Stephen Jenkinson joins Terry Patten on Beyond Awakening: the Future of Spiritual Practice for a dialogue entitled, “Death Phobia and Grief Illiteracy: How They Distance Us from One Another, Our Planet, and Our World Crisis.”
During this public conversation, Stephen and Terry define and explore “death phobia” and “grief illiteracy,” two wide-spread conditions which disconnect us culturally and contribute to global instability.
For most of us grief is a vast unexplored territory. Because we don’t dare to go there, we dwell in only a small portion of our existential estate. During this dialogue, Stephen and Terry delve into why that is; and how we can go beyond our own death phobia and be deepened and strengthened by an honest wholesome engagement with appropriate grief.
Terry’s core inquiry on Beyond Awakening is about how higher consciousness can enable human beings to rise to meet the unique challenges of our world in crisis, so the discussion will be held in that context. And you’ll be able to participate with questions toward the end of the dialogue.
Register your email on the side bar of this webpage to receive the download of their conversation. You’ll also gain access to over 100 others, all rich and fascinating dialogues, in which Terry—along with thought leaders ranging from Dan Brown to Marianne Williamson to Ken Wilber to Lynne Twist to Daniel Siegel to Ram Dass to Joanna Macy—earnestly explores the pivotal questions of our times. It’s an amazingly rich resource.
About Stephen Jenkinson
Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America.
He has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions.
He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015), Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching (2013), How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – a live recorded teaching (2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002), and contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007).