Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

Therapy, Spirituality, and Mysticism

In the medieval period it was common to take pilgrimages to the holy land from mainland Europe. The trip was an opportunity to face one’s fears and learn to know the deepest parts of self. The trip was long and dangerous. The terrain and culture were different from anything that pilgrims had seen back home. Along the way the pilgrims prayed, fasted and sought inner peace to prepare to be close to God. The pilgrimage to the holy land was a metaphor for Jesus’s life and journey much like the stations of the cross....

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

What Happens to the Eye During a Brainspotting Therapy Session?

Brainspotting is a revolutionary new therapy for trauma and PTSD. We use many modalities of therapy at Taproot Therapy Collective, but brainspotting is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD and lowering anxiety that I've ever found. when doing brain spotting the therapist looks for a position where your eye blinks and dilates. Many patients wonder what their eye looks like so I created this video to show you what I'm seeing when I do brain spotting on a patient. The eye you see in the video is my own eye...

The Psychology of Cults: Unveiling the Mechanisms of Mind Control and Influence

The Psychology of Cults: Unveiling the Mechanisms of Mind Control and Influence

The phenomenon of cults, a subject that has fascinated and alarmed society for decades, remains a critical area of study within psychology and sociology. The allure of cults can be traced back to the complex interplay of psychological manipulation, charismatic leadership, and the human quest for belonging. This article delves into the groundbreaking work of scholars such as Robert J. Lifton, Margaret Singer, Janja Lalich, Steven Hassan, Eileen Barker, David G. Bromley, and James T. Richardson, to explore the...

Cults in the Lens of Modern Capitalism

The term 'cult' often conjures sensationalist imagery and extreme behavior. However, a closer examination reveals a more complex relationship between cults, capitalism, and societal norms. This article delves into this interconnection, highlighting the need for a more nuanced understanding of cults beyond their sensationalist portrayal. The Cult-Capitalism Nexus The rise of figures like Keith Raniere of NXIVM has drawn public attention to cults. However, the fascination with such figures often overshadows similar...

Roberto Assagioli and His Pioneering Role in the Evolution of Psychotherapy

Roberto Assagioli and His Pioneering Role in the Evolution of Psychotherapy

Roberto Assagioli and His Pioneering Role in the Evolution of Psychotherapy Roberto Assagioli and the Development of Psychosynthesis In the realm of psychology, few figures have been as influential yet relatively unsung as Roberto Assagioli, the pioneer of Psychosynthesis. Born in 1888, Assagioli's journey in shaping the landscape of modern psychology was marked by innovative ideas and a commitment to integrating various dimensions of human experience. This article explores Assagioli's journey in developing...

The Chrysanthemum and The Sword: Guilt, Shame, and Cultural Trauma in Psychotherapy

The Chrysanthemum and The Sword: Guilt, Shame, and Cultural Trauma in Psychotherapy

"The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" by Ruth Benedict, a landmark in cultural psychology, provides deep insights into the dynamics of guilt and shame within different cultures. Commissioned covertly as an exercise in weaponized anthropology by the OSS, now called the CIA, this book was originally intended to help Americans understand Japanese culture for post-war business and diplomatic relations. It offers an unparalleled window into how societies process trauma and how these mechanisms shape cultural identities....

J.L. Moreno: The Therapist Who Believed in Mutual Healing

J.L. Moreno: The Therapist Who Believed in Mutual Healing

The Revolutionary Influence of Moreno on Modern Therapy Jacob Levy Moreno, a name often whispered in the corridors of psychotherapy, brought a revolutionary perspective to the therapeutic world. His groundbreaking concepts not only influenced numerous therapists, including the esteemed Irvin D. Yalom, but also reshaped the dynamics between therapists and their clients. In this article, we dive into Moreno's philosophy, focusing on his belief in the mutual healing process of therapy, and how he openly sought...

⛵Carolyn Robistow on Gray Area Drinking and Brainspotting for Harm Reduction and Addiction

Transcript This editable transcript was computer generated and might contain errors. Joel Blackstock: So Captain's Log start eight twenty twenty one three years the Crew has been brain spotted and the rations of water have been ravaged. I'm here with Carolyn robistow who is on a boat? Carolyn Robistow: I am I'm on a boat shirt. Like I told you I would. Joel Blackstock: and the for audio listeners, I'm actually not kidding about what's going on video this time Carolyn is on a boat. Carolyn Robistow: I am one of...

Jungian Shadow Somatic Meditation

  Meditation to Integrate the Shadow Welcome  today we'll embark on a meditation journey to integrate aspects of our shadow – those extreme emotional reactions, feelings of shame, and overwhelming sensations that we often repress and run away from in life. Our journey begins in childhood, where we first learned to feel emotions and respond to the world. These early experiences, along with traumas or overwhelming events in life, contribute to the formation of our shadow. This meditation is designed to guide...

The Symbolism of Color in Dreams

The Symbolism of Color in Dreams

What is the symbolism of different colors in dreams? What does the color red mean in dreams: In dreams, colors wield the power to mirror our deepest emotions and psychic states, and red, with its primal force and psychological weight, offers a particularly vivid palette of symbolism. The color red in dreams may reflect the journey of passion and emotion that color psychology outlines in phases of stimulation. Initially, a dream awash in pallid red tones could suggest a phase of emotional dormancy, where the...

What is the Pineal Gland: Neuroscience, New Age, Numinous and Nonsense

What is the Pineal Gland: Neuroscience, New Age, Numinous and Nonsense

Crystals are not shaped like the Buddha's face When I was in a bachelors psychology class at Sewanee  I had to listen to a student, who was a enthusiast of psilocybin mushrooms, go on a rant to the professor about how there were "magic crystals" in the brain. According to him the crystals were "shaped like the buddha's face" and had been used by "real scientists" to discover things about aliens and mythology. One of these things was that the city of Atlantis, a mythological city that sank, was actually the city...

Attention Pupils! Windows to the Soul; Extensions of the Brain

Attention Pupils! Windows to the Soul; Extensions of the Brain

    How Therapists can Use the Pupil to Heal Trauma One of the reasons that I left EMDR and started to pursue brainspotting as the primary brain based medicine that I use as a provider was because of pupil dilation. Years ago when I was  just starting out as a therapist I noticed that pupil dilation patterns were a good indicator of how well a patient was processing trauma.  I would use a patient's pupil dilation and movement to see how well EMDR was working. During EMDR patients don’t talk much until the end of...