The Bright Shadow

By on Oct 25, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

When the shadow is spoken of it is usually seen as the dark side of who we are. It consists of the aspects of ourselves that we find distasteful and unacceptable. We reject those aspects, repress them and often project them onto others. Carl Jung said that the shadow is “the person you’d rather not be.” It is composed of elements not valued by self, family and...

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On kneeling for the anthem

By on Sep 29, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 2 comments

Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself. Senator John McCain I am an immigrant to our country. I came here from Canada with my parents in 1950 when I was three years old. One of my most vivid childhood memories is from 1957 on the day my parents became citizens. I avidly studied the material they were required to learn with...

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Spiritual Themes in TV’s “Big Bang Theory”

By on Sep 17, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

I love finding Spirit in the midst of ordinary life. The Divine reveals itself at the dinner table, walking in nature, doing the dishes, in conversation with a friend and for the purposes of this posting on an often hysterically funny television program. The Divine is spread throughout every episode of The Big Bang Theory. Mythic and spiritual themes are captured in...

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On Reactivity

By on Aug 23, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

A great deal of emphasis in spiritual development is focused on being less reactive. This is a crucial spiritual achievement around which swirls a lot of misunderstanding, mythology and even puritanical demands for immediate achievement. In this posting I will make several comments about the awareness that underlies decreasing reactivity and then discuss two...

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A Great Read

By on Aug 7, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 2 comments

I know I have read a great book when I feel sad as I finish it. I finished Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, by JD Vance and I wanted two hundred more pages. This is one of the most soulful books I have read in years. It chronicles the author’s life from early childhood in Kentucky to adolescence in the Appalachian region of Ohio to...

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Pathways to the Soul

By on Jul 25, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

I have labeled my practice, website and blog “Pathways to the soul” because to me it is all path. Everything we do is part of a spiritual path. Secondly, the work I do is about accessing the Soul. The real purpose of depth psychotherapy is to free the personality so that it facilitates living from one’s Soul. Acknowledged or not every step is a part of the path....

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Letting Go II

By on Jul 11, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

The last posting on this site was part one of a two-part exercise focusing on the process of letting go or releasing of issues which can plague our lives. That posting was essentially a self-inquiry exercise designed to help people explore an issue from several angles. Today’s posting is a visualization focused on the energetic aspects of the process. Before...

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Letting Go

By on Jun 24, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

Letting go is one of the most important and least understood experiences on the spiritual path. We often hear the admonition to “Let it go.” And also discover that at times it is easier said than done. The phrase letting go is somewhat of a misnomer because it implies a sort of passive approach where you do little more than open your hand and it floats away with no...

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The Broken Malas

By on May 31, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

One of the spiritual practices that has been important to me for several years has been the reciting of a mantra which is a sacred Sanskrit phrase repeated over and over. An aide in this process is the mala which is a string of 108 beads. The mala is held in one hand between the thumb and forefinger and with each repetition another bead is held until the entire...

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Trump’s Remaining 1340 Days: Spiritual Strategies

By on May 13, 2017 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

We have survived the first one hundred days. The good news is that the apocalypse has not yet occurred. The bad news is that one hundred days is a mere 6% of a presidential term. There are 1340 days left in this term. And a great deal of hateful, dark, regressive work is going on. The immigrant ban, the wall, repeal (and mostly don’t replace) the ACA, dismantling of...

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