• Wendy Robertson Fyfe

A Pilgrimage; Listening To The Voices Of The Winds, Part 3 of 6. Part 3, The Winds of Metamorphosis

In this, now called, Museletter as the Muse suggested, l’m zooming in further to explore distinctions between egocentric, ecocentric and soulcentric on the Pilgrimage to Soul Initiation that l mentioned in Part 1. I draw upon the work of Bill Plotkin and the Animas Valley Institute with over forty years research and experience and my own experiences. I refer particularly here to some of the Stages of nature-based human development that returns our 'Western' understanding of human development to being rooted in Earth’s composition rather than of particular human cultural designs.

Briefly, there is way far more to this model than can ever be expressed in this wee Museletter which inadequate to the full seminal work. l highly recommend that you read for yourself, Nature and the Human Soul; Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. There is a helpful diagram showing the model on page 61. The Stages have both nature and culture tasks. For purposes here ego-centred importantly refers to the development of a ‘healthy enough’ sense of self and place in our everyday world beginning in Stage One through safe Presence held and nursed by human care-givers and the breath of Earth. Second Stage tasks, for example, involve learning the enchantments of the ‘more-than-human world’ as well as our place within our particular cultures ie body, emotions, imagination; history, social practices, family, cosmologies, and knowledge. Third Stage tasks relate to creating a secure enough sense of authentic self that is acknowledged by both self and social world. In an eco-centred culture, the ‘more-than-human’ world is included as normal in our development in Stages Two and Three. In the Western Industrial cultures, the eco-centred awakening becomes an additional part in our nature-based human development. According to Plotkin, and l agree, the current 'Western' cultures are therefore stuck in an unhealthy Stage Three, what he calls Early Adolescence.

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