Category Archives: Healing

Safe Places for Me

I have felt unsafe most of my life without realizing it.  Growing up, I felt safe in a book, and in the woods. Books and nature have remained places of safety for me.  Looking back, I realized I felt safe … Continue reading

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The Support of the Ordinary, Reprise

I did a blog post on the support of the ordinary back in November of 2018. I had been at Kendal for about a year.  Here’s a paragraph: Erica has been telling me that I will begin to get a … Continue reading

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“Real Substantive Engagement,” reprise

This is from a longer post.  My therapist praised (October 14, 2016)  “Your tenacity in wanting to be engaged in real substantive ways.” It’s an important concept for me.  I think it’s one of the reasons I’m doing so much … Continue reading

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“Stuck in Their Misery”

I got an email recently from someone who said I was “stuck in my misery.”  Feeling fortified by the knowledge that I hadn’t wasted my suffering, and knowing that our culture tends to blame people for their suffering, I didn’t … Continue reading

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I choose to trust…

Recently I’ve been going through a bad time.  Waking up in the morning feeling disconnected from everything and everybody.  Finally I remembered that when Trump was elected, I dealt with my despair by reciting “Peace, Love, Justice…” even though the … Continue reading

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Primary Satisfactions and Secondary Satisfactions

I found this such a good explanation for how our culture produces so many addictions, including addiction to money.  One sign of “secondary satisfaction” is, no matter how much you get, you always want more. From Francis Weller: Through studying … Continue reading

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A Container for Initiation

Weller describes the container: What distinguishes these two things is initiation, what I call the contained encounter with death. The containment was provided by the community, by the elders, by the ancestors, by the rituals, by the space itself. In … Continue reading

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Immanent and Transcendent

From something I wrote in 1996, while I was going through the Summer from Hell: But the truth is, going over the whole thing in detail again again, writing down exactly what the fear feels like and then seeing how … Continue reading

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Trauma vs. Initiation

Francis Weller, from a talk published in Kosmos Journal: In any true initiatory process, there’s three things that happen. First, there’s a severance from the world that you once knew. Then there’s a radical alteration in your sense of identity. … Continue reading

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Something Totally New

I’ve been reading Thomas Zinser’s book Soul-Centered Healing.  While I drank my coffee and read the Chapter called The Quickening, Mocha started squeaking.  I was determined to finish my coffee and the Chapter before I took her out, but her … Continue reading

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