by Ron Crouch
When I first began meditating and read about things like the “path,” “way” and “journey,” I assumed that these terms were just metaphors that described a kind of personal growth that takes place on one’s spiritual quest. I had a vague notion that if I meditated I would gradually become a better person, and that it was this personal transformation that was referred to by the language of “paths” and “journeys...”
Editor's Note: Perspectives on enlightenment differ dramatically from tradition to tradition. In some, enlightenment is rarely, if ever, discussed at all. In others, it is seen as something only attainable by the ancients. What's so interesting about Hawaii-based meditation teacher Ron Crouch is that he spells out states and stages explicitly. Is this controversial? Yes. Is it a perspective worth considering? Count me in the camp that says "absolutely!"
by Slade Roberson
I find computer, internet, and technology metaphors extremely helpful in wrapping my brain around metaphysical concepts. Not the esoteric, complex, mechanical explanations, but the simple way we relate to virtual environments in everyday life...
Intuition & Symbols
by Linda Yael Schiller, LICSW
Let’s start with story. Our dreams usually come though with some kind of story line. It may be a very short story of a sentence or two, or at times a full-length narrative. We can examine our dream story both for it’s personal meaning (for healing, problem solving, spiritual questing, etc.) but also as a story in and of it’s own right. What is the major plot? The dynamic tensions between the characters? The sources of conflict, and how/if they are resolved? Is there an inner or outer journey involved? These types of questions and use of other literary devices can both provide the basis to turn our dream story into art, and to re-create the story of our own lives as metaphor or road map...
Editor's Note from Cynthia Greb: Linda Yael Schiller, as a psychotherapist and long-time dreamworker, brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and skills to the art of working with dreams. In this article she gives examples of some psychotherapeutic techniques which can be used to uncover deeper layers of our dreams.
by Susan Wright
Today I asked my son, what should I write about? He said, “Chocolate.” So I asked, “What would you want to say about chocolate?” He said, “to give it, everyone can have chocolate at a party and eat chocolate with cake.” Sounds good to me!...
by Lisa McCourt
I love Halloween. It’s a Juicy-Joyful holiday – a brief opportunity to replace our day-to-day masks with more outrageous ones. Maybe you’re planning which mask you’ll wear this year, but I want to give you a far scarier challenge. What if you decided to acknowledge and remove some of the numbing metaphorical masks you’ve been walking around behind? How honest are you with yourself about your truest, deepest desires?...
by Maryhelen Snyder
There are only the two of us. The poet and the page. The therapist and the client. These are the central creative activities of my life. And each is an intimate experience that I and others have compared to that of being a midwife. Because the fact is that the primary satisfaction lies in waiting. And then, as a poem or a person emerges, in being receptive, and sometimes astounded...
Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Maryhelen Snyder takes us on a journey as a poet and a therapist to explore topics of: new beginnings, becoming the other, not knowing, metaphor, creative energy, and most of all--love.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault
The meaning of Jesus’ metaphor of the seed falling into the ground and dying is creative and generative. And it is the heart of the Christian path. Indeed, within this particular teaching of Jesus is the notion of kenosis, or “self-emptying.” Kenosis is roughly parallel to the classic spiritual teaching of nonattachment or non-clinging...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: This beautiful video discusses Ayurveda in terms of its relationship to the earth via soil metaphors. Listen to Keesha Ewers as she unveils the fundamental principals of Ayurveda with clarity.
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