True purpose is a Force of Nature

True purpose is a Force of Nature Purpose Guiding with Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com True purpose is a force of nature. An inner river of life-giving creativity and vitality. Soul-doctoring in our time requires freeing and focusing this vital flow within us. ​Freeing our innermost desires and talents,…

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Can we Engage Environmental Crises as an Initiation?

Can we Engage Environmental Crises as an Initiation? Making of Ourselves a Light: Engaging Environmental Crises as an Initiation Excerpt pp. 189-191 by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com   In our modern world initiatory scenarios function only on the vital and psychological planes. Nevertheless, they continue to function,…

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Dissertation Abstract: Making of Ourselves a Light

Dissertation Abstract Making of Ourselves a Light: Engaging Ecological Crises as an Initiation by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com This research framed environmental crises as an initiation, presaging a new level of maturity commensurate with and demanded by the challenges we face. It explored how the ecological Self…

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Birthing the Ecological Self

Birthing the Ecological Self by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com What are environmental crises inviting us to become? Perhaps we are invited to become who we actually are: Earthlings. Beyond (and beneath) social identities, we are Earth in human form—breathing expressions of an evolving system, what Arne Naess…

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Can Shame Save the World?

Can Shame Save the World? by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com   When shame is identified as shame there can be change, however subtle and slow. ~Donald L. Nathanson, from “Shame and Pride”   Can shame save the world? Quite possibly, yes. But not without an honest understanding…

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Shame Benefits Leadership

Shame Benefits Leadership by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com A key reason I choose to reframe ecological crisis as an initiation is because intentional debasement appears to be a necessary component of initiation rituals. Shame is actually evoked and must be endured. Perhaps being lost, naked, alone, helpless,…

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Accountability as a Path of Power: Lessons from San Quentin

Accountability as a Path of Power: Lessons from San Quentin by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com Prisoners and ecological healers have a lot in common, especially in the realm of accountability. Prison makes accountability difficult. Behind the walls, accountability requires creativity, commitment, and an ability to make connections…

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The Ecology of Physical Vitality

The Ecology of Physical Vitality by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, “There is no such thing as an individual.” Within vast combinations of networks, we all belong, contribute, and receive. Because of this complex inter-being, tending one’s physical vitality can be a path of…

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Shifting Our Mythological Landscape: Transforming the Cassandra Complex

Shifting Our Mythological Landscape: Transforming the Cassandra Complex by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com   Perhaps, after four thousand years, the tide is turning for the medial woman. ~ Laurie Layton Shapira, It is time to heal an engrained myth in our collective unconscious, the tragic story of…

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Reflections on Becoming an Ecopsychologist

Reflections on Becoming an Ecopsychologist by Dr. Renée G. Soule renee@ecopsychologist.com ~ www.ecopsychologist.com When I was young, a terrible question interrupted my pre-medical studies: “What does it mean to be a healer in the context of our times?” I was in utter despair about environmental destruction—and had not yet met…

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