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Creativity and Healing

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Published on: February 17, 2015

Creativity and Healing: Some Jungian and Shamanic Perspectives C. Michael Smith, Ph.D. © 2015   “Art is the proper task of life.” -Friedrich Nietzche          If you live from the heart, you will continually dip into the immensely creative Dreaming Field, and from it live an inspired and creative life, one that contributes depth of beauty to your own soul, and to[…]


Depth in Any Direction: Medicine of the Heart Blog, Part II

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Published on: January 30, 2015

  DEPTH IN ANY DIRECTION:   Imagination as the Door In the previous blog on “DEPTH AND THE MEDICINE OF THE HEART, PART 1,” I mentioned my conception of depth as not confined to the downward direction alone, as James Hillman richly, and usefully made it appear to us in his wonderful book, “The Dream and the Underworld.” If you could stand in space, at[…]


Depth and the Medicine of the Heart

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Published on: January 21, 2015

Heart Depth vs Surface Appearances.     The way to the depths is the way to the heart, which results in true selfhood and aliveness. To connect with the heart, tend it, explore it, mend it, and live from it is a spiritual psychology of depth. To make this clear, I will reflect on and amplify the metaphorical meaning of the word “depth.” The word[…]

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Published on: January 8, 2015

The Four Acts of Power ™ For Transforming Your Life C. Michael Smith, Ph.D. (Mikkal) © 2010   “The Great Spirit dwells in the heart of each creature, even the tiniest ant.”                                              -Black Elk, Lakota Sioux Medicine Man   Based on the indigenous American wisdom concerning the psychology of the heart, I have created the ‘four acts of power” to show, as clearly as I[…]


Signs of Heart Health and Heart Sickness

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Published on: January 8, 2015

Signs of Heart Health and Heart Sickness C. Michael Smith, Ph.D. © 2015   We get a better sense of what is wrong with a person, if we know what they can be at their best. We therefore will begin with signs of heart health.   Signs of Heart Health The heart is healthy when it is listened to, given space to speak, and when we[…]

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