Is Modern Humanity Undergoing a Rite of Passage?

von · Sep 28, 2017 · 1 016 Besichtigungen ·

International Transpersonal Conference

“We are living in what the Greeks called the kairos - the right moment - for a ‘metamorphosis of the gods,’ of the fundamental principles and symbols.” C. G. Jung Our time is pervaded by a great paradox. On the one hand, we see signs of an unprecedented level of engaged global awareness, moral sensitivity to the human and non-human community, psychological self-awareness, and fertile spiritual pluralism. On the other hand, we confront the most critical, and in some respects catastrophic, state of the Earth in human history. Both these conditions have emerged directly from the modern age, whose light and shadow consequences now affect every part of the planet. The past and the future are converging with extraordinary force. Old structures are cracking, the moment of creative chaos is upon us: What new principles, what new structures will emerge to shape our future? Our current planetary situation bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process, and what Grof has called the perinatal death-rebirth process. Can we find a center and grounding, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? And what is the role of "heroic” communities, such as the transpersonal community, that carry principles and perspectives running counter to the mainstream modern world view?