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School of MBM Instructor Dr. Lisa Kelly and PhD Student Teresa von Kerckerink Collaborate on ISSEEM Presentation on Shamanic Healing

08/08/2014
Photos from ISSEEM Shamanic Seminar

 

In June 2014, Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine PhD candidate, Teresa von Kerckerink and MBM faculty member Dr. Lisa Kelly collaborated in presenting a 90 minute seminar on the lived experience of shamanic healing at the International Society of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine conference titled: Seen and Unseen Realities.

Teresa began the workshop by presenting the findings of her first person Hermeneutic Phenomenological pilot study on the lived experience of the use of the shamanic sacred plant medicine, San Pedro. A lively discussion followed, where participants asked numerous questions and the group discussed the role of altered states of consciousness and energy medicine in shamanic healing. Following this discussion Dr. Kelly presented an overview of her experience with shamanic healing in Peru, and then together Teresa and Dr. Kelly facilitated a shamanic healing ritual with the attendees.

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New Existentialists

The "forumula" for happiness might not be a literal "formula" - but dont tell neuroscientists

08/07/2014
The "forumula" for happiness might not be a literal "formula" - but dont tell neuroscientists
This week in hubristic neuroscience: *  Researchers at the University College, London, say that they have developed the mathematical formula for a discrete moment of happiness.  (It’s the picture accompanying this article, if you’re curious). “Using functional MRI, we demonstrated that neural signals during task events account for changes in happiness,” the authors write, which is a like saying that the signals they have on traffic lights account for traffic accidents.   The idea that the neural signals recorded are an effect, not a cause – or even...

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Embrace Your Tears

08/06/2014
Embrace Your Tears
When was the last time you cried? How long did you allow yourself to cry before putting the lid back on? Did it take you by surprise? Did you feel it building up and flowing over? Did you quickly wipe away your tears, or did you allow them to linger on your cheeks? I am intrigued by how people cry. Often, I watch them holding their breath in the moments before their tears appear. I feel their reluctance to let go. Then comes the biting of the lip as they look up to the sky, in the hope that the tears that are beginning to fall will defy gravity and roll back up. When their tears rebel against...

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Now It's Personal

08/05/2014
Now It's Personal
My dear friend Joseph died today. Joseph was a professor of continental philosophy at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He and I also went to high school together. He was one of the few people in my life who knew me way back in my caterpillar days but also knew me as we both emerged out of our cocoons into existential butterflies, if such a thing exists. He “got” my existential jokes. I could wish him a “Happy Being-in-the-World” Day on his birthday and he knew the reference. We could talk about Heidegger and Husserl and its relationship to Buddhist and Tao...

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Waxing Existential: Summer of Awe

08/04/2014
Waxing Existential: Summer of Awe
This time of year, I often remember the summers I spent on Cape Cod, at sleepaway camp. I was an anxious kid in many ways, quiet and introverted. My self-confidence was unformed, my shame immense. I never loved sleepovers, unless they were at my house, so the thought of going to sleepaway camp for eight weeks was literally nauseating to me. I was 13 years old and I desperately didn’t want to go. My little sister, on the other hand, was raring to go. The Amtrak left from Stamford, CT, and I know of at least one snapshot of me that my parents took where I am looking back, my face defining...

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Rethinking Complexity

Leading Across Boundaries - The ISSS-2014 Conference in Washington, D.C.

08/04/2014
Leading Across Boundaries - The ISSS-2014 Conference in Washington, D.C.
The 58th meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences was held George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.  Gerald Midgley  president for this year, and his conference team, are to be commended for creating a great week of learning.  The theme of the conference was “Learning Across Boundaries: Exploring the variety of systemic theory and practice.”  That theme was reflected in both the keynote presentations and the individual papers and workshops.  More importantly (for me), were the many...

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Rethinking Complexity

Learning Across Boundaries - The ISSS-2014 Conference in Washington, D.C.

08/04/2014
Learning Across Boundaries - The ISSS-2014 Conference in Washington, D.C.
The 58th meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences was held George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.  Gerald Midgley  president for this year, and his conference team, are to be commended for creating a great week of learning.  The theme of the conference was “Learning Across Boundaries: Exploring the variety of systemic theory and practice.”  That theme was reflected in both the keynote presentations and the individual papers and workshops.  More importantly (for me), were the many...

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New Existentialists

Existential Roundup

08/01/2014
Existential Roundup
Welcome to the Existential Roundup, where we bring you links to some articles currently trending that may be of interest to those in the existential-humanistic psychology community. While we may be going through the height of the summer season, we also have to recognize that summer, with its bright sunshine and colors, also brings with it its darkness—its heavy downpours and dangerous lightning. Therefore, this week’s blog features a sampling of some of the darkness that has turned up this summer. According to The Atlantic, some people literally find the summer dark and depressing...

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I Am, We Are, This Is Me: The Wounded Healer in Nature and Sacred Community

07/31/2014
I Am, We Are, This Is Me: The Wounded Healer in Nature and Sacred Community
In my personal life beyond my work as a professor and a psychologist, I am blessed to be a member of two loving and healing spiritual communities that feel like a family and tribe, in a deeper sense than I could once have ever imagined. At the time of this writing, I reflect in a liminal space between events connected to both groups. I have just returned from a five-day spiritual retreat at The Crows Nest Center for Shamanic Studies, where I was immersed in sacred breathwork sessions, sweatlodge ceremonies, shamanic and earth-honoring rituals, deeply spiritual conversations, tepid breezy...

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Landing in the Right Place

07/30/2014
Landing in the Right Place
The career market used to be open a little wider. Greed and politics are narrowing our options. As I struggle to find means to support my family and pay my student loans, people often reassure me that I am worth hiring and will eventually find the place where I belong. These days, I don’t know that there is such a place. Twenty years ago, I would have endorsed these ideas. Today, I see them as luxuries best afforded by the rich. These days, we just do what we need to do to survive. It is easy to think of the place that is the right fit when things are going generally right: you have a...

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