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A Spiritual Journey

In the early 90’s I began studying with shamanic practitioners.  At first, I worked with well-known shamanic teachers Michael Harner Ph.D. and Sandra Ingerman M.A.  as well as other excellent teachers  associated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.   These early classes were a breath of fresh air for me,  a way of balancing out my…
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of Purity…

To begin with I cannot speak Only see In simplest forms Feel Freely  Essentially Be Purity I am the babe Innocent Clean I cannot speak Only see Unabashedly Learn from me When you look to life You cannot take from me Anything I do not have Already Only  Purity I am the bud Softly Seeing Only …
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Skeletons in the Sky…

In preparation for my archetypal embodiment series I want to honor the structures and systems behind a persona or any construct for that matter. Those forms that silently shape what's under the skin, invisible to the eye. Why? Because without the groundwork, without the base everything falls out of context and nothing stays in place. In my creative…
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… “who will you be?”

This Halloween you will likely dress up. You will show the community a side of yourself they rarely, if ever, see. You will express your inner dimensionality with such verocity. You will adorn yourself, enticing the community to see something so very true about you and yet usually hidden from view. Ok, how many times…
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…Archetype : Creatrix…

She waits for you by the river bend, auspiciously watching the rush of water as it folds over itself and unwinds rambling streams of story. This is where inspiration lives, in the synergistic streams of the creative current. It lives in you. It has always lived in you. You are the bubbling ups of this emergent flow.  …
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Can Art Therapists Change Into Performance Artists…and back again?

If psychology is the study of the soul then therapy becomes a process of healing by which we utilize our understanding of soul or, perhaps more accurately, we attempt to understand the soul and in the process, reveal some helpful insights along life's journey. Exploring these depths requires more than just talk, especially when soul's first language is art; whether that be visual,…
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Art Therapists are Artists…and alchemists

An art therapist knows that art-making facilitates transformation within the client/artist. Art therapists know that art can serve as a solvent, a catalyst, a salve, a stepping stone or a philosopher's stone depending on the needs of the artist. In this way an art therapist is also an alchemist practicing the ancient arts of metaphysical transformation. Art-making is an…
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…an integral line of light

There is a fresh light beckoning, breaking, brimming with integrity. It stands there. I stand here. Steadfastly still. Burning at the foot of my solitary gill I sing sweet songs of empathy. And she knows where to turn when the lights dim, Down and in To tap the nectar from urchin fin. This kind of…
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…art as transcendent function

Here is an example of an effective art therapy directive for someone struggling to decide between two things. We are all familiar with this position: opposing directions are presented to us and we are unsure which way to go. Between a rock and a hard place. We wonder where to place our energies and how to move forward…
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…your essential exuberance

Last night I stayed up late, sat in circle with dear friends sharing perspectives on life and made art - lots of art in lots of forms. Our words became poetry, our bodies became dancers, our mediums became miracle-makers. The sky inspired the lightening inspired the moon inspired the art inspired me to move, speak…
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… a new dawn

a new dawn is upon you. take yourself into it. be beckoned. be born into moments afresh. send spells of glory with your mouth. listen for your breath. and love, love, always love. sometimes we think we are not enough. our words are not enough. our actions are not enough. our skills our intellect…
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of wishes asunder…

And suddenly you realize that each moment is attached with the same force of seeds on a dandelion and that they are destined to depart. Your life is a mandala of moving parts. Wet water-colored memories bleed as you blow on them and the seeds spatter and scatter in the wind. Those seeds set by…
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What I learned at Southwestern…

When I started looking around for the right master’s program that would feed my spiritual side and not be like the typical programs at large universities, I asked three counselors that I happened to know. They all independently stated “Southwestern College”. One was a recent graduate and the other two attended the transformational healing conference…
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shiny is more effective than sharp…

As therapists we often have to make clear where our boundaries exist without hurting or confusing those who approach them. This does not have to be complicated and, in fact, can be an opportunity to display love, even elegance. By reflecting how we love ourselves we reveal the lightness of love to others. By stating…
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…about her body and her lost horse

If I may mount my high horse for a moment I might have something important to say. And it’s quite fitting that I be way up here and you down there because it’s true what they say – it’s all about the view. Up here I can say things like ‘stay positive’,…
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The Healing Power of Ceremony and Nature

During the warm days of autumn, a small group of us gathered in a wilderness area beside a lovely mountain stream, high above Santa Fe.  The entire mountainside was covered with green conifers and aspens turning gold.  At 10,000 feet elevation, deer and elk are abundant and the air is pure.   Just…
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