Category: Spiritual Psychology

The Happiness Quest

Posted February 24, 2017 in Spiritual Psychology
I remember driving home with my mom when I was in 4th grade, when suddenly an overwhelming ‘Ah-ha’ moment came over me; staring out the window, sitting in the back seat, I became completely captivated by a magnetic Knowing: “The point--the meaning of life, is HAPPINESS—to be HAPPY.”   I’m not sure what caused this existential (and potentially super-obvious)...
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Joseph Campbell’s famous phrase, “Follow your bliss” is often quoted to inspire individuals to courageously break free of a life of mediocrity and live with authenticity and passion. Yet, during his life Campbell noticed his famous phrase misinterpreted as a self-serving hedonistic permission slip to chase immediate pleasures and avoid pain (otherwise known as spiritual bypassing)....
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I absolutely love New Year's Eve! New Year's is a holiday that is all about consciousness: we are invited to review, feel and honor the previous year while accessing, intending and dreaming the next year forward. I spoke with a client yesterday who had been invited to a vision board party to consciously dream about her next year. She was resistant, as she did not like the idea of making a...
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“I’m freaking out!” “I am so overwhelmed!” “I have way too much to do!” Anxiety tells us lots of things that do not feel very good to the body. Anxiety produces racing heart beats, shallow breathing, raised cortisol levels, ulcers, headaches, backaches…the list goes on and on. But I have a secret for you: anxiety is not the enemy. In fact, seeing it as the enemy may lead...
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  Saved by the Bell is not just an amazing 90's TV Show. No, we can learn much more from this epic sitcom then just the proper way to peg your jeans.   Saved by the Bell is a teaching tool. The ingenious cast of characters represent very common roles that families can fall into. Like a ditch on the side of the road, roles in a family keep us stuck. Family systems theory, created...
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Anxiety 101

Posted October 12, 2013 in Spiritual Psychology
Anxiety is the worst. If you have anxiety, you know what I'm talking about. Yet, sometimes I see clients who have anxiety and don’t know that they are smack in the middle of a full-fledged panic attack.  What gives? Anxiety lies. It is common to blindly accept the underlying beliefs of anxiety without conscious questioning.  Anxiety makes it hard to discern what is what. For example: I am...
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Fundamentalism: a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles. Over the years, I have met some "Fundamentalist Law of Attractionists" as I call them--obsessed with the vibration they are putting out, paranoid that their every thought is creating something potentially "bad" or "negative" for them. I've even met people who are unwilling to talk to...
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The Law of Attraction. You've probably heard about it. You've probably heard that "thoughts become things" and that "everything is vibration".  You may have heard of vision boarding, how 'gratitude is the attitude' and about the power of intention. You may have even heard of "The Teachings of Abraham" and "The Secret". The power of visualization is not new news. And even the most...
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8 Ways to Tame the Mind Monster and Stop Obsessing Everyone obsesses about something from time to time.  We obsess about the awesome job we just applied for, tight finances or the newly sprouting greys joining the party at the top of our head.  Sometimes, during times of extreme stress or change, the mind monster gets hungry and decides to chow down on our inner reserves of calm and...
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You may have already seen this: Brene Brown speaks at TED about her research on vulnerability. It has gone viral and taken over the internet. Check it out. There are worse things you could do with 20 minutes: Like drink 3 beers and eat a banana nut muffin. What Brene has discovered through her research is what I have also discovered in working with clients: The only thing that separates us...
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