Nero fiddled, we are told, while Rome burned. Today the Earth is burning (or going crazy-cold some places and offering up crazy-storms in others with both droughts and floods exacerbating everywhere) while much of our culture fiddles and lives in denial. Psychology and religion and art and spiritual direction and Enneagram can be part of the problem or part of the solution. Our medieval ancestors had a saying, “corruption of the best is the worst.” For our spiritual methodologies to leave us unmoved and inactive or overly introspective and narcissistic, will not do. We can and must awaken body, soul and spirit and an urgent sense of eco-community.

We will discuss ways in which we can become more part of a solution. How to resist allowing even our spiritual practices to make a captive of us shielding us from the cries of Mother Earth and her children and our own great, great grandchildren of the future who will rightly hold us responsible for the fate of Mother Earth, her beauty and health. How to put our methods to work for the sake of the greater whole. Who are our allies of past and present? What does it take of us in the way of courage, imagination and spirituality to become more effective change agents?

Matthew Fox


2015 IEA Global Conference

San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA