Mind is not an exclusive possession of individuals. The consciousness of entire cultures can get uprooted and out of balance. The fact that millions believe in a lie, observed Erich Fromm, does not make that lie a truth.
I determined that my own story, with its emotionally and sexually abusive mother, and physically abusive, but bullied and mentally ill father, would be easier for readers to connect with if I wrapped it in a fairy tale.
The mission is to prepare people before their world falls apart, so they won't be surprised and fall into panic and traumatic depression. Carolyn Baker's dream is that a better society will arise as we wisely prepare for and resiliently move through a period of suffering.
For me, I admit -- even though I don't find it easy either -- that we can cope with almost anything, as long as it is grieved in company that will hold us and try to understand us, find also the parts in themselves that echo or awaken.
We all have many parts to our personalities and getting those parts to work in harmony is the essence of emotional health. Leave out certain voices and you're in for strikes, rebellions, hypocrisy, and, eventually, brutal attacks.
My dreams at night were about Destrehan and New Orleans. School friends from the 1980s were mixed together with my seminary studies, with my church, and with my family in 2005-2006. It was like time ceased to exist and everything and everybody were all stirred in together in one big kettle.
At least once or twice in life, often in childhood, most people have a dream that strikes them with unusual power and intensity, a dream so realistic and otherworldly that it burns a lasting impression into their memory.
In A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg has fashioned the thinking person's action movie. Instead of cars exploding and weapons blasting, great minds duel over the forces driving human behavior during the period that saw the burgeoning of psychoanalysis.
A Dangerous Method is a triumph. Drawn from historical fact, it's a fairly straightforward account of the turbulent triangle formed by fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and the gifted but troubled patient who came between them.
If you are not creating what you want from your life, either in your well-being, relationships, wallet or area of contribution, check where you've placed your net. That is, reconsider where you are operating from self-limiting beliefs.