Author: James Inabinet

The Alchemy of Mythic Enactment 3. Mythos of Becoming: Masks of Comportment

Date: TBA.  10AM – 6PM.   ​Facilitator: James Inabinet, PhD.  Cost: $25 A series of exercises that enables one to begin the discernment of a fully-human path, one to be enacted by walking it.  Exercises facilitate the development of the feeling-function, a non-sensory mode of perception indispensable for discerning a personal path with heart,  a ways and means for enacting humanness by acting spontaneously vis-a-vis the emerging future.

The Alchemy of Mythic Enactment 2. Mythos of Being: Shield-Making

Date: TBA.  10AM – 6 PM. ​Facilitator: James Inabinet, PhD.  Cost: $25 Shield enables one to codify and chart gifts, intelligences, and deeply-held predilections that point to a unique series of character archetypes, to be discerned and strategically placed onto visual Shield pattern.  When appropriately used, the shield provides a clearing for authenticity that can only arise when you know you.

The Alchemy of Mythic Enactment 1. Mythos of the Past: Winter Count.

Date: TBA.  10AM – 6PM.  Facilitator: James Inabinet, PhD.  Cost: $25 Winter Count enables increased freedom from patterned behaviors of the personal past, behaviors that have inexorably led to the personal now.  by discerning and re-feeling significant past moments, a necessary “clearing-away” may leave room to enact new,  more harmonious, comportment behaviors.

James Inabinet, PhD.

Coordinator. Moved onto the site at La Terre in 1990. Built house while engaging in nature research inspired primarily by primal world views and deep ecology, seeking what it means to be fully human; seeking what it would be like to create a human niche (a milieu within which humans and their non-human neighbors might thrive) by becoming intimate with this place. Completed Masters of Arts in Earth Literacy (St. Mary of the Woods College, Terre Haute, IN) in 2006. Moved research locus to California to study various cosmologies, seeking aspects that might serve to coherently describe and explain the successful results of nature research. Completed doctorate in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2011. ​ Post doctoral research resumes at La Terre, to further the nature research, to articulate connections congruent to the mission of La Terre Integral Center, and teach.

In the beginning…

At twenty-two, caught in a winter storm, blowing hair tickling my face, I watched the swaying dance of marsh grasses animated by the wind and stood stone-like, in awe. At that pregnant moment I came to know the cosmos before me: the grass, the lake, the wind, the ducks, and clouds and sky and stars and moon as co-revelers in a dance; a dancing into being. I realized too–immediately, not in retrospect–that I had a role in that dance, at once spontaneous, unbounded, mysterious, but I had no way to choreograph its steps or perform its movements. Instantly I became part of something larger, something beautiful, something entirely Other and still me at the same time.  This vision sustained me for a decade or more, even as it poked at me, festering.  It wouldn’t leave me alone! Unable to get on with life in a Western way I finally sought a different way of being, one being pressed upon me it seemed, by the cosmos itself, luring me from afar, irrepressible.  No longer able to turn my back, I turned towards it seeking the nature of nature, seeking …

Workshop Rationale

A HUMAN NICHE IS A PLACE THAT FACILITATES A FLOWERING OF THE FULLNESS OF HUMANNESS. A place that facilitates me becoming fully “me,” in my wholeness. More than just a place, it necessarily includes the Other, many Others.Ensconced in such a rich, varied environment, i might emanate humanness–with joy! In forests, squirrels spontaneously create niches.  How do they know how? How can I come to know how?​​ “WHO” IS ENSCONCED IN THIS NICHE? IS IT ME? WHO IS THAT? What is it like to become, to feel wholly, authentically me?  Squirrels are naturally authentic, spontaneously enacting a series of behaviors that lead to squirrelness.  How does a squirrel become squirrel? How can I become human in that way? AUTHENTICITY AND NICHE-MAKING ARE ARRIVED AT THROUGH ONE ACTIVITY. As with squirrels, that ONE activity should be spontaneous and natural. Ubiquitous in squirrels, it seems rare in humans. That ONE activity arises out of a relationship with place.  Ever-changing relationships that can never be reduced to a formula that can be taught or learned. That ONE activity is a function of behavior.  Not any behavior, but those in agreement, in conformity, in harmony with place, …