The #1 Reason Why Jordan Peterson Is Misunderstood And What He’s Really Up To: As explained by one of his former Harvard students

Alexander Dunlop
12 min readAug 12, 2018

His combative media antics notwithstanding, Jordan Peterson is a spiritual teacher. There. I said it.

And I’m reminded of when, years ago, I spoke to someone who’d been a student of Joseph Campbell’s at Sarah Lawrence College. He told me how the students there used to refer to Campbell as “Saint Joe.”

Those of us who’ve been lucky enough to have Jordan Peterson as our college professor echo the same sentiment. He was easily the most influential instructor I had. His teaching expanded my consciousness and profoundly shaped the direction of my life.

Now, let’s get down to brass tacks.

When Peterson talks about cleaning up your room as the starting point of any fixing up of reality you want to do and don’t go trying to fix complex social systems until you can fix up your own room, he really means it in the sense of clean up your own energy field and stop spewing toxic energy out into the collective field.

Because he does believe in the collective field of Being. And he does believe that one person’s actions have a ripple effect across the shared field of collective human consciousness.

And so, when he says, in so many words, clean up your own energy field and don’t try to do anything else until you can do that, he means that if your own energy field is chaotic, all you’re going to do is spread chaos throughout our collective human field.

It doesn’t matter how good you say your intentions are, if your own energy field is disordered and imbalanced, you’re only going to bring disorder and imbalance with you wherever you go. So, if you try to go about correcting complex social systems, all you’re going to do is wreak havoc. You can’t do otherwise.

Recall this Bible verse… Bueller, Bueller…: “How can you say to your brother, ‘let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a log in your own eye. You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye (Matthew 7: 4,5).”



Alexander Dunlop

Best-selling author of Play Your Cards Right: A Sacred Guide To Life on Earth. Founder of Life Elevated, a non-profit org dedicated to elevating consciousness.