This Sunday, Dec. 14th at 10am Pacific, I will be joined by Keith Witt for a conversation we’ve titled “We Are the Catastrophe, We Are the Salvation.”
Keith Witt is a truly integral clinical psychologist, teacher, author, and commentator. He has a private practice, but also publicly shares his rich and unique insights into human psychology, physiology, and relationships in a series of books, online courses, talks, and in his role as a regular guest on The Daily Evolver with Jeff Salzman.
On Sunday, Keith and I will be looking at how to best foster the commitment and will needed to address humanity’s crisis and move beyond being the catastrophe to being the salvation, starting at the local level where Keith’s therapy and teaching work has mostly been—working with individuals, couples, families, and graduate/post-graduate psychotherapy students to support more love and less violence; to having influence at the global level, social level, and policy level.
Keith sees most psychotherapy and change work as operating on the local level to deepen consciousness. He says that there are critical thresholds of expanded consciousness that need to be reached for our global will to reach a tipping point where we can resolve the crises that surround us. While there have been five great extinctions since life appeared on earth, humanity is the first cause of a great extinction that has a conscience. Humanity’s collective conscience gains power as consciousness expands person-by-person, family-by-family, and group-by-group. The wealth, power, and technology to provide solutions to all the world’s most pressing problems exist already and are constantly being expanded and refined.
In our discussions leading up to this dialogue, Keith observed that “everything is relationships” within ourselves, with others, with nature, and with the past/present/future. All relationships manifest in holarchies. Keith will walk us through what fractals (where the whole is repeated on multiple levels on different time and size scales) have to do relationships and holarchies, and unpack how greater complexity in humans is biased towards deeper consciousness and increasing compassion.
Keith also says that as part of this great “extinction with a conscience” every individual human is also contributing to the salvation on some level, even if it’s only to heed the faint voices of our genetic predispositions to share, care, and be fair. I hope you’ll tune in!
About Keith Witt
Dr. Keith Witt is a licensed psychologist, teacher, and author who has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, Ca. for over forty years. He is the founder of The School of Love, where he offers his “School of Love Lecture Series,” “Therapist in the Wild” web series, and “Integral Conversations,” a collection of audios and videos on health, love, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, and development-related topics. Integral Life recently launched an online course by Keith called “Loving Completely: Five Ways Relationships Work…or Don’t.”
Keith has written five books (Integral Mindfulness, Waking Up, Sessions, The Attuned Family, and The Gift of Shame), and given three TEDx talks. He lectures and teaches classes across the U.S. Waking Up and its companion volume, Sessions, are two of the first texts on Integrally Informed Psychotherapy.
Keith has conducted over fifty-three thousand therapy sessions, led many groups, and been a contributor to Integral Life and the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. In his well-received presentations at the What Next and the Integral Theory Conferences, and in his ongoing series, “The Shrink and the Pundit” with Jeff Salzman, Keith has explored love, intra and interpersonal relationships, and child and adult development from multiple perspectives, weaving neuroscience, Integral theory, wisdom traditions, and numerous forms of psychotherapy into a coherent cosmology of love and development.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, December 14th at 10:00am Pacific; 11:00am Mountain; 12:00pm Central; 1:00pm Eastern
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The Beyond Awakening Team