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Nature and the Human Soul - Chapter 1. We must go far beyond any transformation of contemporary culture. We must go back to the genetic imperative from. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World, by psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin, offers an. Nature and the Human Soul and millions of other books are available for instant access. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World Paperback – December 28, Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a.
Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. Bill Plotkin guides every reader, stage-by-stage, on the journey toward wholeness and an active, contributing engagement with the world. Each stage is illuminated by the pairing of a human archetype with an Earth archetype: the Innocent in the Nest early childhood , the Explorer in the Garden middle childhood , the Thespian at the Oasis early adolescence , the Wanderer in the Cocoon late adolescence , the Soul Apprentice at the Wellspring early adulthood , the Artisan in the Wild Orchard late adulthood , the Master in the Grove of Elders early elderhood , and the Sage in the Mountain Cave late elderhood. Following a discussion of how Western society fails to provide adequate support for any of the stages of human development, Plotkin goes on to offer practices and principles that assist the reader to ripen into a more complete and genuine adulthood and eventually an elderhood of wise caring for the more-than-human world. Brilliant, insightful, and masterful.
As Mr. Plotkin so eloquently affirms throughout, we have erased the lines that define our stages of growth as individuals, losing the rites of passage that help us move forward towards maturity. This book restores that vision and is thus a huge service to all of humanity.
This book should be used more as a reference than as pleasant reading because reading it cover to cover is quite a challenge.
It will des This book will grow in stature and influence as Western culture catches up to its vision. It will describe you, your weaknesses and aspirations in vivid detail, so be ready to do some intense soul searching.
I have highlighted more brilliant quotes in this book than in nearly any other book 74 I have ever read, as it truly reflects ancient and modern wisdom.
Here are a few: "Microbiologists tell us that our genetic coding is In other words, a major part of what differentiates us humans from other primates is the relatively long, pre-adult phase of our individual development. This blew my mind: "Rather than a sign of psychological regression or biological error, modern adolescence might be evidence of an evolutionary trajectory, a momentous advantage we have not yet understood or benefited from.
Longer juvenility allows for, but does not compel, fuller maturation. In a more integral way we could say that the earth that controlled itself directly in the former period now to an extensive degree controls itself through us. If the human is the only self-aware creature that exists, then we can say, as Thomas does, that the human allows the universe to exist.
This is indeed a privilege. Science, as currently practiced, can only tell us what is. Nature and the Human Soul shows what could and should be.
There is an old adage that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The publication of Nature and the Human Soul may well signal that humanity is ready to learn a better way. It should be read by everyone, particularly those who choose to be parents, educate our children, guide our cultures and communities, and envision a better world.
These are but a few of the bright visionaries who have helped us to understand the territory of the human psyche in its relation to the realm of myth, the profundity of cosmology, and the ancient human love affair with the natural world. In Nature and the Human Soul , Bill Plotkin joins their ranks by masterfully weaving luminous streams of insight and guidance, offering us new tools and maps.
These potent maps not only hold the promise of personal transformation, but they may very well be a path toward our survival as a species. Description Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation.
With evocative language and personal stories, including those of elders Thomas Berry and Joanna Macy, this book defines eight stages of human life - Innocent, Explorer, Thespian, Wanderer, Soul Apprentice, Artisan, Master, and Sage - and describes the challenges and benefits of each.
Plotkin offers a way of progressing from our current egocentric, aggressively competitive, consumer society to an ecocentric, soul-based one that is sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate.
At once a primer on human development and a manifesto for change, Nature and the Human Soul fashions a template for a more mature, fulfilling, and purposeful life - and a better world. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x This vital book provides a road map to help us remember how to be human - which means how to be a human being in relationship to the natural world, to our home.
We owe Bill Plotkin a deep debt of gratitude for this important work. Bill Plotkin defines the eight stages of human life and describes the cultural and individual tasks for each stage in brilliant, insightful, and masterful ways.
This is a rich offering not only to the field of psychology but to a world torn from its roots. Science, as currently practiced, can only tell us what is.
Nature and the Human Soul shows what could and should be. There is an old adage that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.