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Is there a spiritual approach to living during a global crisis?
The obvious answer is yes, but, many people believe that a spiritual approach to the crisis of global collapse is being uninvolved with it. That spirituality means focusing their awareness completely on matters of personal liberation, rather than involvement with the matters of the finite world.
This manner of approach amounts to something akin to a spiritual tranquilizer, discouraging us from responsibility, and, ultimately, dissociating us from the personal and collective pain of truly facing the challenges of our present, and still to further escalate, global crisis and eventual global collapse.
Be it the personal and social health consequences of the pandemic and humanity’s various responses to it; the present and historical prevalence of racial, sexual, and classist prejudices and the violence propagated under its flag; the toxic landscape of increasing political polarization and authoritarianism; the still civilizationally unaddressed cataclysmic consequences of climate change; or any number of other issues presently stressing peoples, communities, societies, and the entire globe at various scales of magnitude. All of this is pain and a spiritual approach to pain that attempts to transcend it before facing it isn’t spirituality, at least not a mature one. As our guest for this episode states, a mature spirituality includes pain; “a mature spirituality doesn’t take us away from the challenges of the world.” That guest is Christopher Bache, Ph.D.
Chris Bache, Ph.D. is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University where he taught for 33 years. He is also adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Emeritus Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and on the Advisory Board of Grof Legacy Training. Chris’ passion has been the study of the philosophical implications of non-ordinary states of consciousness, especially psychedelic states.
An award-winning teacher and international speaker, Chris has written four books: Lifecycles – a study of reincarnation in light of contemporary consciousness research; Dark Night, Early Dawn – a pioneering work in psychedelic philosophy and collective consciousness; The Living Classroom, an exploration of collective fields of consciousness in teaching; and LSD and the Mind of the Universe, the story of his 20-year journey with LSD.
Chris has previously been on the show to talk about his work with high dose LSD journeys, out of his book LSD and The Mind Of The Universe. In that book, he discusses visions he had of ‘the birth of the future human’ emerging out of the incredible suffering and challenges of a total, global collapse.
In this interview, Chris outlines why and where he sees this collapse as already having begun and what his LSD journeys into ‘deep time,’ the collective suffering of all humanity, and divine encounters with oneness have revealed about what it will take for humanity to make it through collapse into the future anew. A spiritual approach to the crisis of global collapse.
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- Going even deeper into the mind of the universe
- The pandemic is only the begging of the global collapse that’s coming
- What we are learning during the current global crisis we are in
- Its ego that built our culture
- We need to learn how to not turn away from our pain, personally and collectively
- Doing shadow work for the collective
- Suffering and shadow work in acute time and deep time
- “A mature spirituality doesn’t take us away from the challenges of the world.”
- One of the greatest risks of psychedelic work is ego inflation (integration)
- What does it mean to be a good person, psychedelically?
- How to show up as a good person through integrating a mystical experience
- How to live spiritually without isolating from the challenges of the world
- Is it foolish to think that we are actually doing “good”?
- The balance of free speech in the context of doing spiritual good
- The forced radical reassessment of all our truth claims
- It’s grow up or die time | global collapse is here
- The mode of inquiry is as important as the content
- Why we need to step outside of social media
- What life is like when it is lived in intimacy with the mind of the universe
My first interview with Chris: Mapping Consciousness With High Dose LSD | ATTMind 83
Chris’ Book: LSD and The Mind Of The Universe
A professor of religious studies meticulously documents his insights from 73 high-dose LSD sessions conducted over the course of 20 years The book chronicles, with the author’s systematic journey into a unified field of consciousness that underlies all physical existence and makes a powerful case for the value of psychedelically induced spiritual experience and discusses the challenge of integrating these experiences into everyday life.
The Book Chris Recommended: Choosing Earth: Humanity’s Great Transition to a Mature Planetary Civilization