The Inner Work Needed For Our Outer Challenges

with Terry Patten

The Question

Start a conversation about climate change these days and most people will duck for cover.

How can we overcome our normal response of fear and powerlessness?

How can we become agents for transformational change in the world?

If you’re interested in learning a new story on confronting climate change and life in general, this episode is for you.

Our Guest


Terry Patten

Philosopher, Activist and Author

Terry Patten is a philosopher, author, activist, social entrepreneur, consultant, coach, and the author of the groundbreaking book, A New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries.

As a philosopher-activist, he has been a leading voice for facing, examining, and healing our global crisis through the marriage of higher consciousness and activism. As creator and host of the webcast “Beyond Awakening,” he has explored the biggest questions of our time in over a hundred public conversations with some of the world’s most prominent and dynamic thought leaders.

As a social entrepreneur and consultant, he founded the pioneering consciousness technology company, Tools For Exploration, led a team at the HeartMath Institute that developed their first heart-rate variability monitor, and he is currently involved in businesses engaged in restorative redwood forestry, developing fossil-fuel alternatives, addressing collective trauma, and creating new currencies for a sustainable economy.

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The Talk

At the heart of the climate crisis is a crisis of our inner lives. We ignore what we are doing to the planet because we are afraid and this in many respects mirrors so much of the rest of our lives.

In his book, Terry demonstrates that inner and outer transformation are entirely interdependent. He points to the difficult, necessary, creative, and ultimately rewarding work we all must each engage in to meaningfully address our most challenging environmental problems.

He calls on us to inspire our own potential for heroic goodness, which is latent in every human heart. There are connections between personal growth, relationships, conversations, and a new, inclusive vision of community, public service and cultural transformation.

Our discussion goes through a fascinating look at the conditioning of the mind and its typical response to fear and how we can overcome this with bravery, radical honesty and calling up our most heroic of inner reserves.

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The Questions

  • What is at the heart of why you wrote this book, what question was calling you?
  • There are many reasons for our collective inaction to the problem of climate change but fear is the largest, what are we doing at the unconscious level and what we can do to move out of it?
  • How can we engage with our personal sense of powerlessness?
  • How does a normal state of consciousness prevent our understanding of the issue?
  • Just how important do you think meditation is to the developing the qualities of mind and the type of conscious experience to wake us up to the realities we face?
  • How important is our understanding of one-ness and ‘whole-ness’ to moving forward? How can we move towards this en masse?
  • How important is it to become practice presence 24/7 when we are faced with such nuclear challenges?
  • Can you talk about some of practical things we can do to cope?
  • How do these practices support each other?
  • How important are personal narratives and myths to inspire us to action that is greater than our self limiting beliefs?

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