Healing Civilization, by Claudio Naranjo, MD. Foreword by Jean Houston. (Print)
Bringing Personal Transformation into the Societal Realm through Education and the Integration of the Intra-Psychic Family
In this ground-breaking and long-selling book, Dr. Claudio Naranjo, the noted Chilean psychiatrist and consciousness pioneer who first brought the "Enneagram of Personality" to the US, applies his more than 30 years of transformational work with individuals and groups to the societal realm. What this means is that we now have both the inspiration and the intra-psychic tools to heal the world from the inside out.
The doctor has taken the pulse of our modern way of life and concluded that it is sick, very sick —
perhaps terminally ill.
How did this dangerous state of affairs come to be— and is there a cure?
The Diagnosis:"The great problem of civilization is none other than civilization itself!"
The Root Cause:Patriarchy — a condition that is deeper, wider, and closer to home than we realize. For patriarchy thrives not only in the outer world, but also within the workings of our own conditioned minds. A virus masquerading as ourselves, it is killing life on the planet — and within us.
The Remedy:To transform our consciousness by integrating our "three brains" -— the head (Inner Father), the heart (Inner Mother), and the instincts in the belly (Inner Child). To bring our own Inner Family into balance.
Because healing civilization is an inside job.
“This is a grand theory of Civilization with capital c, denounced as a pathological carrier of patriarchy, with inspiration from a matriarchal past 6,000 years ago or so and promise of a more balanced future. Naranjo works very creatively with the universal Father-Man/Mother-Woman/Son-Daughter-Child triangle and three loves: the agape of the mother, the eros of the child, and father-male love of ideals-ideas. The last one has led to a catastrophic, pathogenic imbalance, with care and love removed. The therapy is to restore mental health: balance among the three loves, to overcome the inner dissociation between thinking, feeling, and doing. This focus on a common factor is a very important factor in the deep culture of civilizations, and a fine way of building the major correlation in violence studies — with gender — into peace studies. Thank you, Claudio!” —Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies, Director of Transcend, Recipient of the 1987 Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”)