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Crisis and Emergence

Spring 2022 | Vol. 47 No. 1

Humanity is facing an explosion of crises from every direction. Both individually and collectively, we continue to experience the globalizing pressure of circumstances that are aversive, painful, confusing, and threatening—from political divisions to mounting inequality to persistent global pandemics.

In the onslaught of these crises, historical sources of meaning, consensus, strength, and stability seem to have evaporated. Even our belief in Earth’s capacity to sustain us has been profoundly shaken by global climate disruptions. To us, these foundational tremors signal a crisis of consciousness itself, mental consciousness overwhelmed, too small for the task.

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, by their words and example, taught that Integral Yoga takes us into the very heart of darkness—that it was the Night that “nursed a greater Dawn.” That human civilization is by no means the summit of evolution. They remind us that we are alive for purposes that may seem nearly incomprehensible to us at this time. We do know, however, we are not here for ourselves, alone, but for the divinity of our entire planet.

We invite you to share your experiences, efforts, struggles, and realizations: What has emerged from our crisis of consciousness? Can you sense something stirring in the darkness, or is the darkness more impenetrable? What is sustaining your relationships with family and friends? Do you feel evolutionary change rumbling in you or in others? How can Integral Yoga facilitate a path of conscious emergence, healing, and interconnectivity in American life?

About: Collaboration is the journal of Integral Yoga published in the United States. Our intention is to share articles, conversations, poetry, and art that deeply engage our transitional times with the beauty, joy, and hope of the vast wisdom and practice of this evolutionary tradition and its founders, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. We explore and celebrate particularly the individual practice of yoga in this country as well as currents and expressions of the collective yoga of the American soul in our times.

Audience: Collaboration is a means of reflection, encouragement, and critical thinking for the Integral Yoga community here at home. We also want to highlight friends and allies in related areas of personal and social transformation. Including these fellow travelers requires sensitivity from our contributors, whom we ask to refrain from using references and terms of Integral Yoga and the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother without explaining or clarifying them.

Content: We welcome many kinds of contributions, including community updates, interviews, reflective and educational and experiential essays, poetry, artwork, stories, humor, and reviews. The theme for Spring 2022 invites your works on the contemporary currents of crisis and emergence from a yogic perspective.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Please contact our editorial team for the word count suitable for your contribution prior to submission at editor@collaboration.org. This will allow us to provide you with writer’s guidelines that reflect our editorial criteria.