Co-construction & Our Sense of Self

Please watch the videos below and I invite you to share anything you wish about your experiences on the forum or via email.

This section addresses our 'sense of self' as a construct of the interconnected spheres of influence in our lives and the implications this has on our understanding of our potential and the potential of others.

C.- Deepak Chopra. Who Am I. What is existence:

Every individual is a unique manifestation of the Whole, as every branch is a particular (manifestation) outreaching of the tree. To manifest individuality, every branch must have sensitive connection with the tree, just as our independently moving and differentiated fingers must have a sensitive connection with the whole body. The point, which can hardly be repeated too often, is that differentiation is not separation. The head and the feet are different, but not separate, and though man is not connected to the universe by exactly the same physical relation as branch to tree or feet to head, he is nonetheless connected— and by physical relations of fascinating complexity. Alan Watts

D.- When we consider our sense of self/our “identity” we can see the qualities that characterise. Now imagine all the influences that we simply are unaware of or haven’t notice yet, but have informed our sense of self... Why do we limit ourselves, our identity, at all?

E.- SEE VIDEO

Below the short film, 'Overview' explores the "Overview Effect," a shift in human perception of our Earth, ourselves, and our place in the universe. The film features insights from commentators and thinker on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for society, and our relationship to the environment.

F.- AFTER WATCHING VIDEO:

Why do we tend to only identify with a our-sense-of- (“I”) based mostly on our bodies, thoughts, feelings and experiences... rather than the whole? Why? Why did it have such an impact on the world when we first saw the image of our space?

ACTIVITY

G.- Begin to plan a LESSON that we ́ll call: “INTERDEPENDENCE AND INTERCONECTION” that will demonstrate evidence of understanding of Interconnection. PLEASE incorporate all these ideas and things we have been talking about into one lesson

CENTERING AND REFLECTION

H.- What came up for you while reflecting on the co-construction of “self”?

I.- Please see the article by Joanna Macy below:

www.joannamacy.net/resources/deepecology...ecological-self.html

Remember I invite you to share anything you wish about your experiences on the forum or via email.

For any questions please send an email to belen.kohler@universalmandala.org