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Free Yourself from the Familiar

Our stories are often reflected in what we say to others when they ask how we are. You might tell a story like, “Everyone in my family has bad luck, so no, I haven’t tried to find a new job even though I can’t stand the one I have.” Or, you might say, “No, I haven’t done meditation since we last talked. I know they say it can help with anxiety, but anxiety runs in my family. I’ve al...

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From Fractured to Whole: Individuation and the Ouroboros

In some ways, all of us are fractured, a collection of selves that can be at odds with each other. The dreamer self might wrestle with the practical self. The self that strives to please others might be in competition with the self that resents the burden of having to conform to people’s expectations. When we come to peace with our many selves, accepting them rather than denying them...

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Let Nature Help You Heal

Did you know that natural sounds such as the wind swooshing through trees and water softly sloshing against the shore of a lake can actually cause your nervous system to switch into a repair mode, relaxing you? And according to scientific research, you can achieve the same effect merely by listening to recordings of natural sounds. I wrote about working with nature sounds for healing in a recent a...

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Is It Possible to Change the Past?

In each person's life story are unchangeable elements. Past events become part of the story of a person's life, and there are no time machines for returning to a moment that is long gone. Most people would say it is not possible to change the past. However, everyone of us has the power to change the way the past lives within us and to alter the story we tell about our experiences. Doing so can may...

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Good-bye to Robotic Ways, Hello to Vitality

Once when on a shamanic journey, I encountered Harlequin-like figures who weren’t friendly. I paid attention to my emotional response to them and after the journey, realized they represented a robotic approach to life I needed to let go of. Do you, too, need to let go of a mechanistic, and robotic approach to your life or some aspect of it? What might happen if you did? Getting done what need...

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