April 2013 Blog Posts (19)

At the Table

At the table



When I sit at the able and the cutlery and glasses gleam

When the napkins are folded white

When the chair scrapes the floor just right

And my skirt rustles on the seat

Neither brocade nor velvet, neither cotton nor silk

But a soft and pliant fabric

Like the wished for comfort of the soul

In love with God

That is when I know I will have found you



To earn a seat at that table

Requires the silence of the… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on April 29, 2013 at 9:13am — No Comments

Diseased Sense of Self--A Cry for Help!

When psychological symptoms hit hard, like a Mac truck running straight into the center of your gut, then we can be sure that the self is in trouble. The New York Times article,  The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/magazine/the-problem-with-how-we-treat-bipolar-disorder),  dramatizes a woman's struggle with bipolar…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on April 28, 2013 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

Dream and Non-dream

I fell asleep in my daughter's room. She is three, and I drifted off while putting her to sleep.

I dreamed that my wife had set the cable box to the television out on the curb. I was very angry in the dream. She was hostile too. I brought the cable box back inside and hooked everything up. I tried to turn on the television. Emphatically, I pushed the on button. I woke up.

Awake, I left my daughter's bedroom and went into my bedroom. My wife was awake. She told me that the…

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Added by Eric Simpson on April 26, 2013 at 5:42pm — 5 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 57: Gatekeeping in the Desert, Part 3

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/barrys-blog-57-gatekeeping-in-the-desert-part-3/

I ended my previous blog by quoting George Kennan, the architect of the containment doctrine, who wrote in 1995 that there had never been “…the slightest danger of a Soviet military attack.” Significantly, he waited to admit that the Cold War had been a lie until after…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 22, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

In Honor of Earth Day 2013: Nature Has No “Outside”-Navigating the Ecological Self

“Spirit is the inside of things and matter is their visible outer aspect” (Jung, in Sabini, 2005, p. 2).

“I can only gaze with wonder and awe at the depths of and heights of our psychic nature. Its non-spatial universe conceals an untold abundance of images which have…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on April 22, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments

Working with Dreams: Depth Psychology Techniques of Carl Gustav Jung and James Hillman

Working with Dreams: Depth Psychology Techniques of Carl Gustav Jung and James Hillman

Dream work is ancient, it’s long tradition evidenced in the temples of Asclepius in Greece where individuals went to be healed through their dreams. Dreams have been an important aspect of many spiritual traditions, and even Freud considered the study of dreams to be his most important work. There are many methods of dream analysis. When working with dreams, it can be…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on April 21, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 56: Gatekeeping in the Desert, Part Two

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/barrys-blog-56-gatekeeping-in-the-desert-part-two/

 

To really understand the Cold War and its relevance to our contemporary world, we must take another detour through myth. The birth of the national security state coincided precisely with the peak popularity of western movies. Westerns had been central to the…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 19, 2013 at 6:49pm — No Comments

The Alchemical Sequence - digital poetry chap-book by Ian Irvine (Hobson)

Site members may be interested in my poetry collection 'The Alchemical Sequence' which plays with the idea of an 'alchemical autobiography' whilst simultaneously re-staging the enigmatic encounter trope so central to layman first encounters with alchemical recipes historically. The text also deliberately blurs the line between 'art/poetry' and 'psychology' - again a typical feature of alchemical texts in history. The collection also features a range of traditional alchemical…

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Added by Ian Irvine (Hobson) on April 19, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 55: Gatekeeping in the Desert, Part One

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/barrys-blog-55-gatekeeping-in-the-desert-part-one/

Nestled on a quiet hillside among the saguaro cacti and ocotillo plants twenty miles south of Tucson, the Titan Missile Museum preserves one of the many bases that targeted the Soviet Union for over twenty years with bombs that could have destroyed all life on Earth. It is…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 18, 2013 at 2:08pm — 1 Comment

A moment ago

A moment ago

The sun was shining

While we watched

The pounding rhythm of feet

Running



Sweat and water

Tears and laughter

Sharp pains in the side



A moment ago

They stepped over the finish line

Raised fist high

Saw loved ones

Flashed a smile of victory



A moment ago

The Beast unleashed

Memories of planes and buildings,

Drones and wedding parties,

Newton,

Columbine, Batman,

Kent… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on April 16, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

A nation's mother issues? On Thatcher & UK reaction

The news of the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is stirring strong feelings. 

On the one hand are the platitudes from public figures including an epitaph from her political descendant, current prime minister David Cameron declaring that she…

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Added by Esther Waldron on April 15, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Religion and Health: Invitation to be an author on the blog

Peace be upon you.



My Religion and Health Platform (http://religion-and-health.blogspot.com/) has been in operation for some time already in the context of research being conducted around Psychosis, Mysticism as well as certain aspects of Religion and Spirituality.



I wish to point out however, that while contributions within this platform are welcome from health professionals, patients and anyone…

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Added by Afzal Durgauhee on April 15, 2013 at 10:20am — No Comments

Surprised by God at my table

Surprised by God at my table

04 Apr 2013 8:49 AM | Silvia Behrend

Surprised by God at my Table



For the past twenty five years, my ex-Catholic husband and I have celebrated the Passover with a Seder, the ritual telling of the story of Exodus which is accompanied by special food, wine and story. I have presided at Seders with five people and with over 150 people. I have sat next to the very old and the very young, but I have never sat next to God. Or rather, God never… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on April 12, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Dreamer at the Garden

I am a member of a collective garden, where about 20 of us work together to grow food, educate ourselves on sustainability, practice organic farming methods and generally have a good time. We have weekly work parties and also opportunities for solitary work. I have spent many hours observing nature and what she has to teach me about archetypal patterns. I have learned to look through the eyes of a pattern analyst.



At an early spring work party I saw one of our members broadcasting… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on April 12, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Nature Dreaming

I dream about foxes living on my property—a silver fox and a red fox.  In the dream, I do not see them, but I know that they are there—mysterious presences that come through the woods and occasionally make themselves known.  In the waking world, I have seen the red fox.  Once, in the dead of winter, I looked out my dining room window and saw it walking on the surface of our frozen pond.  The contrast of color was startling—its bushy rust colored coat framed by the white and gray tones of the…

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Added by Barbara Platek on April 9, 2013 at 8:22am — No Comments

The Unholy...Book Launching and Healing Event!

Fall 2013 Book Launching for The Unholy....Albuquerque and Santa Fe...a one hour Healing Event with inspirational talk exploring images and symbols of transformation within the story, guided meditation, and book reading/signing. Healing Events (one hour) via Skype or in person for your community or reading group can now be scheduled. Please message me on FB or email pdeblassie@gmail.com

Added by Paul DeBlassie III on April 7, 2013 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

Aries and Individuation

This is a link to a recent blog article I wrote about Individuation and Archetypes (referencing Carl Jung, Marie Louise von Franz, Richard Tarnas, Alan Oken, and Jeffrey Wolf Green) in this incredible time potency of Aries energy- Sun, Venus, Uranus, Mars all together in Aries! (plus in general being square to Pluto in Capricorn and forming a YOD with Jupiter in Gemini pointing toward Saturn in Scorpio):…

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Added by Gray Crawford on April 2, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 54: The Myth of Equivalency, Part Two

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/barrys-blog-54-the-myth-of-equivalency-part-two/

The Myth of Equivalency, Part Two

Gatekeepers know what is expected of them, and they know each other very well. Here’s one gatekeeper (New York Times book reviewer Jacob Heilbrunn) praising another gatekeeper, Jonathan Kay:

Inside the…

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Added by Barry Spector on April 1, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Night Vision

“Female figures of thinking and wisdom appear in women’s dreams, notably…versions of the wise old woman such as the owl…”  Karen Signell…

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Added by Barbara Platek on April 1, 2013 at 9:33am — No Comments

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