By Jena Griffiths | November 13, 2021
What does climate change have to do with collective trauma and how each of us can contribute to healing the climate crisis by doing our own inner work – by becoming aware of frozen places within inhibiting our ability to respond?
Our willingness or ability to respond to the urgency of the crisis in which we find oursleves has been impaired by numbing and overwhelm, a shutting down of our nervous system, says Thomas Huebl.
A powerful exploration on the “anatomy of inaction” by Thomas Huebl in conversation with Kosha Joubert of the pocketproject.org
Introduction to this talk
Rough transcript of introduction to this discussion (first 28 minutes)
KJ: What is trauma and how does it co-create or shape our reality?TH: “…Trauma is a social issue that concerns all of us.
“We are living in a normalisation of systemic trauma factors that are partly running the show without us knowing. ..That why the responsiveness of society to an obvious threat needs to be seen also through the lens of collective trauma. Because Trauma doesn’t want to change. Its nature is to freeze so if there’s enormous change process coming towards us, in our fluid state… we have adaptability… in trauma we don’t have adaptability. In trauma it scares me to change and if someone pushes me, like an activist, I push against it because it scares me even more.” Thomas Huebl
The conversation about this follows on from about 28 minutes in.
Below an excellent exercise with Jens Riese on exploring the limits of our own emotional capacity.
and another excellent attunment with Markus Hirzig – exploring our inner climate
“Do you have enough space and time? If not you might notice urgency, pressure… “
“Do you have space to invite the world into your house?
Further exploration on this theme
A new Sounds True podcast with Deb Dana, author of Anchored: How to Befriend Your Nervous System Using Polyvagal Theory. Listen to this excellent beginners guide to polyvagal theory, Becoming an Active Operator of Your Nervous System so that we can come back into relationship and be with our current crisis in a different way.
“Yours responsibility is to learn to regulate your own nervous system so that you can be regulating for your friends. ” says Dana.
Also related to this – how knowing what your fingerprints say about your purpose helps to heal the fragile eco system that we are part of.