September 2014 Blog Posts (19)

How You Feel Around People...

I I pay attention to how I feel around people. Sometime's there's a sense of well being, peace. Other times, there's confusion, chaos. People bring energy with them. As we are conscious, we can feel the energy within and surrounding others.

I came across the following quote by the American poet Charles Bukowski: "The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 30, 2014 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 109: The Myth of Immigration, Part 6 of 7

The fears about Illegal immigration are a classic expression of the myth of madness at the gates of the city. Seen from the inside, the mad god Dionysus threatens to invade and destroy everything of value. From the outside, however – that is, from outside the bubble of literalized thinking – we can observe a rigid cultural identity in utter denial of both its own madness as well as the possibilities of healing.

The anxiety, as always, stems primarily from the Puritan fear of…


Added by Barry Spector on September 30, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Opening Space for Transformative Change

I recently met someone who is an international expert on social change movements. Over breakfast at my favorite café we talked about how successful social protests open up space in places where we think there isn’t any space. The conversation fascinated me because I’ve spent the past two years writing a book about metaphor and the creative process… But what I’m really writing about is space. Creative change happens when a certain kind of Space is opened. That’s what I do in…


Added by Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. on September 27, 2014 at 12:25pm — 2 Comments

Racu and the Rainmaker

Although Racu has moved on to greener pastures, and in his place, less cantankerous llama Hijo guards, this true story about a rainmaker at another time of severe drought has never been more relevant. The blog first appeared in June 2011 at the beginning of California's drought.  


At first no one noticed the Buddha I had placed in the forest…


Added by Patricia Damery on September 26, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 108: The Myth of Immigration, Part 5 of 7

¡Como Mexico No Hay Dos! In any discussion of contemporary immigration the most emotionally divisive arguments are either about Muslims or Latin Americans. But the vast majority of the undocumented – “illegal aliens” – are Mexican. So we are really talking primarily about Mexicans. Conventional anti-immigrant fears are primarily about these four issues: job-loss (They’ll put Americans out of work), crime (They are all drug users), taxpayer expenses (They…


Added by Barry Spector on September 26, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

New Book: "Images of Soul: Reimagining Astrology"

My co-author, Judith Harte, and I are delighted to announce the publication of our new book "Images of Soul: Reimagining Astrology." It's published under the imprint of Iris & Acorn Press. The book is now available on Amazon.

"Images of Soul" grew out of a friendship and collegial conversation that has spanned three decades, As the book evolved we sought to create a provocative fusion of astrological symbolism, Depth Psychotherapy, and Imaginal Psychology. Our discourse interfaces…


Added by Hadley Fitzgerald on September 24, 2014 at 9:23pm — 6 Comments

BLOGGING WITH THE IMAGES OF SOUL #1 Keeping the Fires Burning Within


                                                    & HESTIA’S INNER DIVINITY

About a year ago, I noticed some activity within my own horoscope involving Hestia, that mythic, spiritual, virginal, asteroid goddess of the…


Added by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on September 24, 2014 at 12:32pm — 3 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 107: The Myth of Immigration, Part 4 of 6

We’ve seen some of the political, racial, economic and religious factors that determined an immigrant’s status as he or she attempted to enter the U.S. But what happened next? How did one become American? And, especially in the great expansion of population between 1880 and 1920, how did non-Anglo-Saxon, non-Northern European, non-Protestant immigrants rise in status from conditionally white to fully white? They did so – and still do – by taking on WASP…


Added by Barry Spector on September 23, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Robert Bly & Marion Woodman

Dear Alliance members (all 3,500 of you  - what a great number!),

I keep coming across reports of how well Robert Bly and Marion Woodman worked together at the Great Mother Conferences. Apparently they were quite the Katharine Hepburn / Spencer Tracy act!

I'm keen to hear from any of you who attended the Great Mother Conference and are willing to share your memories.

Also, if any genius among you can find footage of the two at the conferences anywhere…


Added by Esther Waldron on September 23, 2014 at 7:22am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 106: The Myth of Immigration, Part 3 of 6

Since the ideas of “citizen,” “American” and “whiteness” are inherently unstable, their definitions have had as much to do with who one is not as they have had with who one is, and they have changed regularly in their exclusion and inclusion of various immigrant groups. To see how often, and in what ridiculous detail, these definitions have changed, let’s review this history:

16o8-1784: Over half of…


Added by Barry Spector on September 22, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 105: The Myth of Immigration, Part 2 of 6

The Industrial Revolution in the United States required millions of new workers, yet immigration policy was highly selective. For over a century, the Supreme Court periodically determined who was Other (see Part Three below). Admission to whiteness was an invitation to emerge from darkness and walk in innocence. In a thousand small but consistent ways, law and custom defined white persons in terms of what they weren’t. The “boundaries of whiteness,” writes…


Added by Barry Spector on September 21, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Synchronicity at Joshua Tree

Last week I journeyed from my home in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area to Joshua Tree, CA to seek insight into the synchronicities that permeate my personal and professional life. 

By profession I am an urban and regional planner; increasingly I find value in discerning the "spirit of place" as a window into the community where I work.  That has led me into the emerging field of terrapsychology, especially as articulated by Craig Chalquist.

Although the Joshua…


Added by Mark VanderSchaaf on September 20, 2014 at 12:23pm — 6 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 104: The Myth of Immigration, Part 1 of 6

July, 2018: One shared characteristic of the Age of Trump is our ongoing sense that it just can’t get any crazier than this – and our regular, almost daily recognition that in fact, it has. Still, like all true believers in American innocence, we go on, insisting that the horrors perpetrated in countless times and places within our own lifetimes just can’t happen here. In fact, they have indeed happened here.

In June and…


Added by Barry Spector on September 20, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Solitude and Quality of Life...

Solitude and quality of life form a complex matrix of meaning that includes having nourishing relationships and excludes relationships that detract from who we are as individuals, our essential solitude, and who we are as loving beings.

C.G. Jung wrote, "Solitude is for me a font of healing which makes my life worth living." Life being worth the living goes further than doing this or that with these or those people. In fact, too much contact with others, especially…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 18, 2014 at 9:01am — 2 Comments

A Dream and a Case Of Cryptomnesia

Cryptomnesia occurs when a forgotten memory returns without it being recognized as such by the subject, who believes it is something new and original. It is a memory bias whereby a person may falsely recall generating a thought, an idea, a song, or a joke, not deliberately engaging in plagiarism but rather experiencing a memory as if it were a new inspiration.” -Wikipedia

The word was first used by…


Added by Randy Westfall on September 9, 2014 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 103: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus — Part Five of Five

But What About Ferguson? Returning to this question of “every 28 hours,” we ask incredulously, innocently, again: How often do police shoot unarmed black people? Is it surprising that the government keeps no statistics (…


Added by Barry Spector on September 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 102: Hands up, Don’t Shoot: The Sacrifice of American Dionysus — Part Four of Five

But What About Ferguson? I quoted Orlando Patterson earlier: “Today we no longer lynch in public rituals supervised by local clergymen. Instead, the state hires the hangman to do it.” Quite true, but this civilized approach creates two problems for the high priests of sacrifice. One: Specific capital punishment cases can take many years, including lengthy appeals, from crime to arrest to judgment to execution. Two: Since the act itself is relatively private and few people get to…


Added by Barry Spector on September 5, 2014 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

Listening To Our Body/Psyche...

Richard Kearney in a recent New York Times post (8.30.2014) wrote, "In perhaps the first great works of human psychology, the “De Anima,” Aristotle pronounced touch the most universal of the senses. Even when we are asleep we are susceptible to changes in temperature and noise. Our bodies are always “on.” And touch is the most intelligent sense, Aristotle explained, because it is the most sensitive. When we touch someone or something we are exposed to what we touch. We are…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on September 4, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

Dream Interpretation from


Dream 256: A 52-year-old woman dreamed that she had sex with a Catholic priest. She then saw the image of a Catholic nun. She then saw the image of a female Reike energy healer that she knew. This healer looked amazingly attractive and had glorious angel wings.

Interpretation– This dream is all about spirituality. She was raised Catholic. Her…


Added by Steven Fox Ph.D. on September 3, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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