Places of Hope With Jurgen Kremer and Karen Jaenke
The past year has brought us an ongoing global pandemic, tremendous social unrest, political polarization, the near complete erosion of truth in politics, the rise of authoritarianism and white nationalism culminating in the insurrection at the US Capitol. Amid all of this chaos and destruction, where do we find hope? And not just hope based in shallow wish fulfillment, but hope grounded in deep perennial wisdom traditions?
Jurgen Kremer and Karen Jaenke, editors of ReVision Journal, decided to do something to dispel the dismal atmosphere of the past year. They put together an issue of ReVision Journal that confronts the shadow side of human history, exploring different stories and worldviews that are expansive, complex, and flexible enough to uplift the spirit needed most. Join us as we explore Places of Hope in today’s edition of “Circle for Original Thinking.”
Jürgen W. Kremer received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Universität (Uni-versi-tat) Hamburg, Germany. In 1982 Jurgen settled in the San Francisco Bay Area to teach full time and serve as dean at Saybrook University and [later][ at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His teaching and research interests range from general psychology, clinical psychology and research methods to the relevance of indigenous knowledge for today as well as ethno-autobiography. For four years he co-directed, with Dr. Apela Colorado, a program for Native American students and others concerned with indigenous roots and origins. Jürgen is widely published, has served on several editorial boards and has been an executive editor for ReVision (a journal of consciousness and transformation) since 1994. Today Jürgen is a tenured faculty member at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He is also a consultant to the UN University for Peace and its Indigenous Science and Peace Studies program.
Jürgen has published regularly since 1976, with 150 plus publications to his credit (journal articles, book chapters, books). Most recently he co-edited three volumes on culture, consciousness, and therapy. He published the textbook Psychology in Diversity, Diversity in Psychology – An Integrative Psychology for the 21st Century with Kendall-Hunt. His Ethnoautobiography (with R. Jackson-Paton) is scheduled to be re-issued in its third edition with the same publisher. His multicultural textbook Abnormal Psychology has been issued in January of 2020 by Kendall-Hunt.
Karen Jaenke, Ph.D. is Chair of the Consciousness & Transformative Studies MA program at National University. In 2016, she placed the Consciousness Studies program online., giving it global reach. Formerly, she served as Director of the Ecotherapy Certificate at JFKU (2011-14) and Dissertation Director at the Institute of Imaginal Studies in Petaluma, CA from 2001-2008. She is also an Executive Editor of ReVision: Journal of Consciousness and Transformation, she has edited journals and published articles on: Imaginal Psychology, Shamanism and the Wounded West, and Earth Dreaming, as well as numerous articles on dreams. She is the founder of Dreamhut Consulting (www.dreamhut.org) and her creative vision synthesizes dreamwork, indigenous ways of knowing, the subtle body, with (Gaian) or living planetary awareness…