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 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 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…
Posted February 5th, 2013 by & filed under Stories From The Edge Of The Desert.
I am blessed to have amazing teachers in this lifetime – from India, from South America, from the reservations of our own Turtle Island.
My favorite teachers are the everyday people who teach just by being who they are.
I think of Ronnie, our Navaho guide for our vision quests in…
Posted October 17th, 2012 by & filed under The Heart of the Matter.
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…