Naropa University Transpersonal Ecopsychology Director Tina Fields

Many of our thoughts are actually colonized. We like to think that we’re such individual thinkers, but they’ve been planted – they’ve been planted from the very beginning. Uh by — by our culture uh by the time that — this time that we happen to be born into, by whatever gender we happen to be born into, by whatever class structure we happen to be born into. By the parents that we got and the friends that we got and the experiences that we have — and all of these things uh — lead us to think a certain way, but we
can be led back out. And so I think a lot of the problems
that we face [SIGHS[ are there because we think the world
works in a certain way. We think has always worked that way and
that’s just reality, but that’s not how it is. So there are deep deeply seated
assumptions in that. For example, the idea that nature
is made of inert matter, That everything around us is dead. That nothing is conscious. That in fact, uh okay animals maybe have consciousness they’re starting to recognize that you know in the mainstream now but
definitely humans have it right so somehow the idea is that consciousness — it doesn’t exist, doesn’t exist, doesn’t
exist and all of a sudden aahhh… it blossoms in us yay! And that’s why we should be in charge of everything. [LAUGHS] Another assumption that leads out of that is that humans can and actually should
control nature. We are embedded in this complex matrix
have many whole systems. The system of air, water — right, our
own body we can’t even control something our understanding our own bodies let
alone a planetary thing. So that’s just
incredible chutzpah. I think the idea that we can and should control nature — gimme a break. So these kinds of things
that we examine. These are – these are issues of education – right? Looking at the ways that we think. Ideas that we have that are very
widespread and just seemed normal, but when you look at them a little
differently you see will wait a minute I should really be questioning these and these are pretty deep leverage points, once you start questioning them. To me
it’s a practice a liberation. ♫ ♫ ♫ [CHIME]

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