Transformative Leadership (Vol. 30, 3 & 4)
Alfonso Montuori & Urusa Fahim, Editors
Leadership in the 21st century has many faces. There is no one simple definition of the term that can encompass the different types of leadership that we can observe all around us. It is time to put aside traditional definitions of leadership and rethink what leadership means in the 21st century. One does not have to lead a nation or a large organization to be a leader. One can lead by taking actions that seem small in comparison but that make a difference in the lives of people and the community they live in. This issue of ReVision takes a broader look at leadership and what it means to be a leader. The spectrum of ideas presented in the articles ranges from the unique leadership demonstrated by the Kalahari Bushmen to a community leader in Vermont; from leaders who influence the future of nations to those who make a difference by influencing ideas and leaders who aim to transform the spiritual lives of their followers. Each perspective highlights a different angle of leadership, providing a glimpse of different leadership styles and focus.
Imaginal Psychology (Vol. 31, 1)
Karen Jaenke, Editor
Imaginal Psychology is a newly coalescing orientation within the field of psychology with an ancient taproot. The primary concern within Imaginal Psychology is the soul, which can be accessed through practices that attend to images, imagination, experience and affects. Imaginal Psychology embraces various cultural knowledge domains in order to extend its knowledge of the soul, including mythology, spiritual traditions, somatic practices, creative arts, literary and poetic imagination, social critique, deep ecology, and indigenous wisdom. The versatility of this orientation is illustrated in the range of cultural issues to which it can lend depth of understanding. Areas of social concern addressed in this issue include: accountability where harm has been caused; class identity and shame; historical trauma; and soullessness and evil.
Intuition for a World in Crisis (Vol. 31, 2)
Prabhath P & Matthew C. Bronson, Editors
The systems that sustain life as we know it are on the verge of collapse as a result of human action and inaction. The dominance of a certain kind of reductive reasoning and the concomitant suppression of more intuitive modes of knowing are at the root of contemporary crises. This special issue of ReVision is part of an effort to reclaim the suppressed human faculties known as intuition, offering practical pathways to a more holistic and encompassing view of humanity and our relationship with the more-than-human-world. The paths traced by our authors lead from ancient shamanic teachings to leading-edge neuroscience, from dreams to meditation and communion with the living Earth. The contributors converge in their urgent sense that a rapid transformation of individual and collective consciousness is the best hope for a world in crisis, a transformation based in a recovery of ancient and enduring human capacities.
Ecopsychology (Vol. 31, 3 & 4)
Douglas A. Vakoch & Fernando Castrillon, Editors
In recent years the environmental challenges facing humankind have gained increased recognition, as have the psychological impacts of these global threats. In this special issue of /ReVision/, leading ecopsychologists take the next step, demonstrating how to foster ecological sensitivity, and not merely react to environmental crises. In theoretically rich, yet practical essays, readers learn how to become more intimate with nature in a range of settings—from semester-long “Natural Presence” geology classes in an urban university, to week-long “Diamond in the Rough” wilderness retreats, to fleeting experiences encountering nature in one’s own backyard using a phenomenological approach. Contributors to this special double issue on ecopsychology seek to cultivate greater environmental awareness in a variety of ways, including - Drawing on personal experiences of relating more deeply with nature - Enhancing mindfulness of the natural world through Buddhist practice, either as traditionally practiced or as merged with wilderness therapy - Highlighting cultural influences on environmental identity - Engaging with diverse approaches to research, including – among others – quantitative and qualitative studies across cultures, laboratory experiments in cognitive psychology, and literary analysis
Integral Consciousness (Vol. 32, 1)
Bahman Shirazi, Editor
The next issue edited by Bahman A.K. Shirazi contains a selection of articles from the proceedings of the first Symposium on Integral Consciousness held in May 2009 at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. CIIS was founded by Haridas Chaudhuri who was the first scholar to bring the teachings of the great Indian sage Sri Aurobindo on integral yoga and philosophy to the West. The general themes of the symposium were ‘evolution of consciousness and conscious evolution’ as well as ‘integrative health and healing’. Articles appearing in this issue are selections from several presentations on integral consciousness, integral education, Asian roots of integral consciousness, and the feminine divine. The article by the editor titled 'Wholeness, Integration of personality, and Conscious Evolution in Integral Psychology' addresses transformation and integration of personality and attainment of a fully integrated psyche in the context of integral psychology and yoga drawing on parallels between selected approaches to depth psychology and aspects of integral psychology. It is argued that conscious evolution necessitates full integration of personality resulting in the eradication of the unconscious psyche.
The next article by Zayine Neumann titled 'Atemporal Creativity: Evolution Beyond Lines and Spirals' discusses the work of Jean Gebser suggesting that consciousness does not unfold linearly, but in leaps or mutations and that the upcoming mutation will be atemporal and acausal, rather than linear or cyclical. The author illustrates how Alfred North Whitehead's consideration of propositional feelings, intellectual feelings, and rational knowing can provide a coherent description of an originating impulse termed ‘Creativity’, the process whereby leaps of novelty can occur. In her essay titled 'Integralizing Goddess: a philosophical and practical approach to spiritual awakening through the (r)evolutionary five-fold feminine force ' Chandra Alexandre discusses breakthroughs and new potentials toward sustainability and the mythopoetic analysis and revelations of planetary consciousness in the context of eco-feminist and critical spirituality.
Sheri Ritchlin’s article 'The Oneness (and One-ing) of the Way: Using Both Hemispheres of the Global Mind, ' examines the integral consciousness of ancient Chinese sages as they appear in the third century BCE 'Ta Chuan,' the "Great Treatise" on the 'I Ching', and its close relationship to an emerging worldview in the West. The article titled 'The Role of the Astrological Symbol System in Understanding the Process of Evolutionary Growth' by Armand Diaz explores the use of C. G. Jung’s concept of synchronicity and ideas from chaos theory as a means of updating our way of thinking about astrology and expanding it beyond the language of myth and determinism. Jenny Wade’s model of the evolution of consciousness is explored to expand and refine astrology’s scope through the problematic issue of astrological prediction.
In 'Transformative Travel: An Enjoyable Way to Foster Radical Change,' Susan Ross introduces transformative travel as a way to foster a shift in consciousness. Transformation and transformative travel are defined and conditions are delineated that can cause travel to be transformative. Six categories of transformative travel are discussed: pilgrim, mystic, diaspora, initiate, secular, and learner. In 'Integral education for a Conscious Evolution,' Anne Adams, provides a theoretical and experiential foundation for integral education and its contribution to the evolution of consciousness. Examples from integral education programs are provided to illustrate how the curriculum and school environment can purposefully create a unique awareness of self in relationship the environment, community, family, nation and the world. Finally, in' A Feminist Approach to Three Holy Women’s Intuitive Processes,' Ana Perez-Chisti presents the stories of three holy women’s intuitive choices as seeds for transformative potential that can uplift our lives. Using a feminist approach to transcendental phenomenology and hermeneutics and as a postmodern theorist, the author views her own experiences as a source of knowledge through a felt-sense body knowing arising out of the diverse intuitive impulses found in these Holy Women’s lives.
Shamanism & the Wounded West (Vol. 32, 2)
Karen Jaenke, Editor
This issue contextualizes shamanism within a larger scope-the global contemporary crisis and wounded West. Reflecting upon the physical and psychological suffering endured in Western societies, it points to possibilities for relief found in shamanic knowledge and holistic healing models. A companion article unpacks key elements of a shamanic worldview, including the concept of the "invisible world" and the central ideas of totality, energy, communion, sacredness and a community sense of life. Two stories of Westerners' engagement with the healing practices of Amazonian shamanism follow. Rainforest shamans possess an intimate relationship with the healing spirits of nature and healing properties of jungle plants, which are summoned on behalf of the patient during the healing ritual. The distinction between curing (a cessation of symptoms) and healing (defined as "to make to whole, sound and well", and involving the entire self in a quest for the hidden origins of disease) is highlighted. An additional article illustrates shamanic parallels and healing potentials found within Family & Natural Systems Constellations. Finally, an article by Stanley Krippner, et al., reports on a field trip taken to Calabria, Italy to observe the region's traditional spiritual healing practices.
Our Managing Editor, Robert Jackson-Paton, sustained a serious head injury in May and is still in recovery. We apologize for the delay in publication as a consequence.
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For almost thirty years now ReVision has explored the transformative and consciousness-changing dimensions of leading-edge thinking. Since its inception Revision has been a vital forum, especially in the North American context, for the articulation of contemporary spirituality, transpersonal studies, and related new models in such fields as education, medicine, organization, social transformation, work, psychology, ecology, and gender. If the phone calls and e-mail messages I have received from subscribers during the recent publication hiatus are any indication, the interest in the unique voice that ReVision is continues unabated.
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We are now the sixth generation of editors, which consists of Jürgen Kremer (editor), executive editors Matthew Bronson, Karen Jaenke, Alfonso Montuori, Beverly Rubik (representing a diversity of institutions), and managing editor Robert Jackson-Paton. As the editorial team we seek to foster the exploration of new mod¬els of transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, multicultural, dialogical, and socially engaged inquiry, using frontier scientific, well established, and ancient ways of knowing. We hope to bring such work to bear on the fundamental issues of our times through a variety of written and artistic modalities. We are committed to engage in con¬versation a diversity of perspectives and discourses which have often been kept separate, including those identified with terms such as Western and Eastern; indigenous and non-indigenous; Northern and Southern; feminine and masculine; intellectual, practical, and spiritual; local and global; young and old. As of August 2008 the ownership status and future of ReVision have finally been resolved.
We will continue publication with volumes 30 and 31 (uninterrupted, albeit delayed). Upcoming issues will include a collection of articles introducing the concerns and interests of each Executive Editor. Subsequent issues will explore transformative leadership. It is our expectation that we will be caught up with our schedule during the first half of next year.
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Jürgen W. Kremer, Editor
September 1, 2008