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RosePressThe Rose Press "Healing" Series presents a book about healing our planet, our culture, and our inner being's effect on the world, by the esteemed Chilean psychiatrist, Dr. Claudio Naranjo:

Healing Civilzation

“Claudio Naranjo is at the forefront of those seeking to transform the world.

For anyone wanting to make a difference for the better, Healing Civilization is a must-read!”

— Michael Toms, President and Host, New Dimensions Radio


From Dr. Claudio Naranjo

the internationally esteemed psychiatrist and author,

and the consciousness pioneer who first brought the Enneagram of Personality to our attention in the United States — now comes a book that provides the answer to our civilization's current crises.

Healing Civilization

Bringing Personal Transformation into the Societal Realm

through Education and the Integration of the Intra-Psychic Family

Claudio Naranjo, MD

Foreward by Dr. Jean Houston

Healing Civilzation

Our present crisis is nothing other than an expression

of the destructive, and increasingly unsustainable,

obsolescence of the imbalance

that patriarchy introduced among the father, the mother, and the child —

in the family,

in the realm of cultural values,

and especially within the human mind.”

Dr. Claudio Naranjo

(from Healing Civilization, Chapter 1: A Complex Problematique and Its Silenced Root)


and concluded that it is sick, very sick — perhaps even terminally ill. The diagnosis? “The great problem of civilization is none other than civilization itself!” the author declares.

What is the cause? And is there a cure?

Imagine what it would be like to live whole within yourself ~

your head, your heart, and your instincts all harmonized and working together,

so that it was as if an "Inner Family" of the self had a well-functioning residence inside you.

And further imagine that this transformation into wholeness could spread to every individual on earth,

so that, collectively, we could work together on every  level

to bring about the healing of our planet, ourselves, and our civilization

(the latter, perhaps for the first time, ever!).

Wouldn't it be worth your while to find out

1. What went wrong with the human dream, and

2. What could go right?

Healing Civilization brilliantly opens this door, so you can go through it.


Praise for Healing Civilization

“An explorer of the outer reaches of inner space, [Naranjo's] depth soundings of the wells of history and civilization resound with the echo of one who hears the pathology while seeking the song of the new mythos of who we are, where we have been, and what we yet can be.”

— Jean Houston, author, The Possible Human; A Passion for the Possible;

A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story;

Program Director, United Nations International Institute for Social Artistry

“A grand theory of Civilization with a capital C ... with inspiration from a matriarchal past 6,000 years ago or so and promise of a more balanced future. Thank you, Claudio!”

—Johan Galtung, Recipient of the 1987 Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”)

“Claudio Naranjo has made a vital contribution to healing civilization in this perilous time of transition.”

—Alfonso Montuori, Professor, Transformative Studies/Leadership, California Institute of Integral Studies

A significant contribution towards a science of civilizational healing and towards a 'politics of civilization' envisioned by the French philosopher Edgar Morin.'

Wilfried Graf, Co-Director, Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding, Vienna, Austria

This inspiring book shows that the transformative education of teachers is the fundamental key to a more humane world.

John J. Hanagan, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Philosophy and Religion, Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan

Dr. Naranjo's analysis is brilliant, enlightening, and easy to catch. His integral vision of 'three-brained beings'...offers a profound vision for education in our time.

Professor Dr. Heinrich Dauber, Former Head, Center for Teacher Education, University of Kassel, Germany.

“There are strikingly original contributions being made here. I leave the joy of this discovery to the reader.”

—Mitchell Ginsberg, Ph.D., author, The Far Shore , The Inner Palace , and Calm, Clear, and Loving

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Healing Civilzation

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About the Book:

Healing Civilization

Bringing Personal Transformation into the Societal Realm

through Education and the Integration of the Intra-Psychic Family

In this ground-breaking book, Claudio Naranjo, M.D., brings 30 years of successful transformational work with individuals and groups into the societal realm to heal our collective illness. The root cause, he tells us, is patriarchy: the millennia-old system of male power based on a predominance of aggressive, competitive values (a distortion of the “Inner Father”) over loving, cooperative values (the “Inner Mother”) and spontaneous, instinctive joy (the “Inner Child” — together, the “intra-psychic family”).

But this root goes deeper, wider, and closer to home than we realize. For patriarchy lives not only in the outer world (the economy, violence, war, racism, child abuse, oppression of women, human rights violations, and so on) but also in the conditioned working of our own minds. It is a virus that masquerades as ourselves. And it is killing life on the planet — and the aliveness in us!

In a dazzling feat of historical and psychological analysis, a brilliant and erudite sweep through the past to the present and the future, Naranjo illuminates the hidden story by weaving together insights from history, anthropology, politics, economics, philosophy, psychology, religion, spirituality, education, and other disciplines — a story that is at once shocking, revealing, and infinitely hopeful.

Our planet, and how we humans live on it, is in critical condition. Yet there is a remedy. For Naranjo's powerful, impassioned argument is designed to show readers what's at stake, and to offer hope for the great promise that lies on the other side of our planetary crisis. By nurturing our loving values and spontaneity of being rather than allowing our warring values to dominate, we can achieve an internal and external balance that fosters cooperation and compassion over competition. As we each work to integrate our intra-psychic family — and as our educational system shifts to one that fosters the whole person — we will at last have a true civilization. For healing civilization is an inside job, and the future of civilization is in our hands.

Anyone who believes in the future of humanity (or wants to) will be touched by these book's pages.

From the Foreward by Dr. Jean Houston

Jean Houston

He does not know it, but I have been observing the journey of Claudio Naranjo for the better part of forty years. And what I have seen is a man who encompasses the Realities from the scientific to the shamanic. Scholar, poet of the possible, he is an explorer of the outer reaches of inner space. His depth soundings of the wells of history and civilization resound with the echo of one who hears the pathology while seeking the song of the new mythos of who we are, where we have been and what we yet can be. Hundreds of years ago he would have been both priest and alchemist. Today, in this luminous work, he takes on the dark issue that is the cause of so many of our discontents — the patriarchal origins of civilization. Seeking balance, he recalls the matristic period, when women's values were critical to the weave of cultures.

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Healing Civilzation


A Complex Problematique

and Its Silenced Root

{From Chapter 1}


That civilization is in crisis has become obvious. And yet this is not a new situation. Less than a century ago, in Freud's final book, Civilization and Its Discontents, he proposed that civilization's malaise was the inevitable consequence of its incompatibility with human nature, and therefore with health and happiness.

Over many years, Freud's pessimism has come under criticism — not only regarding what is possible for the future, but also mainly regarding the natural goodness of human beings. Yet as we enter the third millennium, we cannot help but appreciate the truth that his great prophetic mind perceived with a lucidity unshadowed by the sentimentalism of the common man: that civilization as we know it is incompatible with health, and will continue to be so in its current form.

Yes: Human nature — which mythic language wisely declares to have been created in God's image and likeness — is incompatible with civilization, which is intrinsically anti-instinctive and pathogenic. But also, no: for humanity will not be incapable of transcending the form of collective living that was adopted at the turn of the Bronze Age — a form that even now is transmitted through the generations to its descendants. And we have reason to hope that the implicit goodness of human nature — once it has been at least partially liberated from the prison of its blindness and millennial evil, and can leave its obsolete institutions and modes of thinking behind — may finally evolve towards a beneficial coexistence and actually find that happiness prophesied by the great spiritual traditions of antiquity.

As a professional dedicated to assisting the therapeutic and spiritual evolution of individuals, I have witnessed countless examples of how people embark on a process of transformation by becoming aware of themselves, aided by appropriate intention and effort. This process, given sufficient time and application, progressively deactivates the conditioned, pathogenic childhood personality. Beyond even that, it may lead to the emergence of a deeper level of awareness than that of thinking, emotions, desires, or sensations: a more profound awareness, in which the experience of being and the felt meaning of life have their foundation. Although this constitutes our true nature, in our so-called civilized condition it ordinarily lies in a darkened, or veiled, condition — as if asleep.

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Claudio Naranjo, MD

Dr. Claudio Naranjo, renowned Chilean psychiatrist, writer, teacher, and internationally sought-after public speaker, is considered a pioneer for his experiential and theoretical work as an integrator of psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions. One of the earliest investigators of psychoactive plants and psychedelic therapy, and one of the three successors of Fritz Perls (founder of Gestalt Therapy) at Esalen Institute, he later developed the Psychology of Enneatypes from Ichazo's Protoanalysis and founded the SAT (Seekers After Truth) Institute — an integrative psycho-spiritual school. When not writing, he travels throughout the world, dedicating his life to aiding others in their quest for transformation and seeking to influence the public and the authorities with the idea that only a radical transformation of education can change the catastrophic course of history.

Dr. Naranjo was a Fullbright visiting scholar at the Harvard Center for Studies in Personality, and a Guggenheim Fellow at the University of California Institute of Personality Assessment and Research ( IPAR ). He is a Fellow of the London Institute for Cultural Research and a member of the U.S.A. Club of Rome.

Since the late 1990s, Dr. Naranjo has attended many conferences on education, and sought to influence the transformation of the educational system in various countries. It is his conviction that “nothing is more hopeful in terms of social evolution than the collective furthering of individual wisdom, compassion, and freedom.” Through his book Changing Education to Change the World, published in Spanish in 2004, he has sought to stimulate the efforts of teachers among SAT graduates who are beginning to be involved in a SAT-in-Education project, which offers school staff and the students in schools of education a “supplementary curriculum” of self-knowledge, relationship-repair, and spiritual culture. For such contributions, the University of Udine conferred on him an honorary Doctorate in Education honorus causae in 2005. In 2006, the Claudio Naranjo Foundation (Fundación Claudio Naranjo) was created to implement Dr. Naranjo's proposals regarding the transformation of traditional education into one that nurtures human development, which he believes our social evolution depends on.

In addition to Healing Civilization, Dr. Naranjo is the author of 13 previous books in English, including: The Way of Silence and the Talking Cure; The Enneagram of Society; The One Quest: A Map of the Ways of Transformation; The Divine Child and the Hero; The Healing Journey; Character and Neurosis: An Integrative View, The End of Patriarchy, and others. Additional books have been published in languages other than English, such as Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian.

Now in his seventh decade, Dr. Naranjo continues to teach and speak internationally, catalyzing spiritual growth, emotional healing, individual transformation, educational reform, and the transformation of the world.

To find out more about Claudio Naranjo and his work, see his website: www.claudionaranjo.net. For more on his foundation in Spain (Fundación Claudio Naranjo), see the website www.fundacionclaudionaranjo.com.

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