HEALING CIVILIZATION

BRINGING PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION INTO THE SOCIETAL REALM

By CLAUDIO NARANJO, MD. Foreword by Jean Houston, PhD.

The Doctor has taken the pulse of our modern way of life and concluded that it is very sick.

How did this come to be? And is there a cure?

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In this ground-breaking book, the noted Chilean psychiatrist and consciousness pioneer Dr. Claudio Naranjo applies over 30 years of transformational work with individuals and groups to the societal realm, giving us the inspiration and intra-psychic tools to heal the world from the inside out. Because healing civilization is an inside job.

Brilliantly weaving together history, anthropology, religion, economics, education, psychological development, personal growth, and political oppression, Healing Civilization illuminates our sobering global situation.

Offering a hopeful plan for change, this meaningful guide proposes an integrated balance among the three inner aspects of our being the head, the heart, and the instincts and provides a transformative plan that begins with the re-education of the coming generation of children and strives to build a world that is meaningful and harmonious.

From the Healing the World from the Inside Out series in the Rose Press Collection.*

ON THIS PAGE:

  • The Doctor’s diagnosis and prescription for healing civilization

  • About the book

  • Excerpts from the book

  • About the author

  • Reviews

  • Purchasing access

* The books in this series seek to illuminate the connection between the inner and the outer life and show us a way to wholeness. Out of this, we may awaken, bring more compassionate awareness to our actions, and (however it shows up in us) become a genuinely healing presence in the world.



The Doctor's diagnosis: 

“Our present crisis is nothing other than an expression of the destructive, and increasingly unsustainable, obsolescence of the imbalance that patriarchy introduced among the father, the mother, and the child —

  • in the family,

  • in the realm of cultural values,

  • and especially within the human mind.”

 

And the cure?

Not what you might think. Not another reactive socio-political scheme. Instead, the author gets to the real root of the problem.

To find out the cure,

we need the medicine of Naranjo's brilliant excavation of history,

and intimacy with the essential human internal makeup . . . and potential.

 

The book Healing Civilization holds that medicine.

In the following video, Dr. Naranjo is interviewed on ConsciousTV by Eleanora Gilbert on the subject of healing civilization. He very clearly addresses both the problem and the cure (including the role of consciousness) in ways that reflect the book but are not identical to it. Here is a brief transcript of a portion of the interview: watch the video (27 minutes) to receive the full depth of the interview.

The Diagnosis: “The patriarchal mind is a mind where the three brains don’t operate as an integrated system, but in which the inner father is a tyrant; the mother is just a subordinate, as women have been since the days of Eve, where Eve is culprit and therefore she must serve Adam; and the third party being the snake, the inner child—the reptilian brain.

“Civilization goes against nature and desires. It doesn’t trust spontaneity, like animals trust their own appetites; and their appetites have a wisdom. So we have pretended to live beyond nature, and squished nature within us, squished the inner child that has its own preferences.

“If this is true that we have all participated in this kind of mentality—the rule of one brain over the whole territory; one brain speaking for ourselves when it’s only a kind of island within the psyche—then the remedy is not just something so vague as democracy, or something like a return to matriarchy. If you take the three-fold scheme of Father, Mother, Child—which is echoed in our inner structure—then a healthy society would be one where this balance [exists] inwardly, in each individual’s inner parts or “persons”; and where there’s balance in the family—there’s no dominance of one or the other; no enslavement of the children to the position of somebody who is not to be heard, who has no voice.

The Prescription: “I think it cannot be done if you want to change the consciousness of the adult world. . . . The world is too large, we are too politically divided. [What’s needed is] an education [of prevention], to keep us from falling from Paradise so far. . . .” Watch this interview to find out the rest of what Dr. Naranjo prescribes.


"Claudio Naranjo, one of the most respected pioneers of the human potential movement . . . has made a vital contribution to healing civilization in this perilous time of transition."   Alfonso Montuori, Professor, Transformative Studies/Leadership, California Institute of Integral Studies

“The great critics of modernity and patriarchy . . . have seldom been able to offer a realistic version of civilizational alternatives. Claudio Naranjo's historical anthropology does exactly that. Putting forward the idea that patriarchal society evolved as a pathological response of humans, as a result of very traumatic conditions in the past, that is no longer functional, Naranjo proposes a socio-therapy of 'the patriarchal mind.'"   Wilfried Graf, Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Vienna, Austria

"This is a grand theory of Civilization with a capital c . . . . Naranjo works very creatively with the universal Father-Man/Mother-Woman/Son-Daughter-Child triangle and three loves: the agape of the mother, the eros of the child, and the father-male love of ideals-ideas. The last one has led to a catastrophic, pathogenic imbalance, with care and love removed. The therapy is to restore mental health: balance among the three loves, to over-come the inner dissociation between thinking, feeling, and doing."   Johan Galtung, Recipient of the 1987 Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize")


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Through the “intra-psychic family” — the three human centers innate within all of us —

The Three Loves

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THE INTRA-PSYCHIC FAMILY:

The head / the Father

The heart /the Mother

The instincts / The Child

Imagine what it would be like to live whole within yourself your head, your heart, and your instincts all harmonized and working together, so that it was as if an "Inner Family" of the self had a well-functioning residence inside you.

And further imagine that this transformation into wholeness could spread to every individual on earth, so that, collectively, we could work together on every  level to bring about the healing of our planet, ourselves, and our civilization (the latter, perhaps for the first time, ever!).

Wouldn't it be worth your while to find out (1) What went wrong with the human dream, and (2) What could go right?

Healing Civilization brilliantly opens this door, so that you — we — can go through it. Then, we’ll have a civilization worth living in.


EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

From "A Complex Problematique and Its Silenced Root" (Chapter 1)

"My experience as a therapist working with groups over the last three decades has nurtured not only my trust in the intrinsic goodness of humans and in the individual's possibility of leaving destructiveness behind, but also my hope in collective transformation. And now that humanity is undergoing a planetary crisis, I must admit to being apocalyptic — if by this one means a person who hopes that, in spite of the life-or-death dimension of our crisis, we have what we need within us to ensure that it will not be a fatal one.

"Many civilizations have risen and faded away, as Arnold J. Toynbee has well argued, and others (like our own) have been transformed through something akin to hybridization. But there is yet to be a civilization that undergoes the death-and-rebirth process that we have come to recognize as the essence of individual transformation, as manifest through the experience of those who have completed it: the prophets, enlightened individuals, and mythic heroes. In light of this vision, let us hope that the decaying structure of Western Christian civilization learns to die well, so that the regeneration of our social body may take place under the best of possible conditions.

"How can we not hope for such a collective death-and-rebirth, when the commercial interests of the powerful devastate our environment, our values, our quality of life, our education, our culture, and even life itself?

"And how can we not hope that the destruction of life and the human mind, to date, will at least stimulate awareness, and thus accelerate a regenerative process — in the same way that diseases indirectly cause their own cure by stimulating the organism's defenses."

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“Putting forward the idea that the patriarchal society evolved as a pathological response of humans, as a result of very traumatic conditions in the past, that is no longer functional, Naranjo proposes a socio-therapy of ‘the patriarchal mind.’ This could only come through an alternative education for the personal and social evolution of humans by balancing and transforming them as ‘three brained beings. . .’

“The great critics of modernity and patriarchy, from Toynbee to Adorno or Foucault, have seldom been able to offer a realistic vision of civilizational alternatives. Claudio Naranjo’s historical anthropology does exactly that.” — Wilfried Graf, Co-Director, Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (Vienna, Austria)


FROM THE BOOK

"There is yet to be a civilization that undergoes the death-and-rebirth process that we have come to recognize as the essence of individual transformation, as manifest through the experience of those who have completed it."  From Chapter 1 of Healing Civilization

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"An explorer of the outer reaches of inner space, [Naranjo's] depth soundings of the wells of history and civilization resound with the echo of one who hears the pathology while seeking the song of the new mythos of who we are, where we have been, and what we yet can be.” 

Dr. Jean Houston, Author, The Possible Human; Program Director, United Nations International Institute for Social Artistry. (From the book's Foreword)


“Claudio Naranjo is one of the most respected pioneers of the human potential movement . . . and many of the most interesting developments in personal growth can be traced to him. His approach is, as always, wise and inspiring because it so clearly emerges from a tremendous depth of personal experience into the far reaches of human possibilities.

“In Healing Civilization, Claudio Naranjo has made a vital contribution to healing civilization in this perilous time of transition.”— Alfonso Montuori, Professor, Transformative Studies/Transformative Leadership, California Institute of Integral Studies

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“Claudio Naranjo is at the forefront of those seeking to transform the world. For anyone wanting to make a difference for the better, Healing Civilization is a must-read!” —Michael Toms, New Dimensions Radio 


BOOK DETAILS

HEALING CIVILIZATION: Bringing Personal Transformation into the Societal Realm through Education and the Integration of the Intra-Psychic Realm

Claudio Naranjo, MD.  Foreword by Jean Houston, PhD. Published by Rose Press / Gateways Books and Tapes, USA

Trade paperback, $19.95  

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Claudio Naranjo, renowned Chilean psychiatrist, writer, teacher, and internationally sought-after public speaker, is considered a pioneer. . . 

 CLAUDIO NARANJO, MD

CLAUDIO NARANJO, MD

. . . for his experiential and theoretical work as an integrator of psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions.

One of the  three successors of Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy) at Esalen Institute, he later developed the Psychology of Enneatypes from Ichazo's Protoanalysis and founded the SAT (Seekers After Truth) Institute — an integrative psycho-spiritual school.

When not writing, he travels throughout the world, dedicating his life to aiding others in their quest for transformation and seeking to influence the public and the authorities with the idea that only a radical transformation of education can change the catastrophic course of history. 


 

Reviews

 

“In Healing Civilization, Claudio Naranjo takes an in-depth and grand vision of humanity in its full historical span and draws conclusions about the future of our humanity.

"In this work he gives us some of his overriding insights into the malaise of our contemporary world, an understanding of where this resides and how it functions, and a vision of the way in which our human world may be brought back to a wholesome and integrated way of life. There are strikingly original contributions made here. I leave the joy of this discovery to the readers."

Mitchell Ginsberg, PhD. Author, The Far Shore, The Inner Palace, and Calm, Clear, and Loving   


“This is a grand theory of Civilization with a capital c, denounced as a pathological carrier of patriarchy, with inspiration from a matriarchal past 6,000 years ago or so and promise of a more balanced future.

“Naranjo works very creatively with the universal Father-Man/Mother-Woman/Son-Daughter-Child triangle and three loves: the agape of the mother, the eros of the child, and father-male love of ideals-ideas. The last one has led to a catastrophic, pathogenic imbalance, with care and love removed. The therapy is to restore mental health: balance among the three loves, to overcome the inner dissociation between thinking, feeling, and doing. This focus on a common factor is a very important factor in the deep culture of civilization, and a fine way of building the major correlation in violence studies — with gender — into peace studies. Bravo, Claudio!”

— Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies, Director of Transcend, Recipient of the 1987 Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”)

“Dr. Naranjo's analysis is brilliant, enlightening, and easy to catch. His integral vision of 'three-brained beings' (thinking, feeling, and doing) offers a profound vision for education in our time."

Professor Heinrich Dauber. Former head, Center for Teacher Education, University of Kassel, Germany


“Naranjo dissects with unique skill the rotting corpse of Western Civilization, but he doesn't stop at nihilistic disillusion, for his treatment of his themes is permeated with love and compassion

"and he points at new ways of collective life, sowing hope in the astonished minds of those of us who have been feeling at the edge of an unprecedented historical abyss.” 

Alaor Passos, sociologist, Professor, University of Brasilia


“Claudio Naranjo is one of the most respected pioneers of the human potential movement. His influence has been subtle yet pervasive, and many of the most interesting developments in personal growth can be traced to him.

“In Healing Civilization, he has situated our crisis of civilization in a global and historical context, and presents a stirring call and an exciting foundation for a truly transformative education. His approach is, as always, wise and inspiring because it so clearly emerges from a tremendous depth of personal experience into the far reaches of human possibilities. Claudio Naranjo has made a vital contribution to healing civilization in this perilous time of transition.”

— Alfonso Montuori, Professor, Transformative Studies/Transformative Leadership, California Institute of Integral Studies

“Once again, Claudio Naranjo brings his unique blend of tradition and freshness to bear on the problems and possibilities of the modern world.

“His call for an education of love is not only an inspiring ideal, but it finds its practical reality in his now-famous SAT curriculum. This inspiring book shows that the transformative education of teachers is the fundamental key to a more humane world.”

John J. Hanagan, PhD, Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan


“The great critics of modernity and patriarchy, from Toynbee to Adorno or Foucault, have seldom been able to offer a realistic vision of civilizational alternatives. Claudio Naranjo’s historical anthropology does exactly that.

“Putting forward the idea that the patriarchal society evolved as a pathological response of humans, as a result of very traumatic conditions in the past, that is no longer functional, Naranjo proposes a socio-therapy of ‘the patriarchal mind.’ This could only come through an alternative education for the personal and social evolution of humans by balancing and transforming them as ‘three brained beings,’ starting with the education of the educators themselves. Naranjo’s ‘culturarty’ is a significant contribution towards a science of civilizational healing — and towards a ‘politics of civilization’ envisioned by the French philosopher Edgar Morin.”

— Wilfried Graf, Co-Director, Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (Vienna, Austria)



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