laurie laurie, March 12, 2019

Enjoy this video of Carolyn Baker’s evening presentation on March 8, 2019. Our deepest thanks to Todd Boyle for this video and to Carolyn for sharing her many gifts with us this past weekend.

With each new day, our hearts are broken by the news of suffering caused by catastrophic fires, floods, hurricanes, violence, epidemic corruption, and deaths of friends, animals, and strangers both near and afar. Yet deep in our souls, we know that life’s tragedies can also yield hidden gifts of profound healing, renewal, and thriving. Gradually, we discover how catastrophes can even become sources of gratitude. What are these catastrophes asking of us? What are they calling us to, not just taking away from us? What hidden treasures will we miss if we simply check out, self-medicate, or sink into inconsolable despair? How do we stop looking for happiness and start mining the darkness for priceless nuggets of joy and connection with ourselves, with other living beings and with Earth?  How do we make meaning in the morass of madness?

“Cata-strophe” literally means a descent that we are being asked to make together.  What do we need to make that journey?

Carolyn Baker, Ph.D., lives and writes in Boulder, Colorado and manages her website  A former Jungian- oriented psychotherapist and professor of psychology and history, Carolyn offers life and leadership coaching for people who want to live more resiliently in the present as they prepare for the future. Carolyn works closely with Andrew Harvey and other spiritual luminaries to live and promote Sacred Activism—the marriage of effecting change in the world with consciousness transformation.

She is the author of:

Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and The Global Crisis; Love in The Age of Ecological Apocalypse: The Relationships We Need to Thrive. With Andrew Harvey, she has co-authored Return to Joy and Savage Grace: Living Resiliently in The Dark Night of The Globe. Her previous books include Collapsing Consciously: Transformative Truths for Turbulent Times (2013); Navigating the Coming Chaos: A Handbook for Inner Transition (2011) and Sacred Demise: Walking the Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse (2009).