by Atava Garcia Swiecicki
I have been listening to my dreams my entire life. In fact, one of my earliest childhood memories is of a scary dream of a big black raven. Later, when I was around 9 years old I had another nightmare that at my tender age sent me to the library researching books on dream interpretation...
Editor's Note from Tzivia Gover: "Harry Potter" is a fantastical work of fiction. But what if the spells Harry and his friends cast could help mere muggles? Well, maybe they can. In this article, Atava Garcia Swiecicki explains how combining active dreaming and some Potter-esque wizardry helped her heal a painful shoulder condition.
by Joie Power, PhD
Aromas can effect mood and evoke memories. If the smell of baking cookies, a smoky campfire, or a lover's favorite perfume have ever transported you back in time, calling up long-forgotten events and feelings, then you have experienced the powerful association between aromas, emotions, and memories. Long before modern scientists began the study of the physiological processes that underlie this association, human beings were exploring and utilizing the power of fragrant substances in their daily lives...
by Aneesha Parrone
“When I walk into the room, several women are selecting yarns, untangling skeins. More wander in, some in walkers. There is a grace hanging about the room. Their smiles are gentle. Quietude pervades the room. It is not energy of silent lack, but that of a garden gently swaying in the wind...“
Editor's Note from Erica Curtis: Together, an art therapist and fiber artist inspire residents at an assisted living facility to interpret dance into a woven community tapestry. Through the process and product, residents reflect on their own creativity, connections, and memories.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Paul Gustafson RN, BSN, CH
What would you say if it was possible to comfortably shift your approach and response to what scares you most? In short order you could easily transition from white knuckle stress to pleasant memories of your carefree childhood anytime you chose. You have remarkable abilities to profoundly change how you view the world and to control the effect it has on you...
by Donna Palmieri D’Amore
Dreams are a fascinating and awe-inspiring phenomenon which truly provide a window into our souls. Understanding the deeper symbolism and significance of our dreams can enhance our lives in a myriad of ways. Dreams and visions can help heal old wounds, learn life lessons, deal with current situations, understand past memories, receive visits from loved ones who have crossed over and get a glimpse into the future...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: Donna D'Amore is a wonderful dream analyst who has the gift of intuiting other people's dreams. Donna explains the different types of dreams we may have and what our dreams may be telling us. In her own words, "...dreams can help heal old wounds, learn life lessons, understand past memories, be visits from loved ones and provide glimpses into the future." Enjoy learning how to interpret the symbols in your own dreams.
Intuition & Symbols
by Christine Woolfenden
As with most phobias, the fear of public speaking tends to develop in response to past experiences, either due to a single traumatic event or through gradual conditioning/association. The fear is then compounded by both negative emotions attached to memories of the past and anticipation/expectation of future poor performance, failure and/or ridicule...
by Mary Louise Chown
Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."
by Joan Stockbridge
Yesterday I flew back from my nephew’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding, celebrated in the same little stone church where I’d been married 36 years earlier. And the reception was very festive, with the dance floor crowded all night...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As All Souls Day approaches, I am reminded of how many cultures honour their dead with a meal, a visit to the grave, and sharing of memories. No one is ever dead, an ancient tale reminds us, as long as we keep telling stories about the departed. In this poignant article, storyteller, spiritual director and SoulCollage® facilitator Joan Stockbridge recounts the importance of “ceremony” as a way of dealing with death and grief.
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