April 11, 2016 Koehler Blog: The Alchemy of Claire and Jamie: The Sacred Marriage in Outlander’s “The Reckoning.”

By Dori Koehler Approximately ten years ago now, Bruce and I were sitting at dinner with our friends/neighbors and their friends from Australia. Our neighbors are way too much fun. Though they have lived in Santa Barbara for at least forty years, Kathleen was born in Australia and Eric was born in Scotland, which means […]

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April 4, 2016 Pearson Blog: Awakening Spring Within

By Carol S. Pearson “The calendar can’t tell you when the first day of spring is—your heart does,” says Alexandra Stoddard.[1] Of course, externally, spring is a natural event starting at the Vernal Equinox and ending at the Summer Solstice. As a season, it is marked by warmer weather, a period that from very ancient […]

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March 3, 2016 Pearson Blog: Narrative Strategies for Thinking Different and Better

By Carol S. Pearson I’ve been reading the gospels and thinking about Jesus’s teaching to “judge not that you be not judged” in the context of depth psychological teachings about withdrawing the projections that make us see others in the light of our own stories, rather than as they are. Many have warned of the […]

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February 2 Pearson Blog: Thriving, Cognitive Complexity, Bee Wisdom—and You

By Carol S. Pearson To thrive in today’s world, it is critical to be able to track emerging cultural stories that empower rather than limit you. One change I’ve noticed is the shift in the environmental and evolutionary sciences from a focus on “survival of the fittest” stories to narratives about ecological systems—a change that […]

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January 27, 2016 Pearson Blog: Triggering Happiness Hormones In A Society in Turmoil

By Carol S. Pearson Ever feel lost, despairing, angry, and searching for answers? I have, and found some answers through learning how to trigger my body’s joy hormones.   Dopamine rewards accomplishment: Having goals, a purpose, and actively achieving desired outcomes. Oxytocin rewards caring and belonging: Feeling connected to and supported by others; giving and […]

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January 19, 2016 Hale Blog: Creating a Better Future: Transforming Traumas Together Through Myth and Story

By Cynthia Anne Hale, Ph.D. How can we support each other and work with hope for the future when all around us human life is being violated? Daily we hear the news of brutality around the world and in our own communities—killing, rape, kidnapping, and torture are some of the worst I know of, and […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Persephone Rises, Perhaps in You and Me

By Carol S. Pearson The situation is bleak. The dark side has taken over again, the proof of which is how regimented and violent its soldiers are, and the light is being held only by a rebel band, guarded by a republic. The two great masculine heroes—Luke Skywalker and Han Solo—have lost faith in their […]

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January 7 Pearson Blog: Archetypal and Narrative Intelligence Tools for 2016

By Carol S. Pearson Most people have no idea that the stories inside our heads determine much of what we notice in the world or how we string our observations together to make meanings of them. This suggests that stories that are invisible to us define a good deal of what we experience, so we […]

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December 12 Pearson Blog: Returning Magic to Christmas

By Carol S. Pearson Christmas is a time when many of us show our love for friends and families through presents and lovely occasions with decorations and the foods and precious traditions, old or new, from our families or friendship groups. I know that part of what I loved as a child was not so […]

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December 9 Pearson Blog: You Don’t Have to be Jewish to Experience the Miracle of Hanukkah

By Carol S. Pearson When I married my husband, David, one of the extra joys that came with our union was experiencing Jewish rituals. I particularly love the story of Hanukkah, which tells how, after the desecration of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BC, the Jews were anxious about how to keep […]

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