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I work as a psychotherapist with an emphasis on transformational learning - a blend of psychoanalytic and transpersonal approaches, and am the author of Self Actualization and Unselfish Love and co-author of Families Helping Families: Living with Schizophrenia, as well as Mental Illness as an Opportunity for Transformation. My interests and life have taken parallel courses, which together have woven a complex tapestry: spirituality and meditation on the one hand, and political psychology on the other. I have studied and practiced with Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, Mata Amritanandamayi and Gurumayi Chidvilasanda, and continue a daily practice of meditation. My early political education began with the writings of the founding fathers. Over time this led to involvement in the anti-Vietnam war and anti-nuclear movements. I was interested in the powerful molding of prevailing political and economic dynamics by what C. Wright Mills called the military-industrial complex. In time I have come to the conclusion that, despite various interest groups' attempts to minimize or trivialize the concept, the deep state is a reality - decisively and covertly shaping events on both the domestic and international fronts. I am interested in an exceptionally promising alternative source of energy that has yet to see the light of day. I see the current period as a precarious form of initiation rite into the beginning of adulthood for our species, and hope to do whatever I can to help us reach this goal. Meanwhile, I seek daily to recall the reality that the same awareness (the Ever-Present-Origin) looks out through all of our eyes, and actualize this in my relationship with other beings.
(42 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 4, 2021 The Farther Reaches of Human Nature
Maslow broke radically new ground concerning human possibilities. He is considered a founder of Humanistic Psychology, which gave rise to a number of approaches to therapy, guided by the assumption that people possess the inner resources for growth, healing and optimal functioning and that the point of therapy is to help remove obstacles to individuals' achieving them. He brought to light the fact known as "Peak Experiences."
(53 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 19, 2021 Enzo and our Planetary Marathon
To honour our shared humanity and in a bid to highlight our pressing concerns for the condition of mankind and our planet, Irene Fowler (Nigeria) and I (U.S.A.) collaborated on the publication of this article.
(24 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 10, 2021 The Scapegoat
The shadow refers to the dark, unlived, and repressed side of our conscious self. Elements of the shadow that we do not accept tend to function behind our back, leaking out when we least expect it.
If we have not sufficiently integrated a part of our personal shadow, the collective shadow is able to sneak in through the back door.
(29 comments) SHARE Friday, May 28, 2021 Self-Actualization for the Benefit of the World
One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.
Self-actualizing people are those who have come to a high level of maturation, health and self-fulfillment. Values that self-actualizers appreciate: truth, creativity, beauty, goodness, wholeness, aliveness, uniqueness, justice, simplicity, and self-sufficiency.
(42 comments) SHARE Friday, May 14, 2021 Loving Awareness
"At another level when I'm in his presence I experience ecstasy and bliss from the depth of the love that our relationship has for me. And that's a drunken kind of love where I often find myself just dissolved into tears because I've just never experienced such profound love from any being."
(21 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 6, 2021 Bodhichitta - Opening the Heart-Mind
The Buddha said that we are never separated from enlightenment.
Even at the times we feel most stuck, we are never alienated from the awakened state. This is a revolutionary assertion. Even ordinary people like us with hang-ups and confusion have this mind of enlightenment called bodhichitta.
The openness and warmth of bodhichitta is in fact our true nature and condition.
(13 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Prison - Our Shadow Writ Large - and Bringing Light into the Darkness
The prison milieu tends to reinforce strongly held opinions regarding the intractability of inmates. One thing is clear: feedback from the environment is responded to not by learning, but rather a single-minded focus - remaining in control and command, "one-up" on others. Accompanying this focus of attention is another: the need to remain ever more vigilant against treachery by those whose whose obedience one has compelled.
(20 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 22, 2021 The American Prison System, the Prison-Ashram Project and Other Alternatives Pt. 4
"" an offender has been subjected to unfair or excessive punishment and treatment more degrading than that prescribed by law, he comes to justify his act which he could not have justified when he committed it. He decides to 'get even' for his unjust treatment in prison, and take reprisals through further crime at the first opportunity."
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 8, 2021 The American Prison System as a Failure in Human Being: Enter The Prison-Ashram Project
"Unfortunately, many of those nonviolent offenders will no longer be nonviolent by the time they leave prison. Prisons are not scaring offenders away from crime; they are incapacitating them so they are hardly fit for anything else... Many wardens, judges, and other officials know this, but it has become political suicide to admit it publicly."
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, April 2, 2021 The Prison-Ashram Project
Viktor Frankl wrote: "What would give light, must endure burning."
When we are unable to move horizontally (forward or backward), we are sometimes drawn to move inwardly - deepening our awareness. What we can discover illuminates the grace of being "stuck." With guidance, suffering can become a rite of passage, a death and rebirth toward personal and spiritual growth.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 6, 2021 The Energy We (Sometimes) Call Infinite Consciousness - Pt.3 - Transformative Practices
"Hugging meditation is a combination of East and West. According to the practice, you have to really hug the person you are hugging. You have to make him very real in your arms"You breathe consciously while hugging, and you hug with your body, mind and heart. "Breathing in, I know my dear one is in my arms, alive. Breathing out, he is so precious to me.
Thich Nhat Hanh
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 27, 2021 Awakening to the Energy We Call God - Pt.2
Aldous Huxley discussed the essential common core of spiritual wisdom as profound insights that have endured across centuries and cultures - a treasure house of humankind's accumulated wisdom.
There is an essential idea to which the Perennial Philosophy points: that we have tragically underestimated ourselves and the deepest cause of suffering in life.
(20 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2021 Awakening to the Energy We Call God - Part 1
As Einstein put it:
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us."
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Cultivating a Resilient Self Amidst Social Chaos - Part 3: The Spiritual Dimension
The word "soul" encompasses the beauty and strength of an experience of connection to the spiritual dimension-one that cannot be reduced to one word, but remains an ineffable experience, which is very central to the human condition and which we can recognize as common to all, in all in the midst of our differences.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, February 5, 2021 Cultivating a Resilient Self Amidst Social Chaos - Part 2
Existential psychotherapy sought to address "terminal superficiality" in western man. "Not knowing who one really is," not being able to engage in life from the depths of one's being, necessarily creates inner conflicts. Beyond simply managing symptoms, this approach seeks to enable clients to grapple with the root causes of their symptoms. Underlying these issues is the search for Being.
(25 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 30, 2021 Cultivating a Resilient Self Amidst Social Chaos - Part 1
We need the kind of strength that is flexible to accommodate rapidly changing conditions. We will also need wisdom, compassion, and a capacity for loving ourselves, our fellow humans, and kindred Earth creatures. Here are some tools to accomplish these goals.