The Rebirth of People and Planet in a Time of Global Emergency
An Open Letter from the Spiritual Emergence(y) Community
Spiritual emergence/emergency — SE(Y) — refers to a continuum of experiences representing an unfolding, or awakening, of consciousness. These experiences represent an opportunity for growth and transformation but are often chaotic and overwhelming, and potentially (mis)diagnosed as mental illness.
The SE(Y) community consists of individuals who have experienced varying degrees of mental health challenges in relation to a process of awakening, along with their advocates and supporters. This community includes academics, writers, mental health professionals, activists, artists, and members of the general population. Grassroots programs have evolved into a social movement that is struggling to keep up with the demands of the public. This community is inclusive and welcomes anyone who wishes to join us.
The world’s leading climate scientists now state that there is scientific support for declaring a state of planetary emergency. In this open letter, we propose that a planetary crisis represents a global spiritual emergency, and is a catalyst for a global awakening. As humanity faces the existential threat of the climate emergency, the SE(Y) community is uniting in a collaborative effort, as individuals who understand the process of awakening through crisis. We are offering our assistance in guiding humanity into a new paradigm, in order to co-create and help birth a New Story.
Experience and research has shown that in times of emergency we focus intensely on working to solve the crisis. Whether we are mobilising to solve personal experiences of SE(Y), the global coronavirus pandemic, or the larger climate emergency, the process in itself can be empowering and healing.
Individuals healing their own personal trauma or crisis can become part of a larger movement geared towards healing the entire planet. Importantly, we propose that emergency mode offers an empowering psychological state for individuals to navigate experiences of crisis. Rather than a state that exacerbates negative emotions such as fear, anxiety, panic, or paranoia, it is a state that can facilitate enhanced awareness and collective transformative action.
Spiritual emergency and the climate emergency are inextricably linked, with individual experiences of SE(Y) representing one’s rite of passage towards a realisation of unity with all beings and the natural world from which we have become separated. The climate emergency may be viewed as a rite of passage for humanity, creating a situation that requires global cooperation. This historic period will require a difficult transition in order to birth the new paradigm that is essential for the survival of our species and our planet.
We believe this rite of passage is an inconvenient truth that we must necessarily face, to facilitate a process of global rebirth, whereby humanity undergoes a transformation of consciousness and a sense of reconnection with one another and our natural world.
We believe that a peaceful revolution is necessary to facilitate the evolution of our species. We also believe this planetary crisis parallels shamanic crises and journeying experiences described within Indigenous cultures, and that their wisdom is vital to help guide our actions.
In this open letter, we pledge to offer our personal insight and guidance to do what we can to help both people and planet during these transformational times. We pledge to work collaboratively towards an improved future by contributing our own unique strengths as educators, therapists, activists, artists, and concerned citizens.
Activities are not prescribed but could include peer support, social activism, research, writing, creative expression, and public speaking to help raise awareness, in whatever capacity can be reasonably managed. We appeal to Indigenous elders, along with leaders from other wisdom traditions, to continue helping to guide the journey so that we may walk together.
We believe that humanity needs to continue moving forward collaboratively, uniting those aspects of traditional lore that promote sustainability and cooperation, along with those aspects of science and technology that constructively advance human evolution.
Our ability to translate transformative experiences to practical and sustainable behaviour and lifestyle changes that address the climate emergency, racial justice, Covid-19, and any other emergency that arises during this time of global unrest, may represent a collective tipping point for humanity.
What can we do?
We declare that humanity is facing a state of planetary emergency, which requires a GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS (R)EVOLUTION, undertaken in emergency mode, and guided by Indigenous and other wisdom traditions.
Please lend your support here by signing our petition to declare a state of planetary emergency.
Once this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be sent to the UN as a message from concerned citizens to declare a state of planetary emergency.
In the Media
The authors discuss the intention behind the open letter during a Round Table Conversation, hosted by Catherine.
Catherine G. Lucas, Author, Teacher, Speaker
Kylie P. Harris, PhD, Research Psychologist, Writer, Activist
Paul Levy, Author, Presenter, awakeninthedream.com
Mick Collins, PhD, Author, Occupational Therapist, Holistic Coach
Robert Anthony, Bachelor of Business, Certified Practicing Accountant, Certified Health Coach, Founder of Great Life Choice program
Christopher M. Bache, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Youngstown State University, Author
Julian Baller, Cultural Researcher, Managing Director of Co-Creating Europe
Carolyn Baker, Author, Blogger, Coach, Activist, carolynbaker.net
Joe Bartholemew, Radical Culture
Sean Blackwell, Author, Therapist, Bipolar Awakenings, Illuminar Psicologia
Bhikkhu Bodhi, Theravada Buddhist Monk, Spiritual Teacher, Author
Ben Bowler, Executive Director of UNITY EARTH, unity.earth
Marie Grace Brook, PhD, Spiritual Director, Researcher in Spiritual Emergence(y)
Ali Chapman, ISEN core team
Emma Cooper, Clinical Psychologist; BSc (Psych)(Hons), MPsych (Clinical), FCCLP, MAPS
Stephan Dinan, CEO, The Shift Network
Larry Dossey, MD, Author, larrydosseymd.com
Rhonda Fabian, Kosmos Journal for Global Transformation, kosmosjournal.org
Monika Goretzki, PhD, Visiting Research Fellow, The University of Adelaide
Matthew Gorner, Counsellor, AWorldAwake.org, ISEN core team
Dr Nicole Gruel, drnicolegruel.com
Andrew Harvey, Founder and Director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, andrewharvey.net
Diane Hennacy Powell, MD, Neuropsychiatrist, Author, Educator, drdianehennacy.com
Fiona Henrich, Clinical Psychologist; MA (Psychology), PhD candidate
Bonnie Kane, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
Rozália Kovács-Napier, Counsellor, Lecturer, ISEN core team
Stanley Krippner, PhD, Associated Distinguished Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies
David Lorimer, Program Director of The Scientific and Medical Network, Editor of Paradigm Explorer journal
Anna Lutkajtis, B.Psych (Hons), MA (Research, Religion Studies), PhD candidate
David Lukoff, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Sofia University
Katrina Michelle, PhD, Founder of The Curious Spirit
Katie Mottram, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Activist, and Project Coordinator, Founder of Emerging Proud
Carolyn Myss, Author, myss.com
Aaron Rogerson, SEN Australia Core Group
Ryan Rominger, PhD, PCLC, Associate University Chair, Center for Educational and Instructional Technology Research, College of Doctoral Studies, University of Phoenix
Elizabeth Sabet, PCC, ACSLC, CBC Founder & CEO of The Institute for Transformational Transpersonal Coaching
Robert Simmons, Author, heavenandearthjewelry.com
Cary Sparks, Director, Grof Transpersonal Training, holotropic.com
Ligia Splendore, Transpersonal Psychologist, Founder of Rethinking Madness Brazil (Repensando a Loucura Brasil), Iluminar Psicologia
Sting, Musician, Songwriter, sting.com
Steve Taylor, PhD, Leeds Beckett University, UK; Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society, stevemtaylor.com
Kevin Tomlinson, Producer/Director (Crazywise)
Alan Wallace, Author, Founder of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, alanwallace.org
Janet Werner, President of U Have my Word LLC, uhavemyword.com
Jeannet Weurman, Coordinator for Cambridge Consciousness Forum
Ursula Wirtz, PhD., Jungian Analyst, Clinical Psychologist, International Lecturer
Gini Witt, SEN Australia Core Group
American Centre for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE), aciste.org
Bipolar Awakenings, bipolarawakenings.com
Cambridge Consciousness Forum, cambridgeconsciousnessforum.com
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Co-Creating Our Future, co-creatingourfuture.world
Emerging Proud, emergingproud.com
European Association for Holotropic Breathwork (EAHB), holotropic-association.eu
Great Life Choice, mygreatlifechoice.com
Iluminar Psicologia, iluminarpsicologia.com
Integrative Mental Health For You, imhu.org
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Spiritual Emergence Anonymous, spiritualemergenceanonymous.org
Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) Australia, spiritualemergence.org.au
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The Institute for Transformational Transpersonal Coaching, elizabethjsabet.com
The Shift Network, theshiftnetwork.com