Melting Polar Ice: Alchemy of Grief

Carol Koziol
Jul 25, 2018 · 11 min read

“What was cold soon warms, and warmth soon cools. So moisture dries, and dry things drown.” (Heraclitus)

The Effects of Melting Polar Ice

Ecopsychological Significance

“To speak of wilderness is to speak of wholeness. Human beings came out of that wholeness, and to consider the possibility of reactivating membership in the Assembly of All Beings is in no way regressive”.

“These wars are both paradigm wars — conflicts over how we perceive and experience water — and traditional wars, fought with guns and grenades. These clashes of water cultures are taking place in every society”.

Icy Myths

Philosophical Ponderings

“there is one principal attribute of every substance….which contains its nature and essence and to which all the other properties are referred.” (René Descartes).

“We hear increasingly about the spiritual uplift derived from a ‘wilderness experience.’ The great ecologist Sir Frank Darling describes this spiritual re-creation as ‘the privilege of the few,’ adding that ‘I have an uneasy feeling deep down that we should not burden the wilderness with this egocentric human purpose. The wilderness does not exist for our recreation or delectation. This is something we gain from its great function of being.’ ”

Alchemy of Grief

“Desolation … something common to psyche and to wilderness alike.” (Edward Casey)

A Watery Closing

“As souls change into water on their way through death, so water changes into earth. And as water springs from earth, so from water does the soul.” (Heraclitus).

References

unpsychology magazine

Stories to challenge assumptions of culture, psychology and…

Carol Koziol

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Laurentian University - PhD (ABD) Human Studies | Founder - Canadian Ecopsychology Network | Natural Courage Inc - Coaching & Consulting

unpsychology magazine

Stories to challenge assumptions of culture, psychology and therapy, and to make soul

Carol Koziol

Written by

Laurentian University - PhD (ABD) Human Studies | Founder - Canadian Ecopsychology Network | Natural Courage Inc - Coaching & Consulting

unpsychology magazine

Stories to challenge assumptions of culture, psychology and therapy, and to make soul

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