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Posted October 16th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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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…
Posted October 1st, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted September 24th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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.
Posted September 11th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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,…
Posted September 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
An art therapist knows that art-making facilitates transformation within the client/artist. Art therapists know that art can serve as a solvent, a catalyst, a salve, a stepping stone or a philosopher's stone depending on the needs of the artist. In this way an art therapist is also an alchemist practicing the ancient arts of metaphysical transformation. Art-making is an…
Posted August 26th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
There is a fresh light beckoning,
brimming with integrity.
It stands there.
I stand here.
Burning at the foot of my solitary gill
I sing sweet songs of empathy.
And she knows where to turn when the lights dim,
Down and in
To tap the nectar from urchin fin.
This kind of…
Posted August 13th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
Here is an example of an effective art therapy directive for someone struggling to decide between two things. We are all familiar with this position: opposing directions are presented to us and we are unsure which way to go. Between a rock and a hard place. We wonder where to place our energies and how to move forward…
Posted August 6th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
I propose that as Art Therapists we must also be fashion conscious. We must live and breath aesthetics through every part of our being. We must express as accurately as possible who we are and what we do. Our clothes, hair and overall style must align with our spirit and with the services we offer.…
Posted July 31st, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
Last night I stayed up late, sat in circle with dear friends sharing perspectives on life and made art - lots of art in lots of forms.
Our words became poetry, our bodies became dancers, our mediums became miracle-makers.
The sky inspired the lightening inspired the moon inspired the art inspired me to move, speak…
Posted July 24th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
a new dawn is upon you. take yourself into it. be beckoned. be born into moments afresh. send spells of glory with your mouth. listen for your breath. and love, love, always love.
sometimes we think we are not enough. our words are not enough. our actions are not enough. our skills our intellect…
Posted July 17th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted July 7th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted June 23rd, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
The following images and words arose out of this spring's Archetypal Psychology course. The students move into dialogue with their soul and its language of image. My heart swelled tenfold as I witnessed these students share themselves...may you be touched as well.
"The experience of this class has been a letting go of…
Posted June 16th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted June 3rd, 2014 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
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…
Posted May 30th, 2014 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
The answer to the question “what makes us unique?” depends on who you ask. The following anecdotes will give you a flavor of what I mean…
Recently, I had a conversation with a woman who graduated last year. We were having coffee and speaking of many things. Inevitably the topic of her two years at…
Posted May 30th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
I am a stag: of seven tines,
I am a flood: across a plain,
I am a wind: on a deep lake,
I am a tear: the sun lets fall,
I am a hawk: above the cliff,
I am a thorn: beneath the nail,
I am a wonder: among…
Posted May 21st, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
As therapists we often have to make clear where our boundaries exist without hurting or confusing those who approach them. This does not have to be complicated and, in fact, can be an opportunity to display love, even elegance. By reflecting how we love ourselves we reveal the lightness of love to others. By stating…
Posted May 19th, 2014 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert.
According to the Original Agreement
People could become Plants
But only if they kept the rituals
That were set up in those days.
I found out about this
One spring day in Iowa.
A man I knew was planting squash and onions,
And he turned into a plant.
I saw it happen.
Posted May 12th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted May 9th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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.…
Posted April 30th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted April 25th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
Revolutionary is the archetypal eye for it sees with its ancient aperture yet looks out with visionary intensity. I see you for what you are – not separate from my sight, for your projection enters me, thereby becoming part of me. I take you in as light. I take you in as light. All eyes…
Posted April 19th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted April 14th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted April 4th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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.…
Posted March 26th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
Think of an archetype as a type of arch. If an arch is a structure that spans a space and supports structure and weight below it (thank you Wikipedia), than archetypes could be said to span the space between one's imagination and one;s reality while supporting the network of constructs that make…
Posted March 20th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
Archetypal art therapy is about taking an image and not simply observing it haphazardly, but rather, walking directly inside of it so that we might experience its totality. Archetypal therapists know that an image is alive and that its presence is an offering. For this reason we must enter its domain and…
Posted March 13th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
If I may mount my high horse for a moment I might have something important to say. And it’s quite fitting that I be way up here and you down there because it’s true what they say – it’s all about the view. Up here I can say things like ‘stay positive’,…
Posted March 7th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted March 3rd, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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…
Posted February 27th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking, Featured, Top News.
Heather Wulfers is especially interested in Archetypal Art Therapy. Here is her first post in what will become a regular blog, called Archetypally Speaking...…
Posted February 11th, 2014 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
Native shamaness Ohki Siminé Forest offers a weekend intensive - Wisdom Owl for Global Awakening: the 7 Mirrors of Western Culture
May 2 @ 6:00 pm - May 4 @ 6:00 pm
$429 / 20 CECs
Opening ourselves and midwifing others in opening to true transformation is at the core of…
Posted January 31st, 2014 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert.
Our group of five tired womendecided to rest awhile along the trail we were following in the Peruvian Andes. At 15,000 feet elevation, we stopped often for water and snacks. We chewed coca, too, to alleviate altitude sickness and gain more strength.
Nearby, we noticed a Quechua grandmother in traditional dress: layered…
Posted January 30th, 2014 by & filed under Top News.
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…
Posted January 6th, 2014 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
May beauty unfold throughout the year!!…
Posted December 11th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
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,…
Posted December 11th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
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…
Posted November 27th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
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…
Posted November 20th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
Posted October 28th, 2013 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
This week of internship I have felt the most confident as of yet. By confident I mean that I have an easy knowledge of what is expected, and how an average lesson might look. As the weather cools down the horses are friskier. I find that they are more inclined to walk…
Posted October 11th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
This week has been one of manifesting intentions.
Yesterday morning began as any other here on the compound. The mountain summits rose majestically unabashed by gathering clouds. The dogs scurried to my door and I exited my casa to make my morning coffee. The Women of Maras began to arrive shortly before…
Posted October 1st, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
Day one with the kids complete. What utter fun and I have limited internet access. I didn't meet Carol by the way she was on a journey to Machu Pichu but I met her foreman and got a tour of the gardens and of course walked the labyrinth.
Today at school was…
Posted September 30th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
So. I made it to an internet cafe and how lovely to have an email from you! You would be so very proud at the way in which I have adopted to a country so completely at capacity in the "it's not going to work as you would have it category".....No electiricity for an entire…
Posted September 30th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru, Top News.
I made it down to the sacred valley, urabamba specifically as the internet situation is still a problem and Jose Luis is trying to hook me up but you just never know around here, lol.
Yesterday I decided to bring supplies over to the church-school. I walked the labyrinth which is directly across from the…