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Aha and Aho! Reflections of Gratitude

Today I attended the first of a two-day Phoenix-based EMDR conference with Columbian born Ana Gomez. Ana is reputed to be a leader in EMDR implementation, research, and development of protocols for children and adolescents.    Her presentation today began with a liturgy on the importance of metaphors (Thanks, Jim Nolan!) in reaching…
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It’s been raining. I am wet up to my knees.  Cold and overcast.  I am already primed with fear because I saw a black bear on the side of the road on my way here.  Sure enough, a  few minutes into the bush and there is fresh bear spore... less than a day old, I’d say.  I retrace my steps…
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Archetypal Psychology Spring 2013

   "To find truth, we must always begin with ourselves...Art is our vehicle...When we access the realm of archetypes, we are entering the consciousness from which we 'create' our reality." - Robert Waterman (Mandala of the Soul: A Spiritual Approach to the Art of Archetypal Psychology)   Year One students explore the language of…
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Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal

After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, Please come to the gate immediately. Well -- one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there. An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, Just like my…
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Marijuana and the Profession of Psychotherapy

The plant known as marijuana has long been known in the indigenous world to carry a seductive feminine energy that creates dependence, while at the same time appearing to enhance spiritual expansion. The energies of this plant, while perhaps occasionally useful in a limited ceremonial context, typically create weakness in the individual's medicine body (energy…
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Maras Weaving Project

Southwestern College sends interested interns to the Andean village of  Maras, Peru to work with children ages 4-12 in the elementary school and in an after-school program.  This region, located at 13,000 feet, is very poor due to an ongoing drought and loss of crops and animals.  Men and boys leave Maras to work in…
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I am blessed to have amazing teachers in this lifetime – from India, from South America, from the reservations of our own Turtle Island. My favorite teachers are the everyday people who teach just by being who they are. I think of Ronnie, our Navaho guide for our Wilderness Fasts in Canyon de Chelly.  Ronnie…
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Counseling Center Staff Despacho Ceremony

The staff at Southwestern Counseling Center works very hard, so at our last staff meeting we decided to arrange a ceremony to call in some extra support and prayers for ourselves. Luckily, Carol Parker agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch," so here we are collecting…
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