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Integral Leadership, Activism, Community and Sustainability - the role of the Herbalist...
21 April 2012
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I’ve been looking into the Integral Leadership movement and Terry Patten’s approach to evolutionary activism and am wondering how this relates to us as Herbalists.

 

Herbalists have a long history of being activists, both on and behind the scenes. Herbal medicine is inherently directed towards sustainability, fair-trade, organic agriculture, preservation of biodiversity. Herbalists are educators and resources for information. Herbalists, in their training, bridge various fields of knowledge and worldview: modern and traditional, East and West, Physiology and Psychology. 

 

Herbalists also have a tendency to be oriented towards creating and strengthening community vs individualism, and a world-centric perspective vs an ego-centric or ethno-centric perspective.

 

Just doing what they do herbalists role as bridge-builders and educators, doing a work, with passion, that is contrary to the economic and political currents of the “health-care” powers-that-be, are embodying a certain type of activism and leadership, regardless of their personality. 

 

So my question is to explore our role as leaders, activists, and supporters of a transformative shift in human consciousness, economics and so forth. Because whether we are political engaged or not, our very tools (plants!) are inherently “greener” than anything the pharmaceutical system and the standard approach to health care could every claim to produce.

 

Some web-sites on Integral leadership and activism:

 

http://www.integralleadershipcollaborative.com/fe/23398-integral-leader-kickstarter-kit

http://www.integralleadershipcollaborative.com/sq/6617-ilc-free-content

 

Terry Patten’s excellent blog-post:

http://www.integralspiritualpractice.com/blog/evolutionary-activism-—-a-bodhid…..a-strategy

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