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Healthcare Reform

Healthcare reform is perceived here in August 2009 as a problem needing to be fixed. The trouble is that when a problem is solved it creates another problem. Hence, we can see the trouble President Obama is having in Congress establishing this program.
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Education v. Therapy – A Possible Paradigm Shift

Here is a beginning model for reframing the field of psychotherapy to replace it with an instructional ⁄ teaching ⁄ educative one. It involves a simple switch in terminology that I believe has many ramification for treatment. The terms I have in mind are: "question" for "problem." In the general course of the therapeutic process the term "problem" is announced. "I have a problem with my spouse." "I have a problem with my boss." "I have a problem selecting which job I should take." The list is endless. Read more »

Faith and Trust

My personal discovery involves the use of the words "faith" and "trust." I realized you can’t use these words in regard to our human relationships. To have faith or trust in someone is a mistake on a couple of accounts. First is that human beings, no matter how "trustworthy," have the potential for variability and changeability. There is always the possibility, no matter how reliable someone is, for error or slip up. The best we can say here is to have confidence in someone’s capacity, talent or ability. Read more »

Alzheimer’s Part 2

In his work Meditations on the Tarot, the great spiritual master Valentin Tomberg, writing under the pseudonym Anonymous, stated that people engaged in spiritual life and practice have an immunity against developing Alzheimer’s disease. My personal experience of knowing such people through the 50 or so years spent along this pathway has confirmed this for me. My own spiritual teacher, Colette Aboulker–Muscat died at nearly 95 with intact mental functioning. Read more »

The Alliance

Spiritual life in the West is defined by what may be called "the alliance." This is the pact made between us and the Eternal One in a dyadic (i.e. twosome) relationship. Our spiritual practice relies on maintaining this alliance despite the background noise of the world that constantly seduces us away from staying in the alliance: These include frustrations, threats, lures, intimidations, unbidden and unsolicited suggestions, and advice coming our way from without and within.
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