Ethical Music

Ethical Music or Ethical Folk Music

Ethical Music is the music and songs that connect Indigenous, Eurocentric, Indian and Asian singing with the Dream and Voice of the Earth. Ethical music invokes, invites, and nourishes the synkairos of ethical spaces, Ethical Culture. It is music that comes forth through the spaces and moments in-between. Ethical music includes initiatory, liminal spaces where lives are transformed.

It is the expression of the de-colonized/re-indigenized state of conscious awareness in singing where local ecosystems, Indigenous and Western sounds, are brought together. Ethical Music is biocratic music. Biocratic is a term from Thomas Berry’s book, The Dream of the Earth.


It is a way of life that honors all voices of an ecosystem.

This is a music of Recovery, that is new, inspiring, affirming of co-creation and co-revelation that has the potential for improvisation or innovation to know the assumptions, values and intent of all. Adding ethics to the music entertains our personal capacity and our integrity to stand up for our cherished values of good, responsibility and our collective biocratic stewardship of the future of Earth at home in an ever-evolving 13,82 billion years old cosmos.

Ethical Culture

Ethical culture is the new way of life being created through ethical spaces and ethical music. Ethical, in this case, is a term from the work of Marie Battiste’s Decolonizing Education, published in 2013.


She described ethical space as:

…the in-between space that connects Indigenous
and Eurocentric knowledge systems…the space that is created
when Indigenous and Western thought are brought together…
It is not a merge or a clash, but a space that is new, electrifying,
even contentious, but ultimately has the potential for an interchange
or dialogue of the assumptions, values and interest each holds.
Adding ethics to this space entertains our personal capacity and
our integrity to stand up for our cherished notions of good,
responsibility, and duty.
(p. 105)

After 5 years of using ethical space as an educational strategy, I have found that limiting those who wish to join with the Indigenous to European immigrants and ancestors of colonists constricts the space and hinders the work. By necessity, ethical space needed to be expanded to include all parts of the globe. At this writing, those who have joined are of Indian and Vietnamese ancestry. I know that the definition needs to include all peoples, but want to remain true to the authority of my experience.

I have expanded and transformed ethical space into Ethical Culture.

I define Ethical Culture as:

The new, electifying, even contentious, yet more peaceful and creative culture that results when Indigenous, Eurocentric, Indian and Asian knowledge combine and bring forth new ways of life.


Synkairos is the decolonization of synchronicity. Direct experience of right relationship with the Beauty that sustains the world. It is felt as personal, as well as, collective sanity and happiness in sync with the personal season of life, the season of the year and the creative life changes that mark the boundaries at birth, adolescence, elderhood, death, re-birth.

Synkairos is the wisdom of the somatic “prayer” of the season and phase of the moon as a human being in community with all of nature upon the Earth. Synkairos is tended by ritual throughout the year — wherever 2 or more are gathered for the good of all.


It is a re-uniting of Aristotle’s formal cause with ecological evolutionary health that Thomas Berry called, The Dream of the Earth and that Theodore Roszak called, The Voice of the Earth.

The theoretical support for the mind of the music, if you will, is archetypal ecology:

Archetypal ecology is the uniting of Jungian psychology, transpersonal psychology, archetypal psychology, archetypal cosmology, spiritual psychology, eco-psychology, creativity-studies, evolutionary astrology, Hermeticism, and Indigenous wisdom. In particular, it includes the oral traditions found in all the above. For example, Chris Bache, a thought-leader in the transpersonal psychology tradition, worked many years at Youngstown State in Youngstown. Youngstown is where the first ethical music podcast (Jonathan Blackshire’s LAMMP) and concert (Cultivate: a co-op cafe), were held.

Archetypal ecology necessarily includes our planet as Gaia to the family of celestial archetypes found in archetypal cosmology. Gaia is an archetype of archetypes, which includes celestial woman and celestial man, a re-storation of the sacred in all of the planet’s indigenous wisdom, called the ethnosphere. A two-fold and seasonally affected conscious, life-engendering galactic home has been a reality in our cosmos since 1995 with the discovery of the first habitable exoplanet.

Through sobriety to Earthbriety

Earthbriety is a unification of the Recovery Movement and environmental movement with Indigenous wisdom. It allows them all to join forces to work together for the future generations. In particular, using the idea that in our trauma is our curriculum, the work together is to carefully unpack what caused us harm, locate or create a healing curriculum/art/music/response to offer the children and grandchildren so that the cycle of violence ends with our generation.

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