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You Express the Kabbalistic Tree of Life each time you pick up a pen and write!

I've published a new book about the psychology of Kabbalah as we see it expressed in handwriting. Let's use the handwriting of celebrities to illustrate how that works!

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Added by Annette Poizner, MSW, Ed.D., RSW on January 20, 2020 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blogs # 309-312: To Sacrifice Everything — "A Hidden Life"

Part One

Every good deed brings its own punishment. – James Agate

Sometimes the spirit comes through me. I’m not saying this out of pride. I’m simply observing that one when is committed to his art – in my case, writing about historical, political and cultural issues through a mythological lens, when one asks to be a conduit for other voices – when one tries to pay attention – then one had better…

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Added by Barry Spector on January 20, 2020 at 12:32pm — No Comments

COMING HOME: AN AGE-OLD STORY SEEN THROUGH “SOUL EYES”

In January, 2020, you are invited to renew your connection to the symbolic life by Coming Home to…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on January 12, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

COMING HOME TO YOUR SELF: DEPTH PSYCHOLOGY AND LIVING THE SYMBOLIC LIFE

As spiritual beings having a human experience, each of us longs for meaning. “Humans are living stories, each imbued with an inherent message and a meaning trying to find its way into the world,” writes mythologist Michael Meade. However, without a sense of calling or capacity to live into the unique gifts we each possess, we can feel ourselves lost, alone,…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on January 12, 2020 at 2:12pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blogs # 306-308: A Tale of Two Families, Parts One --Three

Part One

The Adams’

The Adams’ are an old New England Yankee family. After attaining a Law degree from Yale (as both his father and grandfather had done before him), Frank Adams signed up to fight fascism in World War Two. He joined the Office of Strategic Services, America’s first national intelligence service. Most of its members came from conservative backgrounds, but quite a few, like Frank, were…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 26, 2019 at 12:01pm — No Comments

New Book Release

Do we feel loved by the images held in a tradition? The essence of soul, hidden in any tradition, can become a source of imaginal strength. James Hillman claims imaginal love is: “this feeling of being loved by the images …”

In her new memoir, Reimagining Christmas:  Discoveries of a Christmas Self, Laura Keller-Wolff extends this quality—harnessed first in working with dreams—into the quality of imaginal…

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Added by Laura Keller-Wolff on December 17, 2019 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blogs # 304 & 305: Death, Where is Thy Sting? Death Poems, Last Words and Epitaphs, Parts One and Two of Two

Part One

Part One: The Far East

How do we want to be remembered? Death poems (jisei) developed in the literary traditions of Japan as early as the seventh century. Later, taking much energy from Zen Buddhism’s emphasis on the transiency and impermanence of the material world, the genre spread to China and Korea. Brief as they usually are, these poems consider the…

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Added by Barry Spector on December 9, 2019 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Barry's Blogs # 300-303: Military Madness – The Unacknowledged Metaphors in Our Daily Speech, Parts 1-4

Part One

                Military madness was killing my country. Solitary sadness comes over me. – Graham Nash

Imagination is not a solitary thing. Unlike fantasy, which is self-centered, imagination implies dialogue – between what is and what could be. Consider that some languages lack the verb “to be.” Speakers grow up expecting to communicate indirectly, use metaphors freely and tolerate ambiguity. Metaphors…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 19, 2019 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Spiritual Rape by Yahweh Governments

The Spiritual Rape of Indigenous Children by Yahweh's Christians

Rape – it seems that the original  meaning of the Latin word was ‘to take and run’, which describes the ancient warrior practice of looting the defeated group or nation, by capturing and running off with their women in order to have their way with them, obviously without their consent.

Today, Wikipedia describes rape as a type of …

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Added by Steve Staniek on November 12, 2019 at 10:55am — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 299: Grief and Remembrance in Greece

What shall I send you, dear one,

There in the underworld?

If I send you an apple, it will rot,

If a quince, it will shrivel;

If I send grapes, they will fall away,

If a rose, it will droop.

So let me send my tears,

Bound in…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 5, 2019 at 6:15pm — No Comments

What’s Good and What’s Bad About Narcissism? Opportunity or Dysfunction?

Narcissism has been making the news lately. People are concerned that some politicians and CEOs may be narcissists. To understand what is going on in the world today and to recognize how you and I can be happy, successful, and positive influences, it is helpful to view narcissism on a continuum, and to live out its positive sides and…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on October 22, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Organic discipline, strength, focus and clarity

It’s fall and I don’t know if this is happening to you, but all areas of my life are pinging and needing attention all at once—work, finances, health (I’m determined to lose my 10 extra pounds), love (I’m surprised at this one…), my creative muse (wish I had more time to devote…), and family (I need to fly to Iowa to help clean out and sell…

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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on October 7, 2019 at 11:08am — No Comments

"Having gratitude for the body’s role in deepening one’s spiritual practice is important. The lived experience of one’s practice through the body is a different process than reading about those pract…

"Having gratitude for the body’s role in deepening one’s spiritual practice is important. The lived experience of one’s practice through the body is a different process than reading about those practices. It is like the difference between reading about wine versus drinking wine. The latter can lead to mystical intoxication.".....…

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Added by Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D. on September 29, 2019 at 9:16pm — No Comments

The Theory of Spiritual Entanglement

THE THEORY OF SPIRITUAL ENTANGLEMENT

How Am I Like Yahweh-Jehovah?

A few months ago, blogger Barry Spector asked me a deep question on another blog, that I had not heard since Grade 1 catechism class…”How do I embody Yahweh-Jehovah?”

My internal Catholic robot, rusty from inaction, jumped in with: “We were made in the image of god, to know love and serve him.”….I believe Barry’s question was aimed more at my…

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Added by Steve Staniek on September 4, 2019 at 5:30am — No Comments

Barry's Blogs # 288-90: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 7-9 of 9

Part Seven

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

 …divide us those in darkness from the ones who walk in light… – Kurt Weill

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. – Eldridge Cleaver

Denial and fear; fear and denial, all electronically mediated. Do you remember the anthrax scare of 2001 – how it targeted only…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 28, 2019 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Barry's Blogs # 285-7: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 4-6 of 9

Part Four

Every person you meet should be regarded as one of the walking wounded. We have never seen a man or woman not slightly deranged by either anxiety or grief. We have never seen a totally sane human being.  Robert Anton Wilson

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq (1996): We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 28, 2019 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Barry's Blogs # 282-4: Why Are Americans So Freaking Crazy? Parts 1-3 of 9

Part One

Cut loose from the earth’s soul, they insisted on purchase of its soil, and like all orphans they were insatiable. It was their destiny to chew up the world and spit out a horribleness that would destroy all primary peoples. – Toni Morrison

I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons,

knocking on a door. It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside. – Rumi

Warning:…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 28, 2019 at 3:06pm — No Comments

Whatever Happened to the Woodstock Generation?

Whatever Happened to the Woodstock Generation?



Through scientific understanding, our world has become dehumanized. Man feels himself isolated in the cosmos. He is no longer involved in nature and has lost his emotional participation in…

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Added by James Newell on August 22, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Having the Courage to Speak Up

I’ve always had trouble voicing things… speaking up for myself, calling out deception, and owning my own value and worth. When I was growing up, my mother would always tell me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I wasn’t sure that whatever I was thinking was nice, so I stuffed my thoughts and…

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Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on August 13, 2019 at 3:36pm — No Comments

Depth Leadership: How to Live Your Calling and Succeed in Leading Others

Leadership today is too often viewed as a function or role conferred only by some authority. Yet, whether you are a parent, a teacher, a supervisor, a CEO, president of a country, or someone who acts because something needs to be done and no one else is doing it, you can lead successfully only if other people actually want to follow you, collaborate…

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Added by Carol S. Pearson on August 7, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

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