Fluidity and Growth

Fluidity and Growth

My aim is to bring about a psychic state in which my patient begins to experiment with his [or her] own nature, as a state of fluidity, change or growth where nothing is eternally fixed, or hopelessly petrified.” What an interesting approach: experimenting with one’s own nature.  I think most of us would consider our

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Understanding Your Dreams: Doorways to the Self

by David Bedrick This post was originally published in Psychology Today. I have been simply, truly, and totally amazed by dreams for the past 40 years. In 1992, it led me to study with Jungian analyst, Dr. Arnold Mindell, which meant leaving my career as a management consultant, moving across the country, and studying full time

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Unconditional

One of our readers was inspired to send us the poem below, Unconditional, by Jennifer Welwood. Her website offers an insight into her work, “Jennifer was propelled onto the spiritual path at the age of 15 by the sudden and unexpected death of a close friend, which catalyzed a profound recognition of impermanence and a yearning

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Getting Unstuck

by Pat Cochran. Psy.D. We all get “stuck” from time to time.  Caught in a position or point view that may seem, reasonably or even unreasonably, the only possibility, we can’t find a other way.  Could it be that what we are actually stuck in is the belief that our ordinary way of seeing ourselves is

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Fear of Change

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by Pat Cochran, Psy.D. When the spring bud awakens from its long wintery sleep, is it afraid to push through frozen ground and face the frosty day?  Change is constant and yet most of us are adept at convincing ourselves of the constancy of certain familiars. Becoming aware of nature and its ever-changingness can help

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We Are One

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by Kate Koester, LPC Recently, as a way to express his gratitude for deep and vulnerable sharing in a group, a friend of mine spoke these words, in the Lakota language “Mitakuye Oyasin,” meaning “we are all related,” or similarly understood as “we are one.” The effect it had on me was visceral and profound.

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Becoming Self-ish

by Pat Cochran, Psy.D. Who am I underneath my social role?  Am I the set of expectations from my parents and community? Or am I the response to demands to express certain values that are highly-prized in our culture?  Who am I different and apart from the collective instincts and behaviors that are universal to

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Ellen De Generes Said It

by Pat Cochran, Psy.D. “All of us, whether we are in this business or not, have little voices that tell us we’re not good enough, and we don’t deserve it.” Ellen De Generes Yes, that Ellen!  The one who is about to host the Oscars, who has an award-winning, wildly popular daytime talk show, a

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