Taoism & Earth-Based Psychology

What if the complicated tangles of your own life and human history were part of a meaningful natural flow? And what if you could find a way to facilitate these conflicts from the deepest part of your own nature?

Could connecting with the wisdom of the earth provide unexpected solutions to difficult problems, as Indigenous peoples have always known?

“Within what we call problems are paths we haven’t explored yet. The momentary awareness of signals and feelings, images and motions, shows the way.”
Arnold Mindell, (2007, p. 6).1)Mindell, A. (2007) Earth-based psychology: Path awareness from the teaching of Don Juan, Richard Feynman, and Lao-Tse. Portland, OR: Lao Tse Press.

Processwork is based the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism and reflects teachings from the earth-based traditions of Indigenous peoples around the world.

“’Follow process’—that’s something that the old Taoists said about 3000 years BC at least, in China—’follow nature; it seems to know what to do.’ So that’s the spiritual thing, that nature is ancient, she’s older than all of us human beings, and we’re only about 200,000 years old, the nature of this planet is about 5 billion, something like that. ‘Follow nature inside of us.’ The Taoists said this about 5000 years ago, however, how do you do it in everyday life?”

 

Arnold Mindell, (2009).2)Prengle, S. (2009, March). Arny Mindell: Process Work (process oriented psychology). Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy Podcast. USABP.

Processwork training is an updated practice of Taoism. It draws on modern physics, Indigenous wisdom and shamanism to give you the skills and metaskills to facilitate the flow of nature and navigate its conflicts. It requires a significant and serious commitment to awareness and will challenge you to develop beyond the comfort zone of your normal, everyday identity and intentions.

“Go with the flow is a great idea and Taoism was a great idea but the problem is that in spite of the depth of this ancient idea and the modern hope to go with the flow of things, people have trouble doing that …because a lot of the flow is unconscious or goes against what we consciously want to do … ” Arnold Mindell, (1992).

3)Mindell, A. interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove. (1992). Process psychology and your dream body, Thinking Allowed Productions.

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References   [ + ]

1. Mindell, A. (2007) Earth-based psychology: Path awareness from the teaching of Don Juan, Richard Feynman, and Lao-Tse. Portland, OR: Lao Tse Press.
2. Prengle, S. (2009, March). Arny Mindell: Process Work (process oriented psychology). Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy Podcast. USABP.
3. Mindell, A. interviewed by Jeffrey Mishlove. (1992). Process psychology and your dream body, Thinking Allowed Productions.