We are both psychologists with a passion in linking our psychosocial perspective with ecological sensitivity. We met each other through our common deep-ecology experiences. Our connection with nature helps us to cope with our shared suffering from blind consumerism and the ruthless exploitation of nature. We also protest against the fact that we as professionals are supposed to be efficient, objective, and specialised instead of being creative, authentic, and fully human beings to our clients.
We address professionals with our basic principle: professionals (counsellors, teachers, leaders, physicians, laywers, etc.) are in the first place human beings to their clients. As a fellow citizen each professional can become a role model of how to live a mindful and ecological lifestyle.
We see ourselves as creative developers, helping professionals to apply ecological principles to their life and work. To start with, our five rules of thumbs are our own guidelines. They can help us all to build healthy sustainable communities. We are curious if you recognize them as valuable for yourself and your clients.
This story is a real-life account of two urban-based psychologists who innocently set off for a hike in the wilds of Canada.
Encounters with people and the experience of the wild led them to embark on an inner journey. Their personal quest turned into a reflection on the biggest issues of our era: how to come to terms with humanity in these apocalyptic times? What life is worth living?
During my three week off-line stay in the Black Forest in Germany I discovered in the library of Zentrum Dürckheim a long not published book of C.G. Jung. In the silence sphere of my zen-meditation and snowwhite landscape reading this book and looking to the amazing mandalas JUNG draw, touched me deeply. Indeed, if we want to go back to our own source, it is necessary to connect with archetypes and other unconscious images.
Do you recognize the inner conflict between accepting all life forms and having a judgment of what is right? This is an everyday experience for us. We are educated to be polite, to understand, to love otherness.
And yes, that is a beautiful attitude. But ...
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