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A Jungian Perspective on Death

Ironic, but one of the most intimate acts of our body is death. So beautiful appeared my death—knowing who then I would kiss, I died a thousand times before I died. “Die before you die,” said the Prophet Muhammad. Have wings that feared ever touched the Sun? I was born…

The Goddess Notes IV: Oya, Orisha of Wind and Storm, Queen of the Dead, Goddess of the Marketplace

OYA GODDESS OF THE WIND Oya of Nupe
 Nupe way station
 To the nether world
 Oya
 Linking us with ancestors Oya
 Preserver of links
 Yet as wind 
    As hurricane
 As tornado
 As lightning A destroyer
 A woman to her core
 Audacious
 Feminine
 Primary
 In Africa
 Venerated Goddess Oya
…

Finding Your Spiritual Self At The Edge Of Crater Lake

Carl Jung wrote that "to be "normal" is the ideal aim for the unsuccessful."  Normalcy, in other words, is to live a life of mediocrity. He was further of the belief that such averageness could render the distinctive yearning for personal wholeness dormant. Many individuals seeking spiritual wholeness turn to traveling as…

Growing Embodied Awareness, Finding Imagination: A Conversation with Russell Delman – Part Two

Read part two of my conversation with Russell Delman, in which we explore the concepts of psychological and somatic freedom, Feldenkrais work, and the power of imagination. Andrea Jivan: I’m thinking now of individuation, something Jungian psychologists focus on a lot. This idea that you're kind of swinging between polarities…

Growing Embodied Awareness, Finding Imagination: A Conversation with Russell Delman – Part One

In preparation for Russell Delman’s May lecture and workshops, I was grateful for the opportunity to converse with this pioneer in Somatic Psychology, and founder of The Embodied Life. Read part one of our interview where we discuss spiritual bypass, finding present awareness, trauma, and more. Andrea Jivan: You sent…

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