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Yearly Archive 2014

of Purity…

To begin with I cannot speak Only see In simplest forms Feel Freely  Essentially Be Purity I am the babe Innocent Clean I cannot speak Only see Unabashedly Learn from me When you look to life You cannot take from me Anything I do not have Already Only  Purity I am the bud Softly Seeing Only…
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Skeletons in the Sky…

In preparation for my archetypal embodiment series I want to honor the structures and systems behind a persona or any construct for that matter. Those forms that silently shape what's under the skin, invisible to the eye. Why? Because without the groundwork, without the base everything falls out of context and nothing stays in place. In my creative…
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Mandalas and Thoughts at Week 8

by Debbie Schroder Program Chair for Art Therapy/Counseling Program  It doesn’t really surprise me that as we approach the eighth week of the quarter, I’m finally able to spend a little time putting together an image that contains mandalas created by incoming art therapy students, during orientation. The quarter has been full – of teaching…
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…waxing and waning archetypes

From this day forward, well at least until the end of the year, Id like to try something new with this little blog spot of mine. Every new and full moon I will express an archetype through visual form, thank you Halloween for this inspiration. I will re-envision a new archetype twice a month and capture…
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Sandra Ingerman Joins Southwestern College Board of Trustees

Sandra Ingerman, known world-wide for her work in Shamanism and her eight books, is now a member of the Southwestern College (Santa Fe) Board of Trustees. Sandra has been a long time friend of the school, delivering commencement speeches, and serving on the Board of Advisors for years. We are honored and amazed to have…
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…of listening and landing

a haiku for you falls softly toward patient palm don't let it escape   *   each time that you do a more complicated song comes back round for proof   *   until finally entangled loops tie up tongues slipping silk between   *   prayerfully cupped hands a winged glimpse of beauty now silently lands   *       Archetypally…
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… “who will you be?”

This Halloween you will likely dress up. You will show the community a side of yourself they rarely, if ever, see. You will express your inner dimensionality with such verocity. You will adorn yourself, enticing the community to see something so very true about you and yet usually hidden from view. Ok, how many times…
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…lighten up

How amazing is it to witness our emotional realms at work? How astounding is it that a mood can have the power to color our field of vision? Our emotional currents no doubt influence how we see the world as well as how we interpret its events.  Is it not intriguing that one day you can feel so tortured emotionally and then…
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Learning to Lose: The Freedom in Failure

Learning to Lose: The Freedom in Failure by Claudia Escareño-Clark Have you ever heard the question, “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” A while ago I fell down a self-help/find your passion rabbit hole where questions like these were supposed to somehow propel us into finding our dreams. I would like to…
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…of aspects and arrangements accordingly

While contemplating my next performance piece I consider aspects and arrangements accordingly. Like the alchemist, artist and therapist that I am- I must do this! This process comes with it torn shreds of emotional wrapping and pockets of shrouded cloud with which to reconcile. Tiny cast off reflections of myself, like dew drop projections and…
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…Exploring the Creative Edge

I invited participant's in our last NMATA (New Mexico Art Therapy Association) workshop to enter the Creative Current and find their personal growing edges. How do you tap in to your artistic flow? What edges do you push up against when it comes to your expression? It is a valuable skill as a therapist to know…
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…Archetype : Creatrix…

She waits for you by the river bend, auspiciously watching the rush of water as it folds over itself and unwinds rambling streams of story. This is where inspiration lives, in the synergistic streams of the creative current. It lives in you. It has always lived in you. You are the bubbling ups of this emergent flow. …
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The Give-Away: An Indigenous Abundance Ceremony

The Give-Away Ann Filemyr, Ph.D. Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean, Southwestern College   In a number of different but related indigenous cultures, there exists the practice some call the Give-Away. This Ceremony is undertaken whenever an individual or family or clan group experiences a sense of great abundance, of plentitude and joy. Then…
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Reflections from Old Age, by President Nolan

As I grow older, I grow increasingly less tolerant of intolerance, I grow less patient with impatience, I become a great admirer of Questioners, and decidedly less admiring of those who claim to have Answers, I grow less respectful of rules, and more trusting of rule-breakers; I find Joy more compelling than Trauma, I find…
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Transforming Sexual Shame in Ourselves and Others

If you’re considering the Sexuality Certificate program but still aren’t sure, consider how it can open doors for you as a practitioner…and as a sexual being.    Sexual problems are among the most common difficulties not disclosed to therapists (Hook and Andrews, 2005).   Feeling ashamed was the most commonly cited…
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Reclaim!

For those of us who create visual art, whether its for self or for others, it's known that pieces get stuck. Sometimes I will return to a painting or a drawing years later and finish it. Sometimes though, I can't move any further with a piece, and it needs to leave my space, to make…
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A Newbie Art Therapist Reflects on the AATA Conference

by Christina-Villarreal This year the American Art Therapy Association held their 45th annual conference in San Antonio, Texas.   As a budding art therapist, I decided to take the opportunity to attend my first official art therapy conference, located an hour and half from where I live in Austin, Texas.      In retrospect, I am…
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Can Art Therapists Change Into Performance Artists…and back again?

If psychology is the study of the soul then therapy becomes a process of healing by which we utilize our understanding of soul or, perhaps more accurately, we attempt to understand the soul and in the process, reveal some helpful insights along life's journey. Exploring these depths requires more than just talk, especially when soul's first language is art; whether that be visual,…
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