Origins of Jainism and Jainness

Sep 21st, 2018 | By

by Kanti V. Mardia and Aidan Rankin Loosely speaking, Jainism was founded by human spiritual guides known as Tirthankaras. This word means ford-makers, path-finders: those who point the way through or the way ahead. Tirthankaras are, therefore, the people who show us the true way across the troubled ocean of life, the leaders on a spiritual

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Fear, Shame, and the Light of Truth: Disclosing Past Sexual Assault

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

By Matt E. Jaremko, Ph.D. and Beth Fehlbaum Our book, Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt,   features a fictional character named Felicia who experienced attempted sexual assault at age 14. For two decades she lived in constant fear and avoidance, developing unhealthy habits along the way. She finally seeks treatment after 20 years because attempts

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The Hidden Meaning of Fairy Tales and How to Understand Them

Sep 18th, 2018 | By

by John C Robinson As a skyscraper must have a physical foundation many stories dig deep in the Earth to support it, so the human mind is built on metaphorical stories buried deep in the psyche, an archeology of human experience layered into our genes, body, mind and brain from millions of years of physical

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Ariadne’s Thread and Our Inner Self

Sep 12th, 2018 | By

by Sarah-Jane Menato   The word myth has many meanings. It can mean a lie; it can also mean an oral legacy passed down from pre-recorded history. Myths are sometimes seen as history distorted by being passed down, and sometimes as metaphors and allegories for inner processes – stories that are symbolically but not factually “true”.

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How Does One Identify an Experience as a Trauma?

Sep 5th, 2018 | By

By Matt E. Jaremko and Beth Fehlbaum Our title might sound somewhat nonsensical. Of course, if you have experienced a trauma, you will know it. However, admitting that you have experienced trauma may not be as straightforward as you might think. Folks can tend to underplay the extent to which they deserve care and attention. It’s almost as

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The Art of Nothingness

Aug 28th, 2018 | By

by Paramananda Ishaya Here comes nothing. Regardless of what type of practice we may use to explore our infinite nature, there is one common experience. What is the usual response when going inward through the practice of meditation? “There is nothing there. There is nothing.” Other than thinking, nothingness seems to be the primary result of

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“There’s a Cockroach in My Ear”

Aug 17th, 2018 | By

by Louis M. Profeta Now, before you think it’s funny, trust me, it isn’t. Anyone who has ever had a cockroach or any other bug in their ear can tell you it is horrifically painful. Picture that little insect with its sharp, hairy claws, replete with hooks and nails to allow it to climb up

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Naked Tarot: The Fool

Aug 15th, 2018 | By

by Janet Boyer Extract from Naked Tarot Stripped Down Overview: When you idolize Pee Wee Herman, long for Michael Jackson’s backyard amusement park or wish for Peter Pan’s eternal youth, you be a Fool, fool. Perched on a precipice without a parachute, ignoring the warnings of both dog and man, we can’t figure out if

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Living in Feeling by Russel Williams, edited by Steve Taylor

Aug 13th, 2018 | By

Russel Williams was one of the most remarkable enlightened spiritual teachers of our time. After an early life of extreme hardship – leaving school at the age of 11, and becoming an orphan shortly afterwards – he underwent a spiritual awakening at the age of 29. Since the late 1950s, he was a spiritual teacher

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Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating

Jul 19th, 2018 | By

Releasing Your Fear of the Binge Food by Leora Fulvio Diane, a 34-year-old woman, believed that once she started eating chocolate, she would not be able to stop until whatever she was eating was gone. Unfortunately, she had the problem of consistently bingeing on chocolate. During a session that we had during the spring, I

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