by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
My life seemed to be going well.
Until, one day I was persecuted and bullied in what to my metaphoric senses seemed much like a crucifixion. It happened overnight—I was never given the option of a defence, nor an explanation – my impeachment was complete...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: Miguel Ruiz teaches (in The Four Agreements) - "What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering." Hatred is a context for illusion - and for suppressed fear and anger to express itself. Every path takes the 'hater' back to himself. Francis of Assisi taught forgiveness even facing the worst suffering.
by Karen Weintraub
Q. What connection do you see between the two sides of your life, poetry and medicine?
A. To my mind the two are inextricably interrelated. When we take care of patients we are immersed in stories, in language, in metaphor...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poet-Doctor Rafael Campo provides perspective on the relationship between poetry and healing.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Dorothy Ratusny, PhD
All of your love relationships serve an important purpose in your life. Each has the potential to act as a metaphorical stepping stone - bringing you one step closer to your ideal relationship...
Editor's Note from Sandra Miniere: Dorothy Ratusny describes how your love relationships help you become whole as you grow and evolve through each relationship. From this perspective, each relationship becomes a stepping stone to find your ideal mate. She reminds you that healthy relationships bring out the best in you and your partner.
by Kim Murriera
When substitute-teacher Kim Murriera stepped in to take over a second-grade class, little did she realise the trauma she would encounter. In Part 2, Kim continues her account of how the story of St. Christopher came to the rescue. See Part 1...
by Kim Murriera
At first the children and I were in a honeymoon period. This lasted for almost a month, and then slowly things began to fall apart. Children were falling out of chairs, lunches were being thrown across the room, physical fights were breaking out on the playground and the social atmosphere of the class was unkind. I was at a loss as what to do with the children. It was obvious they were feeling abandoned and were acting out these feelings. . .
Editor's Note: In this short video, surfer and yoga teacher Eoin Finn, gives a beautiful metaphor about surfing the waves as being similar to going through life. He tells how living this way ultimately guided him to where he is now (a yoga teacher and more).
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Hank Wesselman recounts his first meeting with Hawaiian shaman Hale Makua, the wisdom he learned that day, and the relevancy of that wisdom to the current state of our world. In the metaphor he uses, we each have a bowl filled with varying amounts of light. Unfortunately, the men who predominantly rule this planet have very little light left in their bowls. We are all challenged to bring more light into our bowls and into our lives. See a related article here.
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: James Geary's TED Talk on metaphor. Any storyteller, of course, recognizes metaphor as an essential element of story. We use approximately six metaphors every minute in our speech. In this video, author James Geary introduces and celebrates the world of metaphor. Learn more about Geary's fascination with metaphor at http://www.jamesgeary.com/.
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