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Living Dreams Exhibition

Wild Heart Gallery ExhibitionArt Therapy/Counseling student, Rebecca LaPera, is in a cohort of 25 people who are about to enter into the last phase of the Southwestern College graduate program - internship.  She had a dream where she saw her classmates' work from the past two years exhibited in the Wild Heart Gallery. Inspired by this…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist : Crystal Norberto

Honoring the Spectrum of Self On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of "Honoring the Spectrum of Self," an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within the gallery…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist : Brittnee Page

Honoring the Spectrum of Self On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of "Honoring the Spectrum of Self," an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within the gallery…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist : Jessica Morris

Honoring the Spectrum of Self On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of "Honoring the Spectrum of Self," an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within the gallery…
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Part 3 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

(Part 2, if you missed it…)Part 3: How Using Ownership Language Changes My WorldviewBy changing the statement from "we" to "I" in this entire blog series I have shifted my perception of life. I no longer blame “society” (you, we, or any form of “other”) for what I am perceiving as a deep societal issue. In…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist : Chelsea Call

Honoring the Spectrum of Self On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of "Honoring the Spectrum of Self," an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within the gallery…
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Wild Heart Gallery Featured Artist : Beth Lykins

Honoring the Spectrum of Self On May 20, 2016 the Wild Heart Gallery hosted the opening night of "Honoring the Spectrum of Self," an exhibition where Southwestern College staff, faculty, and students were invited to investigate the sacred pieces that have shaped them as an individual or within the collective. The show featured a variety of works installed within the gallery…
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Honoring the Spectrum of Self

Wild Heart Gallery Exhibition On May 20th, 2016, the Honoring the Spectrum of Self exhibition began with an opening night of planned and spontaneous performances. Spoken word, song, and video filled the large art therapy classroom and vibrant conversations filtered into the Wild Heart Gallery, where guests could examine the installed works of  Chelsea Call, Elijah…
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Part 2 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

(Part 1, if you missed it...)Part 2: Practical Examples of Ownership Language  I look around and see so many things that say "Stop doing THIS!" or "Don't do/think/act THIS way!" or even "Fight THIS!"With so much negative bombardment, is it any wonder I feel so overwhelmed and defeated much of the time, especially when I scroll through…
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Part 1 of 3 in a Series about Ownership Language

Part 1: What is Ownership LanguageIn many of my classes our teachers have been training us to use “I statements” during discussions. For example, it applies when you fall into the habit of using we, or you, when you actually mean “I” in a statement, as I just did in this sentence. See what I did…
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Bringing the Divine Feminine to Campus – Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.

Bringing the Divine Feminine to Campus by Ann Filemyr, Ph.D.I believe the Ultimate could be a vast energetic being, nameless, formless, skinless, disembodied raw creative force power zipping through the universe in the never-ending processes of making and unmaking, being, becoming and dissolving back into non-being. The Great Mystery, who I refer to in the Anishinaabe as Gitchi Manitou,…
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Ponderings on Life Purpose

 Life purpose and vocation; I sometimes wonder how they are related. Sometimes I hear life purpose described simply and clearly, like this quote from notetoselfphilosophy.com: Note to Self: “What is my purpose in life?” I asked the void.“What if I told you that you fulfilled it when you took an extra hour to talk to that kid about his…
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The Call of the Times and the Rise of Art Therapy

Featured Artwork: Mandala Buddha, acrylic on paper, 36"x24", 2012, Tejal Murray   Over the last few blogs, I’ve been exploring Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life in a general way with examples from my own life. Today, I’m going to dive more deeply into the teachings by profiling one of Southwestern College’s…
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A letter to potential SWC students

Hello! My name is Beth Lykins, and I am a current student at SWC. I am starting my final quarter of my first year in the Art Therapy and Counseling program, and I wanted to share a student’s perspective of life at SWC. I am attending part-time, so I generally take two courses per term.…
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Aim is Everything

In my last blog, I talked about the intersection of dharma (our sacred duty in this lifetime) and flourishing at midlife.The issue that typically arises from someone exploring dharma at midlife is fear. Fear that they’ll have to throw away most everything they’ve created and worked for in order to follow their dharma. Sometimes, that…
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Flourishing in your Dharma at Midlife

 I'd been exploring the intersection of Stephen Cope's book The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling, and Martin E. P. Seligman's book Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being in relation to Second Act/Career students when this photo quote by Brené Brown came across my Facebook feed.I think she hit the nail on…
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1st, 2nd, or 3rd Act…How is Your Life Evolving?

Life evolves.I’m in my 3rd Act here in Admissions and Academic Advising at Southwestern College.  My 1st act was also in higher education – as a Residence Hall Director, Director of Student Support Services, and then as a Doctoral student. I advised, taught, managed, and supervised people, programs, and budgets. It was a very left-brained…
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Embracing Intuition at Midlife: The Key to Living Your Dharma (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 - Living Your DharmaAs spirituality goes mainstream, there is much talk about “living your dharma”. But what does that really mean?René Guénon, in Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines, defines dharma as “the essential nature of a being, comprising the sum of its particular qualities or characteristics, and determining, by virtue of…
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The Unlistening Ear

We are asked to look within ourselves in our first few classes here at SWC. This process varies from person to person, but for me, it has been an incredible opportunity to work on some issues I had thought were already worked through. It only goes to prove the cyclical nature of self exploration and…
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The Odyssey of Therapy

The newest crop of counselors and art therapists from Southwestern College had its commencement on November 7, 2015 at the James A. Little Theater at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe. It was a beautiful ceremony unlike any other I have attended, and being a former college professor myself, I have seen…
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