August 2015 Blog Posts (10)

The White Dragon - Becoming the Spirit The dream opens up in a Civil War battle which I believe it’s the Second Battle of Manassas in Virginia (a.k.a. Bull Run) and the Confederates are knocking the…

The White Dragon - Becoming the Spirit

The dream opens up in a Civil War battle which I believe it’s the Second Battle of Manassas in Virginia (a.k.a. Bull Run) and the Confederates are knocking the Union force back which I am a part, but then Union troops rally and we drive the Confederates back breaking their line and forcing them to surrender and the war is won for the Union.…

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Added by Stephen Hennigan on August 26, 2015 at 6:42pm — No Comments

The Art of Being Wise...

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook," wrote the father of American depth psychology, William James. Not everything needs to be covered, looked at, explored. Dream symbols speak to us naturally. They do not need to be minutely dissected to gain sustenance from them. Gently, they offer guidance, meaning, soul food.…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 26, 2015 at 1:49pm — 2 Comments

Facing My Shadow

While meditating, I had a startlingly real, dream-like vision of being chased by a malevolent presence until rubber-legged and exhausted, I was able to run no more. To my immense surprise, when I turned around to face my fate, I found out the dreaded enemy was me, my split-off, vulnerable, frightened-to-death self, in need of understanding, compassion and love.

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Added by Jean L Stimmell on August 22, 2015 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Expand Your Sense of Now...

There comes a time when we sense things aren't working. The old ways don't cut it. We feel wobbly and like the world isn't what we thought. It's time to consider a different perspective.

William James, father of American Depth Psychology, wrote, "The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on August 18, 2015 at 9:45am — 2 Comments

Walking the Talk: Airing Our Complexes and Our Complexity

“My so-called personality is a persona through which soul speaks.”  (Hillman in Re-Visioning Psychology)

James Hillman used to remind us that if you don’t think you’re talking to yourself--that there isn’t a constant stream of chatter in your mind and body (dreams of course carrying the largest cast of characters and their chatter, shouts, murmurs, and demands) --you’re kidding yourself. And part of his message regarding this…

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Added by Mark Sipowicz on August 17, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 145: Do Black Lives Really Matter?

 

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I was fortunate this week to attend a couple of performances of the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, where over 400 young people in 72 teams from around the country spilled their guts in…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 16, 2015 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Affinity and Water

An excess of involuntary tension dries out the body’s tissues –muscles, connective tissues and bones. When we manage to let go of some of it, they begin to rehydrate.

To follow the invitation to present the results of my research in this area at the 4th Fascia Research Congress involved an effort that proved excessive for my economy. Therefore, I handed the decision whether to go or not over to destiny. I was willing to bring forward my knowledge, my work power, my time and…

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Added by Brigitte Hansmann on August 11, 2015 at 12:09pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 144: What If We Allowed That To Happen? Part Two of Two

The paranoid imagination seeks itself: it constantly projects its unacceptable fantasies outward. This is the only way such people can see (and potentially know) themselves: in the image of the demonized Other.

Although both salvation and perdition fell on the individual Protestant of the seventeenth century, the entire community might suffer for one person’s sins; so each person was responsible for upholding group morality. Individual sin polluted, with consequences for all…

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Added by Barry Spector on August 8, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 143: What If We Allowed That To Happen? Part One of Two

Readers of this blog may recall that one of the basic themes of the myth of American Innocence is what I have called the Paranoid Imagination. Previous essays on this subject include The Paranoid Imagination, Porn (Parts one and …

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Added by Barry Spector on August 5, 2015 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Ritual: Making It Physical

It is often a great relief in the midst of our busy lives to create some ceremony and space for the larger and sometimes unseen questions we otherwise ignore, forget or stuff down into the unconscious. Ahh, at last, here is an hour, a day, a weekend to strip myself of the daily accumulation…

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Added by Mark Sipowicz on August 3, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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