness to ecological sanity

From the perspective of Ecopsychology,  consumerism and its devastating consequences is  not a physiological issue that can be filled with material possessions and satisfied by our perceived ability to hold power over our environment. It is a spiritual problem whose solution lies in a loving and compassionate reconnection to nature that in turn heals and fills the inner void with true sustenance. Ecopsychology  seeks to homogenize the imperatives of the environmental movement with the technology of our modern heritage. It suggests a synthesis of  psychological and ancestral perspectives to  provide a pathway through our modern madness to personal and ecological sanity. From the view of Ecopsychology, the two are integrally connected – when we find our personal sanity, ecological sanity will emerge. Roszak suggests that although modern psychology is in service to science and is disconnected from its ancestral roots, the historically philosophical nature of this discipline has as its essential purpose the healing of the wounded soul  and thus it is the obvious tool to use.  By healing the individual wounded soul, the pandemic of unhappiness, discontent and fear that is reflected in our insatiable consumption and results in environmental disequilibrium has potential for healing.

“…when we know ourselves, we know the universe…”

In his book,  Quantum Mind, Dr. Arnold Mindell  explains our intimate connection with all that is around us and in us:   “…when we know ourselves, we know the universe and when we know the universe, we know ourselves.”  Thus, when we change our internal relationship and come to know more of ourselves, we  expand our knowledge of  the universe.  What then would we project  onto our external reality in the world?  If we experience self-honor and self-respect and are at peace with ourselves, would we not  give and receive that in the world?

The possibility to turn around the degeneration of our ecology comes not from the arrogance of our belief that we as humans have the potential to externally change the course of global evolution but from our potential and capability to recognize that we have the personal freedom to enter into a new, respectful relationship with our external world…and in particular, nature.  We can choose to hear Gaia in a new way and make new choices that are in harmony with her needs for sustainability on a global scale. In so doing, we play in the quantum field of universal harmony and surface lasting change that is good for all.

meditatingoutside

When we re-vision our relationship with multidimensional reality we emerge a natural desire for greater simplicity and no longer need to consume to fill our emptiness and engender a false sense of happiness. What surfaces in this new connection with ourselves and source is an authentic happiness that is both sustainable and healing…..there is choice and we are the purveyors of that choice – what do you choose?

Dr. Seuss Has It Right!

onbeyondzebraimage

We are undoubtedly in the throes of huge change these days. As I have mentioned in previous posts, the ‘armageddon’-like lore around 2012 is ubiquitous and inescapable. Also inescapable is the fear and visceral survival emotions that are surfacing as we move through this process of change. The grip is powerful and requires the greatest vigilance to maintain some semblance of uprightness in its presence.

Our latest gambling adventure offered one such moment and illustrates how we can become caught up in this grip so easily!  Unlike our last exquisite celebration, this experience (losing)  became a doorway for all the fear, lack and self-flagellation floating in the collective consciousness to spew from my mouth.  The darkness of that focus engendered a sense of hopelessness and powerlessness. It made me consider that the old adage “Money is the root of all evil” is true – for we are enslaved to its presence, its value and we measure our own value by the amount of it we have in our lives – the more we have, the happier and more secure we are taught to believe we will feel. Without money we will not survive! Our instinctual behavior these days is to ‘hunker down’,  weather the economic downturn and eventually resume life as it was…the status quo to which we are indentured and prostituted…consuming to feel better, happier and  grow our personal bubble of survival even at enormous cost to our planet.

money

Then, as Wisdom always seems to do, I discovered a very interesting and uplifting article in Shift magazine, the monthly publication of Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) entitled: The Adaptive Organization which can just as easily apply to The Adaptive Organism (we humans being one of those organisms !) It speaks of the inevitability of change that occurs both in nature and in human systems. This evolutionary impulse is precipitated by strain (an engineering term referring to tension created within structures or functions that result from destabilizing events).  That we are in the midst of a destabilizing event of global proportions is irrefutable. The notion is proffered in this article that embracing change and learning from it is the next  adaptive step we must take. The linear, broken system we cling to (the status quo we scramble to return to) –our monetary system, our education system, our isolated, individualistic values  no longer are able to respond to the complexities of our present circumstances. Continue reading

Chaos, Opportunity and the Power in Change

from Kellie:

We just returned from a conference called Families in Global Transition where we presented a workshop on how Voice Dialogue and its transformative process is supportive to families and individuals who spend the better part of their lives as global nomads – moving from posting to posting either in military, missionary or corporate work environments. The effects on all family members is substantial and this conference has been providing essential resources for the past 11 years to assist, listen and support adjusting to unfamiliar cultures as well as repatriation when the tour of duty is over. We were honored to be offering a new approach that clearly (our perspective) provided another tool for grappling with the monumental changes that ensue when relocation is a ‘normal’ life occurrence. As we proceeded with our presentation, the question arose about the category of our coaching – was it coaching or therapy? On the surface, it was an innocent enough inquiry but an answer was not readily available nor was it anything we had even considered as significant to our message. Yet this one question still perturbs and in the search for a  succinct response, much has emerged. From that one item, a plethora of further questions have surfaced: Continue reading

Save this day for future reference!

from Kellie:

“Escaping” to Black Hawk ( a gambling casino village nestled in the mountains west of Denver) seemed like just that – an escape from the To Do list of our business and from the collective consciousness of fear and constriction that is so predominant these days. The decision to ‘go play’ had been preceded by a whiny rant that ended with “I give up! I just give up! I am tired of DOING!!” So it was that we found ourselves driving through the mountain vistas enroute to our playground….fugitives on the lam sensing freedom with every mile traversed. It felt good to drive that meditative drive through some pretty spectacular country. I felt the smile emerge from the inside out as I took a deep breath of release.

That is how the day began ….. how it ended exceeded our wildest imaginings! Continue reading

Investing in Manifesting

It is a basic law of physics in this reality that “energy in = energy out”. ‘Investing’ in anything by inputting energy (be it attention of any kind: focus, action, money, time, research, inquiry, study) is part of the schematic for successful execution of personal vision. Personal Vision is the vehicle that moves on the flow of our human and spiritual existence. When we are able to navigate physical life with ease and grace; when we are in a place of total trust in our own ability to create a next iteration of our life; when we freely choose our actions from the stillness and nothingness of being – then we have achieved facility with and are living our Personal Vision.

We recently attended a weekend training seminar in San Diego for a process called Matrix Energetics. It was a transformative approach to healing that felt very much aligned with our Emergent Coach business that is all about illuminating limitless possibilities  often obscured from view. Between the excitement of having discovered another tool to expand our skills and engaging our imaginations in the myriad of ways this could change everything for us, were ‘thought landmines’ that cast doubt on our joyful focus: “Should we go? It is soooo expensive and the economy is so bad. Maybe we should conserve and just read the book. You never know when that money might be needed!” Continue reading

Finding the Third Space Experience/ Finding Our Heartfelt Center

The following is a quote from the introduction to a book we recently and thankfully discovered entitled, Doing Nothing by Steven Harrison “What do you do after you’ve tried everything to find enlightenment? Do Nothing. Nothing is a surprisingly active place. It is here that we discover who and what we are. Harrison provides a life-changing map to that space between our thoughts where consciousness is active. […his book] offers seekers a way to touch the truths of life through the simple act of stopping the search:Doing Nothing” ” Doing nothing ” is not really about ‘doing nothing’ in the physical sense of those words. It identifies a place of inner stillness that allows true communication, deep and meaningful listening to ourSelves and the amazing discovery that this is the place where nourishing fullness and unconditional love lives…. Continue reading

Our LasVegas PK Experience Adventure and the After-glow

A few weeks ago, we embarked on a “LasVegas PK(psychokinesis) Experience Adventure”. It was a 3-day exploration of our ability to influence our environment – specifically dice in the game of craps. What this workshop taught us went far beyond the casino and reached into our daily life in unexpected and profound ways.

Continue reading

Welcome to The Emergent Coach’s Blog — A Home for Unusual Perspective

We live in the land of secrets and interminable promises about how we can be fixed. At Third Space Chronicles we believe there is a need to provide an antidote to the pervasive perspective that there is something wrong with us – everyone of us. Every day we receive messages that we are flawed – too angry, too de-focused, too lazy, too arrogant, not productive enough, not courageous enough and just plain unfit to succeed in life — and in order to live the way we SHOULD, we are in desperate need of repair…our broken parts need mending. We suggest that no one needs to be fixed because we are not broken. Continue reading