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Plotkin says that encounters with spirit is a transcendent experience. However, encounters with soul takes us on a spiritual descent. He reveals how humans are the only species that need instructions as to what our purpose is in the larger Earth community. For example, Salmon need no instructions as to how to swim upstream to spawn. Monarch butterflies need no instructions as to how to navigate from Canada to Mexico to winter in the same oyamel forests where their great, great, great, great grandparents clustered. He encourages us to seek out a soul encounter in order to find our ecological niche and the metaphor that will give us a sense of our place in the larger world. He encourages us to do the necessary work to become true “adults.” And he points out that being an adult has nothing to do with our chronological age. His work reminds us of the work of Earth Elder, Thomas Berry who tells us that we must “reinvent, a sustainable human culture by a descent into our pre-rational, our instinctive resources.” We do this work in order to give our gifts back to the web of life and become embedded in life-enhancing activities. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Bill Plotkin, Ph.D, 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.
Bill Plotkin is the author of:
To learn more about Bill Plotkin’s new book go to www.natureandthehumansoul.com
To learn more about the work of Bill Plotkin go to www.animas.org.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 1/21/2021 Program Number: 3723
From Album: Dorothea Lange - Grab a Hunk of Lightning (original Soundtrack) Artist: Jami Sieber and Evan Schiller
Opening Essay: Track 01 – Openinf (Invisible Wings) Music Break 1: Track 02 - Berkeley Music Break 2: Track 10 - Starving Women (Dancing Backwards) Music Break 3: Track 13 – End of Marriages
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