No clear difference between psychopathology of self and psychopathology of world

This short passage is filled with astonishing insights, articulated so beautifully there is something palpable and acute that happens when I read it.

hillmanMy practice tells me I can no longer distinguish clearly between neurosis of self and neurosis of world, psychopathology of self and psychopathology of world. Moreover, it tells me that to place neurosis and psychopathology solely in personal reality is a delusional repression of what is actually, realistically, being experienced.

The whole world is sick….and you can’t put this right by having a good therapeutic dialogue or finding deeper meanings. It’s not about meaning anymore; it’s about survival.

Psychological awareness rises from errors, coincidences, indefiniteness, from the chaos deeper than intelligent control.

In any system, whether a corporation, a family or the inner arrangements of the human psyche, a vigorous “no” to the good of the whole may serve the good of the whole and increase its power…

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What Plants Talk About

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They don’t have eyes or ears but they can find their own food. They lack a brain but some scientists think that they can collaborate, communicate and even wage war. From nurturing their young to eavesdropping on their neighbors, it seems plants are doing and saying quite a bit. We just need to listen. ~ What Plants Talk About – PBS Documentary

This is such an amazing documentary! They discuss how tests have confirmed that tree/plant systems create hubs of awareness and recognize family members. Plants are able to integrate and organize information without a brain or nervous system. They can shape-shift and transform in order to attract different pollinators.

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The Heart of Synchronicity Is In The Bag

People have asked the question if synchronicity exists if no one is there to observe it. I wondered if the family members who were noticing the coincidence of the gifts were also searching for meaning behind the coincidence. Is a synchronistic event still synchronistic if we don’t see the meaning? This question made me take another look at the Fibonacci series. I had to know if the Attractor had a purpose. Was there more to the gifts than simply coincidence?

via The Heart of Synchronicity Is In The Bag | World Truth.TV.

Dead elephants, plagues, and rats: Why the sixth extinction is bad for you and everyone you know

Hey, remember the dinosaurs? Yeah, neither. All it took was one massive asteroid, and all the dinos were wiped off the face of the planet. Well, there’s a new asteroid in town: us.

New research published in the journal Science lays out the scope of the destruction we’ve wrought — and suggests that it’s going to come back to bite us. Not only will the so-called sixth extinction make that wildlife safari you’ve always wanted to take a lot less interesting, it could increase disease and make it even harder to feed our own ever-growing population. Happy weekend!

via Dead elephants, plagues, and rats: Why the sixth extinction is bad for you and everyone you know | Grist.

The Leader of the Unfree World

How large is America’s prison problem? More than 2.4 million people are behind bars in the United States today, either awaiting trial or serving a sentence. That’s more than the combined population of 15 states, all but three U.S. cities, and the U.S. armed forces. They’re scattered throughout a constellation of 102 federal prisons, 1,719 state prisons, 2,259 juvenile facilities, 3,283 local jails, and many more military, immigration, territorial, and Indian Country facilities.Compared to the rest of the world, these numbers are staggering.

via The Leader of the Unfree World – Matt Ford – The Atlantic.

Street Art and Social Movements

In most societies, very few people have access to the mechanisms of mainstream media creation and distribution. Most of us have little to no input into the barrage of headlines, advertisements, news briefs and billboards we consume everyday. As such, this visual landscape often feels more like a system of control than a source of useful information. When these “legitimate” systems of communication fail individuals or groups in a society, people often turn to illegal ways of communicating with both each other and the system attempting to control them. Graffiti and street art have long existed as a safety valve for individuals to vent their anger and frustration, whether in the form of scrawling angry messages on bathroom stalls or pasting posters on the windows of government buildings. But it is when the vast majority of people begin to feel that they have no other outlet to communicate, that the media channels open to them are uni-directional and they are on the receiving end of a string of lies and half truths, that street art can act as an antidote to our visual space being used as a social control mechanism. There have been many of these moments, when street art becomes truly democratic and hundreds, or thousands, of people flood the streets with their messages in the form of posters and graffiti. It is at these times that people begin to look to the streets, and to their peers, to find explanations for their condition, not corporate television, state radio, or ruling class newspapers. I’m going to discuss four historical examples here; Paris in May 1968, Nicaragua in the late 1970s, South Africa in the early 1980s, and finally Argentina from 2001-04.

via Justseeds: Blog: Street Art and Social Movements.