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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.

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George Harrison, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 25, 2022
Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Hall of Fame A contemplation: Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions. khall.com/
Earth, From FlickrPhotos
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Transcending Paradigms Pt. 10: Primitive Humans > The Trauma of Modern Society > Global Citizens "If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear. "People who can open to the web of life that called us into being." Joanna Macy
Primitive Man, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 15, 2022
Cultures - Old and Young: - Original Trauma and Our Disconnection from the Primal Matrix: Transcending Paradigms Pt. 9 "The future of the human is now situated on a planetary scale. This is an...essential reality neglected by education that should become a major subject...Current planetary developments...will undoubtedly accelerate in the twenty-first century...All human beings face the same life-and-death problems and share the same fate." Edgar Morin
File:What is complex PTSD.jpg - Dissociative Identity Disorder, Dissociation and Trauma Disorders dissociative-identi ty-disorder.net/wiki/Complex_P TSD  #ptsd #complexPTSD #cptsd, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Personal Trauma and World Conditions - Transcending Paradigms - Part 8 Questioning everything - one's life, beliefs and worldview - is the key part of discovering our inherent power to create the world we meet. It takes great courage to question our existence, and even greater strength is required to know and recognize the truth when we see it. If events in our world steadily escalate into chaos and confusion, many of us will be compelled to wake up and really think about what is occurring.
Hand, From PixabayPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 3, 2022
Transcending Paradigms - Systematic Assertiveness - 7 Our primitive survival responses include coping with difficult people by fight or flight - becoming aggressive or avoiding other people. The alternative is verbal assertiveness. The unique difference between ourselves and other animal species is our interpersonal verbal problem-solving ability. Pulling Your Own Strings: youtube.com/ watch?v= WLJYCd4Wq6E
The Challenge, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 24, 2022
Authoritarians - Transcending Paradigms - Part 6 While it is critical to gain an understanding of the authoritarian personality, we must also perceive the forces that spawned these people, and the systems they create. While destructive, authoritarian behavior does not exist in isolation.
Day 003 - Shame, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 17, 2022
Healing Shame: Transcending our Paradigms Pt. 5 The most paradoxical aspect of shame is that it is the core motivator of super-achieving and the under-achieving, the star and the scapegoat, the righteous and the wretched, the powerful and the pathetic. Shame is one of the most potent tools of the societal control paradigm. It gains control of a person from within and replaces brute force, which requires energy and can lead to a boomerang effect.
Kaninchen und Ente.svg., From WikimediaPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 10, 2022
Transcending Paradigms: The Most Important Challenge of our Time Pt. 4 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon described our world this way: "Throughout the ages, people have said that the world is in the midst of big change. But the level and degree of global change that we face today is far more profound than at any other period in my adult lifetime. I call this period the Great Transition."
Chaos, From FlickrPhotos
(13 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 1, 2022
Transcending Paradigms - The Greatest Challenge of Our Time Wes Nisker: "Crazy wisdom laughs at our ridiculous ways and shows compassion for the suffering that results from them. It presents us with the bigger picture, and with ways to step lightly through it."
Humble Begging, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 19, 2022
Buddy, Can You (S)Par a Digm? Pt.2 Paradigms are the lenses that shape the way we view our lives. When they no longer fit our needs, we can experience great perceptual distortions. Even without the help of obsolete paradigms we can misperceive a great deal. Bob Wilson was walking through the Castro district, a section known as a place where gay people gather. He saw a sign saying, "Half-Gay Cleaners;" yet when he looked again, it said, "Half Day - Cleaners."
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 8, 2022
Buddy, Can You Par a Dyme? - Part 1 "Reality? We don't got to show you no steeeeeenking reality." - Dr. Nick Herbert, characterizing the (physics) Copenhagen Interpretation, Esalen Institute, 2/86. (ala' "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre")
AA_Logo, From FlickrPhotos
(16 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 5, 2022
We Need a New Self-Help Group: "Humans Anonymous" It will avail nothing if we stay the same and expect the world to change. There is plenty of work to do in the public sphere. However, we must not limit ourselves to focusing on the outer world. We also need to look inward, working on our own consciousness. We need to become willing to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually - in essence, recreating ourselves to express transpersonal qualities - beyond the intellect.
AA_Logo, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 2, 2022
"Humans Anonymous" It will avail nothing if we stay the same and expect the world to change. There is plenty of work to do in the public sphere. However, we must not limit ourselves to focusing on the external world. We also need to look inward and to work on our own consciousness. We need to become willing to grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually - in essence recreating ourselves to become able to express transpersonal qualities.
Thomas and Anne Yeomans in conversation about his new book Holy Fire: the Process of Soul Awakening. An informal interview and conversation between Anne and Tom Yeomans about his new book Holy Fire: the Process of Soul ..., From YouTubeVideos
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 24, 2022
Maturity and the Soul "I have come to use the word 'soul' to express...the core consciousness in each of us that holds the potential and pattern of our full unique, maturity. This soul is seeking realization and expression in everyday life and its presence is within us from birth - death. I am...using the word in its existential meaning of human vitality and depth, core qualities and values"and particularly life... purpose/direction." Tom Yeomans
Buddha%27s statue near Belum Caves Andhra Pradesh India., From WikimediaPhotos
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Facing Fear "The third story is called the Great Turning... "Whatever situations we face, we can choose our response. When facing overwhelming challenges, we might feel that our actions don't count for much. Yet the kind of response we make, and the degree to which we believe they count, are shaped by the way we think and feel about hope." Joanna Macy As systems theory states, we do n't know what ripples can flow out from our actions.
Gorilla Face on Hands, From FlickrPhotos
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Rush, Rush, Rush, Rush vs. "The Sacred Pause" Paradoxically, by silently learning to watch the ego (called in the East as "the monkey mind") play out its pretensions, we deepen our capacity for humor. At the same time, we tune into our intuitive awareness, often seeing solutions to problems that evaded us through our use of the thinking mind. This will be a necessity, rather than a luxury, in the difficult times ahead.
Give me a kiss luv-1=, From FlickrPhotos
(62 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 21, 2022
Giving Although this is not a final truth, A.A. suggests the self-accepting affirmation: "I am someone." The acceptance and affirmation of "someness" closes the door to infantile claim of being "all or nothing." For a further step in human growth see the video - available on Amazon.com - of Ram Dass' "Becoming Nobody."
It was the right leaf at the right moment, ah love!, From FlickrPhotos
(44 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 11, 2022
The Progress of the Soul "The discovery of the highest frequency of sexuality arises from the love experience. It has nothing to do with relationships being either homosexual or heterosexual. It has to do with two human beings bringing pleasure to one another in a way that opens frequencies of consciousness. You have bought many ideas about what is proper and what is improper within sexual expression."
Transformation, From FlickrPhotos
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 24, 2022
Evolutionary Intelligence - A Planetary Rite of Passage "This is a clarion call to reclaim the universal, boundless state of consciousness that has periodically surfaced in the human evolutionary journey. If we are to survive the materialistic nightmare that currently threatens our existence on Earth, our choice is clear: awaken or perish. The good news is that the awakening has already begun."
DSC_00-386, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(15 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Sacred Embrace: The Erotic Jesus Pt. 2 We can wonder about the source of resistance to the notion that Jesus was a sexual being. Why has Christianity so often taught that sexuality is a vile, disgusting thing? Why has it so rarely regarded sexuality as a source of creativity, or a doorway to the Divine and a participation in the continually creating God? Beyond this, our extremely secular culture has conditioned us to regard such questions irrelevant.

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