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Barriers to Mental Health Treatment

Friday, December 13th, 2013
Recently I was asked, “It’s obvious that all of us are touched by mental illness – in ourselves, our families, or people we know. Why don’t we all demand that mental illness be funded for treatment just like biological illness?” My clients have been speaking to this for decades – why didn’t they seek out treatment, demand treatment coverage from their health insurance company, demand their workplace purchase.... Read More

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Self Awareness

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
The town doctor in The Plague by Albert Camus defines the good man as he ‘who has the fewest lapses of attention’. Maurice Nicoll, PhD states in his six-volume series on The Psychological Commentaries on the Teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky that ‘it all begins with self-awareness.’ If you are considering meeting.... Read More

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Emotional Support: Seven Skills

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Often I’m working with a man whose partner complains that he is not “emotionally supportive.” This complaint has very little meaning to him, and his critic is commonly unable to define it, much less demonstrate it. This is essentially what I present to these men and women, and in this sequence: Emotions are physical events, must be observed first in the body:  sensed, identified, and named simply in one of the.... Read More

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Why Bother?

Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Why Bother?[1] Why bother to begin this work on yourself? Others have been motivated by these kinds of observations that you yourself might make on your own present life:
  • You make the same mistakes again and again, with painful consequences, and cannot seem to interrupt the mistakes
  • You believe you are entitled to certain treatment or success or health that does not in fact often come your.... Read More

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Defining Transpersonal Psychology

Monday, May 30th, 2011
This is an email exchange from August, 2000 between myself and Charles Tart, PhD. Charlie is one of the better-known educators in the field of transpersonal psychology and offered at that time a strong definition of the field of study.  I was working as an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychology in the fall semester, and had begun teaching an undergraduate course that I'd composed on the.... Read More

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Welcome!

Monday, May 30th, 2011
This blog is an attempt to speak to both professionals and to consumers who are curious about the topics addressed on this website. I hope to hear from readers who have contrasting opinions about the materials cited, as well as those who concur with mine and others' research or experience.  In essence, I am trying to share my own process of the study of these materials, to document many of the sources that seem meaningful.... Read More

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