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Working with the Archetypal Energy of Endings—The Death Principle

If you are resisting change, and you would like to overcome that resistance, you may benefit from using shamanic and Jungian techniques for working with the archetype of death, also known as the death principle. The death principle is the force or energy of endings. By engaging with it, you may find you are able to make the changes you seek without being sabotaged by your unconscious desires and y...

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The Gift of Letting Go of Perfectionism

The song “We Three Kings” and the image of the three wise men captured my imagination when I was a young boy, and influenced my thinking about gifts. I knew about gold but not about frankincense and myrrh. What were they that a baby would want them instead of Lincoln Logs or Tinker Toys? To my seven-year-old-mind, those were perfect gifts! What would the baby do with the exotic gifts brought t...

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When You Feel Like a Leaf In the Wind: Writing a New Story

Have you ever felt like a leaf in the wind, blown about by powers beyond your control? Does it seem that other people, or your circumstances, have dictated the details of the story you are living? Do long held, unquestioned beliefs about what you must accomplish make you feel that you are not the storyteller in your own life? Often, people are unaware of how powerfully they are influenced by th...

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The Secret of Sublime Living

When was the last time you watched the sun rise over the horizon, or observed the changing colors of the clouds as the orange sun retreated at the end of the day? When was the last time you laughed with your best friend, or felt the grass, earth, or sand underneath your bare feet? The Japanese have a term, “awaremu,” for the sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes trans...

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Your Journey Inward: A Review of The Inner Camino by Sara Hollwey and Jill Brierley

The overlaps between Jungian and shamanic ideas and principles are numerous. As a Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner, I am always interested to find that other branches of psychology and other wisdom traditions incorporate similar concepts. The Inner Camino, a new book from Findhorn Press, has much in common with Jungian and shamanic ideas I’ve written about in my own book, Change Your St...

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