Fire and Life Transformation

At the age of 8 years, a fire burned our home and many others in Santa Barbara, California. The experience significantly impacted how I see the world. Hillman (1997) says traumatic childhood events like fire are clues to understanding an individual’s character and calling in life. The following paragraphs explore a telescoping scale on two…

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Intelligent serpent dream unites opposites

Life is a beautiful mystery with infinite potential. Its changing nature is expressed in creative ways, like dream paintings, that reach past perceived limitation. The world, in 2016, is a place where ideas, from bliss to despair, circulate the globe in seconds. However paradoxically, digital communication is suspected of distancing, as opposed to connecting people.…

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Growing Down

    Hillman’s book (1997), The Soul’s Code: In Search of Character and Calling, offers an innovative perspective on childhood that he refers to as the acorn theory. By using famous peoples lives as examples, he explains how a person’s calling and character makes itself present from the start. Like an acorn that contains the…

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Love of War

Contemplating the classic pairing of love and war in mythology after hearing a lecture on Hillman book, A Terrible Love of War. The class couple is Mars and Venus or Aphrodite and Ares. I could not help but imagine mixing and matching contemporary cartoons to make couples that represent the relationship between love and war  …

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