The Letter in the Cupboard

About the Letter James, my client, grew up in The Netherlands in the 1950s. His father was in diplomatic work and his mother, Teresa, was a full-time homemaker. His family prized intellectual pursuits, music and the arts. It was a stable time for the family and James and his siblings were strongly encouraged to perfect themselves and make their mark in the world. After Teresa’s death in 2013, when the children were cleaning out her home, the...

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Finding Daniel

Daniel was an avowed atheist. He was also my client Laura’s friend. He died at age 97, some weeks prior to our session (below). Having lost his eyesight, Daniel’s main joy was listening to classical music. He held a strong belief that there was nothing after death and that he would likely be in a state of sleep forever. As Laura watched his decline, it seemed to her that he was having a difficult time facing that “nothingness.” However, Laura...

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A Lot of Tenderness

Despite what appears in the daily news, tenderness is unfurling itself upon the landscape. On my answering machine is a sweet message that I have saved since Thanksgiving, 2010. The message goes something like this. “Hi Gwamah…” It’s the soft drawl of Elias, my then two and a-half-year-old grandson. “Hi Grandma,” repeats Elizabeth, my daughter, in her beautiful, clear voice. “We hope you’ve had a very happy Thanksgiving. We miss you.”...

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My Friend Jim

My friend Jim sits like still water, soft, unmoving in his assigned seat. No leaving without permission. Rise only if the wheels are locked and the bed rail is nearby, or a nurse. Them’s the rules, partner. These feet don’t go nowhere without a steel friend. He sits half to the window, half to the wall, bearing witness to this extraordinary corner of real, whether-you-like-it-or-not life. The Mystery abides here, both foe and...

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Treating Depression Holistically

Depression is an all too common experience for us, even though we are loathe to admit it. When the blues set in (darker mood, low energy, hopelessness, sleep irregularity, changes in appetite, impatience, angry outbursts, emotional numbness, wanting release from all the pain, etc.), we know we’ve “got it.” For those suffering with more severe episodes, medical intervention may be necessary. For most of us, muddling through...

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“I must have done something really bad!”

Angela arrived for her past life regression (PLR) session saying that her life was so crazy and confused that she must have done something really terrible in a past existence and therefore was now reaping the results. She had read an interview with me on past life therapy in the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper (see article) and decided to gather up her courage and give it a go. In this life, Angela has fought for her schooling, her employment, her...

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