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Posted July 17th, 2014 by & filed under Archetypally Speaking.
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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…
Posted August 26th, 2013 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert, The Heart of the Matter.
Posted August 15th, 2013 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert, Student Reflections and Updates, The Heart of the Matter.
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…
Posted July 11th, 2013 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert.
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…
Posted July 1st, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru.
Posted June 11th, 2013 by & filed under Featured, Paintsplash - Art Therapy.
"To find truth, we must always begin with ourselves...Art is our vehicle...When we access the realm of archetypes, we are entering the consciousness from which we 'create' our reality." - Robert Waterman (Mandala of the Soul: A Spiritual Approach to the Art of Archetypal Psychology)
Year One students explore the…
Posted May 13th, 2013 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter, Top News.
Mitakuye Oyasin! My Grandmother shared with me a powerful time when the people came together for prayers during the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. She accepted a C’anupa to bring out the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle to end the drought and bring healing to Mother Earth. Even the non-native farmers heard of this…
Posted May 6th, 2013 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert.
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,I heard the announcement:If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,Please come to the gate immediately.
Well -- one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to…
Posted April 19th, 2013 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
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…
Posted April 3rd, 2013 by & filed under Vision Quests.
Posted March 7th, 2013 by & filed under Internship in Peru, The Heart of the Matter.
Southwestern College sends interns to the Andean village of Maras, Peru, to work with children ages 4-12 in the elementary school and in an after-school program. This region, located at 13,000 feet, is very poor due to an ongoing drought and loss of crops and animals. Men and boys leave Maras to work in the…