The Regeneration Renaissance

What we need is a great, powerful, tremendous falling back in love with our old, ancient, primordial Beloved, which is the Earth herself.”  Martin Shaw, from “Mud and Antler Bone” (Emergence Magazine)

 

Idun Re-Vival

Restoring Enchantivism. Regenerating Essence in Culture.

 Idun is a lesser known goddess from Nordic mythology. Not much is known about her, except that she is the Guardian of the Garden of Life and the Golden Apples of Rejuvenation, Life and Immortality.

It is said that, when Idun sings, she is able to change the weave of fate.

According to legend, everyone, including the gods and goddesses, need her apples to stay alive. Without Idun, her garden and golden apples, life is not possible.

Idun is the rejuvenating goddess of the “Aesir” – The word “Aesir” is almost certainly derived from one of two Proto-Germanic words: *ansaz, “pole, beam, rafter,” or *ansuz, “life, vitality.”

“She cares for the sacred orchard of Asgard, growing all the fruit for the Aesir – including the special golden apples that give those Gods their eternal youth and immortality.

Iduna is a working goddess as well as a deity of health and rejuvenation, and these things are linked. She honestly believes that physical labor – especially working the earth – is the second-best thing that you can do for your health. The first thing, of course, is proper nourishment. Iduna is one of the Gods of agriculture and healthy food.” (Idun’s Shrine)

Life Force Retrieval

Amongst all cultures in the world, methods have been and continue to be developed for practicing creative essence restoration, retrieve life force and improve essential energy management.

This is especially important when essential vitality is lost through sudden and unexpected tragedy and loss, including pollution of our living environment and digital world.

These methods and processes traditionally involve the healing power of nature as well as positive identity retrieval. For example, plants and landscapes communicate with our unconscious, reduce stress and boost concentration.

Certain places in the world, such as Peru, have a magical quality where it is possible to experience salka, prosperity and a sense of wellbeing.

Life force retrieval in the Sacred Valley of Peru happens even if you are struggling with illness or recovering from significant life events, such as unexpected job loss, work burnout, loss of significant relationships and large scale change in your life.

It is a wisdom practice that can be taught and learnt.

Applied EcoTherapy

Psychotherapy as if the world mattered.

Ecotherapy  refers to healing and growth nurtured by healthy interaction with the earth. It is also called “green therapy” and “earth-centered therapy”. Howard Clinbell, 1996.

“As an umbrella term for nature-based methods of physical and psychological healing, ecotherapy represents a new form of psychotherapy that acknowleges the vital role of nature and addresses the human-nature relationship. It takes into account the latest scientific understanding of our universe and the deepest indigenous wisdom.

Nature-connection practices, animal-assisted psychotherapy, horticultural therapy, time-stress management, wilderness and various restorative approaches represent only a few applications.

Ecotherapy is becoming more mainstream to address modern problems caused by the stresses of living in an overbuilt industrialized civilization saturated by intrusive advertising and media, unregulated toxic chemicals, unhealthy food, extractive business practices, time-stressed living, a culture of perpetual war and relentlessly mindless political propaganda.”

From the book “Ecotherapy: Healing with nature in mind by Linda Buzeel and Craig Chalquist

“It is a free therapy and completely accessible to anyone. And as effective against, for example, depression, than psychotherapy or medication.” (The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and Awakening: Psychology Today)

“In ecotherapy we recognize that humans have access to the processes of renewal and resilience of the natural world. We see nature as the inspiration and model for our understanding of the creative process, and we view creative expression and responding as participatory processes embedded in the ongoing creative processes of the world. (Nature-Based Expressive Art Therapy)”

 

Creativity Spontaneously Manifested

In many industrialized cultures, creativity is seen as a display of skills or talents. Indigenous wisdom mentors say creativity is more than that – it is an expression of our essential nature – who we truly are.

Time slows down. Self vanishes. Action and Awareness merge. Welcome to Flow.” Steven Kotler

  • “Flow creates powerful intrinsic motivation – by releasing the most addictive neurochemicals in our bodies.
  • Flow cuts the path to mastery (aka 10,000 hours) in half and accelerates performance up to 500%.
  • People with the most flow in their lives are the happiest people on earth.”

Harvard’s Teresa Amiable discovered that not only are people more creative in flow, they also report being more creative the day after a flow state—suggesting that flow doesn’t just heighten creativity in the moment, it heightens it over the long haul. In other words, being in flow actually trains us to be more creative.”

(Flow Genome Project)

Creative people have apparently mastered the art of turning off this (rational) part of their brains to let their ideas flow more smoothly, unleashing their imagination.” (Dr Tina Seelig: Ingenuis: A crash course on creativity)

In the world of constant busyness and achievement, it is becoming more challenging for us to be able to enter a state of flow. Creative Flow is a structured, replicable process that anyone can learn to nurture personal and group flow experiences.

 

The Craft of Headology

“Headology bears some similarities to psychology in that it requires the user to hold a deep seated understanding of the workings of the human mind in order to be used successfully. However, headology tends to differ from psychology in that it usually involves approaching a problem from an entirely different angle.

It has been said that the difference between headology and psychiatry is that, were you to approach either with a belief that you were being chased by a monster, a psychiatrist will convince you that there are no monsters coming after you, whereas a headologist will hand you a bat and a chair to stand on.” Terry Pratchet

(Photo: Masters of Enchantivism presentation at Healing Ceremony: #Dogecon2018)

BlackLlama Vision

#BlackLlama (also called #SpaceLlama) practitioners pay attention to possibility space – the dark areas and space between the stars.

BlackLlama’s are able to see both: star constellations, and #possibilityspace. They can stand with their feet firmly planted in the Earth, while connecting to the unified field.

BlackLlama practitioners take long term, real impact action –  they are able to identify and initiate Nodal change and pattern disruption – thereby creating new trajectories for the future.

BlackLlama skills include pathfinding and bringing novel new worlds into reality. They hunt down their own assumptions, question “authority”, study power dynamics in history, science and even enlightenment and learn about the art of persuasion.

BlackLlama practitioners’ ultimate mission is to connect themselves and others with #Salka.

Salka is a Quechua word that Don Américo translates as ‘undomesticated energy.’  Not long ago, a friend of mine, upon hearing the word and its meaning for the first time, broke into tears.  No matter how ‘domesticated’ we may have become, we all have a sense of this wildness within us—a freedom that is the essence of creation.  When we speak of salka, we are speaking of a power derived from beauty, aliveness, grace, and a readiness to encounter life with our whole being.  This power can exist in any shape or size:  In fact, Américo has said, ‘There is nothing more salka than a hummingbird.’  Salka is elemental, poetic, cosmic, ecstatic.” –Kenneth Robinson   

Regenerate

“to effect a complete moral reform in.

to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.

to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.

Biology. to renew or restore (a lost, removed, or injured part).

Physics. to restore (a substance) to a favorable state or physical condition.

1425–75; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin regenerātus, past participle of regenerāre to bring forth again,equivalent to re- re- + generātus;

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Enabling systems self-actualization. Carol Sanford.

It can be applied to food, relationships, ideas, art, philosophy, business management, spirituality, mythology, technology, economy, culture, shamanism and the physical environment. 

“Every aspects of the individual business and environmental value adding stream is growing in capacity to evolve and to regenerate itself – in service to the whole.” Gregory Landau (Podcast: This is your brain on regeneration)

Beyond sustainability: A regenerative human culture is healthy, resilient and adaptable; it cares for the planet and it cares for life in the awareness that this is the most effective way to create a thriving future for all of humanity.” Daniel Wahl on Designing Regenerative Cultures.

A new economy awaits, and we need you to help bring it forth.

“The United Nations has issued a massive global ‘call to action’ to mobilize the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. More than 2 billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored.”

“Regenerative internal development leads to positive external regenerative development. Clear thinking, creatively confident, emotionally resilient people are more effective at restoring the worlds living cultural capital.” The Regenerative Enterprise

 

Applied Positive Psychology

 

“To be happy, we need to strip away our prejudices, be virtuous, enjoy good health, have tastes and passions, be susceptible to illusions, since we owe the majority of our pleasure to illusion, and unhappy is the person who loses that capacity.”  The Art of Happiness: The Reflections of Madame du Châtelet as translated from the original French text by Sheila Oakley

“The science of positive psychology reveals that growth and flourishing occur under known conditions: involvement in meaningful activities; experiencing supporting, caring relationships; feeling competent; having goals’ and experiencing positive emotions frequently.

The depression and anxiety that clients bring to therapy are viewed as natural parts of life. We encourage both therapists and clients to listen to what depression and anxiety might be communicating to us.

Applied positive psychology practitioners promote client strengths, hope and positive emotions in order to assist them in accomplishing what they desire in life (approach goals).

The practitioner’s goal is to optimize wellbeing while diminishing the effects of psychological distress.

We see applied positive psychology as an approach that profoundly embraces and enhances a client’s resources for experiencing happiness, contrasted to more traditional clinical approaches that focus almost exclusively on reducing client pathology.” Goal Focused Positive Psychology: A Strength-Based Approach by Collie W. Conoley and Michael J. Scheel

The Science of Happiness emerged out of the human need to experience wellbeing in their lives.

Why is it worth saving humans?

Why are we wired for good? Why do we have positive emotions? What is the upside of my dark side? Why does our brain like feeling good? How can we cultivate our vagal nerve – essential source of physical health?

What happens when we study what is right with people and the world, instead of just fixing what is wrong?

 

Sherpa

“The Sherpa people are an ethnic group from Nepal who have lived in the high altitudes of the Himalayas for generations. They have long served as guides and porters, whose local expertise has been invaluable for foreigners attempting climbs in the area.”

To bring about internal transformation of values requires stepping into not-yet-known territories of our body, thought processes and expression.

This is where the role of the “Sherpa” becomes important.

Sherpas cannot be found in mainstream media and reward systems, but they are famous amongst their own peers.

Usually “porters” are merely those invisible people who most people and media don’t speak to or take notice of.

Sherpas, with little choice in earning a living in another, less dangerous way, are mostly underpaid. They often don’t have access to the amazing technologies including warm clothes, food and shelter available to those foreigners they serve.

This neglect occurs despite the fact that their skills and abilities vastly outperform those of the people they serve.

But you, on Idun’s Quest, want to seek them them out, as they are the true masters.

Cultivating BlackLlama vision enables you to see and find the real sherpas and not be blinded by the guru status of stars and their followers.

On Idun’s Quest we celebrate and see it as most fortunate to meet and learn from the helpers, porters, farmers, mountain guides, gardeners, weavers, artists, chefs, cleaners, drivers, grandmothers and fathers.

Self-Sovereign Living

TheThe acceleration of the extractive, industrial economy through machines and autonomous algorithms are ushering in a dystopian future, with ordinary people waking up to the fact that, even living in a city, they cannot be buffered from the impacts of climate change, deforestation, loss in wilderness and wildlife, and the new surveillance capitalism and extractive machine technologies.

The levels of pervasive anxiety and depression, physical degeneration, dramatic increase in violent thinking and behaviour, including social media, dramatic reduction of empathy, and narcissistic and competitive personal development culture are all signs of humans in distress.

In response, across the globe, thousands and thousands and thousands of ordinary individuals, businesses and entire communities have been re-focusing on developing local solutions to increase resiliency, adaptability and financial, food, water and energy independence as a way to plan for the future. With this, many are looking towards the past and current indigenous ways of living to re-learn what it means to be a self-sovereign human.

Unlike what corporate media and global consultants tell us, we are often surprised to discover that self-sovereign living contributes to higher levels of overall wellbeing and creative innovation, healthy communities and quality environment with more leisure time and prosperity for individuals and members of such communities.

Prosperity Game

“The Landlord’s Game (Prosperity Game) is a board game patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie as U.S. Patent 748,626. It is a realty and taxation game intended to educate users…”

“A win in the Landlord’s Game called the “Prosperity Game”, was when the player having the lowest monetary amount has double his original stake. “

Surviving copies of The Landlord’s Game by Parker Brothers is considered by many the rarest of all 20th century board games.

“The game’s first patent was the first issued for a game while claiming four features in the application, the most important features was continuous path game. At the time, most games had a start and end spot.”

Contrast this to….

Monopoly or sub-titled “The Fast-Dealing Property Trading Game”, is named after the economic concept of monopoly — the domination of a market by a single entity. It was created by Charles Todd in 1932.

It is now owned and produced by the American game and toy company.

Players move around the game-board buying, trading or selling properties, developing their properties with houses and hotels, and collecting rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them all into bankruptcy, leaving one monopolist in control of the economy.” Hasbro

Syntropy

“Entropy involves the tendency of energy towards dissipation, the famous second law of thermodynamics, also known as the law of thermal death or disorder. On the contrary, syntropy implies the tendency to concentrate and absorb energy, the increase in temperatures, differentiation, complexity, the formation of structures and organizations.” Reference: Sintropy.io

Buckminster Fuller developed a definition in relation to “whole systems” as “A tendency towards order and symmetrical combinations, designs of ever more advantageous and orderly patterns. Evolutionary cooperation. Anti-entropy”

Syntopic Farming was developed by Ernst Götsch (originally from Switzerland). The outputs of this approach to food cultivation is beyond what GMO and organic farming can achieve. And it restores the climate.

Watching this short documentary about his work highlights the possibilities of true abundance and restoring the earth’s climate and ecosystems – and be more happy and healthy.

Holographic Thinking

Another area where ignorance of Japanese holographic thinking has led to Western misinterpretation is in the so-called aesthetic of minimalism. Once we are attuned to the holographic paradigm it becomes clear that Japanese minimalism is not about eliminating the extraneous or omitting the unnecessary, but rather (as in the case of the forensic scientist) about focusing on the particular as revealing the whole from which it was taken.

If we recall that the Japanese work of art is the creative presentation of the kokoro (the total interactive field that generates the artist, medium, and audience as a single event) then what is normally considered in the West to be the work of art is that precise point in the kokoro through which we can experience the configuration of the whole of the kokoro. Japanese minimalism does not exclude or eliminate; by focusing on the particular it enables us to attend to the whole aesthetic event that produces it and of which it is a part. To the discerning reader, the haiku with its meager seventeen syllables omits nothing; rather, it is holographic of the whole. (From Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Japanese Philosophy)

Art Therapy

“Art therapy: A therapeutic mechanism for solving problems, curtailing anxiety, reconciling emotional conflicts, developing social skills and much more via the use of art media, images and creative process.” (Paul Catalani)

“The soul never thinks without a picture.” Aristotle

“The body responds to an image of a thought or an idea first, before it respond to the words that describe that though or idea. A deeply felt wordless connection in nature or with picture can facilitate the surfacing of a chain of subconscious emotions and memories.” (Theresa Sweeney from her book Eco-Art Therapy)

The practice of expressive arts is a return to ancient origins of artistic process as natural medicine for the soul.” McNiff

Expressive arts work reclaims the arts as belonging to everyone and as essential to living and being in the world.” (Eberhard and Atkins)

“Each person experiences problems in living, and each has access to multiple inner resources, including imagination, courage and integrity as well as resources in the environment, such as colleagues, information or nature.” Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy.

“What differentiates art therapy from other kinds of creative art therapies, as that is does not require the application of words of movement. Communication in art therapy is conducted through the various mediums of visual art, such as painting, drawing, photography, digital art, and sculpting.

Expressive art therapy entails specific characteristics that you usually don’t find in verbal therapies:

Self-expression, active participation, imagination and mind-body connections.” Paul Catalani

 

Embodied Philosophy

“Your body is your brain.” Amanda Blake

A lot of our health problems, including mental, emotional distress and environmental stress, is due to a society’s culture of pursuit of abstracting mind including capturing ideas in autonomous machine algorithms, and disconnecting it from the body.

 “According to Damasio, each event we store in our memories comes connected with a series of bodily sensations that we felt when we went through it for the first time. We then re-experience these sensations when we are in a similar situation, and that helps us to decide what action to take in that moment.”

Somatic markers can be described as an emotional memory.”

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain by Antonio Damasio

Through embodied experiences, we have experiences of great clarity, wisdom (spaceousness), and the union of that space and awareness – all our positive qualities. Through the body, we know salka.

Using movement and breath, we are able to release pain, conflict, doubt, anxiety and cultivate emotional flexibility. 

Centring is about aligning the body across the three dimensions of space we live in: length, width and depth. 

Somatic intelligence enables us to cultivate strength, agility, stability, flexibility, and mobility.

Vision is Body. Body is Space. Space is Clear Light. Clear Light is Union. The Union of Clear Light and Space is Great Bliss.

 

Technologies of Self-Vitality

“Practicing something changes our brains, and therefore changes us.”

“Through repeated actions we can cultivate the virtues of leadership in ourselves. Self-cultivation is a notion that is more familiar in Eastern Philosophies. In Confucianism (a Chinese philosophy from around 500 BC), leaders were expected to cultivate themselves in major virtues and to be benevolent.

The janji (logographic Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system) for this is made of two characters: one “to master’ and the other a ‘practice’. Literally it means to master a practice; however it is understood in everyday language as self-cultivation.” Embodied Leadership: The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership

The concept of the Self is often a life-long exploration, which result in developing technologies of self. 

Vitality originates from the Latin word: Vital, which means “life”. It is recognized through some form of dynamic expression. Vitality is more than just physical, it is also an internal experience. It is felt as deep clarity, joy, stability, comfort and a sense of confidence and overall wellbeing.

“Technology (from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, cunning of hand”; and -λογία, -logia[1]) is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a pre-existing solution to a problem, achieve a goal, handle an applied input/output relation or perform a specific function.

It can also refer to the collection of such tools, including machinery, modifications, arrangements and procedures.

Technologies significantly affect human as well as other animal species’ ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.

The term can either be applied generally or to specific areas: examples include construction technology, medical technology, and information technology.” (Wikipedia, March 2014)

 

Garden

“The sub-urbs, where you could keep one foot on the land and the other in the city, was without a doubt the best way to live, and Grandpa possessed and almost evangelical faith that we would all live this way eventually.” 

“It took a long time before I understood the satisfaction of giving away vegetables, but the pleasures of harvesting them I acquired right immediately. A good visit to Grandma and Grandpa’s was one on a day he hadn’t already harvested. Ripe vegetables were magic to me. Unharvested, the garden bristled with possibility. Unharvested, the garden bristled with possibility.

I would quicken at the sight of a ripe tomato, sounding its redness from deep amidst the undifferentiated green. To life a bean plant’s hood of heart-shaped leaves and discover a clutch of long slender pods hanging underneath could make me catch my breath. Cradling the globe of a cantaloupe warmed in the sun, or pulling orange spears straight from his sandy soil – these were the keenest of pleasures, and even today in the garden they are accessible to me, dulled only slightly by familiarity.” Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

 

Solutions Oriented Thinking

It is a radical approach focusing on solutions — Defining and acting on what is wanted, and what is better.

“As the name suggest, it is about being brief and focusing on future solutions, rather than on problems. When there is a problem, many professionals spend a great deal of time thinking, talking, and analysing the problems, while the struggles go on.” Barry Winbolt — Solutions Focused Thinking

“Solutions focused thinking rejects conventional approaches that share the widespread assumption that focusing on problems (analyzing , reacting to and talking about them) is the best way to solve them.

Solutions focused thinking moves us from wasting time focusing on roadblocks to success to instead focusing on routes to progress.”

With solutions focused thinking, you

  • Don’t fix what isn’t broken
  • Find what works, and do more of it.
  • Stop doing what doesn’t work, and do something else.

Principles of solutions focused thinking

· Change Is happening all the time: Identify and simplify useful change

· There is no one “right” way of looking at things: Different views may fit the facts just as well

· Detailed understanding of the “problem” is usually little help in arriving at the solution

· No “problem” happens all the time. The direct route lies in identifying what happens when it does not happen.

· Clues to the solution are right there in front of you. You just need to recognize them.

· Small changes in the right direction can be amplified to great effect.

· It is important to stay solutions focused, not solutions forced.”

Paul Z Jackson & Mark McKergow from their book The Solutions Focus: Making Coaching & Change SIMPLE.