“Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and the once upon a time comes to stand for some renascent truth. This approach applies to all the incidents of everyday life: the phrase in the newspaper, the endearing or infuriating game of a toddler, the misunderstanding at the office. Our species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”
~Mary Catherine Bateson
by Nancy Gershman
For those who see life through a negative filter, how can we help them become unstuck from loss and regrets, trauma and remorse? One way is to speak to the emotional brain in a language it understands – essentially sensory images, metaphors and symbols...
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Digital artist Nancy Gershman creates prescriptive "Dreamscapes" for those in need of healing as a result of grief and loss, addictive behaviors, or ruptured relationships. Nancy Gershman reviews her client's most positive memories and photos and then creates a photomontage to help the subject visualize a new life. Profound, inspirational, and provocative, this kind of healing speaks directly to the subconscious, working on all levels of the body, mind, and soul to help her clients to self-soothe in times of crisis.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Penny Hoff
I am a fitness writer and if you read my rants with any regularity, you know that they are irregular in a consistent way: I tend to filter everything I see in my daily life through the filter of fitness. Fitness can be a metaphor for just about anything in life, especially if you are slightly optimistic like me...
Exercise & Fitness
by Alice Chan, PhD
Life is much more like a mysterious labyrinth than a straight path. Think about it, a big source of our angst and fears often stems from navigating the labyrinth...
Editor's Note from Blaze, aka Barbara Lazarony: Alice Chan shares metaphor of the labyrinth in our lives and business, join her to walk the path...
by Naomi Sachs
This is a crossover book, meaning that it’s for everyone from scientists to “educated laypeople” – non-scientists, anybody who might want to find a healing space. It’s also for architects, designers, students, and other young people – which is why I used more populist language, metaphors, and examples...
Editor's Note from Marie' Sakai: Naomi Sachs is the Founding Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She interviews, Esther M. Sternberg, M.D, author of the Healing Spaces: The Science and Place of Well-Being and asks Dr. Sternberg about the landscape of what a healing space is and how we can heal. This book is for anyone interested in the mind, brain and ideas. This interview outlines Dr. Sternberg's belief in that anyone-regardless of if they are scientists, artists, archiects, students, educated or not-healing spaces are for everyone and are available to those who are in need of healing.
Arts & Art Therapy
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.
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