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  • Somewhere between the readings about Zombies & Earthrise, I remembered how many dreams I’ve been having of zombies.  And, indeed, I’ve become pretty zombie-like in waking life too.   Undead, but driven.  Pushing through 60 hour work weeks controlled by the belief that this will somehow prove my worth (and distract me from going down into my own depths?).  Now it seems it has all led to a full-blown clinical depression.    What the Zombie article says about institutions either modifying their core missions & practices or self-destructing seems applicable on a personal level too.  

     In Anne Baring’s talk (from Synchronicity Conference) she talked about how the feminine can speak to us thru illnesses & afflictions and at some point she also showed an Earthrise image (different than the original).  Question I guess is whether I/we will listen to the feminine & move toward Earthrise (Gaia) or collapse into self-destruction.

     The initiation archetype is also a good one to keep in mind.   It is a way to hold the descent that we need to go through personally & collectively in a container of death and rebirth.   I sure hope I’m listening to myself & will remember this. :-)

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Final paper

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