In the midst of this remarkable transitional phase of my life, as I slowly and carefully unwrap the layers of meaning that encapsulate the end of the most significant love relationship of my adult life, I find a vast panoply of thoughts, feelings and emotions which in some sense have been held static for a … Continue reading Initiation
According to Mac Macartney – elder, storyteller and founder of Embercombe – The Children’s Fire was a small fire which was placed in the centre of the Native American council of Peace Chiefs to remind them of their pledge that any decision they made should not cause harm, directly or indirectly, to their children or the children … Continue reading The Children’s Fire
The purpose of my vision quest last September was to perform a ceremony whereby I would initiate myself into full adulthood. Rites of passage is a familiar concept for most people in our culture, but nonetheless we tend to underplay the importance of ceremonially marking life’s big transitions. We take for granted that at various … Continue reading A Band of Brothers
I’ve blogged before about my belief that a key aspect of my healing journey is the incorporation of an aspect of myself which is childlike. Sometimes it seems as though this journey has required me to go back and re-experience and renegotiate all of the natural development stages of childhood and adolescence, where parts of … Continue reading The Crossroads
We must reclaim our original wholeness, our indigenous human nature granted to us by nature itself. And the key to reclaiming our original wholeness is not merely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover from addictions and trauma, manage stress, or refurbish dysfunctional relationships but rather to fully flesh out our multifaceted, wild psyches, committing ourselves to … Continue reading The Wisdom of Paradox
Nothing feels more alive to me right now than the visceral awareness that I hold existential anxiety at bay by immersing myself in work or keeping myself distracted with activity. It’s beginning to seem like if I don’t have something practical and productive to focus on or something work-related to feel anxious about then a deep gnawing feeling begins to … Continue reading Anxiety, Kettle Chips and the Givens of Existence
As I contemplate with fear and excitement the possibility of going on a vision quest in September, it’s very clear there’s a part of me which does not want to commit. It’s understandable I guess, the prospect of spending four days and nights alone without food and shelter in the wilds of Dartmoor would cause … Continue reading Who have I been since before I can remember?
I was recently in conversation with a colleague of mine who is fortunate enough to be receiving mentoring from nature connection guru Jon Young at the moment. In a recent telephone conversation Jon explained why ceremonies specifically for new parents are not practised in many Native American traditions – apparently this is because the pressures … Continue reading What does the word “sacred” really mean?
A few weeks ago, as I was re-reading my extensive notes on Andy Fisher’s book Radical Ecopsychology (my study of which forms the basis of much of the territory this website explores) I came across an intriguing reference to the anthropologist and social scientist Gregory Bateson. Fisher writes that Bateson’s “claim that polluting Lake Erie … Continue reading Polluting Lake Erie