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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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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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