I have just read a life-altering book: Healing Civilization by Claudio Naranjo.
In it, Naranjo speaks of the the whole thread of civilization as we know it – the last 5000 to 6000 years or so – as being of one basic trend: Patriarchy. All of our competitiveness, striving and busyness of mind seen so universally in modern culture, taking precedence over the values of the matristic communities he asserts obtained before civilization arose. In those pre-civilized and women-led groups, the emphasis was on heart-based experience, featuring co-operation, mutual support and communication amongst its members.
While the latter sounds idyllic in the short sketch I have made of the difference, Naranjo importantly points out that what is needed now is a three-centered approach to Life and Education. In other words, our societal structures need to incorporate not just the Male Head Centre – logical, linear, technological and productive aspects, and the Female Heart Centre – emotional, wholistic, community-based and inclusive aspects, but also the Inner Child Belly Centre – wherein our instinctual, direct, pleasurable and playful capabilities reside.
All of this excites me greatly since it proves to be such a coalescence of the calling that is emerging in my own life. The increasing emphasis in my osteopathic practice toward working in a way that supports people in uncovering and supporting what can be not just healing, but truly transformative in their experience of Life. It is where music fits for me. The Presence Project and the Collective Wisdom Initiative certainly interface with these ideas. And my involvement with the Victoria Community Health Co-operative, and its Back to Basics pilot project in Central Middle School will certainly be impacted by the ideas in this book.
So in essence, Naranjo is saying that we probably have only one generation in which to turn around the basic drives and values that run how we live on this little Blue Planet. I would agree that the first and most foremost task in that turnaround is a joint commitment to shift our Education of children toward learning how to simply Be, rather than to become “productive members of society”as it presently exists.
If you think this is a good idea, or if you don’t, and/or if you have suggestions to make in service to this end, I invite you to leave a comment, below.