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…humans among the heather

Like everything in nature, I express myself because I have to. This phenomenon is essentially universal and our unique self-expressions communicate our unique needs and purpose. An owl has galactic eyes because it requires navigating dark space. A butterfly has fragile wings so as to ride the day's subtle breezes. An alligator's skin is thick…
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…doublevision

Often we need to consult a second set of eyes and ears in order to catch all that is happening. Therapists especially require periods of reflection in order to keep perspective of a larger picture. A client’s story, history or current crisis can take on a kind of gravity, pulling awareness down until it becomes…
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of wishes asunder…

And suddenly you realize that each moment is attached with the same force of seeds on a dandelion and that they are destined to depart. Your life is a mandala of moving parts. Wet water-colored memories bleed as you blow on them and the seeds spatter and scatter in the wind. Those seeds set by…
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What I learned at Southwestern…

When I started looking around for the right master’s program that would feed my spiritual side and not be like the typical programs at large universities, I asked three counselors that I happened to know. They all independently stated “Southwestern College”. One was a recent graduate and the other two attended the transformational healing conference…
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…love is listening

Defining Archetypal Psychology is archetypal psychology. It is an ongoing investigation and inquiry between the primordial and the present. Our attempts to define something require the use of symbols and words, universal structures, mental constructs and a myriad of archetypal aspects in order to make meaning. We can follow common threads throughout culture’s lineage and…
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…core and complex

I keep trying to grasp what it means to be but all I can see comes and goes too quickly. When I try and define something archetypally ten thousand patterns sprawl out before me. Each time I go to organize my thoughts I find myself further from the point. Oops – there it goes again.…
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…the art of archetypal psychology

Animating your intellect is another way of describing active imagination. For some this description is preferable and yet it is essentially the same transcendent function. The intellect is keen on observation but perhaps less on aesthetic. Bringing in the creative aspect as well as personalized stylization can make our ideas truly come to life in…
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…tender time warps

What is most tender in your life? What are those frail and ephemeral things fluttering about your day that only you can see? Do you protect these pieces and parcels from the harsh winds? Do they come and go, hide from you, flicker in and out of view? I know what I know yet it’s…
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…between twiddle and tornado

In the lime light of this leaf’s life, there existed a certain twirling device. One clever, clutching thing was able to spin it, not once but twice. So how do we take what comes to us unraveled and turn it tight - bring it into focus, channel the light? This skill requires…
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…calling back the night

The soul hears past the loud and obnoxious. It knows there is little substance in clamor. It does not detour just to stumble drunkenly down the stairs for there is little down there. Nor does it crawl over others to be at the top of the stairs for there is little there too.…
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…consider this

To consider is to be amongst the stars, according to the Latin roots of the word and so we arrive here in order to dwell with the bright and dim possibilities of what’s to come of the captured few.  A luxurious looking-around is long overdue. And to imagine each stimulating spark of…
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…of softening noesis

Dip your toes and take a breath for you have begun the brisk emergence of beginning. Do not freeze, do not melt, but be somewhere in between - in - between. I wondered once what it would be like to stand before a mirror made of oracles, as the cascades of clairvoyance…
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The Healing Power of Ceremony and Nature

During the warm days of autumn, a small group of us gathered in a wilderness area beside a lovely mountain stream, high above Santa Fe.  The entire mountainside was covered with green conifers and aspens turning gold.  At 10,000 feet elevation, deer and elk are abundant and the air is pure.   Just…
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Peru Update – Candy Jones

Last week the Escuela Bonita Pachamama Mural series were completed and hung on the walls of the school.  The typical labyrinth exercises, games, escuela perro, and puzzles were additional forms of exercise. This final week, we watched the animated film:  The legend of the guardians which is an adventurous tale of owls,…
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Closing Down -by Candy Jones

The clouds have obscured much of the Apus (mountains) today.  The rainy season is fully embracing the landscapes.  The shortage of water in Maras welcomes the water that flows from the skies to aid in what water cascades down the ancient and newly fashioned acequias that crisscross this Andean land.   The maize…
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Puma……Peruvian Shaman Encounter

As soon as I hit Maras pavement, I emailed Puma of Chinchero.  He was the Shaman that my professor, Carol Parker had recommended.  His email response was immediate.  He had time for me on Thursday November 21, just four days back from my pilgrimage to Pomacanchi. The owl visitations from the citing…
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Aha and Aho! Reflections of Gratitude

Today I attended the first of a two day  Phoenix based EMDR conference with Columbian born Ana Gomez.  Ana  is reputed to be a leader in EMDR implementation, research, and development of  protocols for children and adolescents.    Her presentation today began with a liturgy on the importance of metaphors (Thanks Jim…
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MEDICINE WALK

It’s been raining. I am wet up to my knees.  Cold and overcast.  I am already primed with fear because I saw a black bear on the side of the road on my way here.  Sure enough, a  few minutes into the bush and there is fresh bear spore... less than a day old, I’d say.  I retrace my steps…
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Marijuana and the profession of psychotherapy

  The plant known as marijuana has long been known in the indigenous world to carry a seductive feminine energy that creates dependence while at the same time appearing to enhance spiritual expansion. The energies of this plant, while perhaps occasionally useful in a limited ceremonial context, typically create weakness in the individual's medicine body…
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