Notes from Ecopsychology: The Video


Dysfunctional relationship, grief, depression:

"Many of us may be suffering much more deeply from dysfunctional environmental relations than we are from dysfunctional family relations." "A number of us are moving through the world in a condition of profound grief for what is happening to the natural environment around us. That's a distinctly different feeling than guilt or shame or fear. It's grieving for things dear to us and profoundly beloved which we are loosing."

Theodore Roszak
Historian and Author

[big systems are breaking down. This is an indication that big systems NEED to break down, they need to be replaced by smaller systems.]

Question: How about recent power blackouts?

[attempt to make up for, or overcome alienation from nature: consumption of gimics: tshirts; games, videos, CDs that represent some aspect of nature. Represents longings that need to be satisfied] [example tshirts: xfiles: longing for mystery and awe]

"We have really narrowed our relating to the world, the natural world included, to dominance and control....and depression is the result."


How healing the planet and healing ourselves are linked:
Q: Do you agree with the concept that these two are linked/

"we know that we're not living in a sustainable way in the world in a physical sense, that we're using up resources that are irreplaceable and we are not paying attention to the future. What we tend not to know is that we are not living in a sustainable way in a psychological sense also - that our psychic resources are being used up by our lifestyle, by our way of living."

Dr. Sarah Conn
Clinical Psychologist

Q: Conn says shuting down; narrowing of emotional experience, causes depression. Also says "We have really narrowed our relating to the world, the natural world included, to dominance and control" But is the source of this shutdown "our" dominance and control of nature?

Who is "our"?

What other things could affect "shutdown:"?

Result of feeling powerless in the face of a social order founded on dominance and control of nature?

Result of being overwhelmed by:
Information/ options possibilities/ fear number of people (big city effect)

Women's rights movement
difficulty of maintaining interpersonal relationships how can we tell a cause from an effect?

So who wields the dominance and control? Is it "people" or "government" or the "elite" or what?

Q: How many ways can/do people relate to nature?

Do we have multiple concepts of nature; for example, an aesthetic, emotional pastoral or "romantic" concept, a scientific/ecological concept; a practical concept; a spiritual concept, maybe even an athletic or aerobic concept?

Q: How could our psychic resources be used up by our lifestyle, by our way of living?

"It's been my very strong feeling that the sort of enlargement of the self to include a connection to the land, to growing and living things is a wonderful opportunity to really counter some of these materialist and consumer values that so destroy our culture."

Carl Anthony
President, Earth Island Institute

Essential elements in our quest for a healthy relationship to the earth and to each other:

"The more we can align ourselves with a vision that's more life giving, that's more healing, the more we can see an end to the kind of pattern that at this point seems very destructive."

Carl Anthony

"One of the essential bases of sustainable relating is mindfulness - paying attention to one's sensations, perceptions, emotions, thoughts and actions, as well as being mindful of the natural world, the more-than-human world."
Dr. Sara Conn

[ as in meditation on nature] [holon: Author Koestler; dual nature of any system: a whole, but also part of a larger whole. In our culture, self is a whole. Need to see self in contest of larger whole

psychotherapy: urge clients to hear the universe speak thru them]

"The sense of belonging, of being part of the great cosmological system of things, is for many people a source of tremendous peace, consolation, tranquillity. And this is not just a consoling story. This is the truth. We are bonded to the entire universe around us in ways that ought to be inspiring and supportive."

Theodore Roszak

[children have a built in interest in natural world. Our educational process mutes or routs out this connection to the natural world. This connection must be kept intact]

[how could educational system be changed to retain the connection with nature?]

Q: Roszak says that in the past, analysis was the primary tool
ie enlightenment logic; now science sees whole systems as important; fits in with "post modern"]

Is it reasonable to view our current crisis as a matter of too much yang And too little yin? (neither is bad, but too much of one causes imbalance)

We touched on this last discussion when compared post modern to modern.

Yin Yang feminine masculine synthesizing analytic intuitive rational cooperative competitive right brain left brain do these traits split out this way?
Ie, are all "yang" and "yin" characteristics associated?

If we see synthesis in science, How do we facilitate it in society?

[synthesis of two schools of thought: inner nature and outer nature. Example sof the systhesis in: * Define inner sanity as if the whold outer world matters * emotional or sympathetic bond with the whole earthapply insights of psychotherapy to needs of the environmental movement /html>