by Sherri Carter, Supervising Editor for ATH
There is power in one, there really is! There’s also power when individuals come together for a common goal. Here at ATH, we are a group of individuals who have come together to promote healing of mind, body, spirit and planet. YOU, the reader, are a very important part of this beautiful community. When we decided to move forward with building for our soon-to-be Online Learning Center, it only made sense to include YOU in the campaign...
by Bernd Wechner
Symbols are amazing things. They rule our lives. When we overestimate their power, we suffer, when we underestimate their power we suffer. Just what is a symbol and why are they so important us?
Symbols are all we have to communicate with one another, to share our ideas and feelings. Deeper still, they form a great part of how we talk to ourselves, that is, how we think, process and summarise our ideas and experiences.
Editor´s Note from Karen Stabley: Ever since Bernd was a child, he has dreamed of wandering the world aimlessly in search of his fortunes. After studying and working for a while, with enough of the stable life behind him, he set out to do just that. He collected a respectable pile of experiences and information on the road before he migrated to a more steady home and family life. This is a reflective piece that he wrote about symbols.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Rachelle Norman, MA, MT-BC
A very unusual musical event happened this week when the Israel Chamber Orchestra performed Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll at the annual Bayreuth Festival, which is a celebration of Wagner’s music. Why was this unusual? It was unusual because Wagner’s music has always been unofficially banned in Israel...
Editor's Note from Bernice Chu: As music therapists, what is the potential emotional impact of the musical selections we take into sessions? What role does cultural sensitivity play in our work? Rachelle Norman illustrates this with a poignant example whilst also raising many vital questions we should all be asking with the individuals we work with.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Quinn McDonald
New journals are exciting–the possibility, the fresh approach, the hope you will be as filled with opportunity as the journal is filled with pages. And then that clutch of fear: the. first. page...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Are you afraid of the blank page? Let creativity coach Quinn McDonald help you break through your barrier to self-expression!
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Jonci Jensen, ND
One of the women I learned from is named Cascade Anderson Geller, she has helped to create the herbal medicine training at three of the accredited naturopathic medical schools. Cascade has been teaching people about “produce aisle medicine” lately and I thought you all might also appreciate the teachings.
Editor's Note: Dr. Jensen gives some great self-care tips in this article about poultices. Almost makes me want to go out and injure myself so I can try some of these!
Editor's Note: Dr. Fredric Luskin, director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects, (a project investigating the effectiveness of forgiveness methods), urges us to engage fully in the practice of gratitude which then opens the way to forgiveness and happiness.
by David Gerbstadt
Drawing is moving a pen, pencil, crayon—or really anything that can make a mark—on paper. In college, it took one teacher to tell me I was swimming in the deep end—in other words, that I was good at art! It took just one person to make me aware I was worthy of something. Up to that point, I had no idea I was ‘good‘ at anything....
Editor's Note from Karen Stabley: David is a working artist who lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was in a terrible bicycle accident and used art to heal. This is an excerpt from his book, One Breath at a Time.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Keith Livingston
An ideomotor signal is way to communicate non-verbally.
Ideomotor techniques are powerful for a number of reasons. Since the unconscious mind functions on more of a metaphorical level, a level dealing with imagery and imagination rather than logic, methods that use the body and emotions rather than our verbal skills are highly effective in reaching that part the mind...
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