Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation.
With evocative language and personal stories, including those of elders Thomas Berry and Joanna Macy, this book defines eight stages of human life - Innocent, Explorer, Thespian, Wanderer, Soul Apprentice, Artisan, Master, and Sage - and describes the challenges and benefits of each. Plotkin offers a way of progressing from our current egocentric, aggressively competitive, consumer society to an ecocentric, soul-based one that is sustainable, cooperative, and compassionate.
At once a primer on human development and a manifesto for change, Nature and the Human Soul fashions a template for a more mature, fulfilling, and purposeful life - and a better world.
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- Anonymer Hörer
Very compelling book, read by a very bad speaker!
This book found me when I was ready for it. After studying "Soulcraft" and working with it, I am moved and called by the extremely deep and compelling message(s) in this systematic approach to human maturing. It will accompany and challenge me for quite some time!
And: I am very disappointed about the speaker who reads this text with an extremely exaggerated and seemingly automatic pronounciation. It sounds, as if he reads mechanically without getting the meaning of the sentences (Has he read the chapters for himself, before speaking them?), and certainly not with any kind of interest or joy for the book's very special contents. I am sorry, that this great work did not get appreciated by being read aloud by a speaker who supports, let alone enhances its message...
I cannot recommend to buy the audio edition! And myself I will continue this book in print. (I wrote this after having listened to over one third of the book's content.)