Among others : the Hero’s journey metaphor, Gnosis, Alchemy, Psychological Essentialism, C. G. Jung’s Analytical Psychology, Frankl’s Logotherapy, Platonic and Transcendental Idealism, Metaphysics, Solipsism, Conceptualism, Constructivism, Existentialism, Process Philosophy, Erickson’s Development Challenges, Bateson’s Ecology of the Mind, Dąbrowski’s Positive Disintegration Theory, Maslow’s Self-Transcendence…
I then realised that, in a given social setting, my passion and involvement for these matters were especially acknowledged by people that had a peculiar experience of life, went through loss, grief, narrowly escaped death themselves, or were soon to meet their end… I was speaking in terms they could relate to. I was speaking in terms they needed, in terms they were longing for.
The path forward
First startled, then concerned by the fact that those subjects were obviously not addressed anymore by their historical representatives in a way that would allow the modern seeker to make them his own, I decided to transform this interest of mine into a professional activity. Restoring meanings, soothing sorrows, sometimes providing insights one could at long last make his own, or ultimately go against… I offer to finally readdress finality, absoluteness, and propose to those needing it to calm their waters. Just enough for them to feel right with the journey. Just enough for them to, in time, go serenely through their own hero’s end.
From interest to responsibility
Parallel to this personal process, I always have been sensitive to the great questions of our time, defying our future. Energy, ecology, technology, economy… my intuition letting me envision that these challenges would not find dedicated solutions without them excluding one another, I decided to start thinking in depth not only about those transitions and what they would ask of us, but also about what was hiding behind the fact that we put ourselves in the position to have to implement them. Finding in these considerations an obvious bridge with those of the interest I always had, and pointing out the fear of death as a determining factor on these matters, I soon started to participate or organise conferences and seminars at the local level, addressing the roots of our ills and – core of my expertise – the leads to follow in order to free ourselves of the patterns making us morally and emotionally dependent of our systems.