Gaia and Psyche
An Interview with Andrew Fellows

November 12, 2019

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this episode Andrew Fellows speaks with Joanna about: Anthropocene, the damage we are inflicting to the planet; the parallel between james Lovelock’s Gaia theory and Carl Jung’s theory of the psyche; the panpsychist view, on the rise; identifying the 3 mechanisms that block our transition to a regenerative culture; discovering Deep Ecology; the unique quest for wholeness, not perfection; the ecological religion of shinto; numinous encounters in Japan and Peru; psychedelics and the profound affinity for trees; evil as absence of goodness versus active principle; the essence of frugality; Brexit, the denial mode of nostalgia; the Chinese story of the bird that grew and grew…; unus mundus, the underlying unity of mind and matter; the wall of patriarchy and the rebalancing of the feminine; Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Jacinta Arden; ecological crisis and meaningful suffering; joining the dots of individuation and deep ecology.

Andrew Fellows, PhD, is a Jungian Analyst (AGAP/IAAP) with private practices in Bern and Zurich, a deep ecologist, and a writer. He holds a Doctorate in Applied Physics (Dunelm), and enjoyed two decades of international professional engagement with renewable energy, sustainable development and environmental policy before moving from the U.K. to Switzerland in 2001 to study Analytical Psychology. His special interests include the Anima Mundi, the mid-life transition, the new sciences, and the use of depth psychology to understand and address global collective and environmental problems, especially climate change and other aspects of the Anthropocene. His lectures draw on many years of independent research and writing, from which he has presented his evolving ideas since 2007 at international conferences in England, Estonia, Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. in addition to teaching at ISAP Zurich. His first book is “Gaia, Psyche and Deep Ecology: Navigating Climate Change in the Anthropocene”.

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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