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Yearly Archive 2011

Controversy and Unity in the Art Therapy Empire

Controversy and Unity in the Art Therapy Empire  Controversy means somebody gives a damn. That’s a good thing.  This is a touchy one. I should leave it alone. But I probably didn’t get to be president of an Art Therapy graduate school by leaving the touchy ones alone.  Let me start with this observation: “We’re…
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Moving Toward “Evolved” Communication” As We Move Ahead….

Piranhas, Hijackers, Brawlers, Shunners and Consciousness... Authentic communications are not so easy to come by these days, and you kind of wish they were, maybe especially during the holiday season. I thought a lot about whether I wanted to submit this post,  and had a long discussion with myself, finally deciding that even if it only heightens…
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Art as Holiday Therapy

Little toddler fingers sticky with glue, reached into the container of sequins. Hello, bling! Shiny stars and hearts stuck well and the tiny artist was completely fascinated by his magical-looking hand. At the Holiday Bazaar where students could sell their art, we also had a little art making room for kids. And adults wandered back…
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Cows Works: India is the Great Teacher….

Cows Works: India is the Great Teacher “Chaos” in India One thing (among many) that I loved about our experience in India is that it demonstrated, in ever-in-your-face, living color that so many of the rules, laws, regulations, restrictions, dicta, fiats, got-to’s and can’t-do’s that we embrace in western culture as critical to…
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Missing the practice

I notice that I value a mindfulness practice most when there is a period of time when I am not doing it. The quarter has ended. The mindfulness sessions have stopped for now. I am rushing around trying to get "stuff" done - meetings, work, shopping, and running around before the holidays. It is probably…
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Ecopsychology Alchemy

Jim just posted a piece on photography and I cannot resist sharing photos that he took while in a Transformational Ecopsychology class taught by Carol Parker. I call the series the “Phoenix series” for obvious reasons. Jim was one of the attendees and laid on the ground and took pictures of Carol and students through…
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Around the Table

There were five of us around the table today. Two were painting, one was creating with tissue paper, one was using play-doh, and I had the colored pencils out. Sometimes it was quiet, sometimes the conversation was lively. It was a typical “Open Studio” at noon on Tuesday, open to everyone – students, faculty, staff…
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Southwestern College Keeps Soul in the Curriculum…

Holistic Education Requires Soul in the Curriculum, say SWC Leaders...   Today, eight leaders of Southwestern College (Me, Robert Waterman, Katherine Ninos, Webb Garrison, Deborah John, Jason Holley, Laura Lansrud-Lopez, and Gabrielle Viethen), met for over two hours, discussing the role of  "Soul" and  "Consciousness" at Southwestern College, among a great many other things... We discussed how…
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Thanksgiving

It is time for Thanksgiving and I am so glad for this holiday. And yet I would like to take the word "time" out of the equation and practice giving thanks everyday of my life. There is so much to be thankful for each day. I would say if I were to choose a guru,…
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Awakening the Teacher Within: No Gurus Need Apply…

Holistic Counseling and Art Therapy Degree Seekers Must Find their Answers Inside Themselves at Southwestern College...   I am the president of a spiritually-sourced graduate school, the mission statement of which is “Transforming Consciousness through Education.” With a mission statement like that, one must be extra careful to walk the College’s talk. …
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Wild Dawn by Randi Ya’el Chaikind

I encountered the wild this dawn. Greybrown doggod Coy-YO-te, twanged a new mexican accent as alarms pealed through my system. I stopped. And my leashed goddog stopped, oblivious to CoYOte who stood still, watching us. Should I ignore this? Should I run? Who was more of an anachronism on these paved streets, me or CoYOte,…
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Opening the heart

  There is a great potential for transformation when you bring the heart into your awareness. The heart is the mediator between our emotional body and our mind. As one goes inward, the heart offers the potential for self forgiveness and compassion. Having access to the heart enables you to love yourself as well as…
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The Prez

The SWC president is Jim Nolan. He is originally from Cleveland. I have never met an Ohioan that I did not like. They are so friendly! Jim fell in love with the southwest from a distance, and now is a member of the New Mexico tribe and all that it brings.  Although he has an…
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