May 2013 Blog Posts (14)

Barry's Blog # 60: The Curse of the Fathers

The Curse of the Fathers


What are the mythological roots of violence in the modern world? Can we speak about school shootings and the Boston bombing without also speaking about drones and targeted killings? Don’t lone gunmen and the agents of state violence…


Added by Barry Spector on May 29, 2013 at 2:37pm — 2 Comments

Drug Cocktails, Brain, and Soul!

New York Times Sunday Dialogue article (May 26, 2013)  about medication and psychotherapy struck a few soul chords. Medication works for as long as its taken. There is no doubt that it can prove necessary and helpful when treating severe and chronic mental pain. However, drug cocktails don't fix soul misery and the need for meaning and wholeness. Seasoned therapists know when to use drugs, when to refrain, and about the need to guide the sufferer along deeper and darker paths of soul to find…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on May 27, 2013 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

Shame, Bad Religion, and Freedom!

Shame and bad religion ring about as hard in the human ear as a bell clanging way too up close that finally stops. Shame gets the bell of bad religion going. Without the human capacity for shame, the inner sense of being defective, then bad religion would have no hold on the human psyche.


For over thirty years I've been helping people take the deep plunge into the unconscious mind so as to find freedom from…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on May 25, 2013 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Out Of Control

In her dream a woman is in a car hurtling down a slope with a drop-off into the water.  This is not a good place to be.  The dream shows imminent danger to the woman (and presumably to her car).   If this situation were happening in real life—we would likely be panicking and afraid for our life.  Waking up from such a dream causes us to ask: where in my life am I so out of control and what danger am I hurtling towards?

When a dream brings us such an urgent image, we are wise…


Added by Barbara Platek on May 24, 2013 at 8:04am — No Comments

Jung on chickens, children and carrots.

According to a quote I've come across, Jung felt the problem with his (rich) female clients was that they were cut off from their biology, and therefore he advised them to 'go to the country and raise chickens, children and carrots.' 

I'm keen to hear what Alliance members think of this!

At first glance the quote appears to set the feminist movement back several hundred years *but* to my mind there is also deep wisdom in it - who doesn't first and foremost need to feel connected to…


Added by Esther Waldron on May 24, 2013 at 6:08am — No Comments

Leaving Las Vegas

Leaving Las Vegas

I had the opportunity to accompany my husband to a work conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in May. His conference was held at the beautifully appointed Bellagio Hotel, complete with singing fountains, Chihuly glass ceilings, flower gardens, flowing chocolate fountains and what seemed like acres of pools. And, of course, there was heat and sun which is a rare commodity in Western Washington.

Initially, I struggled to enjoy the beautiful hotel and the pool because,… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on May 22, 2013 at 5:51pm — 3 Comments

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Added by Susan Scott on May 22, 2013 at 1:02am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 59: War on Terror or War on Your Imagination? The Boston Bombing


A month after the Boston tragedy, now that the media have moved on to other distractions, it’s time to reconsider this difficult and painful theme. The national security state has, for a very long…


Added by Barry Spector on May 16, 2013 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Good Enough Mothers, Magic Makers, and the Invisible Realm!

On this Mother's Day 2013 I thought up a little post about mother's, will, and the invisible realm. In the womb of the mother life is nourished. In the womb of mother, womb of life, the realm invisible to the eye, life starts, is nourished, and one day departs into the visible world. Psychic potential depends on will. Will takes us to the door of potential, states William James, father of American depth psychology, but forces from the invisible realm are what usher us in. No amount of…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on May 12, 2013 at 8:28am — 1 Comment

How to Become a Human

How to become a Human

Choose between two

Or among many

Say yes or no

This cements the self:

Here is where I stand

The Archimedian point

From which I will neither move nor be moved

Without my consent

The essence of our humanity

The truth of our becoming

Is to say Yes or No

Knowing that by necessity, the one includes the other

This ability to discern right action

To cut through the pain of rejecting a… Continue

Added by Silvia Behrend on May 9, 2013 at 10:48am — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 58: Tamerlan Tsarnaev: When the American Dream Becomes the American Nightmare

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.  – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Americans have always dreamed big dreams. Perhaps, having invented the phrase “American Dream,” we may well dream…


Added by Barry Spector on May 2, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments

The Myths of Mary Magdalene: An Interview with Kayleen Asbo & Bonnie Bright for Depth Insights™

In this written interview, Depth Insights host Bonnie Bright interviews Kayleen Asbo, cultural historian, musician, writer, and teacher on the topic of “The Myths of Mary Magdalene,” also the title of her upcoming webinar series. The first of that series, “The Many Faces of Mary Magdalene” is free to the public (must register to join) and takes…


Added by Bonnie Bright on May 1, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Dreams and Change

    I had a series of dreams last night that I found remarkable, both for their content and the potential implications of their "meaning." The area of question that is prompted is the mapping of content to (1)objective world, (2)subjective world and (3)interior brain process.

    (Dream Fragment #1) "I look up outside with a companion to notice two very large trees swaying intensely in the wind, leaning over precariously, particularly aggravated by some overly large kids toys strewn in…


Added by Paul Hartsuyker on May 1, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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