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The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

A man who used to hunt rattlesnakes related to me some of his hunting experiences. He said that one way to gather his prey was to pound on the ground with a wooden post. The percussive impacts would vibrate through the surrounding soil and draw the snakes to him.... Read More »

A Jungian view of self-love

You have probably heard the adage that you can’t really love someone else until you have learned to love yourself. For most people this statement resonates at an intuitive level; it has a ring of truth to it. And yet, defining what it means to love oneself is not... Read More »

Dissecting the interesting case of a pre-cognitive dream

In her groundbreaking book on parapsychology, Louisa E. Rhine shares the story of a Colorado man who was recuperating from an operation by spending some time with his grandmother in the country. One night he dreamed that she came in from gathering eggs and showed him one three times... Read More »

Mine the gold in your life in your dreams

A man in his early 70’s dreamed: “I’m in a convenience store going to fill my coffee mug when I notice flakes of gold forming in a cup that collects water from coffee dregs. The flakes are circular and spiked like small snowflakes.  “I start to collect them, thinking... Read More »

Are children more open to the spiritual and extrasensory level of reality?

In her book, “Hidden Channels of the Mind” (William Morrow and Company, NY, 1961), Louisa Rhine tells the story of a young couple who rented a beach cottage sight unseen: “After their arrival their two-year-old son was put in one of the bedrooms for his afternoon nap. His mother... Read More »

Soul grafting: Honor the roots and deeper longings of your own being

Are you familiar with grafted plants? Nowadays, most cultivated roses, fruit and ornamental trees have been grafted. In grafting, a horticulturist attaches the trunk of a preferred plant variety — say an especially beautiful rose — to the rootstock of a wild and more vigorous plant of the same... Read More »

Becoming a problem to oneself – it’s a good thing!

Lucky is the individual who has become a problem to himself. This is a paraphrase of a statement by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung. It is an idea that is probably counter-intuitive to most people. After all, who wants to be a problem to themself?! Most of us would happily... Read More »

Your dreams – the gift of the child’s perspective

A man in his mid-20s dreamed the following: * * * I’m sitting at a long board room table at a meeting with another man and woman. The woman had been asked to evaluate the truthfulness of a small boy’s claim that there is a red ball at the... Read More »

Follow the path that’s meant for you to keep your soul alive

“Protect the plants, stay on the path,” a Reno trail sign reads. Viewed literally, the sign asks that hikers not trample the sensitive plants growing beside the trail. Looked at symbolically, it offers quality advice for life. The “path” is your path in life. It is the intended journey... Read More »

Inside your dreams: Seek the respect of your own soul

Carla was a young woman who had a compulsive need to be liked, to be popular, and be approved of. Not surprisingly, she was never content and rarely happy. With the source of her self-respect outside of her, attached to the ever-changing opinions of others, she was never secure... Read More »