Rest as engagement, not retreat..

By | 2017-10-19T17:54:32+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

I lay in my bath, at the end of a long-road day, feeling sore and tired, glad to be held by the water. I came to an understanding that what feels restful is often not about feeling 'in retreat'. I feel the support of water across all my limbs, my lower back, my upper back, [...]

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receptivity, and vulnerable authority

By | 2017-10-19T18:07:19+00:00 November 11th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

I perceive the body as a microcosm of all this. I believe the body’s polyrhythm [complex of rhythms] is a key to health, to flow. I hear the rhythms of the internal body as a kind of orchestra. It doesn’t all play in the same time or tone. I tune into this orchestra and try [...]

searching the invisible…

By | 2017-10-19T18:10:12+00:00 November 1st, 2013|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism|

The role of the shaman has always been to cross the border into the realm of the not-yet-know and bring it back into cognition. Along the way, the shaman may encounter cultural or emotional taboos. It is one reason why the healer exists—to cross the border, retrieve missing information, find links, act as guide. [...]

new (old) perspectives on the world

By | 2017-10-26T18:58:03+00:00 October 31st, 2013|bodysongs, clinical practice, homepage, philosophy & ethics, shamanism|

One day, in clinic, someone came to see me whose tract of land was poisoned, and by reading the “map” of her land from the energy in her body, I was able to help her plan strategies to cleanse the water and soil. To a scientist, this might sound spurious, but I tell you: [...]

approaching the condition of joy

By | 2018-06-15T02:54:19+00:00 October 25th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

APPROACHING THE CONDITION OF JOY Spinoza, whose philosophy of being-in-the-world includes concepts of joy and sorrow which contribute to or detract from our quality of engagement in the world-- outlines two types of joy which are useful to consider. One type is partial, and the other is more of an overarching condition which has [...]

“soft time”

By | 2018-06-15T03:16:54+00:00 October 24th, 2013|bodysongs, homepage, philosophy & ethics|

Working with Soft TimeTime is an exercise in relativity. One moment is dinner in New York, but breakfast in Australia. We live on one globe, but in many segments of time. Our bodies, too, whilst being present, are also forward and back in time. We anticipate, and we re-member; we look ahead, and back. In [...]