Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Jean Houston’

Culture and Human Capacities

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Part of my work has been to study, collect, and apply a portion of the inventory of human capacities as they have developed around the world under different environmental and social conditions. How Africans walk and think and celebrate spirit, how the Chinese teach and study and paint, how Inuit people experience vivid three dimensional inner imagery, how the Balinese learn to perform any manner of artistic endeavor so rapidly and with such high craft, how a tribe along the Amazon raises happy and non-neurotic children, why certain children in India raised amidst traditional music develop extraordinary skill in mathematics–these are capacities no longer limited to place and culture. In this new world of hybrid vigor, all these potentials once nurtured in separate societies are now available to the entire family of humankind.


The Easter Ritual Mystery of the Resurrection

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Perhaps the essential ritual drama of the West would be an evocative way to explore ritual in its mythic and profoundly psychological dimension. In the story of Jesus the resurrection is the essential miracle, the deepest mystery, and the greatest stumbling block. For us, it actually can have more validity, greater personal meaning and power. How dare I make so blasphemous a statement? Easy. Consider its history.


The Mything Link

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Did you know you were the Mything Link?

Well, you are.

You are the living connection between the great stories of all times and places and the playing out of these stories in everyday life. Beneath the soil of your everyday world lies the vast root system of the Once Was and the Could Be.


Redesigning Ourselves

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

For decades I have been working full time to discover the underlying codes of how to live a truly remarkable life. From my research and travels all over the world, I have guided thousands of research subjects and well over a million seminar participants to redesign themselves as more possible humans. A tragic discovery is that we humans endure the loss of many exquisite abilities, and many balanced and beautiful ways of functioning have become distorted, inhibited, or blocked. Since we humans are infinitely variable, so too the losses are different from person to person, and from culture to culture. But few of us have escaped serious crippling. Almost everybody is much less than he or she has the capacity to be. Enough of this!


Wandering the Earth as I Do

Monday, April 18th, 2011

If I am to know God directly, I must become completely God, and God I, so that this God and this I become one I.
–Meister Eckhart

Wandering the Earth as I do, I eventually run into everybody. And almost everybody I meet seems to be on a spiritual quest, or if not, they have a growing hunger for it. The hound of heaven woofs at their heels urging them to wake up to their spiritual possibilities.


What do I Want From the Universe?

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Dear Friends,

As promised, from my “kitchen sink” of thousands of exercises I have created to help people discover their vast potential, I begin with the following exploration. You may wish to repeat it any number of times and may very well notice changes in you responses as you repeat this process.


The Fundamental Shift

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

From my work in many countries and across a wide variety of peoples and cultures I find that many, worldwide, are making a fundamental shift to values of ecological sustainability, personal development, and hope for change. Many say they see themselves as citizens of the planet, as well as of their own country. What is extraordinary is that it is not just a single country or region that is shifting its values but our whole planet is developing a capability to take up a larger view of what we can do. This shift in deep priorities and goals is a wave of change that can carry all of us into a wiser future and come together to build a global civilization.


Women Mystics

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I am in Garrison, New York teaching, along with my working partner of 25 years, Peggy Rubin, a 6 day course for Wisdom University on the great women mystics. For what is mysticism but the art of union with Reality, and a mystic, a person who aims at and believes in the attainment of such union. In its classical spiritual form it is a heroic journey, and valiant efforts are required to follow the path. Many of the spiritual teachers of the world have likened our lives to “a sleep and a forgetting.” The mystic path, rather, is predicated on awakening, on going off robot and abandoning lackluster passivity to engage cocreation with vigor, attention, focus, and radiance, characteristics we might note we often find in our animal friends.