Thomas Hübl (Part 1) – Healing Collective Trauma: We Are All Shareholders in a Traumatized World

Thomas Hubl Collective Trauma

Thomas Hübl, renowned spiritual teacher, author, expert on collective trauma, and creator and facilitator of The Collective Trauma Integration Process, shares fascinating, life changing information about the dynamics of collective trauma—how it is embodied and perpetuated in the language we use, and how we are bound together in a sort of “mutual collusion” that predisposes us to repeat our past, and to repeat over and over the things we would much rather leave behind. With remarkable insight and wisdom garnered from years of study, exploration, and effectively working with large groups to integrate collective shadow, Thomas also explains how we can create space for a new future by metabolizing the suffering held in both our personal and collective unconscious and making awakening and spiritual clarity the indubitable priority of our lives. Recorded at the Science and Nonduality Conference, October 2019, with Dr. Roger Walsh, John Dupuy, and Douglas Prater.

“Healing the broken glass of reality.”

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Topics & Time Stamps – Part 1

  • Introducing Thomas Hübl (01:03)
  • By definition, awakenings are not nondual if people haven’t dealt with their shadow: nondual needs to be the talk and the walk (3:03)
  • The body is a sophisticated energy pipe system; mystics are like plumbers or electricians who free up the pipes (05:50)
  • On stabilizing, generalizing, integrating insights: state practices versus process awareness (07:10)
  • Tibetan Buddhism’s three developmental maps: 1) turning towards contemplative practice, 2) the stabilization of realized states, 3) ongoing purification (08:56) 
  • We need to commit to a spiritual path, to cleaning up, and make space to clear things or the same difficulties will repeat again and again (10:12)
  • Trauma is the collapse of time/space (11:46)
  • Making divine awakening your highest priority is what constitutes a serious practitioner (14:06) 
  • All serious shadow and trauma work is relational (15:24) 
  • How can we stay committed to the path? Community, an externalization of our intention (18:22)
  • Two challenges: We are tempted to abandon our practice both when it gets very dark—and when life gets very good (20:35) 
  • Consciousness is catching: the way to develop desired qualities is to hang out with people who embody the qualities we want (22:14)
  • Our cultural relationship to hierarchy: we’ve thrown it out, but there are hierarchies of development, maturity, wisdom, insight, and compassion that should be honored
  • What are the most valuable ways to engage with what is inside us and integrate what we discover? (25:18) 
  • Paying attention to congruence and coherence in our mental, physical, and emotional expression (28:21)
  • Collective trauma: all of us have been born into a traumatized world (29:10) 
  • Healing the broken reality: every trauma healing needs to result in an ethical upgrade; we have to become better people (31:54) 
  • Thomas’ collective trauma group work where the field in the room is able to mirror the unseen dimension stored in the cultural unconscious  (32:31)
  • We are all sculptures in a transpersonal nervous system, called to metabolize the suffering held in both our personal and collective unconscious (38:14)

Resources & References – Part 1

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Thomas Hubl Collective Trauma

Thomas Hübl is a renowned teacher, author, and international facilitator whose lifelong work integrates the core insights of the great wisdom traditions and mysticism with the discoveries of science. Over the last two decades, Hübl has taught and facilitated programs with more than 100,000 people worldwide. His events have focused on processing the collective trauma of racism, oppression, colonialism, genocides, and the complexities of those regions and groups which experience multiple historic and current challenges. He is the author of the book Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds, which outlines his methodology called the “Collective Trauma Integration Process” as a safe framework for guiding groups through collective trauma. His non-profit organization, the Pocket Project, works to support the healing of collective trauma throughout the world. Hübl’s educational organization, the Academy of Inner Science, offers a master’s and doctoral studies program in cooperation with universities in Europe and the US. In 2020, Hübl received an honorary doctorate from Ubiquity University in California for “his pioneering work in the field of trauma.” He has been teaching workshops and presenting trainings for Harvard Medical School since 2019.


Podcast produced by Vanessa Santos and Show Notes by Heidi Mitchell


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