Why on Earth?
Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming
Life today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our participation in nature and the broader culture. We often focus on the outer needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change. However, can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our inner life and to our own evolving biography as it reflects and informs the outer world?
This book starts from the premise that each of our lives expresses uniqueness of spiritual intention within the unfolding of universal rhythms and possibilities.
Can we wake up to the developmental opportunities offered to us through different life phases?
Are we able to step out of the narrowness of the dualistic nature–nurture argument and experience that we are both more than our genetic composition and more than a product of the social and educational influences that have shaped us?
Can we come to appreciate the learning that our “I” has received through heredity, ethnicity, schooling, and gender without losing a sense of our true individuality?
Waking up to our unique self as it grows through interaction with the world and other human beings helps us recognize the significance, we all play in one another’s biographies and in the unfolding of our larger human story.
Why on Earth? invites us to explore our own meaning-filled life journey, to bring conscious attention to how we go our path, so that we may more freely perceive our possibilities and our responsibilities along the way of our personal and shared becoming.
C O N T E N T S:
1. Lifetimes of Intention
2. Feminine and Masculine and the Question of Gender
3. Understanding Temperament: Appreciating our Differences
4. Seasons of Life: Phases of Development
5. The Long Spring: Birth to Twenty-One
6. Summer Fullness: Twenty-One to Forty-Two
7. Autumn Light and Shadow: Forty-Two to Sixty-Three
8. Winter Winds: Sixty-Three and Beyond
9. Taking One’s Self Seriously: Going an Inner Path
10. Lifting the Veil
Appendix: Biography Work with Others