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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...

Heavy stuff: Guilt and the body

Focus for a moment on the word ‘guilt,’ and think back to the last time you felt it. Who, or what prompted it? What does it feel like? Where do you ‘hold’ it in your body? Chances are you’d describe the sensation of guilt as a kind of heaviness, a weighty feeling, as...

Metaphor matters

They’re not just figures of speech. We may not be fully conscious of it, but we are heavily influenced by metaphor. In fact, we’re steeped in it, every day of our lives. Metaphor is all around us in the world, not only appearing in our everyday speech, writing, and...

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...

Technology, addiction and enmeshment

I wanted to catch up on some reading over the Easter weekend, so I pulled out an old book and dug in, thoroughly enjoying the quiet time and endless hours stretched out in front of me. And then it happened. Tap. I wanted to get to the next page. Tap. Why isn’t it...

Childhood amnesia, early memories, and attachment

What’s your earliest childhood memory? Do you know how old you were at the time? Chances are it dates from when you were at least 3 years old; you’re in the minority if it’s otherwise. Typically, adults are unable to recall anything from infancy and early childhood,...

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...

A study of belief

A recent study conducted by scientists at Oxford University found that an individual’s ‘belief in science’ increases in the face of stress or anxiety. The researchers developed a scale measuring a ‘belief in science’ consisting of ten statements addressing the power...
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