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Awakening a way of attending that addresses root causes as well as downstream effects

September 29, 2018

Our dire plight is underpinned, at root bottom, by a sense of separation from Nature which is generating profound problems for ourselves, our psyches, our human relations, and our socio-economic power-plays.

Yet there are healthy and sustained signs of a re-connection – at deep and partly unconscious levels – within our individual and collective psyches, which might just pull us out of our present pickle.

Clare Graves, the originator of Spiral Dynamics, refers to Tier Two consciousness – Teal, Turquoise, Coral – as having an echo of the early Beige and Purple animistic levels of consciousness, and yet being quite different. In fact, Graves went as far as to say that as we move into Tier Two consciousness (our ‘return’ back into inter-connectedness) we become a new human-being as our neurology is substantially different from Tier One – a substantial threshold in consciousness is crossed.

We embody and experience the self-other-world dynamic in a different way, as we are now conscious of our own sense of separation, and so are consciously re-connecting back-in to a participatory worldview.  If we dare, we become conscious co-creators participating in this web of life.

‘Man, at the threshold of the seventh level [Teal] is at the threshold of being human [whereupon there is] recognition of the magnificence of existence and the desire to see that it shall continue to be.’ – Clare Graves, originator of Spiral Dynamics

Crossing this threshold now upon us is no mean feat. It requires every cell and sinew in our bodies to up-stretch into a new way of being-and-doing, a new orientation with ourselves, with who we really are, and all the shadow work and depth psychology, as painful as it may be, that this entails.  One might call it a ‘dark night of the soul’ or ‘the journey towards wholeness’ or, as Jung famously did, ‘individuation’ – it is happening individually in us, if we allow ourselves the chance, or it is forced upon us individually and collectively. We have this conscious choice, in the metamorphic moment in our human history.

 ‘As the world cries out for the shift in perception we know is needed, The Illusion of Separation is a positive response to the deep seated crisis we face… How do we “participate” in creation, rather than seek its control and mere consumption?  Here lie the answers.’ – Ian Skelly, broadcaster and writer, co-author of Harmony by HRH The Prince of Wales


‘Giles Hutchins takes us on an amazing tour de force, the intellectual tour of our lives. With ease and incredible clarity, he reveals simultaneously the history and the philosophy and the implications of the dire plight Earth is now within … He does not let us hang there, however, for with equal engaged clarity, he shows us the alternative at hand … Never before, that I know of, has the choice of life, true life, or the path of degradation been put before us with such clear equanimity.’ – Robert Sardello, PhD, Founder of Centre of Spiritual Psychology, author of Love and the Soul: Creating a Future for Earth


‘Cutting through habitual denials and academic evasions, Giles Hutchins exposes the delusion at the root of our planetary crisis.  And with a holographic richness of resources and disciplines, he discloses—indeed activates—the attitude that might just provoke our needed evolution. This is a wise and urgent text: may it be heard, and soon!’ – Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew University, author of On the Mystery


‘With clarity and insight Giles Hutchins analyses the roots of our present collective mindset of separation, and yet shows how science and spirituality point to a deeper, inclusive consciousness. Here are signposts for a future that is vitally needed in the present moment.’ – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD, Sufi teacher and author, Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth


 ‘This is a powerful and timely work that asks the most important question of all… Have we evolved from Homo sapiens sapiens (so good we named ourselves twice) into Homo Hubris – the ape that lost its nature.’  – Tim Smit, KBE, founder of The Eden Project



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