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Dr. Cara Barker
Dr. Cara Barker is an author, artist, Nurse Practitioner, and Jungian Analyst. Well known in the Transformational Leadership industry over thirty five years, Barker has been not only a popular keynote speaker here and abroad, but has coached over 100,000. Cara Barker is well known as a dedicated pioneer in the realm of practical spiritual development with particular emphasis on the Sacred Feminine, as it expresses itself through the doorway of creative mastery. Hers is a Creation-centered Spiritual practice. Throughout her work with adults and children, her emphasis is working with our strengths to evolve into the Original Blessing that is our nature.

Maintaining a private practice, and working studio for inter-generational clients, she has mentored not only Fortune 500 leaders, but children, teens and adults from all walks of life. Dr. Barker is an adjunct professor at Seattle University Psychology department, and has lectured at the Universities of Washington, Oregon, California, Maryland, Colorado, Arizona, as well as Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, the C.G. Jung Institute, the New York Training Institute, and American University, as well as key-noting numerous conferences. There and elsewhere, Cara is devoted to working with leaders to bring forth their unlived lives in ways that transform their world. Her emphasis is on tapping into the source of internal leadership, and bringing this into concrete expression that awakens contribution within individuals and organizations.

Trained as an analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland, Barker explored the role of symbolism in highly successful individuals who experience what she has coined, “world weariness.” Her ten-year published study, World Weary Woman: Her Wound and Transformation, examines the profound effect of trauma and loss upon achievement-driven women who found creative activity essential for survival. Since its publication, the work has prompted spontaneous study groups, as well as speaking invitations form Taiwan, China, Japan, Africa, Europe, and across North America. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Barker’s discussions of the plight and redemption of world weary men and women of all ages led to her published essays, “Where Do I Go From Here? and “Living on the Edge.” Her work has also been featured in Portrait of the Artist as Poet, as well as periodicals such as Noetic Sciences. Additionally, audio publications include “Grieving the Loss of Your Child,” “Reclaiming Your Feminine Authority.” She was featured, as well, in the forthcoming D.V.D. entitled “Sophia’s Song,” as well as the recently released feature: “The ANSWER.” Her work Sacred Space, Sacred Time is forthcoming. Cara Barker’s intermodal art has been highlighted in shows nationally and abroad. It has been described as nothing short of luminary.

Educated in the fields of speech, healthcare, clinical psychology, and expressive arts at the University of Washington, University of California, and Union, Cara is appreciative of the interface of mind, body, and spirit. She served in a special U.S. Army nursing program during Viet Nam, where her devotion to mind-body-spirit transformation was catalyzed. From her capacity to integrate these fields in a uniquely personal way, Barker has been credited with the redemption of suffering in untold numbers of people and organizations.

Entries by Dr. Cara Barker

Finding the Flow That Makes Your Heart Sing

(90) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 12:01 PM

In my last blog on The Huffington Post, I received numerous private emails from readers who were interested in the statement by Elia Wise, which seems to beg for elaboration between you and me. For those who did not read it, she wrote the following: "Your embrace of life, your...

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Why What You Love May Be More Important Than You Think

(201) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 10:23 AM

Dropping her handbag and jacket onto the floor, Ginger slumped wearily into my office's comfy chair. "I know we are officially in autumn, now, and colder weather. I know Washington is up to its political craziness. But this is not what's getting to me," she sighed. "Actually, I love the...

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Catalyzing Connection With the Love of Life

(167) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 10:52 AM

There she stood. Strands of blond hair flying in the summer breeze, arms outstretched to the heavens, a symphony of giggles, a dance of delight. Beside the sparking water, she claps her tiny pink hands as each successive wave arrives, and kisses the shoreline. A vision of pure love of...

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The Power and Beauty of Patience

(194) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 10:42 AM

With plenty of time to spare, you signal left to the guy behind you so he might let you merge. Instead, he speeds up, cuts you off, as do the next three cars behind his red BMW convertible. Good thing your windows are closed. He might not be so very...

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Notes From the Creative Underground

(333) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Astonishing. That's what you are: astonishing. You are everywhere, always with me, wherever this path unfolds. Maybe your form today is the one who sits beside me on the bus, or the 17-year-old rapper on the street corner in front of the 7-Eleven. Could be you are the grandma on...

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Cultivating Self-Affection During Tricky Times

(455) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Fragrant scents of cherry blossoms and pink dogwood fill the air alongside the lake. Each of the flowering releases a gentle rain of perfumed petals to those of us in wonder, down below. Spring, in all her glory, dares the frosty air. Do we? Do we dare to shake off...

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Creative Living, Enriched Loving

(200) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Look around you. Nothing surrounds you, which was not first imagined. Before the computer or phone came into your life, someone's creative imagination had to first fire up and move into action. Let's move to a more vital situation. Perhaps you are standing watch over a loved one in critical...

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The World's Most Powerful Creative Act: Begin Again!

(373) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 9:32 AM

What flows through us, the invisible substance animating our very life, knows no limitation, no immoveable object, and no defeat. Ask the daffodil bulb in the cold of winter, greeting the early March sun. Despite harsh, stormy weather, she, in all her gold and green glory, comes again. Arising through...

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Rekindling the Joy of Valentine's Day

(179) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 10:21 AM

What desire prompts the child to push that red construction paper Valentine into that little envelope this time of year? What hope lives in the heart of every youngster trotting off to school on Feb. 14? Could it be the same thing that rekindles yearning in the majority of Americans...

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Incubating Winter's Dreams for Creative Restoration

(174) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Now is our time, as in no other season, to cultivate affection for the heartfelt, natural dreams within us each. May we support one another to do so, as, what I call "friends of the work." While politicians do what politicians do, may we find our way, instead, into the...

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Who Do You Think You Are? A 2013 Guide From Soul

(507) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 9:30 AM

It may not look like it, but this moment is the most powerful time to shift your story. This month, the planet celebrates a new beginning. Summing up the past, we're given the opportunity to witness who we really are beneath the charade, writing a fresh, preferred chapter. Perhaps I...

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Celebrating Life in the Midst of Tragic, Violent Loss: A Creative Guide to Healing

(300) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:40 AM

How do you celebrate the holidays in the wake of a national tragedy? How do you find life in the midst of carnage too horrible to imagine? While the governor of Connecticut suggested that his state would "get through" the killing spree, which took the lives of 20 small children...

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Really Coming Home for the Holidays: 3 Rituals to Help

(269) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 11:44 PM

There is no season that pulls our heartstrings home more poignantly than the one upon us. Memories of other holidays return when least expected, some good, some not so good. Maybe we celebrate the holiday, maybe we don't, but it is impossible not to feel that special something pregnant with...

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Launching the Holidays in Creative Ways That Restore Meaning, Rest and Laughter

(337) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 7:00 AM

Hear the call, "Runners, to your starting gates"? Shoppers are shopping, bells are ringing for donations, children are lining up to sit on Santa's lap to whisper into his ear. Ready or not, the holidays are on our heels. But what if all our best intentions end up leaving us...

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Bringing Love Alive During Holidays Challenged by Absence and Loss: 5 Steps

(233) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:30 PM

The great mystic Meister Eckhart, has said: "If the only prayer you say in your entire life is 'Thank you,' that would suffice." But what if who and what you wish to thank is not here this holiday season? What if you are left to face some form of empty...

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From Womb to Tomb and Beyond

(177) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Look around you. Sooner or later, either you will find them, or they will "out" you. They are everywhere. It doesn't take Halloween to stir up our ghosts, particularly those ancestral creative spirits that have been with our people throughout time.

Some of you have met them in your...

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Creating Out of Nothing: Back to Basics

(272) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 12:22 AM

Enough, already, with the excuses. I hear them every day, and suspect you've heard or said them yourself. They go like this: "I can't carry a tune." "I can't draw a straight line." "I've never been artistic, creative." "My brother/sister has the talent, not me." The problem is not that...

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Finding Your Soul's Bearings on New Frontier: Creative Learning

(350) Comments | Posted September 19, 2012 | 12:30 AM

Welch poet David Whyte has written: "There's nowhere to go but home." This yearning to "go home" is universal. We search for that atmosphere in which we find welcome, belonging, connection, nourishment. We crave conditions that tell us we are seen, heard, held in positive regard. We want to know...

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When Hope Is Under Attack: Finding Guidance From Soul's Beauty

(244) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 8:30 AM

I AM, therefore I create. We create our own reality. Good, bad, beautiful, ugly -- we bring forward what we believe ourselves to be.

Those who believe they not artists might be interested to know that the artist does not create for the audience. As the great composer Aaron...

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Firing Up Your Creative Spirit to Soar: 5 Tactics From the Greats

(215) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:59 AM

Why is it that some seem clear on their mission whereas most are not? How fortunate are those who seem to have known from the "get go" just what they were "purposed for," as the saying goes these days! Ever wish you were one of them?

The Swiss psychiatrist...

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