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Using Your Energy Wisely: Reexamine Your To Do List!

It’s easier than we think to go through life on autopilot without being truly aware of what we’re doing. I've discovered how easy it can be to pour energy into customary activities and not take the time to consider whether that’s the best use of my energy. As part of the requirements for becoming a Jungian analyst, one has to undergo personal analysis, a type of therapy popularized by Sig...

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Seize Your Opportunities for Greater Fulfillment

Often, tragic events remind us of the fragility of life. If you knew for sure when you would die, what would you do differently? For example, what would you do if you were going to die in one day, one week, or one month? How about if you had just three months, six months, one year, etc.? If you have one song to listen to before your impending death, what would it be? One movie to see? One...

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The Collective Unconscious: The Birthplace of All Ideas, Stories, and Myths

The collective unconscious contains the prototypes of all ideas, stories, and myths, including that of the sage who offers wisdom or the fool who reveals human folly. It also contains the prototypes of universal experiences, such as water as being a cleansing force and fire being a transformative one. These archetypes affect our dreams while we are sleeping, but they also affect our waking lives. ...

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Running Goodwill Deficits

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield When you consider your life story, how you spend intangible resources such as time and goodwill constitutes a crucial theme. Do you take time away from your family now, with the i...

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Ayni and Shamanic Work: Achieving Balance and Harmony Within Ourselves and With Our Environment

Some years ago, I was working with fire as part of a shamanic ritual, and the fire had died down. I found myself thinking about my call to do shamanic work and how important it was to me. I resolved to dedicate my life to my shamanic path. At the very moment I had that thought, the fire, which had earlier gone out, burst into flames—not just a coal or two suddenly flaring up, but complete reigni...

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