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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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Re-establishing Relationship with the Feminine

Before writing there were stories.  We told one another these stories which preserved our knowledge.  The stories told by our ancestors and passed down to us are their understanding of the nature of the things they experienced, the workings of … Continue reading

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Two spirits, better than one?

The young man confessed, “I’m a two spirit.  I haven’t acted upon it yet, but I am always tempted.”  Our more primitive relatives, the Native Americans of Turtle Island, used this very interesting expression, “two spirit”, to characterize an important … Continue reading

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The Cross of the Understanding and Projection

After several years of observing his patients, Carl Jung noticed there were four basic functions of consciousness. Everyone has these four ways of processing, but some are developed to greater or lesser degrees.  The individual’s reliance on, or preference for, … Continue reading

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Shadow Mantra: Slay the Ego

Western civilization’s most important claim to fame is our awareness (consciousness) of our self as distinct from others.  The Greek and Latin word for the “I” of consciousness is “ego”.  Rene Descartes popularized this notion with the expression in Latin, … Continue reading

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