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This is what Shamanism Can Teach Us about Ourselves and Our Future

This is what Shamanism Can Teach Us about Ourselves and Our Future | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
Shamanism is a topic that is still more prevalent in anthropologic studies than in mainstream discussions of culture and society. For the…

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Wordless Moments of Being

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Claude Monet, “Impression Sunrise”
Throughout my life I have been a collector of memorable moments. If I decide I want to capture a certain moment, I stop in my tracks and tell myself to register the impression.

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How Self-Aware Are You? Epoch I, Contd.

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“Man, like the other animals, is originally simply the puppet of instinct, just as the infant is. Unless he is moved by instinct, he remains passive, even asleep. When instinct is aroused he reacts precipitately, with a characteristic all-or-none type of reaction. He is aware, it is true, of what he does and of what happens around him. But he has no self-awareness: psychic images flit past in his consciousness, leaving little or no trace, no residue as it were, much as a moving picture flits over the screen. As long as the picture is being thrown upon the screen, it dominates the space; when the light goes out the picture disappears from the screen and leaves no trace upon it. Such is man’s consciousness before the ego develops.” ~M. Esther Harding, Psychic Energy, p. 209.

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The Moment That Changes Everything

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Mysticism is to explore where no one has explored before. It is to carve light from the dark. All invention is mysticism. Powered by the lure of mystery, not afraid but boldly curious.

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Why Is It Taking So Long for Psychology to Go Green?

Why Is It Taking So Long for Psychology to Go Green? | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it

Psychology also mostly ignores humanity's psychologically-dysfunctional relationship with nature that results in the ecodical behavior that is causing global catastrophe. In spite of abundant scientific information about the shocking effects of human actions on planetary ecosystems (our own life-support systems and the life-support systems of countless other life forms!), few psychologists concern themselves with the task of helping us understand or change that behavior.

But as Ralph Metzner reminded us in 1999, "It is in the hearts and minds of human beings that the causes and cures of the ecocatastrophe are to be found." Surely finding this cure is a task that psychologists and other mental health professionals are morally obliged to urgently undertake given our present circumstances?.... (Click title for more)


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Why Do We Need the Feminine Side of God?

Why Do We Need the Feminine Side of God? | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
Luckily, humanity is still evolving. We bring moral sensibility to the table. We no longer condone a dominator, dictator mentality. We question unjust cultural biases, economic practices, and religious beliefs, even our own. We want our lives to have meaning and purpose. We are in search of our souls. To find them we’re re-engaging the faculties of both sides of our brains in maturing ways.

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In out of the way places of the heart - John O'Donohue

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"In out of the way places of the heart
Where your thoughts never think to wander
This beginning has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire
Feeling the emptiness grow inside you
Noticing how you willed yourself on
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you" - John O'Donohue


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John O'Donohue -  A man for all seasons. It is rare for someone like him to appear. A poet, philosopher, storyteller and mystic all came together embodied in him. For those unfamiliar with him, discover him soon, listen for the call. 

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John O'Donohue -  A man for all seasons. It is rare for someone like him to appear. A poet, philosopher, storyteller and mystic all came together embodied in him. For those unfamiliar with him, discover him soon, listen for the call. 

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John O'Donohue -  A man for all seasons. It is rare for someone like him to appear. A poet, philosopher, storyteller and mystic all came together embodied in him. For those unfamiliar with him, discover him soon, listen for the call. 

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"Requiem for the American Dream": Wake Up Call!

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Archetype in Action™ Organization: Putting Archetype to Work for the Good of Society

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TRE® WEBINAR - Interview with Dr Stephen Porges about the Polyvagal Theory and TRE®

Dr. Stephen Porges, PhD, is a Distinguished University Scientist at the Kinsey Institute at Bloomington, Indiana University. Dr. Porges has proposed and deve...
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TRE® (Trauma and Tension Release it a powerful yet gentle somatic approach to releasing trauma, anxiety and insomnia in the body, emotionally and in the psyche.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Speech on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

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Hear these immortal words!

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Take a Break and Be Useless to be Creative

Take a Break and Be Useless to be Creative | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
Do we need to be constantly busy and productive to be creative?

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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 19, 2015 6:39 PM

Staying open is a key to creativity.

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This is how I do it!

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Depth Psychology Alliance & Arquetipica.com.br Partner to Deliver Depth Psychology Events

Depth Psychology Alliance is teaming up with Brazilian site Arquetipica.com.br to host exciting events related to Jungian, Archetypal, and Depth psychologies.
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Check out this introduction to creating a depth psychAlliance and Arquetipica of Brazil. More to come.

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Carl Jung: There is a tendency among some people to make the unconscious carry what properly belongs to the conscious...

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The Myth of Enlightenment and the Endless Expansion of Consciousness

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Enlightenment is a concept that implies completion. When sages refer to “attaining enlightenment” this refers to a sort of ending place for consciousness, a finish line.
But there is no end to the development and expansion of consciousness.

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Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt with Normandi Ellis

Normandi Ellis is coauthor, with Nicki Scully, of The Union of Isis and Thoth: Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt. Her other books includ

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The State of Things | Soul Spelunker

The State of Things | Soul Spelunker | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
I realize it has been quite awhile since I posted to this blog. As I’ve said in the past, the Muse, at times, departs for reasons unknown. I can say, however, that I’ve been quite troubled recently by the current state of things, not only in the political world this election year, but in the general malaise that seems to have enwrapped us in a black cloak of darkness. It is not easy to remain motivated in such an atmosphere of racism, bigotry, xenophobia, and perpetual war. The World Soul has a very dark Shadow, indeed. These feelings, among other things, have brought about a dismal winter of soul these past few months. Sol, however, has arisen. Wonderful days lie ahead for all who cherish truth and honesty.

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The Trippy State Between Wakefulness and Sleep

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And how it can help solve the mystery of human consciousness.

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"...when we enter sleep, the brain steadily dismantles the models and concepts we use to interpret the world, leading to moments of experience unconstrained by our usual mental filters."
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Women Will Save Us from Ourselves

Women Will Save Us from Ourselves | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
he emergence of Donald Trump is surely a frightening moment in time. He represents nothing less than the breakdown of civilization itself.

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Mass Extinction: Grief and Creativity Group—Online Opening Circle March 3, 2016

Mass Extinction: Grief and Creativity Group—Online Opening Circle March 3, 2016 | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it

This experiential online group gathers in witness to mass death and with appreciation for the given grief's creative potential. Together, we explore what global loss ignites in reflective process and expression, considering destruction's creative, formative nature and expression's regenerative potential as we share story, poetry, and visual art.

 

During the opening circle March 3, 2016, we introduce ourselves and receive our first creative task, which we will work with on our own after the gathering and share, as we are so led, with the group through posts on Depth Alliance and in subsequent video meets... (Click title for more details)


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Dreams of a Planetary Society | Soul Spelunker

Dreams of a Planetary Society | Soul Spelunker | The Earth Laughs in Flowers | Scoop.it
I’ve been thinking of this paragraph all day, contemplating how far we are from realizing a truly planetary society, where all people of the world can feel comfortable being a global citizen, where they “can feel at home in the Earth.” It would probably be easier to colonize Mars, but what good will that do for the billions of souls who yearn for true freedom? The obstacles seem insurmountable. But just imagine being one of the early humans who, many, many thousands of years ago, trudged out of Africa and migrated to lands all over the world. Think of the difficulties these people faced for generations upon generations, to finally come to where we are now. We all trace our lineage back to those stalwart souls. At that point in human evolution, they had no idea what lay ahead for them. The thought of traveling to the moon would have blown their minds. Is the thought of a global commonwealth such an impossible idea?

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"The Big Short": The Fire Next Time

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Zap those zombies. Silence the serial killers. Get out of outer space. Cancel cancer and forget about fantasy. The very best films of the last few years have been made about something more dramatic . . . and more frightening! The Great Recession of 2008 has given us our new apocalyptic threat.

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I highly recommend this film. In an unexpectedly entertaining way, it chronicles some of what was underneath the 2008 housing collapse. What precipitated and drove it, the role of the banks and how it is all still happening. Although it just skates over some of the big underlying stories, it opens to an important examination of the wheels in motion. Any important film!

 

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Movie review by Michael Berkowitz

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I have not seen this yet but am very tempted, having lived it.
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The Age of the Demagogues: Chris Hedges

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The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.
- 2015/11/29

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Excellent article by Chris Hedges. Thanks to Skip Conover of Archetype in Action for this post. A powerful and clear warning for our time.

 

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Eva Rider's comment, December 1, 2015 12:07 AM
Great article but I am avoiding posting images of Trump if I can help it.
Skip_Conover's comment, December 3, 2015 8:10 PM
Very wise! Amazingly, over the holidays a "red neck" friend said if Trump was out of the field, he would vote for Bernie Sanders. Go figure! Today, my conservative daughter guessed the same result. That really surprised me! Something psychological is going on!
Eva Rider's comment, December 29, 2015 11:44 PM
I hope so, Skip. I read this article a more carefully and I think it is excellent. I am still reluctant to post it but I think it is an apt and timely warning. Maybe, people will awaken before it is too late but the unconscious rageful beast has emerged. Trump is its voice.
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Forgetting is key to learning

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Forgetting is key to learning

Do you often feel overwhelmed with the amount of information coming at you? Forgotten your shopping list as soon as you've heard the sports results? Don't worry, it's all completely normal – and necessary – according to new research which shows that such forgetting is a key part of learning.

The study, by researchers from the University of Glasgow's Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, is published today in Current Biology and has found that our inability to hold onto new memories is essential to the brain's learning process.

Researchers discovered that 'memory instability' – which prevents us from holding onto new memories – was key to the brain's ability to transfer experiences and skills to new situations. In contrast memories that were stable, or complete, prevented knowledge transfer. In short, forgetting your experience is essential to being able to transfer skills from one job to another.

Participants in the study learned one memory task at 9am followed quickly by another. They were then retested 12 hours later at 9pm on the initial memory task. The word-list was a repeating sequence of 12 simple words; while the skilled action was a new sequence of movements similar to that used when tapping out our PIN to get cash from an ATM.

The study found that learning transferred from actions to words, and vice versa. For example, learning a list of words helped participants learn a new skilled action. The information transferred between these diverse situations was on a 'higher abstract level', rather than simply transferring specific knowledge of each situation. Critically learning transferred only when a memory was unstable

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We Were Made for These Times

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Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

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Thank you Laura Smith. A profoundly moving post.

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One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/we-were-made-for-these-times/#sthash.kJqXcUCN.dpuf
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/we-were-made-for-these-times/#sthash.kJqXcUCN.dpuf
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One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/we-were-made-for-these-times/#sthash.kJqXcUCN.dpuf
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/we-were-made-for-these-times/#sthash.kJqXcUCN.dpuf