We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children - Native American proverb Our relationship with the earth is increasingly split: the earth is seen as a commodity to be taken and used with no thought of reciprocity. At the same time, many people claim to ‘love nature’. How do we begin to understand the psychic roots of such a split? Jung is one of the few psychotherapists who has written extensively about the relationship between inner and outer nature, warning of the consequences of industrial growth culture. Can Jungian concepts help us to think, and act, in the face of such deadly and paralysing crisis? How are these issues relevant to our practice and us as therapists?
Mary-Jayne Rust is an art therapist and Jungian analyst of over 30 years experience. Eating problems has been one thread of her work, which has led to a wider interest in what drives us to consume the earth. She has published a number of papers, as well as co-editing Vital Signs: Psychological Responses to Ecological Crisis (Karnac). See www.mjrust.net
Jerome Bernstein is a Jungian Analyst .He has a forty year relationship with Navajo and Hopi cultures. He is the author of Living in the Borderland: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Challenge of Healing Trauma (Routledge 2005).