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The Jazz Pope
Way back in 1959, the renowned jazz critic for The New Yorker, Whitney Balliett, wrote a book he called The Sound of Surprise. It was his tribute to the consistently inventive art of jazz improvisation, not only in terms of sudden changes in the historical styles and structures of...
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What are Archetypes?
There has been plenty of buzz about archetypes in the past few years, and even a whole new snazzy Web site devoted to them. But I haven’t seen much solid, useful material that can be applied to your personal, psychological or spiritual development. Or how they can be used in counseling or life coaching, for which I think they make ideal companions. So what are they, exactly? Archetypes are ancient patterns of behavior encoded in our DNA—or what the great Swiss psychologist Carl Jung called the “collective unconscious.” Some are impersonal patterns that affect us all, like Death and Rebirth. Others have names based on age-old human roles, such as the Mother, Knight, Warrior, Vampire, Rescuer, Sage, Victim, Saboteur, and Child. These are patterns that we all share, but certain archetypes are more prominently on display in each of us. Properly understood, archetypes provide a window into the motivations and actions of ourselves and others. For more on Archetypes, go here. For information on my archetypal readings, see the Archetypal Readings news item just below.
Archetypal ReadingsI am now offering Archetypal Readings and Counseling for individuals. Perhaps the most compelling set of hidden powers within our psyches that I have worked with over the last decade are the Archetypes — ancient patterns of behavior like the Queen, Warrior, Child, Saboteur, Victim, and Mystic. They are part of our Collective Unconscious, and understanding how they work can give us a valuable tool for gaining insight into our motives and appetites, strengths and weaknesses.
Most of the people whom I've helped to gain insight into their Archetypes have been extremely enthusiastic about how well this fits with their desire to understand their lives without endless therapy sessions. They have said that a familiarity with archetypal patterns has also helped them enormously in the work they do, whether as schoolteachers, yoga instructors, life coaches, therapists, actors, writers, or business people. But most of all, they use the insights they learn to see themselves and others in archetypal terms.
A reading and possible follow-up sessions can help you:
Some people insist that they don't dream, but what they really mean is that they don't remember their dreams. And that's mainly because they haven't gotten in the habit of recording them right away. One great help is to keep a small dream journal and a special "Dreamlight" Pen next to your bed. These pens allow you to see well enough to write without waking yourself up any more than needed. Exposure to bright light during the sleep cycle can interrupt the flow of melatonin, which helps us sleep. When you double-click the Dreamlight Pen, a small light goes on around the tip enabling you to see while you write. (They're also ideal for taking notes in a darkened theater or movie house.)
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The Promise: Yoga Journal Review
In his new book The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy, world-renowned teacher Mark Whitwell reveals a secret seven-minute practice he distilled from the greatest yoga masters of India. The original purpose of these ancient teachings was not to gain enlightenment but to heighten the levels of emotional and physical intimacy with yourself and others in your life. I had the privilege of working with Mark on the manuscript of his book, and getting it published by Atria – the imprint of Simon & Schuster that also Publishes The Secret. Although Mark is best known as a yoga teacher, The Promise is written for non-yogis and yogis alike. It just received a great review in Yoga Journal that includes an interview with the author, which you can read here.
I'm excited to announce that the popular deck of Healing Cards that I created with Caroline Myss a few years ago has just been made into an iPhone app.
Healing Cards iPhone app. | Healing Cards.
Peter Occhiogrosso and Lench Archuleta
Many people on the spiritual path have expressed the desire to create a personal spiritual practice that can be integrated into their daily experience. In this CD set, recorded live at a three-day workshop held at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y., in August 2007, Lench Archuleta and Peter Occhiogrosso present a diverse array of wisdom, rituals, and traditional methodologies from which to create your own daily practice. Working separately and together, Lench and Peter draw on both Native American and Eastern traditions that connect Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Peter Occhiogrosso and Lench Archuleta
Discover elements of a Personal Spiritual Practice that you can integrate into your daily life. Learn to build a home altar. Yaqui healer Lench Archuleta joins author, spiritual writing teacher and breathing instructor Peter Occhiogrosso to show how to create a sacred space almost anywhere in your home. Lench explores the sacred in urban and country landscapes, including how to create a sacred circle in the woods. Peter demonstrates a classic Qigong exercise called the Swimming Dragon. Together, Lench and Peter offer an interactive combination of Native American and Eastern traditions based on workshops they have taught together at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, and The Crossings in Austin, Texas.
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