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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[…]


FAQS Jung and Amazonian Shamanism Workshop and Ayahuasca

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Published on: December 1, 2014

Jung and Amazonian Event & Ayahuasca FAQS We will update this FAQ discussion list from time-to-time, so check back.   What to bring Sandals, light weight hiking boots, shorts and t-shirts, light weight rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, one pair of long pants, towel, two single size sheets (Instead of two sheets, you may want to bring a light weight sleeping bag or even a sleeping[…]


Jung and Amazonian Shamanism in Synthesis

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Published on: November 25, 2014

  JUNG AND AMAZONIAN SHAMANISM IN SYNTHESIS: An Intensive Retreat Interfacing the Power and Wisdom of Jungian Psychology With Ayahuasca Medicine Ceremonies. Iquitos, Peru. March 8-15, 2015 “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”    […]

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