Podcast #10 — Wednesday, July 8, 2009 — Creating a Healing Society

“While we are accustomed to thinking about the impact of trauma on the individual, most of us are unaware of the dramatic effect that unresolved trauma and difficult life experiences have on society and the world,” so says Susan Lawrence, MD, founder of The Catalyst Foundation and author of “Creating a Healing Society” and guest on today’s show.

In The Lioness Tale the prison can be viewed metaphorically as both inner and outer: Inner, in the sense that unconscious behaviors, driven by early childhood trauma, imprison us and bar us from our feelings, creativity, joy, compassion and passion for life; outer, in the sense that society creates institutions that continue cycles of abuse. Prisons might be the clearest example. Yet, not only prisons, but many of our social structures institutionalize unconscious projections of our collective psyche in negative ways. By awakening the liberating spirit within, not only our individual lives are healed, but also society as a whole.

Creating a Healing Society

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