Wiki Politiki Podcast

The New Republic of the Heart – From Emergency to Emergent Seeing

A Conversation With Integral Thinker and Author Terry Patten

“Can we undo the doo-doo that has been done, or will the done doo-doo be our undoing?” — Swami Beyondananda



There’s the classic story about the hiker who slips off a mountain trail, and the only way he can break his fall is by grabbing on to a thin branch. As he holds the branch, he sees that it’s only a matter of time before the branch breaks under his weight. So he begins to pray for God’s help. To his surprise the clouds part in the sky and he hears an unmistakable voice that says, “Let go.”

He continues holding the branch, and once again and louder the voice says, “LET GO!”

At that point, the hiker turns to the sky and asks, “Is there anyone else up there?”

That seems to be our human condition, and conditioning, when faced with the kinds of vexing issues we face today where our survival as a species is threatened, and yet we continue to do the very same things today that we did yesterday, things that only make the problem worse.

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