And without this bonding, what is life? What is life without this exchange of soul essence between human and the wildness of the world?
— Stephen Harrod Buhner
SoulCraft Wisdom is informed by the ecopsychological perspective and is dedicated to promoting the priceless wisdom of this perspective. This view understands that all life is sacred and that health of body and mind is interwoven with the health of the environment and the greater community of life. Here you will find essays about ecopsychology and environmental justice, as well as other pertinent matters that bear upon the care of one’s soul and the soul of the world, such as discovering and honoring your life purpose, soulful relationship skills, as well as shamanic practices that heal, empower and instruct.
At Soulcraft Wisdom every soul is viewed as a nexus of the material, emotional, sexual, mental, spiritual, relational, political, economic, cultural, and environmental streams of one’s existence. How we care for each of these streams — in thought, word and deed — is how we care for our souls. Consequentially, our life stories have meaningful sustenance only as far as they are vitally and consciously participating in the care of the greater community of life.
The following abridged and paraphrased excerpt from Theodore Roszak’s book, The Voice of the Earth (1992), gives some expression to SoulCraft Wisdom’s mission statement:
Psychology needs ecology; ecology needs psychology. From this partnership a new profession is born: an ecopsychology that combines the sensitivity of the therapist with the expertise of the ecologist. The value of such a new body of professionals reaches well beyond individual healing. Ecopsychology has a greater cultural project: to redefine the relationship of the natural environment to sanity in our time. Ecotherapists wish to heal the soul while engaging the whole. We wish to speak for the planet and its imperiled species. We wish to recall the long forgotten Anima Mundi and honor it in our relations and work. We wish to converse with primary people to foster healing and build common cause. The planetary environment is the context for healing the soul because the two are inextricably bound by bonds that are sacred: life and consciousness. Implicit in this project is the need for a scientific paradigm that gives life and consciousness a new central status in the universe. Based upon such a paradigm, ecopsychology is more than a mere academic exercise; it is part of an ongoing and practical healing mission that recognizes and honors that the health of the individual human psyche depends upon the collective health of all the kingdoms of life on Earth.
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Ecopsychotherapist | Teacher | Life Coach
Carl is a student and practioner of wise and vital soul crafts from around the world. His own heritage is Celtic. He has studied with Native American, Tibetan, Sri Lankan and other traditions of soul-wise living.