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Spectacular Light

The thing about living is light. It surrounds us, breathes through us – not in us but through us. The force of it is subtle as the New Mexico breeze I hardly notice under the hot summer desert sun then suddenly become acutely grateful for when under the shade of a hundred-year-old cottonwood tree.

 Light informs my psychotherapeutic work with…


Added by Paul DeBlassie III on March 16, 2019 at 10:19am — No Comments

How has 250 years of US violence altered American DNA?

How are humans permanently changed by violence in their environment?

Human fossil history suggests that about 25% of us were killed with some form of human violence in the past. Those of us who study human violence longitudinally, and recognize it’s ubiquitous nature, are still trying to identify a common source.  Is “environmental violence”, the violence that occurs around us every day, in various forms including news reports and entertainment, itself the…


Added by Steve Staniek on March 14, 2019 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 14: The Royal Wedding

In April 2011 a million people gathered in London. News reporters showed that many were apparently weeping with joy. Broadcast in over 180 countries to perhaps 160 million viewers, the wedding was one of the most watched events in TV history. With an additional 70 million live internet streams, the Guinness Book gave it the record of “Most Live Streams for a Single Event”, beating out 2009’s memorial service for Michael Jackson (see below).

Hundreds of…


Added by Barry Spector on March 6, 2019 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 31: The Race Card

The root of the White man’s hatred is terror, a bottomless and nameless terror, which focuses on this dread figure, an entity which lives only in his mind. – James Baldwin

As I considered the dark anniversary that is approaching, after all the writing I’ve done about race in America, it came to me as a shock of insight. It was so obvious, yet I hadn’t noticed it before. I was talking with a friend about white privilege, when he interrupted me and…


Added by Barry Spector on February 16, 2019 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 9: The Presidential Dilemma — February 2011

Every American president at least since Harry Truman, and arguably for much longer, has encountered a unique political dilemma created by two conditions. The first is a political reality. Capitalism and imperial expansion have dominated American politics since the beginning of the republic – and, if we are to properly understand the events of November 22nd, 1963 as a military coup – the end of the republic. In this context, all Presidents since Lyndon Johnson have been servants…


Added by Barry Spector on February 13, 2019 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Barry's Blogs # 262, 263: Breathing Together – On Conspiracism and Gatekeepers, Parts 3 and 4 of 4

Part Three

Who is he, who even were truth on his tongue, his way of speaking it would make truth almost as offensive as falsehood? – Melville

In America part of this heritage is channeled through our unique emphasis on individualism, and, I would add, our narcissism:  What is true for…


Added by Barry Spector on February 8, 2019 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Barry's Blogs # 260, 261: Breathing Together – On Conspiracism and Gatekeepers, Parts 1 and 2 of 4

Part One:

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. – Yeats

In a previous blog series I offered my perspective on how the gatekeepers of our culture deliberately exclude and demonize much progressive thought by associating it in the reader’s mind with excessively bizarre right-wing claims, thereby…


Added by Barry Spector on February 8, 2019 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

Barry’s Blog # 33: The Predator

Psychologist, author (The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief) and ritual leader Francis Weller has evolved a useful psychological concept.

The Predator is a…


Added by Barry Spector on January 15, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Spontaneous Exorcisms

Most of us are drawn by simple curiosity to Edgar Cayce’s readings, to discover what the world famous sleeping psychic saw while in a trance state. And Cayce often encountered spirits, as he states in reading 3744-1: "The spirit of all that have passed from the physical realm…remain within this sphere… There are thousands about us here at present." Cayce talked about spirit possession, and informs us in reading 5753-1, "Discarnate entities… may influence the thought of an entity." In reading…


Added by Steve Staniek on January 6, 2019 at 6:12am — No Comments

What Stories Are You Living—and What Unconscious Assumptions Determine What You Do?

When someone asks, “How are you?”, you might say, “Great!” or “I’m good” or “Hanging in there” or some such, and leave it at that. But if you are talking with a friend, loved one, or anyone who seems truly interested, likely you might share an anecdote about why you feel the way you do. For example, you might say:

  • I left my house at the…

Added by Carol S. Pearson on January 4, 2019 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Barry's Blogs # 258-259: A Vacation In Chaos

Part One

To really understand our stubborn attachment to the myth of American Innocence, we must become familiar with our heritage of the paranoid imagination. It combines eternal vigilance, literalistic religion and constant anxiety with contempt for the erotic and a highly creative style of sadism. Why these last two features? Because what we will not allow ourselves to desire becomes a vector of judgment, fear and hatred of those whom we perceive as being willing…


Added by Barry Spector on December 29, 2018 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 7: The Outside Agitator

In America’s fevered, paranoid imagination the “internal other” as drug dealer tempts the good citizens and leads them from the clear air of the palace roof down into the basements of sin. But the terrorist, the “external other,” wants to tunnel under the walls and destroy the palace itself. Since long before 9/11/2001, the fear mongers have been in the lucrative business of reducing rational human beings to quivering children, willing to trade their celebrated freedoms for a thin promise of…


Added by Barry Spector on November 23, 2018 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 16: The Other Is You; Maybe Even More You Than You Are

Lately, perhaps more than at any other time in recent history, Americans find themselves in a full-blown epidemic of “othering.” We are obsessed with cataloging the qualities of those individuals and groups who appear to embody everything that we cannot accept about ourselves.

Pick one or more: Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un,…


Added by Barry Spector on November 19, 2018 at 12:26pm — No Comments

200 Steps to Gratitude - New Blog Post

 I continue my reflections on my spiritual pilgrimage to Peru in July 2018 in this latest blog post -  200 Steps to the Principle of Gratitude

Added by Christina Becker on October 10, 2018 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 255-7: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Parts 4-6

Part Four

Myth is conveyed – and consumed – in narratives and images. So it is important to understand our most fundamental mythic image. The American obsession with individualism has been built up and buttressed by three centuries of stories, repeated in thousands of variations, of the lone, violent hero.

All societies evolved versions of Joseph Campbell’s classic…


Added by Barry Spector on September 29, 2018 at 11:17am — No Comments

Barry’s Blogs # 252-4: The Mythic Foundations of Libertarianism, Parts 1-3 of 6

Part One

An earlier version of this essay was published in 2013 as the introductory chapter in Uncivil Liberties: Deconstructing Libertarianism, published by the Praxis Peace Institute.

You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself. – Ivan Boesky

This is America. If…


Added by Barry Spector on September 28, 2018 at 2:50pm — No Comments

On Transpersonal Psychology: Science, Consciousness, Spirituality—Interview with Les Lancaster

In this interview, scholar and professor, Les Lancaster, discusses the origins and aims of Transpersonal Psychology and compares and contrasts it to Depth Psychology, both of which have been highly influenced by the work of Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung.

He also delves into the connection between science…


Added by Bonnie Bright on September 15, 2018 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 244-247: False Equivalencies, Parts 1-4 of 8

Part Five

Whether they are uttered by Trump or by respectable media pundits, false equivalencies typically come into use in order to marginalize progressive alternatives when actual counter-arguments to them would be unconvincing. Here’s the logic:

A is the moderate opinion acceptable to those in power.

B is a progressive alternative, which gatekeepers ignore.

C is a loony, right wing conspiracy theory.

Eventually, public…


Added by Barry Spector on September 6, 2018 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 244-247: False Equivalencies, Parts 1-4 of 8

Part One

In January 2013, Chuck Todd, chief White House correspondent for NBC, addressed a conference of professional vote-counters. His audience included sales reps for voting machine and software companies, as well as several state secretaries of state. Todd ridiculed critics of electronic election machines, saying that they must…


Added by Barry Spector on September 6, 2018 at 12:04pm — No Comments

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