Restoring the transformative bridge: Remembering and regenerating our Western transformative ancient traditions to solve the riddle of our existential crisis

Petra Buergelt, Douglas Paton

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Abstract

The apocalyptic cultural transition threatening our existence represents a transformative opportunity. To facilitate realizing this opportunity, we synergized the knowledges of three transdisciplinary transformative scholar-practitioners. The ensuing composite story suggests the source of the crisis is spiritual and the consequence of millennia long domestication and colonization in the Western culture that started with Plato advancing rationality and reductionism which disconnected us from our true, primordial nature; the invisible, feminine spiritual world; our ancestors and ancient Laws/wisdom. To move forward, we need to go back and remember, cultivate and live according to our sacred nature and Laws. Accomplishing this requires a paradigm shift from the rational, reductionist physical toward an extra-rational, holistic spiritual philosophical worldview by embedding several interconnected extra-rational transformative pathways into everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave handbook of learning for transformation
EditorsAliki Nicolaides, Saskia Eschenbacher, Petra T. Buergelt, Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, Marguerite Welch, Mitsunori Misawa
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages809-830
Number of pages22
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783030846947
ISBN (Print)9783030846930
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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