(The Ontological Animal <VS>The Political Animal)
Ecology-Life Force-Freedom / Economic-Hierarchal Bondage

BEING <VS> TIME--Heidegger

"The Green Pre-Human Earth is the Mystery we were Chosen to Solve" [E.O. Wilson] ...Not the Next iPhone:

WHY ARE WE DESTROYING OUR ONLY EARTH AND VIBRANT COSMOLOGICAL FUTURE (?) is the most urgent question before us. If we do not have an understanding, or answer, to the moral failure and poverty evident in this question, nothing about civilization will maintain any future purpose, credibility or viability. This inquisition, and any answer, is the major framework behind this site. I thank Paul Shepard (Nature and Madness, 1982) for directing me out of many moments of personal despair with his insights into this historical issue..."Evolution does not answer the big questions as to where the world is going or why- myths do not have to explain everything. Evolutionary thinking gives me relatedness, continuity with the past, common ground with other life, a kind of celebration of diversity. It is much more humble than the eschatologies of "world religions" or the arrogance of secular progress or literary humanism". -Paul Shepard.
"In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves."-- Thomas Berry... / Advent of Evolution in Religion...

(The above four authors are central in situating all other voices at this website.) "New fossil finds and the latest genetic research. It’s a story that revolves around a shocking revelation--The secret of our sucess: [INTER-HOMINID SURVIVAL COOPERATION OF GENES/TOOLS/HUMANNESS] CONNECTIVITY"...

"And when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you"-Nietzsche

The Reciprocity of Potencies
"Nature perennially creating itself out of itself alone”.-RS Corrington

AFTER THE FALL: THE ROOTS OF PSYCHIC PATHOLOGY AND ALIENATION FROM NATURE-Steve Taylor. I think Steve Taylor is a good resource--in this essay--for a Transpersonal Psychology within a sense of the “Self belonging to and derived from within Nature”--Rooted in an Otherness.

(Our Sub-Domains:


"MY WORLD ITSELF IS SACRED"..."LOVE POEMS TO GOD"...Buddhism, Grief: Joanna Macy/Raina Maria Rilke

"....I circle around God, around the primordial tower. I've been circling for thousands of years and I still don't know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song?
....Flare up like a flame and make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don't let yourself lose me. Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand.....In this uncontainable night, be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses, the meaning discovered there. And if the world has ceased to hear you, say to the silent earth: I flow. To the rushing water, speak: I am.....The inner-what is it ? if not intensified sky, hurled through with birds, and deep with the winds of homecoming."-Rainer Maria Rilke

"...if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die all [our] cultural creations too we must show the presence of the holy." –Paul Tillich

"We must go down to the very foundations of Life. For any merely superficial ordering of life that leaves its deepest needs unsatisfied is as ineffectual as if no attempt at order had been made." -I Ching
"...the crisis is deeper than it appeared to Husserl or even Heidegger, and that the "natural world" which radical reflection must seek need be not only pre scientific but pre historical-or, better, "pre historicist"...(a) Prima philosophia cannot start with speculation... It must first see clearly and then articulate faithfully the sense evidently given in experience...Calvin Schrag gives a new vitality to Husserel's search for the primordial experiential reality in which all reflection and speculation is grounded... philosophies which sought to deny that original text and to build on their own speculations, no matter how cunning, have regularly ended up in wistful denial of their own competence....".-Erazim Kohak (The Embers and the Stars, 1987)

David Suzuki:
Elder/Geneticist Speaks into: "The Sacred Earth, Air, Fire, Water"...
Our Children's Future and Life's Destiny or End.
...Urgent Visionary Message for Humanity!

--David Suzuki simply, and comprehensively gives us the only real workable vision and emotions to find our way out of the human disasters upon us. Nothing less will work!--

The Earth loves to feel your bare feet and the wind to play with your hair.”-Gibran
"You cannot laugh and be unkind at the same time". -Gibran

"In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves."--
Thomas Berry... / Advent of Evolution in Religion...

"There is no God": there are only the gods--the gods of "Being" (Heidegger/Tillich/Buber/Corrington)--and it is We who created them and position them in the world with attributes. So, let us now create a new one, the eternal god of ecstatic exuberenc, of equitable reciprocity, of infinite transformation, intensity, infusion--[..."the Body
Electric"..."The Green Fuse"...]...
the god--OF CHANGE--only found at the points "between" all living things ["The Great Othering"]...'EARTHDANCE'...

"THE SEAT OF THE SOUL is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." -Novalis
..."Every discipline gets a crack at god... there is nothing wrong with this tower of else could nature and the “divine” [or] “hope” be rendered available to personal and communal query?"-R.S.Corrington"...
"The earth loves to feel your bear feet and the wind to play with your hair...there is no struggle of soul and body save in the minds of those whose souls are asleep and whose bodies are out of tune". -Gibran" [So] Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."-John Muir

"The Earth is a functionally integrated system -as much an organic being as you and I- that exists not for man's benefit but for it's own...the range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds."..."the condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man".-R.D. Laing-The Earth System.

"One sticks one's finger into the soil to tell by the smell what land one is in; I stick my finger into existence- it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? How did I come here? What is this thing called the world? What does the world mean? Who is it that has lured me into the thing, and now leaves me there?...How did I come into the World? Why was I not consulted, why was I not made acquainted with its manners and customs, but was thrust into the ranks as though I'd been bought from a kidnapper, a dealer in souls? How did I obtain an interest in it? And is it not a voluntary concern? And if I am compelled to take part-in it where is the director? I would like to see him." - Kierkkegard...WELL, HERE IS THE STORY OF SOREN'S ANXIOUS-ESTRANGEMENT, AND OUR WAY OUT. ANY-OTHER STORY/PRACTICE IS JUST A COMPROMISING DEFERENCE OR ANOTHER PLATONIC-INSANITY IN NEW RIBBONS (AND FAILS TO UNDERSTAND EPIGENESIS-(Good Introduction ) TED TALK...but see (2) the work of Paul Shepard: NATURE AND MADNESS)--

My “psychogenic theory of history” posits that a society’s childrearing practices are not just one item in a list of cultural traits, but – because all other traits must be passeed down from generation to generation through the narrow funnel of childhood – instead makes childrearing the very basis for the transmission and development of all other cultural traits, placing definite limits on what can be achieved in the material spheres of history.The main source of childhood evolution is, I believe, the process I call psychogenesis, by which parents – mainly the mother for most of history – revisit a second time around the stages of childhood and undo to some extent the traumas they themselves endured. It is in this sense that history is like a psychotherapy of the generations, undoing trauma and giving historical personality a chance at a new start with every baby born. Only humans have brain networks that allow this miracle to take place. All cultural changes in the past 100,000 years of Homo sapiens sapiens are epigenetic, not genetic. Regardless of changes in the environment, it is only when changes in childhood occur that epigenetic changes in the brain can occur and societies can begin to progress and move in unpredictable new directions that are more adaptive.-Lloyd deMause [YouTube]

"During this period (of technological confinement / [and language]) the human mind has been placed in its narrowest confines it has experienced since consciousness emerged from its Paleolithic phase. Even the most primitive tribes have a larger vision of the universe, of our place and functioning within it, a vision that extends to celestial regions of space and to interior depths of the human in a manner far exceeding the parameters of our world of technological confinement."-Thomas Berry

"...if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die all [our] cultural creations too we must show the presence of the holy." –Paul Tillich

“REVERENCE FOR LIFE"... "The will-to-live is everywhere present, even as in me... I must regard life other than my own with equal reverence, for I shall know that it longs for fullness and development as deeply as I do myself."--Albert Schweitzer

"I believe that the universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole. The parts change and pass, or die, people and races and rocks and stars; none of them seems to me important in itself, but only the whole. This whole is in all its parts so beautiful, and is felt by me to be so intensely in earnest, that I am compelled to love it, and to think of it as divine. It seems to me that this whole alone is worthy of the deeper sort of love; and there is peace, freedom, I might say a kind of salvation, in turning one's affections outward toward this one God, rather than inwards on one's self, or on humanity, or on human imaginations and abstractions — the world of spirits. I think it is our privilege and felicity to love God for his beauty, without claiming or expecting love from him. We are not important to him, but he is to us. I think that one may contribute to the beauty of things by making one’s own life and environment beautiful, so far as one’s power reaches. This includes moral beauty, one of the qualities of humanity, though it seems not to appear elsewhere in the universe. But I would have each person realize that his contribution is not important, its success not really a matter for exultation nor its failure for mourning; the beauty of things is sufficient without him."-Robinson Jeffers
Letter to Sister Mary James Power, author of "Poets at Prayer", written in the 1930's.

"These thirty years, and more, that I've spent among exotic, barbaric, indomitable gods and goddesses, nourished on myths, obsessed by symbols, nursed and bewitched by so many images which have come down to me from those submerged worlds, today seem to me to be the stages of a long initiation. Each one of these divine figures, each of these myths or symbols, is connected to a danger that was confronted and overcome. How many times I was almost lost, gone astray in this labyrinth where I risked being killed... These were not only bits of knowledge acquired slowly and leisurely in books, but so many encounters, confrontations, and temptations. I realize perfectly well now all the dangers I skirted during this long quest, and, in the first place, the risk of forgetting that I had a goal that...'I wanted to reach a center'.-Mercea Eliade

"There are a 100 different Trails to the "Top of The Mountain"...some slow others fast--time is irrelevant. It only takes desire and indurance to get there. As you ascend your books and mentors--only for you, no others--will fall away as the worn and fractured garments they were. You will then stand Naked in the wonderful Wordless Knowledge (Gibran)...Universal/Collective Unconsious...A small, but Grand Experience of the Metaphysical Center of the World"-mtc

“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other...Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness.The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.”-Eric Hoffer [Remember the Milgram Shock Experiments in May 1962]

"One sticks one's finger into the soil to tell by the smell what land one is in; I stick my finger into existence- it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? How did I come here? What is this thing called the world?"-Soren Kierkkegard



METAPHYSICS AND REALITY-Hubert Dreyfus-Heidegger
-Hubert Dreyfus
-Hubert Dreyfus-Heidegger
GOD’S EXISTANCE-Hubert Dreyfus
EMBODIMENT(l-ll) -Hubert Dreyfus....EMBODIMENT (ll-ll)
MERLEAU PONTY- Phenomenology of Perception (Part 1/2)--Hubert Dreyfus
( 1).....(2)...(3)....(4)...(5)-Hubert Dreyfus

: “BEING IN THE WORLD"--DASEIN....(1hr.+) by Tao Ruspoli
HEIDEGGER:-"BEING AND TIME"--Dreyfus, 1 of 28 Class Lectures...
HEIDGGEER--(Above lecture in mp3) DOWNLOAD mp3 SYLLABUS FORM
SOREN KIERKEGAARD-"The Partially Exaimed Life"--(1 of 4) H. Dreyfus

Anna Verwaal: FROM WOMB TO WORLD-A TED TALK (A Good Introduction to)-"EPIGENESIS"...
AN AUTHENTIC EMOTIONAL / LIFE FORCE / SPIRIT REWIRING IN OUR EDUCATION FOR: Global Empathy, Caring, Cooperation, Actualization --before Vocationnal Stratification / Hierarchal Commodification / Systemic Psychological Failure and Distraction.

"The mass state has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather for the psychic isolation of the individual. The more unrelated the individuals are, the more consolidated the state becomes, and vice versa.". -C.Jung


Will to
Natural Moral
A Home of:


Deep-Ecology / Paleo Anthropology and Cognition / Primatology / The Under-Conscious / Phenomenology / Biosemiotics / Biophilia /Solastalgia Biognosis / Ontogeny and Phylogeny / Neotney (psy.) / Failed Psycho-Eco Epigenesis / Green Anarchy / Ecstatic Naturalismm /Bioregional Animism


HUMAN NATURE is not fallen, our institutions fail the "psychogenesis" of AN AUTHENTIC HUMAN NATURE.

"Thus collapse is built into the process of civilization itself, but this can be understood in purely rational or economic terms. When stress—for example, resource shortage—emerges in hunter-gatherer societies, the members of the tribe have an easy option, one that worked for hundreds of millennia: They move. The solution, in short, is horizontal (dispersion). But if you are sedentary, committed to staying in one place and depending on that place for your livelihood, you must "go vertical," that is, generate another level of hierarchical control to solve your problems—a process that never ends. The whole thing is cumulative. ...bureaucracies...spiral of increasing complexity...Elites get more...Standing armies get larger... higher costs... collapse." (1)-Morris Berman (2)Berman (3)Berman


[a] "dialogue with panentheisms, deep-pantheism , ecotheology, theopoetics, and the religious implications of evolutionary psychology, mysticism, a semiotic cosmology, and a robust Liberal Theology that is post-tribal..."-
Robert S. Corrington



MOTHERS AND OTHERS--Sarah Blaffer Hrdy-- humans evolved as cooperative breeders before sedentary life 10--20,000 BC

Cooperation—not competition—is instinctive...the Other Theory of Evolution

Frans de Waal: Moral behavior in animals. (TED)

Lynn Margulis, Stephen Buhner and John Seed... YouTube-Amherst College.






(WE ARE SINGING: "The Healing Game" Youtube)

"I FEEL"... THEREFORE ... I AM ...(Merleau Ponty/Descartes): unfortunately language--logos--and political artifiacts have become more powerfully effective in "thinking us".




"By dark green religion, I mean religion that considers nature to be sacred, imbued with intrinsic value, and worthy of reverent care...[and] having explanatory and heuristic power".-Bron Taylor

"The Intelligence of the Flesh"

Back into the World...


Albert Schweitzer
of Martin Buber

The Empathic Civilization: Jeremy Rifkin

"To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform." - Theodore H. White


Elisabeth Sahtouris

[TED Video: East and West Science.]


NASA/NOVA'S Satellite exposition on Earth's Living Global-dynamic-Complexity (2hours long)

Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'Global Warming a Far More Serious Problem Than Al Qaeda'

“ENDGAME”- Book of the Year 2006, by Press Action: His 21 Premises: Civilization's Systemic Failure

"WHY I AM AN ATHEIST WHO BELIEVES IN GOD"-Frank Schaeffer 1 (YouTube Interview) 2 (*** ! --YouTube)


When I turned A Hundred
by Mark Strand
I wanted to go on an immense journey, to travel night and day into
the unknown until, forgetting my old self, I came into possession
of a new self, one that I might have missed on my previous travels.
But the first step was beyond me. I lay in bed, unable to move,
pondering, as one does at my age, the ways of melancholy—how it
seeps into the spirit, how it disincarnates the will, how it banishes
the senses to the chill of twilight, how even the best and worst
intentions wither in its keep. I kept staring at the ceiling, then suddenly felt a blast of cold air, and I was gone.

Dr. Garbo Mate: A Systemically Sick and Addicted Society...

The Origins of War in Child Abuse
-Lloyd deMause

Glenn Albrect: A TED TALK Video-

"[The best Ontological] Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."-Picasso ..."Art is the objectification of feeling and the subjectification of nature."-Susan Langer ....."Art is the communication of ecstasy."-Peter Ouspensky...If I were to choose between the power of writing a poem and the ecstasy of a poem unwritten, I would choose the ecstasy.-Gibran


Wake Me...Shake Me...
(a new song in progress-
Click on Picture) YouTube Full Screen Version




"We are in trouble just because we do not have a good story. We are between stories. The old story, the account of how we fit into it, is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned 'the new story''. We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual ‘autism'.” -Thomas Berry

Speaker/Poet Videos
Climate/Ecology Post
Select Music Videos
Economy Post


"Life Is Sacred"...
"We cannot use the word 'hope' if we do not fight back..."-Chris Hedges

"What is word knowledge but a shadow of wordless knowledge ...When you reach the end of what you should know, you will be at the beginning of what you should sense...and I have found that which is greater than wisdom. It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself." -Gibran

"If I could tell it to you, I would not have to dance it....seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body’s movement..."-Isadora Duncan

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”- Nietzche



"We must Sing the World back into vital and vivid Being...'Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present'.”-Phil Rockstroh

RAOUL VANEIGEM: The decline and fall of work.

Welcome Back, Jesus...

Feeling anxious about life in a broken-down society on a stressed-out planet?...Life as we know it is almost over...the party's over....

'F*#k Earth Day' [ ? ]--THE NATION Magazine April 22]...

DAVID KORTEN gives us the "The New Story" (Thomas Berry, "OUR WAY INTO THE FUTURE") in Politics, Economics, Education and Technology for the well-being of all life.










"Each of us is encased in an armor which we soon, out of familiarity, no longer notice. There are only moments which penetrate it and stir the soul to sensibility...[these] signs of address are not something extraordinary...but for the most of the time we have turned off our receivers...
This sterilized mans titantic work. Mankind has pressed speech too into the service of this work." -Martin Buber

"The world is deep, deeper than day can comprehend". -Nietzsche

"Tired of all who come with words, words but no language I went to the snow-covered island. The wild does not have words. the unwritten pages spread themselves out in all directions! I come across the marks of roedeers hooves in the snow. Language but no words." -Thomas Transtromer

“History has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the…commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing the upset of man’s moral balance, obscuring his human side under the shadow of soul-less organization.”—Rabindranath Tagore, 1917

"Although we may be oblivious to the gestural, somatic dimensions of language, having repressed it in favor of strict dictionary definitions and the abstract precision of specialized terminologies, this dimension remains subtly in all our speaking and writing-if that is, our words have any significance what so ever. For meaning as we have said, remains rooted in the sensory life of the body- it can not be completely cut off from the soil of direct, perceptual experience without withering and dying".
- David Abram

..."All day and night, music, a quiet bright reed song. If it fades we fade." -Rumi
“Art, like religion, arose from the original sense of disquiet, no doubt subtly but powerfully disturbing in its newness and its encroaching gradualness. In 1900 Hirn wrote of an early dissatisfaction that motivated the artistic search for a "fuller and deeper expression" as "compensation for new deficiencies of life." Cultural solutions, however, do not address the deeper dislocations that cultural "solutions" are themselves part of. Conversely, as commentators as diverse as Henry Miller and Theodor Adorno have concluded, there would be no need of art in a disalienated world. What art has ineffectively striven to capture and express would once again be a reality, the false antidote of culture forgotten.”-John Zerzan
...Sleep the Day-Commercials...Live the Endless Starry Night...Are (?) we tragically meeting only "The Market of Language" (a psychological super-structure /the synnomic evolution of the World into a fabrication and vocation via the semiotic) and not really meeting "Being in-it-Self"--the Biosemiotic World. (See Sevilla/Jung/Fromm/Abram: "the abstractification of language as the instantaneous and mass-shared phenomenology of a "meaningless text" (Erich Fromm)...[Legal and Vocational: having no ontological /cosmological / biosemiotic roots and encouraging fragile emotions]. It is in its ability to “abstract existence” that it has the possibility to have enormous control over the general masses in political commodification / class-structure. I think Heidegger is right about the poetic disposition and the emotional foundations of an authentic humanness (Care): ”The perfectio of human being—becoming what one can be in being free for one’s ownmost possibilities (project)—is accomplishment of care”--as the only way out of this gripping and falsifying bondage of history.

"We shall not abolish lying by refusing to tell lies, but by using every means at hand to abolish classes". -Sartre

"No amount of word-making will ever make a single soul to know these mountains. As well seek to warm the naked by lectures on caloric and pictures of flame. One day's exposure to the mountains is better than a cartload of books. See how willing Nature poses herself to the photographer's plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. All that is required is exposure and purity of soul."...“I’m in the woods and they are in me ... I’ve taken the sacrament with the douglas squirrel, drunk Sequoia wine, Sequoia blood, and with it’s rosy purple drops I am writing [a] woody gospel letter.”-John Muir
" Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it's from Neptune." -Noam Chomsky
"What do you seek, My Countrymen ?"...
"Do you desire that I build for you gorgeous palaces, decorated with words of empty meaning, or temples roofed with dreams? Or do you command me to destroy what the liars and tyrants have built?"-Gibran
"We shall not abolish lying by refusing to tell lies, but by using every means at hand to abolish classes [political/court sanctioned poverty]". -Sartre
"Whoever controls the language the images controls the race." -A. Ginsberg

"True sanity entails in one way or another the dissolution of the normal ego, that false self competently adjusted to our alienated social reality...And the eventual re- establishment of a new kind of ego-functioning, the ego now being a servant of the divine, no longer its betrayer." -Ronald D. Laing

"After 15-20k+ years of Historical-Incest (self-infatuation and the narcissism of power) we must now return to the Evolutionary Communion with Earth to recover our purpose, vitality, and destiny with All of Life. The crafting stupidity of the myopic Political Animal (Aristotle)--born from thie human humiliation of agricultural slavery--must now be radically and quickly overthrown by all the sentient, democratic, Vital Life Forces of Earth--a full and total Earth Revolution: Nothing less than
A New Story. There is simply NO OTHER WAY OUT of this creepy horrendous world apocalypse of suffering now going on. We must Redeem the Ontological Animal or the present Political Animal will remain our eternal curse. This Historical Hoax/this failed Systemic Entrapment must go, as the Vital Forces of Life rise-up from the Ground-Up (The Eternal Natural Moral Law) and not precedent (Finite History). Every one (!) of our problems (M. Cohen,, in existance, are the direct result from this break-away with the Earth and its Native Intelligence, that is still in our Genes/Under-Conscious, but inhibited epigenetically (Paul Shepard) from being composed or brushed-out of us by the edifices of history, even religion.--mtc

"Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology...[including language--mabye even more so in its ability to sterilize/stabilize the world in law/ordinance/institutional hierarchy. Language, in its early origins, for all cultures, was fundimentally verbs, 90 %. It has been reduced to 10 % in the modern material cultures. In all first (1st) economy cultures the world is constantly changing/moving. A world constantly changing/moving can't be held in definition. This might explainn well our obssession with sports, high-speeds, action-cinema, mystery, the bizzare, as artifactual compensations.], ...whether we passionately affirm or deny it. But we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral; for this conception of it, to which today we particularly like to do homage, makes us utterly blind to the essence of technology." (Martin Heidegger from The Question Concerning Technology--Poetry, Language, Thought--Google Reader)

"...all the business of interpreting signs and the speech of signs... never gives information or appeasement... I know as a living truth only concrete world reality which is constantly, in every moment reached out to me...happening but once... All the emergency structures of analogy and typology are indispensable for the work of the [human project], but to step on them when the question of the questioner steps up to you would be running away. -Martin Buber

"It is not God who will save us, it is we who will save God- by battling by creating and by transmuting matter into spirit."
-Nikos Kazantzakis

"We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." -Thich Nhat Hanh

"The ultimate goal of the Bantu is to possess as much vital force as possible, while what he fears most, is to see a reduction in his stock of this inestimable commodity. Every disease, infliction, wound or suffering or depression every injustice and every failure is interpreted by the Bantu as a sure sign that there has been a reduction in his stock of vital force."-Placide Temples

"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home".
-Walter Brueggemann

"There is no inner world without the outer world."-Thomas Berry ..."The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet. Where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." -Novalis's great crisis is not economic, political or religious, but a crisis of affect, of the capacity to feel a connection with others...Our mission is to celebrate the greatness of Creation and connect it again to the Core where it came from and to where it will go."-Leonardo Boff

"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -Paul Tillich

"This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no Sabbath. It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work."-Henry David Thoreau

"You are going on a strange journey this time, my friend. I don't envy you. You'll have a hard time keeping your heart light and simple in the midst of this crowd of madmen. Instead of the music of the wind among the spruce-tops and the tinkling of the waterfalls, your ears will be filled with the oaths and groans of these poor, deluded, self-burdened people. Keep close to Natures heart, yourself; and break clear away, once and a while and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean from the earth-stains of this sordid, gold seeking crowd in god's pure air. It will help in your efforts to bring to these people something better than gold. Don't loose your freedom and your love of the earth as god made it." -John Muir

"“[H]istory has come to a stage when the moral man, the complete man, is more and more giving way, almost without knowing it, to make room for the…commercial man, the man of limited purpose. This process, aided by wonderful progress in science, is assuming gigantic proportion and power, causing the upset of man’s moral balance, obscuring his human side under the shadow of soul-less organization.”—Rabindranath Tagore, 1917

"[P]hilosophies which sought to deny that original text [Husserel's search for the primordial experiential reality in which all reflection and speculation is grounded] and to build on their own speculations, no matter how cunning, have regularly ended up in wistful denial of their own competence." -Erazim Kohak

"In our totality we are born of the Earth. Our spirituality itself is earth-derived... If there is no spirituality in the earth, then there is no spirituality in ourselves"-Thomas Berry

"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -Paul Tillich

"A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge."-Carl Sagan

"...every creature is a book about God and is a word of God."–Meister Eckhart

"The true name of the concrete reality is the creation which is entrusted to me and to every man...Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself."-Martin Buber

"To preserve the natural world as the primary revelation of the divine must be the basic concern of religion."-Thomas Berry

"And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness, and you have said, "He holds council with trees of the forest but not with men. He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon the city". True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? How can one be indeed near unless he be far? And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said , " Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell uou among the summits where eagles build there nests? Why seek you the unattainable? What storms could you trap in your net, and what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky? Come and be one of us. Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine". In the solitude of there souls they said these things; But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain, and I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky." -Gibran

"We are diminishing, drastically, the synergistic creative ecstatic-powers of the Earth, that ascended from the great Cambrian explosion of life 600 million years ago by our accelerating environmental destruction. It will be--forever--the greatest and most deviating loss for the world-human-soul. Our cosmological direction, and ultimate intention, will have been lost, and a pervading pathology will be man's endless piercing norm (as already present: depression, anxiety, stress disorders, drug addiction, alcholism, suicide, obesity, diabetes etc). We will have lost our womb's umbilical connection, and intelligence, with the Universe. Our estatic-powers are only inherent with those of the Earth's."-mtc

“Why should we tolerate a diet of weak poisons, a home in insipid surroundings, a circle of acquaintances who are not quite our enemies, the noise of motors with just enough relief to prevent insanity? Who would want to live in a world which is just not quite fatal?”-Rachel Carson

"Anything else you are interested in is not going to happen if you cannot breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out! Do something! You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet."-Carl Sagan

"We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it's all about." —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Mythc

"We perceive the dark side of our present condition as our failure to adhere to the standards of "civilization". Crime, tyranny, psychopathology, addiction, poverty malnutrition, starvation, war, terrorism, and other forms of social disintegration seem to be the weakness and flaws in our ability to live up to the expectations of being civilized. Present disillusion with ideologies and goals of advance nations since the Enlightenment, and the decline in quality and experience of life it self, are matched by the degradation of world eco systems and the ratcheting scale of poverty and wide spread social turmoil. In the absence of some new synthesis that rejoins us to our natural heritage, the world of corporate organization pushes us towards the degenerating process of conformity, the frenzied outbreak of genetic engineering, and the pied pipers technological tootle leading down the "information highway" towards the "net worked" insanity that confuses electronic regurgitation with wisdom. This circuit-sedative turns us into entertainment junkies hooked without reprieve to the economic machine and its media, a new level of confusion between reality and virtual reality. Our image of ourselves-of humanity- is in question because ideology alone always fails. Species and cultures that have endured scores of thousand of years are subject to oblivion in the hands of this culture in which our faith has been upstage by growth."-Paul Shepard

"We seek a renewed stirring of love for the earth. We plead that what we are capable of doing to it is often what we ought not to do. We urge that all people now determine that an untrammeled wildness shall remain here to testify that this generation had love for the next. We would celebrate a new renaissance. The old one found a way to exploit. The new one has discovered the Earth's limits. Knowing them, we may learn anew what compassion and beauty are, and pause to listen to the Earth's music." -DAVID BROWER"
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...the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious...More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." -LYNN WHITE

"...scientific analysis points, curiously, toward the need for a quasi-religious transformation of contemporary cultures."- PAUL EHRLICH

"The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning". -MERCEA ELIADE

"The global warming debate isn't really about science or economics at all. It's actually a question of theology.-RANDALL AMSTER, J.D, Ph.D.

“Change won’t come without religions because they are the touchstone of people’s deepest motivations,” - LAWRENCE SULLIVAN

[We are in a] "theological crisis...We have listened to a false gospel that we continue to live out in our daily habits—a gospel that proclaims that God cares for the salvation of humans only and that our human calling is to exploit Earth for our own ends alone. This false gospel still finds its proud preachers and continues to capture its adherents among emboldened political leaders and policy makers."--NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES Theological Statement on the Environment (2005) --Co-Signers and Drafters: BILL Mc KIBBEN, JOHN COBB, SALLIE Mc FAGUE...

"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -PAUL TILLICH

"If you put God outside and set him vis-a-vis his creation and if you have the idea that you are created in his image, you will logically and naturally see yourself as out side and against things around you. And as you arrogate all mind to yourself, you will see the world around you as mindless and therefor not entitled to moral or ethical consideration...The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way man thinks".-GREGORY BATESON

"This breakaway from the mythic life which linked our species to the natural world, began when the early Hebrews rejected the nature/process stories and rites of their pagan contemporaries for the myth of a single god who, outside the world, reached into his creation, willfully deranging its rhythms, acting arbitrarily, making life a kind of novel, a history". -PAUL SHEPARD

"European civilization's neglect of the natural world and its needs has clearly been encouraged by a style of awareness that disparages sensorial reality, denigrating the visible and tangible order of things on behalf of some absolute source assumed to exist beyond, or outside of, the bodily world- some historians and philosophers have concluded that the Jewish and Christian traditions with there other- worldly God are primarily responsible for civilizations negligent attitude towards the environing earth... Along line of recent philosophers, stretching from Friedrich Nietzche down to the present, have attempted to demonstrate that Plato's philosophical derogation of the sensible and changing forms of the world--his claim that these were mere simulacra *of the eternal and pure ideas existing in a nonsensorial realm beyond the apparent world-- contributed profoundly to civilizations distrust of bodily and sensorial experience, and to our consequent estrangement from earthly world around us". [*a shadowy likeness; deceptive substitute.] -David Abram

"There is a sense in which a pre-digested theory of god is an impertinence. It is an enterprise that has done far more harm than good— a kind of high-end, high-status tribalism. Strictly, primordial, consequent, willing, history-making, world crushing, and self-involuted gods do prevail in nature, but I suggest that they do so in ways that would disappoint many who seek some serious ontological thickness for these conceptions. Yet an aesthetic appreciation of, say, protean goddesses and gods can enhance the imaginative life, as Santayana reminds us. Who is to say? A more pervasive impertinence, as I have noted, is to aggressively state what can or cannot be in nature, or what is genuinely knowable and what not. Query and wonder serve us well and keep us from those power-driven concrescences that sadly continue to drive the many philosophical tribes. An ecstatic naturalist will, where humanly possible, move past and through any tribalism that blocks access to those uncountable prospects that open up endlessly throughout the infinite orders of the world and that can, sometimes, open out on a vista where one can even look down, yes, with fear and trembling, into the workshop of the potencies."-Richard S. Corrington's ecstatic naturalism

"If there is one truth more than any other, which life and thought have made us admit, against our prejudices, and even against our will, it is that there is little hope of saving civilization or religion except by the return of contemplatives to the land." -VINCIENT McNABB, O.P.

"A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself." -EDWARD ABBEY

"It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign and generic mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning".-DIARMUID O' MURCHU

"The coming ecological disaster we worry about has already occurred, and goes on occurring. It takes place in the accounts of ourselves that separate ourselves from the world."-James Hilman

"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home". -WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

"Over one man necessity stands in the shape of his passions, over another as the habit of hearing and obeying, over a third as a logical conscience, over a fourth as caprice and a mischievous pleasure in escapades. These four will, however, seek the freedom of their will precisely where each of them is most firmly fettered: it is as if the silkworm sought the freedom of its will in spinning. How does this happen? Evidently because each considers himself most free where his feeling of living is greatest". - FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

“We live in a world structured by illegitimate hierarchies and based on a domination/subordination dynamic. For those of us with unearned privilege, the rewards for ignoring this conclusion are whatever status and money we can squeeze out of the system, while the cost of capitulation to power is a surrender of some essential part of our humanity...”-ROBERT JENSEN

"...[E]volution in the Paleolithic age meant the development of creativity—the distinctive trait of the human species...But during the Neolithic, the osmotic relationship to nature loosened progressively, as intensive agriculture became based on looting and the exploitation of natural resources. It was also then that religion surfaced as an institution, society stratified, the reign of patriarchy began, of contempt for women, and of priests and kings with their stream of wars, destitution, and violence. Creation gave way to work, life to survival, jouissance to the animal predation that the appropriation economy confiscates, transcends, and spiritualizes. In this sense market civilization is indeed a regression in which technical progress supersedes human progress"-RAOUL VANEIGEM

"Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other".-EMMA GOLDMAN

"Perhaps a new revelatory experience is taking place, an experience wherein human consciousness awakens to the grandeur and sacred quality of the earth process. Humanity has not participated in such a vision since shamanic times, but in such a renewal lies our hope for the future for ourselves and for the entire planet...we must reach back to where our genetic coding connects with the species codings of the entire earth community. Only then can we overcome the limitations of the anthropocentrism that binds us".-THOMAS BERRY

"This scientific view [Gaia] is perfectly consistent with seeing nature as conscious and intelligent, in fact, suggests that strongly. Alternatively, we can choose to identify all of self-creating nature with the concept of Creator or God, thus ending the split between science and religion......a Hopi Elder, tells us that 'We are the Ones we have been waiting for.' We -- not some imagined rescuing Savior -- are the only ones who can turn disaster into opportunity; we are the ones who can understand our interconnectedness in the great web of life and our power to honor it, treat it as sacred, cease damaging it, restore it. Will we understand that in time?."-ELISABETH SAHTOURIS (Earthdance, p57)

"This is why I think animism doesn't appeal to most people. They want to be saved or enlightened. Religion is self centered, not relationship centered. In the Western world religion has come to mean personal growth. Not worshipping the Gods, not honoring the others we share the world with, not bowing in gratitude....When you know that you belong to the land - not some fantasy landscape but land you actually live within - alienation and isolation leave you. The world is no longer a trap of temptations to be punished in life after life till you "get it right" nor is it a battlefield of good versus evil, where you dodge landmines until you're saved and get to Heaven, never to return".-MARCUS R. McCOY (BIOREGIONAL ANIMISM)

"The break with patriarchal values is final. We are moving toward the end of the exploitation of nature, of work, of trade, of predation, of separation from the self, of sacrifice, of guilt, of the forsaking of happiness, of the fetishizing of money, of power, of hierarchy, of contempt for and fear of women, of the misleading of children, of intellectual dominion, of military and police despotism, of religions, of ideologies, of repression and the deadly resolutions of psychic tensions. This is not a fact I am describing, but an ongoing process that simply requires from us increased vigilance, awareness, and solidarity with life. We have to reground ourselves in order to rebuild—on human foundations—a world that has been ruined by the inhumanity of the cult of the commodity."-RAUOL VANEIGEM

"The divine prevails as an order within nature—the question always is, in what respects, in what ways, and in which modalities? Every discipline, should it have an interest, gets a crack at god. That being so, we can let go of Napoleonic ideas like: only cognitive psychology can get at the real so-called god; or only the self-disclosive history of religions can trace the (evolving?) contour of god; or only spirit-filled group ecstasies can, in a way, be god; or only an existential analytic can disclose the thrown-clearing of the anxious self as it passes from the shock of non-being into the elusive light of Being; or only a psychoanalytic analysis of primary and secondary narcissism, the childhood omnipotence of thought (Freud’s “explanation” for telepathy), and the oceanic feeling of the maternal (Freud via Kristeva but both surpassed by Otto Rank), or only a publicly verified born-again experience (James’s twice born) has any chance at getting at the majesty of god. Actually, there is nothing wrong with this tower of Babel, for how else could nature and the “divine” complex even “hope” to be rendered available to personal and communal query?"-Robert S. Corrington


"It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign and generic mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning".-DIARMUID O' MURCHU

"Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself."-MARTIN BUBER

"...every living creature is a word of God and a book about God."–MEISTER ECKHART

"It is not God who will save us, it is we who will save God--by battling by creating and by transmuting matter into spirit". -Nikos Kazantzakis

"By means of the Higher Knowledge the wise behold everywhere Brahman, which otherwise can not be seen or seized, which has no root or attributes, no eyes or ears, no hands or feet; which is eternal and omnipresent, all-prevading and extremely subtle; which is imperishable and the source of all beings."--Upanishad I.i.6 (From Introductory pages of: "A Semiotic Theory of Theology and Philosophy" by ROBERT S. CORRINGTON)

"I know as a living truth only that concrete world which is constantly, in every moment reached to me. I can separate it into its component parts, I can compare them and distribute them into groups of similar phenomena, I can derive them earlier and reduce them to similar phenomena; and when I have done all this I have not touched my concrete world reality. Inseparable, incomparable, irreducible, now, happening once only, it gazes upon me with a horrifying look.

"This I may say is the first time I have been at church in California, led here at last, every door graciously opened up for the poor lonely worshiper. In our best times everything turns into religion, all the world seems a church and the mountains altars. And lo, here at last in front of the cathedral is blessed cassiope, ringing her thousand of sweet toned bells, the sweetest church music I ever enjoyed. Listening, admiring, until late in the afternoon I compelled myself to hasten away...I’m in the woods and they are in me ... I’ve taken the sacrament with the douglas squirrel, drunk Sequoia wine, Sequoia blood, and with it’s rosy purple drops I am writing [a] woody gospel letter". -John Muir



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Yes! We are Created in the Image of God, we have been "thought up" by Creation...We are ..."The Dream of the Earth" (THOMAS BERRY). To be in the World is to be within the infinite intelligence of Creation: "Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself".-(MARTIN BUBER)... "through which we enter into Divine Spirit: The organic semiotic textures of sensorial rhythms--energy / feeling / viability / vitality / fluidity / reciprocity---that come up out of the unconscious and meet the conscious, and are the very spiritual signatures of the 'near and distant' Earth-Universe process itself"-mtc


"Natura naturans are at once in these chaoses the self-fissuring, thus the rending. Differences crackle through them, like hghtenings through a night, quartering the darkness. Differences thus fissure (ceaselessly) natura naturans in all their magnitudes, and, thus fissured, constitute them as domains (as mappings constitute once "uncharted" lands into domains, realms); these same fissurings are as plowings, cultivating natura naturans by rending them (as the plough blades did the prairies), thus rend-erring them seed beds, seminaria." -Guy Woodward 1998

"Nature naturing" represents the vastness of nature which gives birth to "nature natured" (i.e. the multiple orders and complexes of the world). Nature naturing is not only the origin of everything else, but a destination as well, a “not-yet” (Heidegger). The ontological difference between the two dimensions of nature is, for ecstatic naturalism, held open by an abyss, which a person must confront in order to gain meaning of the world....[N]aturalism becomes ecstatic when it courageously and oftimes joyously becomes open to the self-othering potencies emergent from nature naturing (the underconscious of nature)...Robert S Corrington

*"...there is a movement from the unconscious/under-consciouss, which has its own highly precise form of consciousness, toward an arising of meaning/energy [* a biosemiotic potency / vital-forces ] that has, at first, a shaded or masked contour. Almost like magnetism the two are drawn together, each ecstatic in its own way. So in classical Heideggerian terms we have a standing out of the self [*self-othering / "trans-form"-ation / "the ontological difference"/ Novalis: "Seat of the Soul"--THE MEETING ! ] that is also the entrance point for a return ecstasy from nature."-Robert S.Corrington ECSTATIC NATURALISM [*bracket content/emphasis/color added- mtc]

“When the starry sky, a vista of open seas, or a stained-glass window shedding purple beams fascinate me, there is a cluster of meaning, of colors, of words, of caresses, there are light touches, scents, sighs, cadences that arise, shroud me, carry me away, and sweep me beyond the things I see, hear, or think, The "sublime" object dissolves in the raptures of a bottomless memory. It is such a memory, which, from stopping point to stopping point, remembrance to remembrance, love to love, transfers that object to the refulgent point of the dazzlement in which I stray in order to be.”-Julia Kristeva

"When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you."-Friedrich Nietzche
Was Born on Christmas Eve 2009
IN MEMORY OF: Maureen Eve (1947-1980) and Emily Eva Cudak (1927-1968)-[Both Were Suicides]

'Greetings:  I was pleasantly surprised to discover your excellent web site dealing, among other things, with my ecstatic naturalism.  The scope and range of your vision is impressive and your passion for saving the Earth comes through clearly.  Indeed, you have presented the best thinking on the philosophy of what I have called "deep pantheism."  I have much to learn from the array of thinkers and activists you have brought together under your banner of EarthHeart.  Thank you for your hard work in gathering these profound ideas in one vibrant place."
Robert S. Corrington
Professor of Philosophical Theology, Drew University


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