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Treating the Climate Emergency as a Spiritual Emergency

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A talk about the spiritual nature of the climate emergency and one woman's personal journey from despair to rewilding in Tasmania.

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Join Dr Kylie Harris, research psychologist, writer and activist from Melbourne, Australia for an online discussion about the spiritual nature of the climate emergency, the psychological tools we can use to become part of the solution, and her ongoing rewilding project in Tasmania.

‘Spiritual emergency’ refers to a process of spiritual awakening that can be psychologically challenging and is sometimes expressed through mental illness in the form of psychosis, anxiety, and depression. However, a spiritual emergency offers a unique opportunity for personal transformation. The current ecological crisis may be conceptualised as a collective spiritual emergency and a potential ‘rite of passage’ for humanity.

Facing the truth of our planetary emergency is painful and daunting, but it doesn’t have to leave us paralysed. By working collectively in the present moment, we can unleash our individual and collective power and create healing solutions. Kylie will discuss her personal journey through crisis and mental illness, leading eventually to metamorphosis. She will also discuss an ongoing rewilding project in Tasmania where she is working with the aboriginal community to harness their deep ecological and spiritual wisdom to restore the Earth and help prevent destructive forest fires such as those seen in Australia in the summer of 2019-2020.

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