If the UK can do this surely we can in New Zealand!

This week there is so much bad news about the environment. Maybe it will stimulate us a bit more. Got me to post this.
This seems a simple plan. I can imagine popping up some sort of receiver from my car.

UK government backs scheme for motorway cables to power lorries

 

E-highway study given £2m to draw up plans for overhead electric cables on motorway near Scunthorpe The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonise road freight.

Source: UK government backs scheme for motorway cables to power lorries

Personal Development Evening with Walter Logeman & Kate Tapley

Just updated our Workshop page.  Adding it here in the mainstream!

Weekly on a Thursday 6:30 to 9:00
Term Three,  2021

Five Thursday Evenings in September — 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Love. Living life to the full. Finding meaning. Global and spiritual matters. Conflict, grief and illness. Examine and be challenged by matters of importance to you in these evening workshops. You can expect to gain a deeper awareness of yourself and others. Learn to be spontaneous, courageous and effective in relationships. We will use psychodrama to explore themes relevant to you and the group. If you are in a couple relationship you are both invited to attend.

No previous group experience is necessary.

Walter Logeman & Kate Tapley

Walter is an experienced psychodramatist, trainer, psychotherapist and relationship therapist.

Kate is an advanced psychodrama trainee and will be working with Walter in this group as a trained auxiliary.

Venue — Quaker Meeting House, 217 Ferry Road, Christchurch.

Fee — $150 for the term.

Enrolments — To enrol, for more information and to ensure there are places available please contact Walter: 021 2710610 walter@psybernet.co.nz

Maximum places 12. Please pay online: Westpac 03-0802-0058343-000. When you pay, also send an email or txt to Walter.

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For Psychodrama training go here: Psychodrama.org

 

416.08 ppm CO2 PPM today.

 

Latest

Daily CO2

A Bellweather Indicator for Planetary Environmental Stability, Global Economic Security & Inter-Generational Sustainability

Jul. 23, 2021 416.08 ppm
Jul. 23, 2020 413.55 ppm
1 Year Change 2.53 ppm (0.61%)

Last CO2 Earth update: 2:35:02 AM on Jul. 24, 2021, Hawaii local time (UTC -10)

This table presents the most up-to-date, daily average reading for atmospheric CO2 on the planet.  Units = parts per million (ppm).  Measurement location = Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii. Source = NOAA-ESRL.

https://www.co2.earth/daily-co2

 

 

#ACFM Microdose: Psychodrama with Nada Sabet

Podcast on Novara Media.

Good to hear about psychodrama on a political podcast.  Sounds like some good work in Cairo!

Let me add some points to note …

    • Kate Hudgins is not Moreno’s wife.
    • The term role is better than part.  The whole being is engaged in a role.
    • Good theatre makes for good therapy.  The aesthetics count!
    • The protagonist works for the group, they embody the concerns of the group.

July 23 2021
54 minutes

Nada explains how psychodrama can be used to deal with trauma, abuse and family dynamics, and how the method can shift focus from the personal to the political.

Produced by Matt Huxley and Chal Ravens.

Spontaneity, Anxiety and the Moment — a passage from “Who Shall Survive?”

A passage from “Who Shall Survive?”

Anxiety is a function of spontaneity. Spontaneity is, as defined, the adequate response to a present situation. If the response to the present situation is adequate-“fullness” of spontaneity-anxiety diminishes and disappears. With decrease of spontaneity anxiety increases. With entire loss of spontaneity, anxiety reaches its maximum, the point of panic. In the “warm up” of an actor to a present situation anxiety may move into two opposite directions; it may start with their striving to move out of an old situation without having enough spontaneity available to do so; or, the anxiety may set in as soon as some “external” force pushes them out of the old situation and leaves them hanging in the air. The terrifying thing for an actor is this wavering between a situation which they have just abandoned and to which he cannot return and a situation which they must attain in order to get back into balance and feel secure. The infant, immediately after birth is the illustration par excellence for this phenomenon. He cannot return to the womb, he has to stay within this new world, but he may not have enough spontaneity to cope with its demands. In such moments of complete abandonment it is imperative that he draws upon all his resources or that someone comes to his aid, an auxiliary ego. Another illustration is a soldier who is suddenly attacked by an overwhelming number of enemies, or the protagonist of the psychodramatic situation facing a group of unbelievers, a man in a frenzy, who acts to save his life.

Thinking through this process it is dialectically faulty to start with the negative, with anxiety. The problem is to name the dynamic factor provoking anxiety to emerge. Anxiety sets in because there is spontaneity missing, not because “there is anxiety,” and spontaneity dwindles because anxiety rises.

“Who Shall Survive?” pages 336-7

 

Give birth to this moment.

What now?
Nothing will help.
What am I doing?
Why am I here?
The plan is gone.
Just plug on.
It’s OK.
Not knowing is OK.
Push on.
Keep going.
What about the plan?
What now?
Nothing will help.
What am I doing?
Why am I here?
The plan won’t work.
Just plug on.
It’s OK.
Not knowing is OK.
Push on.
Keep going.
What now?
Plug on.
It’s OK.
Not knowing is OK.
Push on.
Keep going.
No, no. No.
What about the plan?
What now?
Plug on.
Push on.

Pause

Look.

Move.

Breathe.

Notice.

Be. Here. Now.

Give birth to this moment.

Express.

 

Psychodrama and the body

Some quotes from Moreno in “Who Shall Survive?”

Role emergence is prior to the emergence of the self. Roles do not emerge from the self, but the self may emerge from roles. The hypothesis upheld by many that the genesis of role emergence and the genesis of language are one and the same is not tenable according to experimental role research. Long before language linked roles emerge in the child’s world, “psychosomatic roles” operate effectively (for instance, the role of the eater, the sleeper and the walker). There is considerable psychic resistance against the intrusion of language in infants and even some resistance against gestural infiltration. There is no reason to assume that the language-free areas are non-human. There is overwhelming evidence that these silent areas are co-existent with the vocal ones on the human level and have great potentialities for independent growth. There may be forms of social communication without gestural involvement. The tele phenomenon operates in all dimensions of communication and it is therefore an error to reduce it to a mere reflection and correspondent of the communication process via language.

“Who Shall Survive?” 76

 

The antiquated couch was transformed into a multidimensional stage, giving space and freedom for spontaneity, freedom for the body and for bodily contact, freedom of movement, action and interaction .

“Who Shall Survive?” 119

 

 

Language is one of the dominant social institutions of mankind. The discovery of the infra languages and the basic language technique may become of similar importance for the science of communication as the discovery of the tele, social atom and network has been for the formation of groups. They can serve as creative antidotes to a logically and emotionally overstuffed civilization. The kiss, the embrace, the handshake, the “magic” touch of the hand, the looking into each other’s eyes, the signs and gestures of love and friendship, of longing and despair, of pain and misery, the rhythm of the body in motion, at work, in dance, walking and in song, in plays and games, have potentialities which have been only partially unharnessed. The frozen forms of language and arts have held them back and have not permitted them to grow and develop and lend life a new richness: a spontaneous-creative cultural order. There are human situations of such universality as to cause our social symbols and customs, our cultural standards to be suddenly transcended; “we” experiences become possible without their direct aid. I remember a man and a woman in love, one from an African culture, the other from a Nordic one, who could not speak to each other except by unheard-of sounds, the look in their eyes, the touch of their hands, the rhythms of their bodies acting in unison. Who has not seen a mother talking to her infant, a few weeks old, taking the part of the baby as well as her own in perfect harmony . Here the logical-emotional languages of our culture would rather interfere than aid.

“Who Shall Survive?” 35-36

These are not social and mental signs only but also physiological signs, altered breathing rate, gasping, crying, smiling, clenching the teeth, etc. The bodily starters of any behaviour as acting or speaking on the spur of the moment are characterized by physiological signs. In the process of warming up these somatic symbols unfold and release simple emotions, as fear, anger, or more complex and diffused states. It is not necessary for verbal reactions to evolve in the process of warming up; they may or they may not. But some mimic symbols are usually present; they are related to underlying physiological processes and to psychological states.

“Who Shall Survive?” 338