The Sacred Matrix

The Sacred Matrix


by Dieter Duhm

A book that offers answers to many basic questions of our existence, our origins and history, our society, and our personal situations. It deals with how evil came into the world, the basic trauma in history, the source of our alienation, the roots of sexual fear, the possibilities of healing, our existence beyond birth and death, the possibilities of creating a future without fear and violence…

Translated from the German by Sten Linnander and Kate Bunney


A terrible injustice is taking place on Earth right now. Many of those who resist are sitting in torture chambers belonging to the military, police and intelligence services. Right at this moment, there are hundreds of thousands of people there who are suffering the most unspeakable pain. And yet they continue. This is the standard that we must apply when speaking of global peace work today. Will the screams of the victims continue to go unheard – or will we create a world where there are no more victims?

With these introductory words, sociologist and psychoanalyst Dr. Dieter Duhm begins his book The Sacred Matrix. What follows are twelve clear chapters answering the question, “what can be done to stop global violence and start the globalization of peace?” In order to come to a comprehensive solution, many areas of human knowledge are included: insight from modern science, politics and history, from chaos theory, holography, ecology, as well as spirituality and spiritual healing. The result is a revelation. This writing comes from a human being who is, in the words of the philosopher Karl Jasper, “originally shaken.” He spends little time analyzing the current situation. He writes:

I will abstain from making a definition of evil. When I see how the civilian population is bombed in Chechnya and how hand grenades are thrown into the last basements where the sick and the old still live, then I do not need a definition of evil.

Rather, he needs and seeks a way to end the global madness of violence, whether in Chechnya or Palestine, in Europe or Latin America. Therefore, he must leave behind conventional ways of thinking and by overcoming the limits of normality, enter unknown mental terrain grounded in authentic experience and look into what is really there: into our most intimate longings, hidden deep inside the human psyche; into our universal structures that govern the reality surrounding us; into our past and the rise of patriarchal violence; and into the future, into an ever more concrete vision of a possible planetary peace culture.

Who or what will decide whether the Earth will end in a planetary Holocaust or whether we will be able to change for the better? The answer is the essence of this book – what is described by one chapter title as “The Archimedean Fulcrum” – and that is love. A humane world can only emerge from an open heart. But how can love be merged with the political power of realization? How can the relation between the forces of violence and peace be changed so that an Earth free of violence becomes a real possibility? In precise mental steps, the ideas in the book are woven together into the “Political Theory,” a path by which the seemingly impossible becomes both possible and clearly visible.

These are high-tech solutions for peace. The great dream of global peace is even now within our reach…

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Gewicht 0.9 kg
Größe 23.8 × 16 × 2.5 cm

Dieter Duhm, born 1942 in Berlin. Art historian, psychoanalyst and sociologist with a doctorate. As a youth, he was involved for several years in the “Bread for the World” campaign, and in 1967 became an activist in the German student movement. He combines the idea of political revolution with that of individual liberation and becomes known for his book “Angst im Kapitalismus” (Fear in Capitalism). Trials for breach of the peace, amnesty by President Heinemann. Several years of work in the Marxist left, then forays into rural communes and alternative projects. Two years of psychoanalytic practice, which he wanted to combine with political content and translate into collective healing work. Three professorship offers, which he rejects. Several visits to the Austrian Friedrichshof followed, led by the artist Otto Mühl. There he had an ideological confrontation that led to a final separation. In 1976 he goes to a hermitage in Lower Bavaria for five months to reflect.

From spring 1978, development of the “Bauhütte” project. In addition to pioneering ecological work, introduction of free sexuality, which leads to fierce slander in the German public. He develops the plan of the healing biotopes, a concrete strategy how a worldwide peace could be brought about.1990 Move to Lanzarote, where he increasingly follows his penchant for painting.

In 1995, together with his partner Sabine Lichtenfels and others, he founded the project “Tamera”, a center for concrete utopia and international peace work, with the goal of connecting global peace work with the building of new models of life and creating places where people live together with all fellow creatures in cooperation and mutual support. Establishment of the “political ashram”, the peace school of Tamera. Today he leads the department for Eros, Art and Healing in Tamera – and works together with Sabine Lichtenfels and others on the master plan of a planetary peace community.

Dieter Duhms Website
Dieter Duhm on Facebook

Trust is the most revolutionary concept that exists today.
Excerpt (3.50 min) of an interview with Dieter Duhm in Tamera

Voices on the book
“It is one thing to criticize the existing system. It is another to live the principles of a new civilization as well. This brilliant, inspiring, and encouraging book lays out the framework for how such a life might be realized.”
-David Lorimer
Author, International Future Forum, Program Director, Scientific and Medical Network