November 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Barry’s Blog # 76: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part 4)

Sing sorrow, sorrow, but good win out in the end. – Aeschylus

As a mythologist (and sharing our common curiosity about these things), I felt responsible to watch several of the recent (November 2013) documentaries on the Kennedy’s and read much of the journalism on the subject that was published this month. On TV, pundits lined up to calmly and rationally discuss the major issues and then conclude, predictably, that we should all trust the dominant narratives of John F.…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 30, 2013 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 75: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part Three)

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/barrys-blog-75-john-f-kennedy-and-americas-obsession-with-innocence-part-three/

Wow! I never realized that Kennedy and Vietnam was to your generation what Princess Diana and 9/11 is to ours. – A thirty-something

The Dying God (1)

He was known in…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 27, 2013 at 4:42pm — No Comments

It's All Good, But Some Good is Gooder

     There is a popular trend in the modern new age movement that is inclined to label some things as "spiritual", implying of course that other things are not "spiritual". Many seem to think that the word "spiritual" ought to be understood--believing that things like meditation, yoga, Depak Chopra and an assortment of trendy new age books, gurus and ancient secrets are "spiritual". I haven't really heard anyone clearly define what is not spiritual, but the general unspoken consensus seems…
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Added by Michael Bogar on November 27, 2013 at 2:13pm — 5 Comments

Honoring the Ancestors: Donald Sandner, Part Two

Don preparing to carry Taos

drum up a cliff in a…
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Added by Patricia Damery on November 27, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Suffering, Again!

I’d like to say that suffering has been on my mind lately, but I know better.  Suffering is always on my mind, I’m Jewish.  Inexorably drawn to it.  As a pattern analyst, I sit with people as they connect with and make meaning of pain and suffering, while at the same time, trying to interrupt the repetition that will keep them suffering the same fate.  I don’t deny their suffering or try to make it better, I cede to suffering its rightful place in the human…

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Added by Silvia Behrend on November 26, 2013 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

A Brief Reflection on Climate Change

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A Brief Reflection on Climate Change…

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Added by Payam Ghassemlou Ph.D. on November 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Existentialism and Archetypal Astrology...a Path to the Numinous

Existentialism and Archetypal Astrology...a Path to the Numinous

This is an excerpt from my new, but yet unpublished book, called "Lifting the Veil; Becoming Your Own Best Astrologer." Although some of the book deals with the grammar of…
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Added by Elizabeth Spring on November 25, 2013 at 8:44am — 2 Comments

I Am Like A Rose

Dear members, 

Please share with me a favourite piece of poetry or prose that you feel describes the process of individuation.

Recently I discovered this poem and felt an instant YES!

Warmly,

Esther 

I Am Like A Rose by DH Lawrence

I am myself at last; now I achieve

My very self, I, with the wonder…

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Added by Esther Waldron on November 24, 2013 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Honoring the Ancestors: Part One

Honoring the Thinning Veil, Glastonbury,…
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Added by Patricia Damery on November 23, 2013 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 74: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part Two)

I shouted out, “Who killed the Kennedys?” When after all it was you and me.  – Mick Jagger

Myth Making

1 – Inventing Camelot

The Kennedy clan began to manipulate the media images of JFK and his immediate family long before his election and has continued to do so long after his death. Shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, JFK, fully aware of both the political moment and the mythic implications, told a…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 21, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Soul, Holiday Haunting, and the Blues!

The holidays are coming, and so are the blues. They hit when everybody around us is so happy. All of a sudden a pit opens up inside you and you're there. Depressed.



A depressed soul is a haunted soul. James Hollis in his book, Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives, notes that the greatest haunting we suffer is a lost relationship to soul. When the relationship to soul is lost something has crept into us and taken its place. Traumatic holidays,…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on November 21, 2013 at 9:16am — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 73: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part One)

If anyone’s going to kill me, it should happen now. – John F. Kennedy, 1962

At book talks I often ask, When did you lose your innocence?  Common answers include 9-11 and the various political assassinations of the 1960s. Then I ask, When did you lose it again?

The trick question is meant to make people ponder a uniquely American situation. The idea of innocence lies at foundation of our national identity. It is as fundamental to…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 19, 2013 at 8:31pm — No Comments

Redemption Motifs in Myth and Fairytale

Redemption Motifs in Myth and Fairytale

by Charlyne Gelt, Ph.D.



Myths and symbols are in the language of the soul. A myth helps us to take a situation to heart and know what we must do.

– Jean Shinoda-Bolin, Crossing to Avalon, 1995



By exploring symbols buried deep within myths and fairytales, we get to look down Alice's rabbit hole at redemption motifs that help us learn what is relevant for change, healing, and transformation. Themes of descent and suffering… Continue

Added by charlyne gelt on November 6, 2013 at 6:51pm — No Comments

Dreams as Prophet!

Dreams tell of the past, present, and future. This is frightening, to be able to peer into the nature of things with clarity. This is much more than looking through a glass darkly as the New Testament writer proclaimed. If we want to see, really and truly see, then we can see with startlingly acuity in our dreams!

Problem is, then change happens. Change inspired by dreams prompts intrapsychic and relational transformation. It might mean divorce or…

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Added by Paul DeBlassie III on November 6, 2013 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Chaos, Disorder, and Burdens

There are numerous elements that can contribute to chaos or disorder in an addict’s life. When someone becomes entangled in addiction, the consequences and effects essentially govern the psyche in such a way that the addiction becomes the identity. The identity that develops with the addiction allows for the individual to become estranged from an identity prior to the addiction. In the disorder of addiction, the individual develops a sense of truth through the belief of a found solace in…

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Added by Erik J. Welsh, PhD on November 2, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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