Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World (Google eBook)

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New World Library, Oct 4, 2010 - Self-Help - 528 pages
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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. If it is true, as Plotkin and others observe, that we live in a culture dominated by adolescent habits and desires, then the enduring societal changes we so desperately need won t happen until we individually and collectively evolve into an engaged, authentic adulthood. 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.
  

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Review: Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World

User Review  - Will Szal - Goodreads

Bill is amazing. He's part wilderness guide, part facilitator of coming-of-age ceremonies. Into indigenous wisdom. This book maps his eight stages of eco-soul-centric human maturation. The subtext of the book is about the patho-adolescent nature of our dominant culture. Read full review

Review: Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World

User Review  - Laurie - Goodreads

I project this is one of those books that will stick with me for a long time. True, it is repetitive, and a bit heavy handed. (The author admits to being overly serious; I would agree.) But it has ... Read full review

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Bill Plotkin, PhD, has been a psychotherapist, research psychologist, rock musician, river runner, professor of psychology, and mountain-bike racer. As a research psychologist, he studied dreams and nonordinary states of consciousness achieved through meditation, biofeedback, and hypnosis. The founder and president of Animas Valley Institute, he has guided thousands of people through initiatory passages in nature since 1980. Currently an ecotherapist, depth psychologist, and wilderness guide, he leads a variety of experiential, nature-based individuation programs. His doctorate in psychology (1976) is from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Visit Bill Plotkin online at www.natureandthehumansoul.com.

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