Author Archives: Michael J. Melville

About Michael J. Melville

People describe me as a Spiritual Catalyst because their spiritual evolution speeds up when they share their process with me. Discussing dreams, addictions, sacred medicines, family histories, or personal relationships moves one closer to the core, where the inner child dwells. Once contact with her/him is made, growth resumes.

The Vinegar Tasters

Stephen Karcher asks us to imagine an ancient Chinese scroll painting in his introduction to Ta Chuan: The Great Treatise (2000). Here’s what he says, Three men are shown grouped around a large open cask where vinegar is fermented. They … Continue reading

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St. Niklaus, the Reformed Berserker

When I mentioned to my friend that Saint Nick’s was going to be celebrated on the 6th of December, he said “Niklaus, the Swiss saint?” “No, Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra, the one who evolved into Santa Claus. They are … Continue reading

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Athena’s new school

It was cold last night, and when my car was hard to start, I remembered my mechanic’s warning. The 1981 Mercedes diesel motor needed a valve adjustment, if it were going to start in the cold temperatures. So I called … Continue reading

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Kari Woodenskirt, the growth of the feminine spirit

There is a Norwegian variant of the Cinderella fairy tale where the heroine wears a wooden skirt. Kari is a princess who escapes from her vicious stepmother by going to be with the cattle in the meadow. There she makes … Continue reading

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The Spiral Dance

The painting below is by my friend Neville Bridgeford.  It is in part conscious and in part an unconscious expression of the artist’s experience leading up to his thirty-first birthday. It was created after a spiritual emergency triggered by the … Continue reading

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Philo means Love

I did a radio show back in 1999 on dreams and their meaning. Those callers whose questions could not be answered got a call back. One was a young man in his early twenties, who wanted to know the meaning … Continue reading

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The Dangers of the Inflated Masculine

Balloons are inflated with hot air which, being lighter than the surrounding air, cause the balloon to rise. The hot air can be kept that way as long as the source of heat can be controlled. In this way man … Continue reading

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Coyote, Keeper of the Southern Door

The Medicine Wheel suggests, by its very structure, a relativistic approach to human experience. There are four directions, an inner circle and an outer one. Things appear differently depending upon your position, where you are on the wheel of life. … Continue reading

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Ganymede, the Hellenes’ Eagle Dancer

In order to understand the story of Zeus and Ganymede, we have to set the stage. Before the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greeks, there was a process which started with Chaos. Next was Gaia the Earth Goddess, then … Continue reading

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The Caput Aureum and the Medicine Lake

The end product of the alchemical process is the caput aureum, or golden head. This stage of consciousness is also “round, it is the wholeness, and it is transparent stone. Which consciousness is like this, inflexible, hard, detached, immortal, and … Continue reading

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