Psychology

Condensing parallel universes: the road back to Self


Dearest readers, I have this image in my mind that I am going to paint, and I will describe it here with words. The energy field around our bodies which is the vehicle by which we can travel to all dimensions, called by some the merkabah, by others a torus, is fragmented, deactivated or weakened […]

The new face and science of intuition


Hello dear readers, Human nature is evolving, and the range of personalities, behaviors, and ways of interacting with reality are also changing. Those coming into the world with these evolving personality types are currently considered anomalies. These behaviors which grate against today’s norm are treated with medications to normalize them and to make these individuals now […]

The Stranger & the mirror: How looking inward changes our cultural paradigm towards outsiders


Dear readers, I recently reread Albert Camus’ iconic novel, The Stranger. It struck me as I was reading that Meursault’s detached personality and precise, yet objective truthfulness would probably place him somewhere on the autism spectrum today. As most people know, the bizarre cultural mindset of the time in which the novel is set (1950’s […]

Global softening & the feminization of America


Dear readers, You may be wondering how America is becoming more nurturing and compassionate all while having just elected an authoritarian pseudo populist right-wing president in Donald Trump. While the intention of this post is to discuss a global shift in consciousness towards balance and a more feminine and cooperative view of life and society, […]

I can’t complain: how pop psychology keeps reality at bay & how to create true happiness


Dear readers, Being human is hard. We are complex beings with complex emotions. Happiness or contentment are often elusive in a world fraught with difficulties, including solitude, a struggle to survive financially and raise a family, and the desires to be truly free and creative, to be healthy, and to be part of a community […]

In search of: adult human being


Dear readers, I have long been an admirer of the work of Carl Gustav Jung, the founder of depth psychology. He understood and defined the collective unconscious, and he clearly explained how themes and archetypes of human behaviors are shared by peoples and cultures all over the world. He also understood that all  human beings […]

Self love, body image, and the power of thought


Hello dear readers, Although it still feels as if we are living in a world in which we are atomized – separated from one another and even from our own inner self, in fact, our true nature is very different from what our families and cultures have taught us about being human. Most of us […]

The pain of being perpetually silenced


    Hello readers, The mentality created by the industrial revolution was one that deified science and materialism. The pragmatic evolution of ideas and ideals re-centered the human and cultural experiences of men and women away from God, spirituality, and Nature. No longer subservient to a higher power of some kind, humans replaced those fundamental alliances […]

Darkness seeks light for friendship, more if affinities (a poem)


  the likeness of a parrot repeats, choking on bone in my throat mirroring rehearsals of a blind genocide the patterns of intention seemingly proud, conscious, and placing one foot in front of the other patterns of disaster yet so hopeful, with a tenderness that defies reality you saw how frustration built that mob anger […]

Why are bad presidential candidates like bad boyfriends, and what makes them attractive?


Hello readers, Have you ever been drawn like a magnet to a person because of their charm or charisma, only to learn later that the person is self-centered, emotionally or physically abusive, vindictive, and possibly dangerous? Did you ever wonder why so many of us (including myself at some points in my life) find or […]

Feeling superior: antidote to feeling vulnerable?


Hello readers, People who value compassion are generally people who realize that life is a struggle for most of us. Some of us battle with health issues. Others struggle with domestic violence, poverty, drug or alcohol addiction, unemployment. There is no life that unfolds without challenge. When we look inside our own hearts and accept […]

Yin and Yang: the political divide in America


  Hello readers, In America, we live in an either/or world. Either you are an individualist (a Republican or Libertarian) or you are a progressive socialist (Democrat). Did it ever occur to anyone that a person who is concerned about social issues may also be an independent, self-responsible person? And how about those Americans who […]

The layers of friendship


Hello readers, People always say that humans are social animals. I don’t know if other animals suffer from solitude, but I do know that our faithful companions, dogs, let us clearly know when they crave our attention. A dog knows that she needs to be touched, and she clearly communicates her desire and most of […]

Trump=Sanders? Idealism, reality, and the grace of nature


  Hello readers, If you read my blog regularly, you have most likely noticed that I am something of an idealist. I want to see our world become a kinder, more compassionate place, and I’d like to be a part of that process by trying to embody those values in my life, by being mindful […]

Why are so many Americans addicted to guns and drugs?


Hello readers, I went to a Bernie Sanders debate party organized by the owner of a local bar and restaurant the other evening, to hear out the views of our three Democratic candidates for the 2016 presidential elections. The moderator asked all three candidates, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley how they would address the […]

My life will get better: on hope and disappointment


Hello readers, Good parents know how to teach their kids to deal with frustration and disappointment, because not to do so is unkind to children. Parents who don’t delay gratification and who rush to fulfill their children’s needs and desires even before they have the ability or luxury to feel a little discomfort, are truly […]

Women’s Fib: How to get what we all really need and want


Hello readers, First of all, I do want to acknowledge how the pioneers in the women’s lib movement really did so much to make the lives of women better. While we still haven’t received wage equality and male / female relationships are extremely fraught with problems (high divorce, low commitment), women are now free to […]

Touching, isn’t it?


  Hello readers, We often underestimate our sense of touch and how sophisticated it really is. We know that our skin is the largest organ in/on our body, yet our awareness of our instinctive ability to  interpret the emotions and states of mind of other humans around us based on this under-appreciated sense is quite […]

What do Buddha, Jesus, and C.G. Jung have in common?


Dear readers, I’ve written about how co-dependency is encouraged in our culture and relationships, so much so that most people don’t even notice how their relationship to self and to the world is permeated by drama and the inability to face one’s own shadows and pain honestly. Numbed by overwork, entertainment, and countless distractions, we […]

Where do I belong?


Hello readers, I’ve spent a big chunk of my life thinking about belonging and identity, and also about love of self and others…mostly because my own mother and father were never able to love me for myself and eventually cut me off from the family in every way. They tried to make sure that I […]