tree; a story

tree; a story . The Tree is an ancient symbol in many cultures. The Tree of Knowledge, the Family Tree, and the Tree Of Life are three powerful examples. “Every atom belonging to you belongs to me.”   ~ Walt Whitman ♦ Picture if you will, a Tree. An old Tree that stands in the…

“Sit still! Or else!”

I wonder how much residual resistance remains from our caretakers telling us to sit still when we were kids. The directive was an imperative that had punitive consequences if not heeded. When we try “to sit still”, is part of the restlessness rooted in this formative experience of admonishment? Remember the challenge of trying to…

Alethea; a grounding poem

The poem Alethea, by Mark Hannan in 1993, was written as an invocation creating sacred space and is meant to be accompanied by the beat of a doumbek or celtic frame drum.

Guilt and Shame; Exposing their secrets is a way to heal

Often guilt and shame are confused, misunderstood, and therefore minimized, repressed, or swept aside completely. The best writing on the topic appeared in the Atlantic Monthly February 1992 in a lengthy article simply titled Shame, by Robert Karen. Much of this writing is a paraphrase and quotation of that article interspersed with my own process of healing and the re-writing my life story – past and present.

The Importance of Dreams in the Mystical Process

Morpheus and Iris Pierre-Narcisse Guerin, 1811 . There is basically no difference between the waking state and that of dream, except that one seems more stable than the other. Only after there is awakening in the form of enlightenment is it realized that the waking world itself is indeed nothing but a long dream resulting…