t’s time to take another look at ourselves — to re-enliven our sense o what it is to be human, to breathe new lie into ancient intuitions o whowe are, and to learn again to celebrate, as we once did, our instinctive afn-ity with the Earth community in which we’re rooted. We’re called now torediscover what it means to be human beings in a wildly diverse world o eathered, urred, and scaled ellow creatures; owers and orests; moun-tains, rivers, and oceans; wind, rain, and snow; Sun and Moon.It’s time to take an ecological and holistic look at the human psyche, tomake a resh start with Western psychology.
In an era when the revealedinterdependency o all things is radically reshaping every feld o knowl-edge, what might we discover about the human psyche — the totality o ourpsychological capacities, both conscious and unconscious — when we con-sider that we, too, are expressions o nature’s qualities, patterns, and motis?We’re being summoned by the world itsel to make many urgentchanges to the human project, but most central is a undamental re-visioningand reshaping o
, a shit in consciousness. We must reclaim andembody our original wholeness, our indigenous human nature granted tous by nature itsel. And the key to reclaiming our original wholeness is notmerely to suppress psychological symptoms, recover rom addictions andtrauma, manage stress, or reurbish dysunctional relationships but ratherto ully esh out our multiaceted, wild psyches, committing ourselves tothe largest story we’re capable o living, serving something bigger thanourselves. We must dare again to dream the impossible and to romance theworld, to eel and honor our kinship with all species and habitats, to em-brace the troubling wisdom o paradox, and to shape ourselves into vision-aries with the artistry to revitalize our enchanted and endangered world.
Becoming Fully Human
Emerging in the late nineteenth century, Western psychology was seededin that era’s prevailing practice and philosophy o medicine. Psychology’socus was on diagnosis and treatment o symptoms, diseases, and “mentalillness.” It was, and in many ways still is, an attempt to identiy what couldand does go wrong with the human psyche when scrutinized outside its cul-tural and ecological contexts: neuroses, psychoses, personality and attach-ment disorders, manias, depressions, obsessions, and addictions. With ew