About

How did we lose our way & how do we get back?

About

Finding Right Balance

How can human beings evolve to a place where we 
can heal and reclaim our connection with mother earth, other species, and one another?

The motivation for this platform comes from asking myself the question – in the midst of the climate crises, political crises and moral crises of our times – what would it take for humans to change sufficiently that we can accomplish what Joanna Macy has called the “Great Turning”?

What is wrong with the human condition that we have so ignored the well-being of all, that we have come to be run by “power-over” dynamics and “Othering,” that we have harmed Mother Earth, other species and our fellow humans?

And what can be done to change the ways that we think and act, so as to turn toward a healthier way of being in the world?

Our Vision

That humanity “wakes up” in time to save
our planet. That we are able to open our 
hearts and minds in order to heal our disconnection from mother earth, each other, and our whole selves.

Our Mission

To provide a platform and forum to explore and exchange thoughts and ideas regarding the current complex challenges that humanity faces.

About

This Website

The goal of this website is to offer a platform for discussion and interchange of ideas regarding the compelling issues facing our present time in history. We have curated and contributed to articles, books, reviews of articles, videos, podcasts, and other resources with the hope that it will start the conversation, and invite others to add and participate in the discussion. Our hope is that in some small way, this website and the community that will grow around it, can use this platform to address questions such as what do we as humans need to do, need to learn, and what can we open our minds and our hearts to – that can allow us as a species to heal enough to NOT become extinct, and to NOT destroy the planet and the other species.

WHOSE WISDOM CAN WE DRAW FROM?

“Where” do we need to listen, who do we need to listen to? What “organs” of our own heart and our 
own experience do we need to listen to – in order to get different guidance, so as to move forward in a better way?

What needs to be (in Joanna Macy’s terms) “The Great Turning”?

What does such change entail, and how can we get there?

How can humans’ minds and hearts become open to doing so?

about

Our Foundations

We have been immersed in a deep inquiry for almost two decades. We have lovingly curated a living library of books, articles, videos, podcasts, blogs, websites, white papers, and more. Our hope and intention is that any one visiting this site is able to deepen their inquiry into these important questions, and easily connect to the landscape of thought leaders, research, and conversations happening around the world…

Intrapersonally

Finding right balance within oneself is a matter of our tuning into, acknowledging, healing, and relating to the many various aspects of ourselves…

Interpersonally

Relates to how individuals in a dyad connect with one another, attune to one another, and care about the well-being of both dyad members to honor the common good.

Systemically

How do we create systems and societies that bring us back into harmony with humanity as a whole, and with nature itself?

about

Who We Serve

This website is for any one, but especially designed to serve…

Organizations

that are engaged in these efforts to find one another and collaborate where it would be useful.

Teachers & Students

who are interested in teaching & studying these issues and have a bibliography to start with.

Thought Leaders, Researchers & Writers

to know of one another and build upon one another’s perspectives.

Ordinary People

wishing to begin or further inform themselves on these issues, and/or find a niche in which to get involved.

About

Deborah

Brenner-Liss

Founder

I am a clinical psychologist, in private practice for over 40 years. While my primary focus for much of my career has been on individual, family or couple relationships, the current climate crisis has asked of me a larger overview.

The motivation for this platform comes from asking myself the question – in the midst of the climate crisis, political crisis and moral crisis of our times – what would it take for humans to change sufficiently that we can accomplish what Joanna Macy called the “Great Turning”?

What is wrong with the human condition that we have so ignored the well-being of all, that we have come to be run by power-over dynamics and “Othering,” that we have harmed Mother Earth, other species and our fellow humans?

And what can be done to change the ways that we think and act, so as to turn toward a healthier way of being in the world?

The way I conceptualize it, our having ruptured the I-Thou relationship between ourselves and Mother Earth, between ourselves and one another, between ourselves and other species – has fractured our world in a way that imperils us all.

It seems (to me) that we have done a lot of harm thus far, to the planet, to the resources that were held in Mother Earth, to other species, and if we do not MAJORLY turn our beliefs and our behaviors around, life as we have known it will be over. The climate crisis scientists give predictions for how that will happen, unless we can profoundly change our habits, and come into more right alignment with Mother Earth and our fellow species…

Finding right balance within oneself is a matter of our tuning in to various aspects of our lives, and “listening” with all our senses, to what feels right energetically, what feels right personally, interpersonally, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

I have assembled bodies of thought, articles, webinars, podcasts, and an assembling of references to like-minded people – so that those of us passionately invested in this compelling quest can have others to discover with, discuss with, and explore with what needs to be done. I welcome and invite additional resources, comments, and suggestions from the global community.

I invite you to explore the blog, sign up for our newsletter, check out our existing resources, and join the conversation!

Ultimately I hope to have many moderators, many blog posts, and many contributors to this “think tank” project.

Contact Me

blog

Recent Posts

Explore a few of our recent posts and join the conversation…

The Story of Ishmael

(suggestion from Bridget Birdsall) If you haven’t read a book called ISHMAEL—the protagonist is a gorilla who may have some answers to your question. It’s been around for a while but is so darn timely, and a well-written good read to reflect upon…because in awareness of the problem, just like

Read More »

I believe we have lost our way

I believe we have lost our way. We are in trouble. How do we right our ship? How can we all become motivated to right our ship? What on earth are we doing threatening the extinction of our planetary home? What on earth are we doing threatening (and causing) the

Read More »

Living a Life of Purpose

Psychotherapist and yoga teacher Stephen Cope’s new book The Great Work of Your Life challenges us to find our true purpose in life, which he believes all of us can achieve. Here, he gives a taste of the struggle and payoff that comes with seeking to find and cultivate our

Read More »

ResEARCH & Resources

Explore our Library

We have been immersed in a deep inquiry for almost two decades. We have lovingly curated a living library of books, articles, videos, podcasts, blogs, websites, white papers, and more. Our hope and intention is that any one visiting this site is able to deepen their inquiry into these important questions, and easily connect to the landscape of thought leaders, research, and conversations happening around the world…

By Topic Areas

Patriarchy, White Supremacy, etc…

By Content Type

Blog Posts, Podcasts, Videos, etc…

stay connected

Join our Mailing List