Ellis Gallagher traces the shadow of a bicycle.
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Theme for September 2014 ~ Shadow Work/Dancing
“In shadow work, we are doing nothing but allowing the dance more fully.” ~ Thomas Huebl
Shadow Work/Deepening Practices (inspired by the work of Thomas Huebl):
Develop your discernment of those scenarios in your day-to-day existence in which you are aware of a tendency to avoid, resist or distance from that which you’d prefer not to experience. Notice whether these ‘arm’s length’ incidents tend to have recurrent themes. Identify what you dislike, the stimulus (note the observation as distinct from any interpretive lens, that can often morph together, imperceptibly so) and then also notice the bodily sensation & visceral emotions that arise in relation to it. Bring a witnessing consciousness, through contemplation, journaling (and reviewing what’s written), and/or meditation on these more shadowy aspects of your life. Become curious as to how much energy is invested in the avoidance of these situations. What needs/values are being attended to by either addressing it or distancing from it. Become present to the experience of tension between freedom/autonomy and intimacy/belonging. Explore these tensions when in dialogue with others. Notice how the shadow arises and subsides during interpersonal communication by attuning to bodily sensations, the emotional field and state of mind both within and without (attuning to your interlocutor’s field – what’s on their ‘screen’?). Tune into what lies beneath the surface as a kind of training in perception. Notice also the dance between truth and care (authenticity and relatedness) as that which we’d prefer to split off, the shadow, comes into focus. How does clarifying the shadow serve? [Daily Practice: Take this topic around fear in the base, fear from held back power, resistance and anger, and explore it with compassion in your daily life. Notice how you deal with the feelings and sensations. What are your ways of avoiding or spiritual bypassing (both when alone and with others)?]
The Shadow – that which lies in our (collective/individual) blind spot:
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Jung on the Shadow: Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
See also: Tab-IV | Street Giraffe
Mike Wallace: No that’s fame. Fame has a fifteen minute half-life, infamy lasts a little longer.
The reaction of German prisoners of war, who were forced to watch footage of what happened in the concentration camps pic.twitter.com/ua89apUdv4
Which means that somebody who has unintegrated anger, somebody who has unintegrated sexual energy, somebody who has unintegrated sadness, shame, fear, whatever, strong traumatized areas will not be able to see the world in that quality fully or even fully according to that mature development that is possible for that person. That’s something that we all need to be aware of. That the way we see and feel reality is reduced in the areas that are not integrated.
ENVIRONMENT | THE BIG FIX
A series of articles examining potential solutions to climate change:
Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans
HELIGOLAND, Germany — Of all the developed nations, few have pushed harder than Germany to find a solution to global warming. And towering symbols of that drive are appearing in the middle of the North Sea… (continues)
Credit: Djamila Grossman for The New York Times
Conclusion: …For now, the German offshore farms are adding billions to the costs consumers are already bearing for solar panels, onshore wind turbines, biogas plants and the rest of the transition to renewable energy. Polls suggest it is a burden they are willing to carry.
“Indeed, the German people are paying significant money,” said Markus Steigenberger, an analyst at Agora, the think tank. “But in Germany, we can afford this — we are a rich country. It’s a gift to the world.”
Photo via New York Times
Naomi Klein discusses Germany’s renewable energy transition here:
NAOMI KLEIN: Yeah. Yeah, and it’s interesting. I have a fair bit about Germany in the book. And one of the arguments I make in the book is if you look at which countries have adopted climate action, you know, of a significant kind, there’s a strong correlation between countries that have a social democratic tradition, that have not fully embraced deregulated capitalism, and are willing to intervene in these ways and protect the public sphere and that green transition. You see that in the Scandinavian countries. They’ve always had some of the greenest policies. I’m not saying they’re perfect. You’ve got Norway, which has become a petro-state. But you also have some amazing examples like Denmark.
And then, with Germany, you know, Germany, even though it prescribes strict neoliberal austerity programs on countries like Greece and so on, Germany has never been a full neoliberal state. And this is the legacy of the Second World War. They have a strong social safety net. So, Merkel, under pressure from—you know, Germany has probably the strongest environmental movement in the world, and in particular, a very strong anti-nuclear movement. And they demanded this transition. And under pressure from the left opposition parties working with the government, they introduced this incredible energy transformation that has shown us, if we have the right policies in place—and they have a bold national feed-in tariff program that has encouraged decentralized renewable energy—we can change very quickly. And this is—the number you cited is correct: 25 percent of Germany’s energy now comes from renewable energy, particularly wind and solar, much of it small-scale and decentralized.
But here’s the catch, and this is where you see the clash of ideologies, even in a country like Germany that is willing to put these incentives in place. Germany’s emissions have gone up, last year, the year before. And that’s kind of remarkable. How could that be in the midst of this transition? Well, it’s going up because they have—Merkel has been unwilling to break the cardinal rule. She’s been unwilling to say no to the fossil fuel companies. So, the coal lobby, which is very strong in Germany, has been permitted to continue to dig up lignite coal, which is the dirtiest of the coals, and to export that energy, even though the demand for it is going down in Germany… (continues)
“This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” (Book Excerpt):
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Because Americans need this.
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D.B.: How do we talk across lines of difference more successfully?
P.J.P.: Well, here’s a clue from a poem, “The Place Where We Are Right”, by the great Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai: “From the place where we are right/flowers will never grow/in the spring./The place where we are right/is hard and trampled/like a yard./But doubts and loves/dig up the world/like a mole, a plough./And a whisper will be heard in the place/where the ruined/house once stood.”
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Jason Box: NBC Interview from Greenland
Kadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times
Where ice once capped the Sermeq Avangnardleq glacier in Greenland, vast expanses of the Arctic Ocean are now clear.
The world may already be nearing a temperature at which the loss of the vast ice sheet covering Greenland would become inevitable, the report said. The actual melting would then take centuries, but it would be unstoppable and could result in a sea level rise of 23 feet, with additional increases from other sources like melting Antarctic ice, potentially flooding the world’s major cities.
…A continued rapid growth of emissions in coming decades could conceivably lead to a global warming exceeding 8 degrees Fahrenheit, the report found. The warming would be higher over land areas, and higher still at the poles.
Warming that substantial would almost certainly have catastrophic effects, including a mass extinction of plants and animals, huge shortfalls in food production, extreme coastal flooding and many other problems, the report found… (continues)
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Beneath from Climate: Will We Lose the Endgame? by Bill McKibben
Excerpt: ….This means that as much as ten feet of sea-level rise is being added to previous predictions. We don’t know how quickly it will come, just that it will.1 And that won’t be all. A few days after the Antarctic announcement, other scientists found that much of Greenland’s ice sheet shows a similar underlying geology, with warm water able to melt it from underneath. Another study that week showed that soot from huge forest fires, which are more frequent as a result of global warming, is helping to melt the Greenland ice sheet, a remarkably vicious cycle.
In certain ways none of this really comes as news. A leading glaciologist, Jason Box of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), has calculated that given the paleoclimatic record, our current atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases are probably enough to produce an eventual sixty-nine feet of sea-level rise.2 But it’s one thing to know that the gun is cocked, and another to see the bullet actually traveling; the news from the Antarctic is a turning point. It doesn’t mean we should give up efforts to slow climate change: if anything, as scientists immediately pointed out, it means we should ramp them up enormously, because we can still affect the rate at which this change happens, and hence the level of chaos it produces.
- 1 Ten feet is about the level of storm surge from Hurricane Sandy in New York Harbor. That turned much of lower Manhattan into a temporary Venice; imagine that as the new permanent baseline. ↩
- 2 See Chris Mooney, “Humans Have Already Set in Motion 69 Feet of Sea Level Rise,” Mother Jones, January 31, 2013. ↩
Monday is New York’s birthday: 350 years ago, on Sept. 8, 1664, English soldiers took control of the Dutch city of New Amsterdam, on Manhattan Island. They soon renamed it after the Duke of York, brother to King Charles II… (continues)
Conclusion: “…The concepts of tolerance and free trade both related to a new appreciation of the individual. New York was born alongside the world-historic force of liberalism, a philosophy that prized individual freedom above all else. What is little appreciated, though, is the grounding of individualism in collectivism. It was the Dutch agreement to work together for the common good of holding back the sea that allowed for the rise of prosperity and a society based on singular achievement.
The Dutch maintained the balance between the individual and the collective out of necessity, for water management continued — and continues to this day — to be vital to protecting their country. Funnily enough, because of climate change, the rest of us are all in that same place today. We don’t just need to rebuild infrastructure to guard against flooding. We need to embrace concepts like regional planning, to acknowledge that there are issues in which individual and even municipal autonomy have to be sacrificed to the greater good.
America’s political culture is more divided than ever over such issues, with the role of government and the freedom of the individual often portrayed as mutually exclusive. Racial and religious tensions are at a crisis point both at home and abroad. The anniversary of New York’s birth — or more precisely, rechristening — is an occasion to recall that tolerance of differences and an enlightened blend of individualism and collectivism formed a new kind of society on an island called Manhattan, one that helped shape American culture. In a time of chaos and confusion, we would do well to recommit ourselves to the notion that such a blend of forces is still the best way forward.”
Russell Shorto is the author of “The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America” and a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute.
70 Foot Sea Rise?
NYC with 70m sea-level rise. Source: National Geographic
Is the climate dragon awakening?
Using a vast and credible set of climate measurements and physics, James Hansen’s Storms of My Grandchildren makes the case that humans overloading the atmosphere with carbon would eventually trigger the release of vast additional carbon stores locked in shallow sea gas hydrates and from Arctic tundra.
In my professional opinion as a climatologist with more than 70 externally reviewed scientific publications, after 12 years of university education focused on atmospheric and oceanic science, and followed by 10 years of university lecturing on micro and mesoscale meteorology theory and instrumentation, Hansen’s warnings should be met with an aggressive atmospheric decarbonization program. We have been too long on a trajectory pointed at an unmanageable climate calamity; runaway climate heating. If we don’t get atmospheric carbon down and cool the Arctic, the climate physics and recent observations tell me we will probably trigger the release of these vast carbon stores, dooming our kids’ to a hothouse Earth. That’s a tough statement to read when your worry budget is already full as most of ours is… (continues at meltfactor.org)
Jason Box via Twitter: https://twitter.com/climate_ice
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Clearly, however, it will take a stronger and noisier movement than we’ve seen heretofore—and a global one—to push the players toward actions at all commensurate with the danger.
I began this review with the metaphor of a chess game, but football may be as apt, given the power of the forces we’ve now unleashed. As a civilization, we’re halfway through the fourth quarter and down by three or four touchdowns. Running into the line, even for solid gains, simply can’t win the game. We’ve got to throw some long, unlikely passes.
The good news is that sometimes such daring risks work. The afternoon before the scary news from the Antarctic emerged, a remarkably hopeful statistic came from Germany. There, in the one country that has taken climate change seriously and done the work to change its energy infrastructure, a new record for renewable energy was set. On that afternoon Germany generated 74 percent of its electric needs from renewable sources.
There’s a great deal to be learned about how to store the power of the wind and sun for still and overcast days. We need better grids to make that system of power function smoothly, and they won’t come cheaply. But that a country at a far northern latitude could make a modern economy (and arguably the most successful modern economy) run on power from above, not fossil fuels from below, should give encouragement to us all. It can be done. The resource that got it done in Germany was political will, which is infinitely renewable. If we can get it going.
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Naomi Klein: “Germany has never been a full neoliberal state. And this is the legacy of the Second World War.”
FYI ~ It’s worth noting — as a German friend recently did (one who lived through both WW2 and the post-war reconstruction) — Germany is, indeed, at least one shining example of American efficacy in democratic nation-building (perhaps with a foundation less rusted out by ‘savage capitalism’ than our own, by design, as it still retains a more moderate ethos that has not yet been as corrosively tainted). What would it mean if the regenerative seeds, planted on fertile Germanic ground by mid-20th century U.S. policy makers, could again be regenerative, this time for the sake of the planet, such that instead of eschewing the “reality-based community“ of scientists — that once was the hallmark of our enlightenment founding — we heeded their warnings and utilized the innovation available to U.S.?
“…That you may enjoy the Happiness of seeing the New World regenerate the Old…” ~ Thomas Paine to George Washington
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The picture above is an illustration of what the Jefferson Memorial would look like 25 feet underwater.
See also ~ Bruni: American Horror Story
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“Most, probably, of our decisions to do something positive, the full consequences of which will be drawn out over many days to come, can only be taken as the result of animal spirits – a spontaneous urge to action rather than inaction, and not as the outcome of a weighted average of quantitative benefits multiplied by quantitative probabilities.” (161-162)
– J.M.Keynes, General Theory.
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We can fall in love with works of art, just as we fall in love with songs.
“Writing as Illumination.” ~ Diamela Eltit
E. Luminata: Diamela Eltit, Ronald Christ: p. 14 (first page): “…Because the cold in this public square is the hour appointed for assuming a proper name, bestowed by the signboard that will turn on and off, rhythmic and ritual, in the process that will definitely give them life: their civic identity…The ragged people of Santiago arrive, pale and stinking in search of their space: the name and alias that like a token will guarantee them a trip, but one calculated in terms of their previous expenditure of flesh until they are shod with light from the neon sign. And so they will be generically named the pale people as a provisional ranking…”
Bill McKibben (to Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! – As Obama Settles on Nonbinding Treaty, “Only a Big Movement” Can Take on Global Warming – 8/28/14):
The new U.N. report is more of the same. In a sense, it’s the scientific community, through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, telling us what they’ve been telling us now for two decades, that global warming is out of control and the biggest threat that human beings have ever faced. They’re using what was described as blunter, more forceful language. As this point, you know, short of self-immolation in Times Square, there’s really not much more that the scientific community could be doing to warn us. Our early warning systems have functioned, you know? The alarm has gone off. All our satellites and sensors and supercomputers have produced the information we need to know. The question is: Will we act on it?
OPINIONATOR | FIXES
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A methodology that aims to ease partisan divide through personal connections could have advantages both in politics and personal life.
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“I realized, then, that the birds had become our teachers.” ~ Trish O’Kane
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The head of the EPA wants a mass, society-wide mobilization to fight climate change.
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