by Sophia Hansen, MA, DMBM
I just love Valentine's Day. I love the color red, I love the fact that it's a reason to celebrate love, and I love that we're allowed to give chocolates, flowers and cards as tokens of our affection for those we love. One of my fondest memories as a little girl was making Valentine's day cards to put in my classmates special Valentine's day envelope. I looked forward to cutting the heart shapes, pasting the hearts on the pretty white doilies, and writing my special note to my friends...
Intuition & Symbols
by Teza Zialcita
The space of unconditional love is where we want to be but it takes a lot of understanding,wisdom and growth to be in this lovely space. When we are growing as children, most of us have experiences that are abusive and detrimental to our emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of our being. We then carry these wounds of our souls into our cellular memories and consciousness...
Intuition & Symbols
by Tom Cowan, PhD
These weeks around the winter solstice are undoubtedly the most nostalgic season of the year. (Except for maybe summer.) The trappings of this season remind us of all the trappings from previous years: holiday songs, candles, trees, lights, ornaments, tinsel, gifts, wreathes, and the cookies...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic experiences in non-ordinary reality happen outside of linear time and ordinary space. Tom Cowan brings that understanding of existence into the cyclical realm of the feelings that many of us often have around the many holidays associated with the winter Solstice. Some feelings and memories may be wonderful, or… not so much, but whatever they are, we can become more self aware of ourselves and our relationship with the rest of the natural world by paying attention to them. Learning from the past is crucial to a more conscious Now and Future.
by Bobbee Cera
I am a professional entertainer, playing the piano and singing for many years, and find my most important quality is dependability...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Bobbee has shared childhood memories with us, now she shares an adult moment. A moment of panic, a normally dependable woman is unable to find something crucial to her stage performance - how can the show go on? Follow this story to see what role her dogs play in this event.
Animals & Pets
by Heinz Insu Fenkl
Back in the 1980's, when I was still in graduate school studying Cultural Anthropology,I was already a validated "writer" with a Masters in Creative Writing. I had finished an autobiographical book that was to become Memories of My Ghost Brother, both memoir and fiction. I was also studying Korean narrative folklore, Shamanism, and translation from a Semiotics and Structuralist perspective...
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: Mr. Fenkl does a beautiful job explaining the importance of story telling for healing. He refers to Claude Levi-Strauss' notion about shamanism who explains that "...an essential element in the shaman's treatment is to allow the unconscious to express itself in a way that the conscious can understand. In the shamanic ritual, this involves the language of symbols — things that have meaning because we have agreed upon the meanings attributed to them." Enjoy this inspiring, thought-provoking article.
Intuition & Symbols
by M.J. Plaster
Nothing turns a commonplace, ho-hum room into a radiant, inviting setting faster than the flicker of a few ordinary candles scattered strategically throughout the room. Add scented candles and you can quickly evoke childhood memories, transport your imagination to a tropical island, or infuse the room with the crisp scent of a pine forest. Aromatherapy candles add yet another dimension to the equation...
by Christine Nightingale, BA, RM, CH
Many people believe that aromatherapy only works because certain scents make us feel good and help us relax. It is true that scents can affect us at a subliminal level . Because the olfactory system is connected to the bottom of the brain without being processed by any higher brain centres , a smell can activate memories of Grandma’s garden, or a horrible hospital experience, faster than any sound or sight can do, and without any processing of the raw, visceral emotion...
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.
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