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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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…endings and beginnings

I am the desert, the skin, the surface shifting. I am ending and beginning. As this year closes please allow these words to dip into deep holes, like tiny seeds seeking hibernation. These letters will sink back into the collective pool awaiting the hands of master magicians that will rearrange them accordingly one day as I stay in the sky…
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…my Iconic Essence

I am bridging my creative expression with the digital dimension and hope to use it as a jumping off point into the future! I am the still point in a moving world, a changing world, an expanding sky. I am my own inner compass, navigation system and migration pattern through these systems and structures.I was…
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…of Circumambulation

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/113631445[/vimeo]    I am  Change I am  Constant I am  Complete She is In and of Herself Circumambulation (from Latin circum around + ambulātus to walk) is the act of moving around a sacred object or idol. Archetypally yours, Heather Wulfers, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC Heather is an archetypal art…
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A Ceremonial Retreat in Utah

Adolfo and Rodolfo finally got visas to travel to the U.S., and our groupOf 25 shamanic students and practitioners gathered in the red rock wilderness of Capitol Reef National Park, to work ceremonially with these two brothers from the Peruvian Andes. Their family lineage dates back many centuries before the Incas; powerful Altomisayoks (high mountain…
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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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…waxing and waning archetypes

From this day forward, well at least until the end of the year, Id like to try something new with this little blog spot of mine. Every new and full moon I will express an archetype through visual form, thank you Halloween for this inspiration. I will re-envision a new archetype twice a month and capture…
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…of listening and landing

a haiku for you falls softly toward patient palm don't let it escape   *   each time that you do a more complicated song comes back round for proof   *   until finally entangled loops tie up tongues slipping silk between   *   prayerfully cupped hands a winged glimpse of beauty now silently lands   *       Archetypally…
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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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…lighten up

How amazing is it to witness our emotional realms at work? How astounding is it that a mood can have the power to color our field of vision? Our emotional currents no doubt influence how we see the world as well as how we interpret its events.  Is it not intriguing that one day you can feel so tortured emotionally and then…
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…of aspects and arrangements accordingly

While contemplating my next performance piece I consider aspects and arrangements accordingly. Like the alchemist, artist and therapist that I am- I must do this! This process comes with it torn shreds of emotional wrapping and pockets of shrouded cloud with which to reconcile. Tiny cast off reflections of myself, like dew drop projections and…
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…Exploring the Creative Edge

I invited participant's in our last NMATA (New Mexico Art Therapy Association) workshop to enter the Creative Current and find their personal growing edges. How do you tap in to your artistic flow? What edges do you push up against when it comes to your expression? It is a valuable skill as a therapist to know…
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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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