Ethical Music

Ethical Music or Ethical Folk Music

Ethical Music is the music and songs that connect Indigenous, Eurocentric, African, Indian, Asian…global, 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.

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

This is a soundtrack 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. Our sense of the duration of life flourishes in the image of the solar system below:

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.

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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 the space to Indigenous, colonial European immigrants and mutually exclusive descendants constricts the space and hinders the work. Battiste’s ethical space is a doorway that respects the history of the colonization of the United States and Canada. However, her ideas requires necessary expansion to include not only all cultures of the globe, but those unique persons in whom multiple cultures unite.

In his book, Creative Mythology, Joseph Campbell noted that we are living during a time that is the end of a way of life that Leo Frobenius called, the Monumental Stage. We are also witnessing the simultaneous emergence of a way of life Frobenius called, World Culture.

To exit the collective Monumental Stage, I have found that what Battiste called, our personal capacity, in her definition includes more than integrity to stand up for cherished notions. When we gather to work in ways that are suited more to World Culture, we must include an inner necessity to bring forth the original from within us and to help others do so. Schopenhauer called our inborn originality the principium individuationis. In Gifted Education, this is called, Thorn. In archetypal psychology, it is the Acorn.

In A Gathering of Orphans, my chapter in the 2005, Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education,

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I named this inner driver towards planetary awareness as it appears in teachers as, The Orphan Archetype or The One Who Belongs Nowhere.

The orphan path carries with it the challenge of belonging nowhere. If acted out too unconsciously, that path can take us from city to city, from institution to institution, driven on at time by an inner necessity, by others, by outer crises. However, having nowhere to lay one’s head, if taken up consciously, can also represent the stance of teachers working in relation with their deepest power. The difference between getting burned on the job and bringing a truly transformative fire into the world seems to be related to getting to know the archetype that has called us.
(p.207)

At the end of A Gathering of Orphans, I concluded that planetary consciousness is being ushered in by wanderers, (the meaning of the word, planet), and that those most harshly affected by biology, symptoms, secrets, by history, culture, cosmology, that those whose lives through roles of trickster, chosen one, iconoclast, and elder, are individuals in whom a planetary necessity is most manifest.

Thus, I have found from working with persons in ethical space that most who arrive there are also orphans, orphan souls, of some kind – from a cultural background that has been rejecting, degrading, harsh and wounding. Also, there are persons from Asia, Africa, the entire planet who do not fit neatly into the Eurocentric or Indigenous categories set up by Battiste.

I have re-written the ethical section of Battiste’s definition:

Adding ethics to this space entertains our personal capacity and
our integrity to stand up for our creativity and receptivity, our
cherished notions of good, responsibility, and duty. It honors those
who have been orphaned by life, thus called into ethical space by
the archetypal driver and carrier of planetary consciousness — Joseph Campbell’s “mankind of individuals.”

The updated working version of ethical space is now:

…the in-between space that connects Indigenous
and Eurocentric knowledge systems that were separated
by the Canadian and American colonial history…the
space that is created when Indigenous, Western, and
global wisdom 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 creativity and receptivity, our
cherished notions of good, responsibility, and duty. It honors those
who have been orphaned by life, thus called into ethical space by
the archetypal driver and carrier of planetary consciousness — Joseph Campbell’s “mankind of individuals.”

Ethical space belongs to the larger whole that I name Ethical Culture.

I define Ethical Culture as:


The new, electrifying, even contentious, yet more peaceful and creative culture that results when Indigenous/Ethnospheric* , Eurocentric and global cultural wisdom combine and bring forth new ways of life. It is the emerging participatory culture that flourishes in the solar system and cosmos our current science understands. The art, music, dance, clothing, cultural themes all reflect the sustaining endurance of consciousness/collective consciousness (Ancestors, nature, cosmology) as understood by a growing edge of depth psychology called archetypal ecology.

*Ethnospheric means of or having to do with the ethnosphere as defined by Wade:

…the living diversity of human wisdom, a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalog of the imagination, an oral and written language composed of the memories of countless elders and healers, warriors, farmers, fishermen, midwives, poets, and saints — in short, the artistic, intellectual and spiritual expression of the full complexity and diversity of the human experience.

Ethical Culture lives resiliently in a cosmos brimming with evolving life.

*Synkairos

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. Synkairos is the decolonization/re-indigenization of synchronicity.

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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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