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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November 24 Pearson Blog: Alleviating Holiday Stress

By Carol S. Pearson  Why is Thanksgiving week often so stressful? Feeling gratitude has been shown to decrease stress, help us feel happier, promote emotional and mental health, and foster spiritual growth. But the Thanksgiving holiday can be stressful for all sorts of good reasons that undercut the very purpose of a day dedicated to […]

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November 18 Pearson Blog: Killing in the Name of God: Spiritual Temptations and Opportunities

By Carol S. Pearson Although all the Abrahamic religions are monotheistic, believing in one God, there have been many times in history when their adherents, in the name of that God, have killed others who have different worship practices and beliefs. And yet, all of these three major religions have foundational beliefs in love. Jesus’s […]

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November 10 Koehler Blog: The Goddess of Spring and the Origin of the Disney Maiden

By Dori Koehler Between 1929 and 1939, the Walt Disney Animation Studio rode high on the success of its animated short cartoons. While many animation studios suffered a downturn due to the Great Depression, Walt Disney enjoyed his very own Midas touch. Of particular significance during this period are the Silly Symphonies cartoons. These shorts, […]

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November 4 Pearson Blog: The Magic of Shifting the Story

By Carol S. Pearson David and I woke up recently feeling anxious and began to tell each other what we were fearful about. We have a lot on our plate, and some of our worries were about getting everything done, some about pending decisions, and some more nebulous. But, as we talked, we remembered that […]

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October 27 Pearson Blog: BARBIE RISING

By Carol S. Pearson. Ruth Handler, who created the Barbie doll, explained, “My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.” But since 2011, Barbie has become less and less popular, partly because of […]

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October 10 Pearson Blog: Triggering Your Inner Happiness Chemicals

By Carol S. Pearson. In an interview for Harvesting Happiness, Lisa Kamen told me that happiness was her drug of choice. This led me to share, first with her and now with you, how living the four major archetypal stories in Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within can trigger the production of happiness chemicals in […]

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