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Integral Transformation: Part II – The Role of the Ritual Elder

During my graduate studies, I had the good fortune to study with Robert L. Moore, a professor of psychoanalysis, culture, and spirituality at Chicago Theological Seminary. Moore, in his book, The Archetype of Initiation: Sacred Space, Ritual Process, and Personal Transformation builds upon the work of Viktor Turner on the rites of passage involved in individual and social transformation by drawing upon his own experience as a Jungian analyst. Continue reading

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Integral Transformation: Part III – The Way Forward

My personal quest for more than 20 years now has been to find a pragmatic approach to the question: How does transformation toward health – personal and societal – happen? How, for example, does someone like Nelson Mandela get shaped and formed into the statesman whose values and actions so many could admire? I gained tremendous help in this search through my professor at Chicago Theological Seminary, Robert L. Moore, and his introduction to the work of Victor Turner, particularly their lessons in regard to ritual leadership. Continue reading

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