Green Psychology

Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth
By (author) Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

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Green Psychology
Transforming Our Relationship to the Earth
By (author) Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

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Pages : 240

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892817986

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : June 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

Illustrations : 25 b&w illustrations

The idea of domination over nature has led to an unprecedented destruction of the very systems which support us. Ralph Metzner explores the history of this global pathology and shows that disciplines such as deep ecology and ecofeminism are creating a worldview in which the mind of humanity and the health of the Earth may be harmoniously intertwined.
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About Green Psychology

A visionary ecopsychologist examines the rift between human beings and nature and shows what can be done to bring harmony to both the ecosystem and our own minds. 


• Shows that the solution to our ecological dilemma lies in our own consciousnesses. 


It is becoming more and more apparent that the causes and cures for the current ecological crisis are to be found in the hearts and minds of human beings. For millennia we existed within a religious and psychological framework that honored the Earth as a partner and worked to maintain a balance with nature. But somehow a root pathology took hold in Western civilization--the idea of domination over nature--and this led to an alienation of the human spirit that has allowed an unprecedented destruction of the very systems which support that spirit. 

In Green Psychology Ralph Metzner explores the history of this global pathology and examines the ways that we can restore a healing relationship with nature. His search for role models takes him from shamanic ceremonies with the Lacandon Maya of Mexico to vision quests in the California desert, from the astonishing nature mysticism of Hildegard von Bingen to the Black Goddesses and Green Gods of our pagan ancestors. He examines the historical roots of the split between humans and nature, showing how first sky-god worshiping cultures, then monotheisms, and finally mechanistic science continued to isolate the human psyche from the life-giving Earth. His final chapters present a solution, showing that disciplines such as deep ecology and ecofeminism are creating a worldview in which the mind of humanity and the health of the Earth are harmoniously intertwined. 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Foreword-Theodore Roszak

Introduction


1    The True, Original First World
2    Gaia's Alchemy: Ruin and Renewal of the Earth
3    A Vision Quest Experience
4    Mystical Greenness: The Visions of Hildegard von Bingen
5    The Role of Psychoactive Plant Medicines
6    Psychopathology of the Human-Nature Relationship
7    Historical Roots of the Split between Humans and Nature
8    Sky Gods and Earth Deities
9    The Black Goddess, the Green God, and the Wild Human
10    Reunification of the Sacred and the Natural
11    Transition to an Ecological Worldview
12    The Place and the Story

Epilogue-John Seed

Notes

Bibliography

Index
Author Bio
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D., has been exploring states of consciousness and transformational practices ever since he helped found the Harvard Psilocybin Project in 1960.  He is a psychotherapist and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and the author of many books, including The Psychedelic Experience (with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert), Maps of Consciousness, Opening to Inner Light, The Well of Remembrance, and The Unfolding Self. He lives in Sonoma, California, with his wife and two children.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"At once visionary and down-to-earth, [Green Psychology] is an often profound exploration of the deeply disturbed relationship between humanity and nature."
Publishers Weekly, July 12, 1999

"Green Psychology accomplishes things that few environmental books have--it involves the reader on more than the intellectual level; it personalizes the global issues on a deep, inner level; it allows one to embrace the shadow side of our industrialized past; it brings myths to life in a renewed way; and it weaves poetry to stir the heart and imagination. Of all the other writers preaching about and berating our environmental participation, perhaps it will be the psychologist, a Ralph Metzner, who awakens the sleeper."
Sophia Tarila, ForeWord, August 1999

"An engaging and inspiring perspective."
Napra Review

"Metzner brings an astonishing number of sources together in his survey of contemporary ecological thinking. With accessible prose, extensive references, and superb illustrations, Green Psychology provides the reader with a fascinating introduction and resource to the field of ecopsychology."
Michael Emerson, Independent Publisher

"Ralph Metzner's life-long fascination with human consciousness has led him to research history, political systems, mythology, archetypal psychology, and indigenous spiritual means. Green Psychology is a unique, masterful, and much needed integration of these usually disparate fields."
Chellis Glendinning, author of Off the Map and My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

"Metzner's vision makes for stimulating reading and provocative reflection."
Choice, December 1999
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SPIRITUALITY / PSYCHOLOGY / ECOLOGY

It is becoming more and more apparent that the causes and cures for the current ecological crisis are to be found in the hearts and minds of human beings. For millennia we existed within a religious and psychological framework that honored Earth as a partner and worked to maintain a balance with nature. But somehow a root pathology took hold in Western civilization--the idea of domination over nature--and this led to an alienation of the human spirit that has allowed an unprecedented destruction of the ecosystems that support all life on this planet.

In Green Psychology Ralph Metzner explores the history of this global pathology and examines the ways that we can heal this rift and restore a healing relationship with nature. His search for role models takes him from shamanic ceremonies with the Lacandon Maya of Mexico to vision quests in the California desert, from the astonishing nature mysticism of the 11th-century abbess Hildegard von Bingen to the black goddesses and green gods of our pagan ancestors. He examines the historical roots of the split between humans and nature, showing how first sky-god worshiping cultures, then monotheisms, and finally mechanistic science continued to isolate the human psyche from the life-giving Earth. His final chapters present a solution, revealing that many disciplines such as deep ecology and ecofeminism are simultaneously creating a worldview in which the mind of humanity and the health of the planet are harmoniously intertwined. Green Psychology is inspiring reading for all those concerned with the future of the planet and finding their rightful place in it.

RALPH METZNER, Ph.D., has been exploring states of consciousness and transformational practices ever since he helped found the Harvard Psilocybin Project in 1960.  He is a psychotherapist and professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and the author of many books, including The Psychedelic Experience (with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert), Maps of Consciousness, Opening to Inner Light, The Well of Remembrance, and The Unfolding Self. He lives in Sonoma, California, with his wife and two children.

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