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This vital book provides a road map to help us remember how to be human — which means how to be a human being in relationship to the natural world, to our home.
We owe Bill Plotkin a deep debt of gratitude for this important work. Bill Plotkin defines the eight stages of human life and describes the cultural and individual tasks for each stage in brilliant, insightful, and masterful ways. This is a rich offering not only to the field of psychology but to a world torn from its roots.
Science, as currently practiced, can only tell us what is. Nature and the Human Soul shows what could and should be. There is an old adage that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. The publication of Nature and the Human Soul may well signal that humanity is ready to learn a better way.
It should be read by everyone, particularly those who choose to be parents, educate our children, guide our cultures and communities, and envision a better world. These are but a few of the bright visionaries who have helped us to understand the territory of the human psyche in its relation to the realm of myth, the profundity of cosmology, and the ancient human love affair with the natural world.
In Nature and the Human Soul , Bill Plotkin joins their ranks by masterfully weaving luminous streams of insight and guidance, offering us new tools and maps. These potent maps not only hold the promise of personal transformation, but they may very well be a path toward our survival as a species.
Free U. Rating details. Sort order. Apr 15, Tami rated it it was amazing. As we move through life, we learn and grow. At each step along the way our perspective changes and what really important to us shifts. We've all experienced these transformations, first in childhood, then as an adolescent, and finally as an adult. Perhaps, what we don't realize is that we continue this growth throughout our entire life. Nature and the Human Soul looks at the eight stages of maturation of the human being: Although it may seem like these phases could represent age grades, they do not.
Since these aspects are about of the maturation of the whole being, the rate of change does not always directly relate to the chronological age.
Plenty of people find themselves stuck at a particular point in the cycle and just never seem to move. Nature and the Human Soul is one of those books that every parent, every adult should read.
Once we become adults, begin our careers, and start raising a family, the majority of us rarely think about personal growth. Jul 23, Nikki Coffelt rated it it was amazing. Mar 17, Craig rated it really liked it. When I was a young parent beginning to raise our young children, I was always told, "there's no instruction manual on how to raise a child. And what makes it so great It is a powerful book about how we can each live a "soul-centric" life - and how we can help others around us do the same.
Nov 25, Maya rated it did not like it Shelves: Nature and the Human Soul discuss the stages of development of humans viewed from the perspective of eco-soulcentric society.
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The author tries to present how someone can move from an egocentric standpoint to a soulcentric one, or how to bring up a child to become soulcentric.
He uses his studies of the subject, and experiences of people he knows, as well as incorporating from the different eastern aboriginal cultures. The author presents his developmental wheel in the hopes of cultivating wholen Nature and the Human Soul discuss the stages of development of humans viewed from the perspective of eco-soulcentric society. The author presents his developmental wheel in the hopes of cultivating wholeness and community in a world that seems to be moving away from that.
In my opinion the author failed miserably. I have five major problems with this book, and to me they are fundamental ones. The first is that the author is presenting a belief system disguised as a developmental wheel. The second is that he is drawing on Eastern cultures to form this belief system. The third is that he seems quite removed from the real world and talking mostly about a Utopia. The author did have a lot of good ideas, unfortunately as soon as he gave one he negated its effect with all the drivel he said after it.
I was looking at this book for implementation with druidry or Celtic spirituality. Unfortunately for me I found nothing there that would help. As I read the book, I asked myself where on his developmental wheel did I fall, in the end I had to come to the conclusion that I was no where, I do not agree with the original theories that gave birth to this wheel, and so I can not see myself anywhere in it.
Dec 04, Zornitsa Tomova rated it it was amazing. Amazing book! Such a simple but powerful model for healthy pre- and I believe post-consumerism society and individual development. How does the human life look like when grounded in an understanding of the human soul and deep connection with nature? Bill Plotkin has the amazing capacity to weave together the feminine and the masculine, combining his appreciation for myth, symbol, ritual and the unknown with an eagle-eye high level structured perspective.
I needed to read this - I think everyone Amazing book! I needed to read this - I think everyone needs it right now.
Highly recommended! Jul 25, Justin rated it it was amazing. This book will grow in stature and influence as Western culture catches up to its vision. As Mr. Plotkin so eloquently affirms throughout, we have erased the lines that define our stages of growth as individuals, losing the rites of passage that help us move forward towards maturity.
This book restores that vision and is thus a huge service to all of humanity. This book should be used more as a reference than as pleasant reading because reading it cover to cover is quite a challenge.
It will des This book will grow in stature and influence as Western culture catches up to its vision.
Nature and the Human Soul : Cultivating Wholeness in a Fragmented World
It will describe you, your weaknesses and aspirations in vivid detail, so be ready to do some intense soul searching. I have highlighted more brilliant quotes in this book than in nearly any other book 74 I have ever read, as it truly reflects ancient and modern wisdom. Here are a few: In other words, a major part of what differentiates us humans from other primates is the relatively long, pre-adult phase of our individual development. This blew my mind: Longer juvenility allows for, but does not compel, fuller maturation.
In a more integral way we could say that the earth that controlled itself directly in the former period now to an extensive degree controls itself through us. If the human is the only self-aware creature that exists, then we can say, as Thomas does, that the human allows the universe to exist.
This is indeed a privilege. And it is why it's tempting to say that the ability to appreciate the universe as a universe might be the ultimate collective place of the human, the soul of humanity. In other words, this is not some theory that the author cooked up, rather it comes from years of leading nature retreats and documenting these experiences all the while adapting them to make them more effective and meaningful.
This is how the earth comes to be central to his world view.
I would like to see Mr. Plotkin apply these same growth stages of humanity as a whole. He does state that we are currently in an adolescent stage as a whole, but doesn't continue the analogy as the book moves forward. This will compliment his work and give it the transcendence it deserves because, as he states throughout the book, you can't separate individual growth from your greater surroundings, and these surroundings are not limited to your immediate community. Rather, our context needs to all of humanity so that we can see this double process of transformation happen from the individual and collective perspectives.
Apr 03, Pegi Eyers rated it it was amazing. Visionary and founder of the Animas Valley Institute, Bill Plotkin offers us a new model of human development that reveals how fully we can grow and mature when our souls are intertwined with wild nature.
Following his masterwork Soulcraft: What impressed me most about Nature and the Human Soul Visionary and founder of the Animas Valley Institute, Bill Plotkin offers us a new model of human development that reveals how fully we can grow and mature when our souls are intertwined with wild nature. Have you noticed that genuine wise elders are few and far between these days?
The common perception has been that maturity is achieved with hard work and practical responsibilities. But Plotkin claims that nature including our own deeper nature, our souls has always provided the best template for maturation. He says that true adulthood is rooted in a mystic relationship to the wild, experienced as a sacred calling that is then embodied in soul-infused work and mature responsibilities.
It is a nature-based model that honours the deeply imaginative potentials of the human psyche. The story the Wheel tells is very different from the one that most contemporary people live.
Because humanity is largely alienated from the natural world that evolved us and sustains us, many people are alienated from their essential individuality and soul. Plotkin advises us to connect with the places where we live to deepen our relationship to nature and soul.
Taking this path of personal transformation can contribute to a shift in human consciousness and even enable our survival as a species. The publication of Nature and the Human Soul may well signal that humanity is ready to learn a better way. It should be read by everyone, especially those who teach our children, guide our communities and envision a healthier world.
Someone who only ever reads what he already agrees with won't expand his horizons, so I like to try new readings. I chose to read this knowing it would give very different perspectives, but was completely unprepared for the depth of BS through which I would have to wade. Everything about which he writes is about vague, fuzzy, not empirically observable notions Someone who only ever reads what he already agrees with won't expand his horizons, so I like to try new readings.
Everything about which he writes is about vague, fuzzy, not empirically observable notions such as "soul", "ego", "soul-centric", "eco-centric". Hence, nothing is either provably true or provably false.
Nature and the Human Soul : Cultivating Wholeness in a Fragmented World
The author clearly begins with a premise more fundamental than the premises he documents that societies and cultures built on scientific and technological progress through empirical rationalism are worthless, and indeed responsible for the majority of the would of being stuck in a "pathological adolescence" his term. Quite the accusation. In his opinion, the only valuable cultures are backwardly stagnated cultures from long ago such as American Indians not "native", they simply got here before us, and we don't truly know they were first , Australian Aborigines, et cetera.
He would also include as admirable cultures such as still swarm over much of Africa. In summary, the only cultures of value are those that are based on mysticism colloquially, East vs. West and reject empirical rationalism. As documentaion of how the majority of the world's cultures are sick, he refers to rampant drug abuse.
His solution for that is some kind of controlled experimentation with perception altering substances: This book did not even deserve the single star I was forced to give it so as to register a rating. Oct 05, Gill rated it it was amazing. I couldn't get a seat on the train, so I sat on the floor in the space at the end of the carriage and started to read this book. Seldom has a journey passed so quickly! Not only does Plotkin write in a very personable voice; he offers in 'Nature and the Human Soul' a manual for living that reminds us of the importance of rites of passage, and the presence of true wise elders, and the balance between human culture and nature.
His 'Development Wheel' suggests that we all have eight life stages of I couldn't get a seat on the train, so I sat on the floor in the space at the end of the carriage and started to read this book. His 'Development Wheel' suggests that we all have eight life stages of maturation to pass through although I'm not sure whether they're always as clearcut as he sometimes seems to suggest.
Living an eco-centred life as humans did for many hundres of thousands of years , we'd all end up becoming wise elders. However, in the 'developed' ego-centric world, not many of us make it past stage three, leaving us with a society highly populated by adolescents in all but age, to the great detriment of the whole living world. However he encourages readers back on to an ecocentric path, showing how they can address the work left undone from earlier stages.
It would be greatly healing in these times of global chaos if his model was accessible as a guide to all parents, and all children of parents. Sadly, though, I don't think it's going to be as widely read as it deserves, due to its size. Plotkin has done a wonderfully thorough job in laying out his excellent ideas, but the complexity of the model and his many personal illustrations are likely to put some readers off.
I would like to see a more slender version to sit alongide this great tome, condensing Plotkin's invaluable teachings and making them accessible to many more readers. In fact, somneone could even design a Development Wheel app Mar 15, Tristy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've just finished reading this for the second time, and have gotten even more out of it than the first go-round.
There are very few books that I put on my "try to read once a year" shelf and this is one of them. While there are several small aspects of the author's theories I don't agree with, overall, I think Bill Plotkin has crafted a true masterpiece, as he shares his idea of the stages of living an ecocentric or soulcentric life.
And when he uses that term, he is not just meaning living i I've just finished reading this for the second time, and have gotten even more out of it than the first go-round.
And when he uses that term, he is not just meaning living in an environmentally-conscious way. He is speaking to the large-scale importance of nature in early childhood development and how imperative it is to raise healthy, whole human beings who truly know themselves and their soul's path and gifts for the world. And the great news is that we can heal ourselves and each other! All this being said, the author could have really used an editor.
This book weighs in at pages and there are many repetitive parts. I read in the acknowledgments that the author was having an intimate relationship with his editor, so that explains the lack of editing!
It's hard to force an author to cut parts of his book, when you're sleeping with him, in my opinion. But if you are not intimidated by length, pick this one up, take your time with it and help transform our world. Aug 05, Brandon Peele rated it it was amazing.
Amazing manual for the human experience. He leverages the Native American four-directions and then layers detail that only one of the world's most esteemed eco-psychologists, nature guides and depth philosophers can do.
I will be re-reading this a number of times throughout my journey.
I'm especially grateful for his declaration of soul-centric parenting as opposed to the obedience training and entitlement training currently underfoot in the US. He chose a number of luminaries to light this wo Amazing manual for the human experience.
The first 10 pages of chapter 2 are the most succinct expression of humanity's condition within the broader cosmological and ecological context. My only fault is that I'm uncertain which of his 8-stages of development I'm in.
I'm fairly certain I'm in 5, Apprentice at the Wellspring, but I also feel like I'm in stage 4 Wanderer in the Coccoon and 6 and 7 too.
I got scared towards then end, because it seemed like I was close to completion of the human experience, and of course I don't want this to be true. I like it here.
Were this my book, I probably would have emphasized less of a linear progression and more of an honoring of these 8 stages at all points in life. But on the whole, a rock solid effort. I put this book up there with Wilber's "Theory of Everything", Murphy's "Future of the Body" as the top 3 contemporary non-fiction efforts aimed at holistically expressing the human experience.
Dec 08, Briana rated it really liked it. I'm more than halfway through a year-long study of this book. I find it incredibly thought provoking even in places where I disagree with the conclusions which are relatively rare.The author did have a lot of good ideas, unfortunately as soon as he gave one he negated its effect with all the drivel he said after it.
Aug 07, Tascha rated it it was amazing. However, in the 'developed' ego-centric world, not many of us make it past stage three, leaving us with a society highly populated by adolescents in all but age, to the great detriment of the whole living world.
In a more integral way we could say that the earth that controlled itself directly in the former period now to an extensive degree controls itself through us. It should be read by everyone, particularly those who choose to be parents, educate our children, guide our cultures and communities, and envision a better world.