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Seeking liminality

In the Western world, we spend a lot of time talking about boundaries, about how to hold on, contain, and protect. Boundaries are fixed in time (school year, work day, weekend, seasons) and in space (national borders, property lines). We also speak of personal...

What is spirituality?

Spirituality is an interesting term. It’s elusive and mysterious, hard to pin down. As a concept it’s fairly loaded, referring to forces unseen with physical eyes. Spirituality carries certain associations with the supernatural, the religious, the sacred, and the...

Magic in the therapy room

During my transpersonal training course, I vividly remember one evening when my favourite lecturer quipped that he hoped we all enjoyed attending the “Harry Potter school for psychotherapy.” Everyone laughed (some nervously), because we implicitly understood the...

Returning from retreat: Welcome back to reality?

It’s been several days since I returned home from a personal retreat. I was way up north for four days in Lindisfarne, also known as the Holy Island. No doubt about it, I had discovered a magical place. Wild, windswept and rugged; just the sort of atmosphere I was...

There’s no place like home

As an expat living in the U.K. for the past 8 years, the one question I’m continuously asked is “where’s home?” At first glance it seems such a simple question, a courteous way to break the ice during conversation, but it’s always provoked a certain amount of...

The Importance of Ritual

My childhood and adolescent Sundays were spent in various Christian churches. From this you’d think I would have developed a healthy regard and understanding of ritual, but that wasn’t the case. Growing up, I never understood what rituals were meant to accomplish....
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