July 2013 Blog Posts (12)

T S Eliot in a Kayak

In Burnt Norton, part one of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, there are a couple of lines which I have loved both as a dancer and a writer. These are the lines:



at the still point, there the dance is,


But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,


Where past and future are gathered.

Neither movement from nor towards,


Neither ascent nor decline.

Except for the point, the still point,


There would be no dance, and there is only the… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on July 31, 2013 at 5:22pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 65: Public Relations for the Myth of Innocence

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/barrys-blog-65-public-relations-for-the-myth-of-innocence/

Public Relations for the Myth of Innocence

  

On a recent trip to the Mono Lake region of the eastern Sierra, we had dinner at the Double Eagle Restaurant in Lee Vining, where we observed a curious sight on a wall near the…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2013 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

The Star of David and the Divine Feminine

Today sees a rare aspect that some astrologers are calling 'horoscope history': a Grand Sextile Merkaba six-pointed star pattern or Star of David.

According to astrograph.com, "the Moon trines Venus to complete a grand sextile with Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Pluto. This inscribed six-pointed star within the circle of the Zodiac is a pattern also known as a Star of David. It is…

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Added by Esther Waldron on July 29, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Carl Jung! -- A blog post in your honor on your role in depth psychology....

In honor of what would have been Jung's 138th birthday, July 26, I'm sharing an excerpt from my essay on Jung's role in Depth Psychology, "Occupy Psyche: Deconstructing the Jungian Shadow in Depth Psychology," published in Occupy Psyche:…

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Added by Bonnie Bright on July 26, 2013 at 4:29pm — 2 Comments

“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself in a dark wood where the direct way was lost.” – Dante Alighieri, “Inferno”

This quote puts me in touch with that place in the journey of our life where we find that we have lost connection with our true self—our vision and identity—a place where psyche finds its self, essentially, in a dark wood. Those moments beg something different from us; the established ways no longer work—the direct way is lost...

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Added by Pamela Albro, PhD on July 22, 2013 at 1:05am — No Comments

Anxiety

What an interesting emotion, Anxiety is! On its face, Anxiety hearkens danger and demands flight… fear… apprehension… and even panic. It creates stress and overwhelm. Screaming, with a message to “Get out!!” it asks for nothing less than complete abandon, all ye who enter here.

However, Anxiety can also invite a more intimate experience…

What appears to act as an alarm—clearing out any space for openness or presence—by leaning in, instead of retreating, can actually become a…

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Added by Pamela Albro, PhD on July 22, 2013 at 1:01am — No Comments

LGBT Suicide and the Trauma of Growing Up Gay

LGBT Suicide and the Trauma of Growing Up Gay

By Payam Ghassemlou MFT, Ph.D.



As a mental health counselor for the past twenty years, I have listened to many painful stories by some of my lesbian and gay patients regarding growing up in a homophobic and heterosexist world. Many of my gay and lesbian patients, including a number of bisexual and transgender individuals, shared with me that as young as age five they felt different. They were unable to articulate why they felt…

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Added by Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D. on July 20, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

From Turmoil to Transcendence: The Book of Job and the Will to Wisdom

On June 21, 2013 I had the privilege of presenting a portion of my doctoral research at World Congress XIX on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy in Dallas, Texas.  The audio portion of that lecture is available below.  Please note that the full video of the lecture was not captured.  What you see is a composite of the video, followed by the remaining audio with images from the presentation handout and still shots inserted.…

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Added by Marshall H. Lewis on July 20, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments

Reflections and Memory

I had a series of memory flashes recently, triggered by a poignant song that was playing along while I was otherwise focused. It pulled me into a vortex of feelings and reflections, about a person from an earlier part of my life. She was pivotal in my early relationship development, and having thought of her on previous occasions, I was struck with the lingering feeling intensity this time around. Why this time, why now? Feelings are useful clues to the interior of our lives and one of many…

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Added by Paul Hartsuyker on July 16, 2013 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Barry's Blog # 64: Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden and American Myth

Nineteen-nineteen was one of the most contentious years in American history. The presence of millions of unemployed World War One veterans added to an already difficult economic situation. In every industry, working people were confronting the excesses of capitalism. The year saw: more labor strikes than in any previous year; a resurgent Ku Klux Klan; several major race riots; pressure for both prohibition of alcohol and women’s right to vote; and a massive reactionary mobilization by the…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 15, 2013 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Barry's Blog # 63: Intersection of Myth and History: The U.S. and World War Two

Intersection of Myth and History: The U.S. and World War Two

 

I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are.  – George H.W. Bush

 

In this time of renewed militarism, demonization of enemies and surveillance of private citizens it is important to keep in mind both the willingness of politicians to distort the truth as well as our uniquely American, innocent capacity to believe their lies. Myth is what holds…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 10, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 62: What We Have Lost

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/barrys-blog-62-what-we-have-lost/

A reader recently asked me for a short answer to the question: What have we lost by literalizing our mythological stories?

The evidence is all around us, so ubiquitous that we don't see it. The creative imagination (which I discuss in Chapter One of my book) that is our universal…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 2, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments

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