The show Stranger Things and the realm of the upside-down offers an interesting take on the motif of the underworld. This universal concept has interesting psychological parallels that help to further our understanding relating to processes of emotional and relational healing. Please note that this blog contains potential spoilers.
Humans generally like to see themselves as rational beings. Perhaps it is more accurate to see ourselves as possessing the capacity for rationality, while also recognizing that we have the capacity to be irrational. This blog dives into the world of the non-rational and looks at how accepting this side of our nature can actually support and strengthen our ability to be rational.
The human imagination is an incredible resource that can improve many aspects of our lives. This blog explores human development and the role of imagination in the process of growth. While imagination can often be minimized by our rational, left-brain dominated culture, this blog sheds light on the immense potential of imaginative functioning.
The Sanskrit word, guru, comes from the root gu, which translates to darkness and ru, which translates to removal. Thus, the translation of the word guru is essentially "the removal of darkness". This blog explores how our body can function as our guru and assist us in our quest to remove darkness from our body, heart, soul, and mind.
In this blog, the myth of Persephone is examined as a metaphor for our relationship to the seasonal cycles, particularly autumn. The concept of darkness, both the external darkness associated with autumn/winter and the inner darkness many of us experience during these two seasons, is explored as an opportunity for reflection, rest, and ultimately inspiration.