Don’t Be Embarrassed…You Haven’t Failed

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“It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi No matter how good you get at being a “Yes” to your life, sooner or later you’re bound to get upset and be caught in a thought loop – you know, one of those repetitive series of thoughts that go round and round in your head like a hamster on a wheel going nowhere. A thought loop is when a series of repetitive thoughts overtake you and you entertain a conversation with yourself about things like: How unfair it is. How they did…

The Diagnosis: Figuring Out What is Wrong

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Both doctors and patients are eager to give a name to symptoms. The illusion is that once symptoms are labeled, we have more control them. Insurance companies perpetuates this paradigm by requiring an official diagnosis to reimburse. However, the reality is, many diagnoses are inaccurate and therefore misleading. Moreover giving symptoms a name will often put the brakes on further investigation. Accurate therapy depends on accurate diagnosis. To truly understand what’s wrong with patients, it’s essential that we don’t fall into the trap of seeking labels for symptoms but instead diagnose the processes underlying the symptoms. Take Fibromyalgia for example, the…

Gun Violence, Animal Abuse, and Carnism

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“Until we find the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is– whether its victim is human or animal—we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature.”    — Rachel Carson I am an elementary and middle school teacher. Our first staff meeting of the school year was a heartbreaking workshop on active shooter scenarios and response tactics. It was heartbreaking for a number of reasons. First, we had to hear again in detail about the tragedies in so many schools, including Sandy Hook. Second, we are a…

Reverse Aging Now with Glutathione

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Ok, I admit it I have lovely silver strands adorning my head and I’m noticing a few things changing in my body. I know there are surgeries, potions and supplements available to counter the effects of aging. If someone wishes to have a facelift that’s their decision, and one I respect. I’d rather grow old gracefully and naturally. I’m less worried about how I look and more concerned with how healthy I am. It is my belief that the healthier I am the better I look. Aging is the result of oxidative stress in which the production of free radicals…

Should We Treat The People We Love Like Dogs?

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In a society that seems to have given up on long-term relationships, we’ve lost our desire to make things last. Most of us consider our current love to be Mr or Mrs. Right Now versus Mr or Mrs. Right and we dispose of the relationship at the first signs of irritation. Our patience has been groomed out of us by a culture that promises someone new just around the next corner. We bail on our jobs in search of something better, break our relationships in hopes of someone easier, and seek out instant gratification in our free time– yet there’s still one area of…

The Medicine of the Dark-Skinned Mother

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In a world teetering on the brink of disaster, we are in desperate need for words of wisdom to guide us. Can the rich history and mythology of the Goddess/Divine Feminine help us make sense of what is happening? A deeper understanding especially of dark-skinned Mother Goddesses across cultures can shed some light on the current situation. The Dark Mother is a powerful symbol and also serves as a major catalyst for the changes now underway which we may view as birth pangs preceding transformation. What in the World is going on? Our world is out of balance. We are…

Read or Repeat Your Dream Aloud—Slowly

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A dream is not just white noise, they are the secret language of our unconscious. Drawing on years of clinical experience, Doris Cohen teaches you to recall and record your dreams, unlock the secrets of your personal dream language, interpret the meaning of your dreams, and harness the power of the brain to uncover a life of abundance, meaning, and self-awareness. Dreams always reflect what is currently uppermost in your mind. Like a newspaper, they tell you something about the “current events” of your life. Remember this as you begin step 3, which is best done later in the…

March Astrological Forecast: No Longer in the Dark

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The beginning of March marks the end of the eclipse season. Slowly things start to return to a natural order. We are no longer in the dark. Some things become clearer as the eclipse season ends. We also begin the month with a Full Moon in Virgo on March 1st. The Moon will be at 11 degrees Virgo, opposing the Sun in Pisces conjunct Neptune. Neptune puts a fog around things. We may feel invisible. Some things get hidden with this energy.  As Full Moons generally bring things to light, this Full Moon might bright to light what our emotional…

Tell Freddy I’m Not Mad At Him, The After Death Chronicles

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A sweet thing, for whatever time, to revisit in dreams the dear dead we have lost. —Euripides, Alcestis A dream may be a moment of magic or of madness. Often it is a conundrum, a not easily soluble riddle, yet it is also the road most readily traversed between the transcendent realm and our conscious awareness. We may remember or ignore our dreams, be fearful of or fascinated by them, understand them or feel completely befuddled. We parse them for rele­vance with psychotherapists. Freudians search for the sexual needle in their haystack. Jungians seek out both the personal and…

Identifying with Your Health Story

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In this excerpt from the first chapter of Change Your Story of Your Health: Using Shamanic and Jungian Techniques for Healing, Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, discusses what he means by “identifying the story of your health” and some of the reasons we might have chosen that particular narrative…. We might say about ourselves, “I am a shy introvert” or “I’m a people person.” However, we might not realize how much we identify with our physical selves and our current state of health. Typically, we don’t identify with illnesses unless we develop a pattern of distress and write a story…

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