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225: Preparing Emotionally for the Coming Chaos

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

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“The external growth of a budding economy is over. The focus on growth now needs to be on the inner world.” Carolyn Baker’s Navigating the Coming Chaos is a toolkit to prepare emotionally and spiritually for the collapse of industrial civilization now underway. First build an “internal bunker,” she suggests, to begin healing the fear, grief and despair that immobilize many people in our “culture of numbness.” From that foundation, she invites us to look at who our allies are people, places, possessions. Carolyn observes that many people experience a level of joy by doing this work (Episode 225). [carolynbaker.net]

 

BlipTV | Janaia’s journal Carolyn Baker on Navigating the Coming Chaos | iTunes | Audio

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199: Peak Oil Blues — We’re All Bozos on this Bus

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

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pm199_200.jpg“My own reaction seemed so crazy to me,” says psychologist Kathy McMahon of her response to Peak Oil. Wondering if she was the only “wacko”, she started the Peak Oil Blues blog to explore her own and readers’ responses. As the “Peak Shrink,” Kathy formulated a delightfully tongue-in-cheek “Panglossian Disorder” — an unrealistic optimism about the future. She is about to publish “I Can’t Believe You Actually Think That!” A Couple’s Guide to Finding Common Ground about Peak Oil, Climate Catastrophe, and Economic Hard Times. (peakoilblues.com, feistylife.com)

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Read Janaia’s journal “Peak Moment meets Peak Shrink Kathy McMahon” about this conversation.

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169: The Sacred Demise of Industrial Civilization

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

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pm169_150.jpgAs a historian, Carolyn Baker has a keen eye for current events that are indicators of the collapse we’re seeing all around us. But she’s also a former psychotherapist concerned about how we personally navigate the turbulence and find meaning within it. The author of Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse, she describes the old story that isn’t working anymore (humans are separate from nature), and the new story we must live by for real sustainability. Her Speaking Truth to Power website is a rich collection of articles reflecting both collapse and preparedness action. [www.carolynbaker.net].

Listen to Audio. Read Transcript. Read Janaia’s journal about this conversation.

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150: The Waking-Up Syndrome

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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pm150_150.jpgEcopsychologist Sarah Edwards, PhD, explains stages people often go through when facing the implications of climate change and resource depletion. She outlines various aspects of Denial, Anxiety, Awakening, Despair, Powerlessness  and eventual Acceptance. Differentiating these from the normal grief process, Sarah emphasizes how we can face inevitable feelings of grief and free our energy for positive, practical action in our personal and community lives. (eco-anxiety.blogspot.com). Listen to audio.

Want more? Read “The Waking-Up Syndrome” by Sarah Edwards and Linda Buzzell on Hopedance online. Or see Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind by Linda Buzzell and Craig Chalquist (Sierra Books.)

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128 Finding Opportunity in Peak Oil

Friday, September 26th, 2008

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pm128_150.jpgMolly Brown sees Peak Oil as both a challenge and an invitation to create a better world. After awakening to Peak Oil, she explored her own responses — inner attitude and outer action. Personal changes include creating a vegie garden and bicycling. Noting that individual survivalist mentality is insufficient (”we are all interconnected”), she helped form a local group to awaken and prepare her community. As a therapist, Molly sees this predicament on several levels, noting how crises have the potential to bring out the best in us. (www.mollyyoungbrown.com, www.apple-shasta.org)

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97: New Models for Shared Leadership

Monday, February 18th, 2008

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pm97_150.jpgMediator Anne Oliver would have us move back to our wisdom and forward to new social forms that are inclusive, respect all voices, and share leadership. She uses “Appreciative Inquiry” where we tell each other our stories, and out of our successful experiences, find values that can lead us into the future.

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77: Climate Change Despair and Empowerment - A Roadshow from “Down Under”

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

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pm77_150.jpgAfter summarizing the facts of deepening global climate chaos, New Zealander Kelly Tudhope notes that our psychological response is often overlooked. Feeling powerless, many people stay in denial. But if we acknowledge our feelings, we can find empowerment arising from our hopelessness. Kelly identifies “false solutions”, which are forms of business-as-usual, in contrast to “true solutions”, which ask us to change our behavior. [www.climate.net.au]

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72: “What a Way to Go” - Meet the Filmmakers

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

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pm72_ts_150.jpgTim Bennett and Sally Erickson discuss the influences behind this heartfelt, riveting, comprehensive documentary “What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire.” Framed in Tim’s personal story of awakening to the big global issues threatening everyone’s survival. It will touch you and make you think. [www.whatawaytogomovie.com]

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