For the first time in our planet’s history we are witnessing a significant human impact on the Earth’s climate, geology and ecosystems to such an extent that a new geological time-frame has been proposed called the Anthropocene era. We are experiencing increasing levels of (human caused) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which are higher than they have been at any time in the past 400,000 years! This increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is the cause behind our recent extreme weather events, rising ocean temperatures and sea levels, glacial melting and rising ocean acidification. Individually each of these significant changes to our climate are dangerous. Collectively they may pose a very real existential threat to the planet and our survival.
With our planet experiencing such drastic climate change as a result of our actions, we may be facing a very real existential crisis. Our very survival may depend on reversing these trends through building stronger connections to, and a sense of responsibility towards, the planet and its ecosystems. A sense of transpersonal ecopsychology is needed as a response to this threat to our very existence due to human-created climate change.
The term “transpersonal” simply means “beyond self/ego“. A sense of self or identity which “extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche or cosmos” (Wikipedia). When we consider the planet’s ecology from a psychological and transpersonal perspective, we are placing a higher value on humankind, planetary health and our survivablity, than we might when considered from a self-interested, ego-driven or economic perspective.
In an effort to help develop an understanding of transpersonal ecopsychology, Alef Trust is offering a new (8-week online) Open Learning Course in Transpersonal Ecopsychology starting in April. The deadline for registration is April 8th so SIGN UP NOW to reserve your spot. The course in Transpersonal Ecopsychology will help you to awaken a deeper transpersonal connection to and understanding of, your own eco-psychology and planetary responsibility while you journey along your own personal and spiritual path.
Sign Up Now for Transpersonal Ecopsychology (Deadline April 8 2017)
“Transpersonal ecopsychology brings the spiritual, psycho-emotional, socio-cultural and ecological aspects of existence together in a related way. It shows how the quest to ‘find our place in the scheme of things’, our niche or calling in the context of the whole, both as persons and as species, is also the key to ‘saving the planet’ ecologically.”
What You Will Learn in Transpersonal Ecopsychology
- What is Transpersonal Ecopsychology?
- What part do we and should we play within the eco-system?
- Ego versus eco? We consciously know that we are part of a bigger system and yet we unconsciously respond with denial in psycho-emotional, cultural and behavioural terms.
- Why is that and how could we enhance our sense of connectedness?
- Can we resolve our sustainability problems by consciously finding and accepting our responsibility as a part of a bigger whole?
- How can we deepen our understanding of ecosystem-psyche and our relationship to it in our own lives, addressing everyday and deep, existential dilemmas and fears?
The Alef Trust in the UK is a Middlesex University accredited online graduate school offering courses and programs in a broad range of topics around consciousness, spirituality and transpersonal psychology. Along with Master’s, PhD and post-graduate certificate and diploma programs, Alef Trust also offers all of its courses through an inexpensive Open Learning Program (similar to a course audit). Students completing any of the Open Learning Courses may also apply those credits (with some stipulations) towards the degree-granting graduate programs.