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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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Counseling Center Staff Despacho Ceremony

The staff at Southwestern Counseling Center works very hard so, at our last staff meeting we decided to arrange a ceremony to call in some extra support and prayers for ourselves. Luckily Carol Parker, our Director, agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch", so here we…
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