Archive for October, 2004

Kilgour Trout Suicides

October 22, 2004

Requiem for a Dreamer — In These Times

kilgour

Kurt Vonnetut & Trout have a last conversation… Plenty of lines like these that add up to insight about the wisdom of voting.

TROUT: Try this: The First World War was caused by the second one. Otherwise the first one makes no sense, wasn’t about anything. And all Picasso had to do was paint pictures that were already hanging in museums in the future.

KV: OK.

Horses as Therapists

October 21, 2004

Equestrian Quest!

The philosophy here is very familiar! Kate thinks like this, and it is lovely to see such a kindred establishment. The ethos here is excellent & wll expressed.

Horses as Therapists
Journey to wholeness through horses.

Tasha

Horses As Therapists (HAT) is a psychotherapy program facilitated by Guil Dudley, Ph.D., a Jungian analyst and Director of Equestrian Quest. Because of the size, nobility, and archetypal power of the horse, the interface between horse and client often brings breakthroughs more quickly than in traditional talk therapy. Whether the horse elicits projections of fear, acceptance, strength or vulnerability, these feelings usually are intense enough for the work to go straight to the core issues. Precisely how and why this happens is ultimately a mystery, according to Guil and other therapists who work with horses.

Cyberselfish Review

October 19, 2004

Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech by Paulina Borsook amazon

A post in my blog had link rot – found some more:

SARAH HEPOLA:

With all her warnings about a future run by what she terms “technolibertarians,” Borsook’s book might as well have been called “cybercynical.”

Jon Lebkowsky Whole Earth:

She expressed her perspective on various technolibertarian camps and fascinations including bionomics, cypherpunks, Wired Magazine, and the lack of charitable contributions by the nouveau riche of the cyberculture. Having been there for some of the cybercultural evolution, I found areas where I disagree. (For instance, I think she overstates the impact and influence of the cypherpunks.) But this is an important book, a perspective you won’t find elsewhere in the writings and rants of or about the digerati of the early technoculture era that shaped today’s Internet. And Borsook’s adrenaline prose always makes for a great read.

Home in the Dark

October 19, 2004

Coming Home in the Dark – Christchurch Art Gallery – Exhibitions Archive 2004

I am looking forward to going to this exhibition. I live & breathe this underbelly. That is a psychotherapist’s job I guess. My pespective is more depressing than that though. I am a vegitarian in a land dominated by the economics of meat production, and when I see the green hills I see destruction of the original forest plus the destruction of animals and the destruction of our waterways. Hard to enjoy the coutryside. There must be something wrong with me when I feel like this in paradise.

Lurking behind the South Island’s legendary picture-postcard views and the stoic jaw of the Southern Man is a dark side – a gothic underbelly of paranoia, alienation, and unease. This quality, evident in the work of some of New Zealand’s most talented artists and writers, is explored in a new exhibition, inspired by and named after one of Owen Marshall’s most sinister short stories. Coming Home in the Dark taps the shadowy vein running through the work of fourteen artists with a connection to the Mainland: Leo Bensemann, Barry Cleavin, Bing Dawe, Margaret Dawson, Tony de Lautour, Tony Fomison, Jason Greig, Bill Hammond, Colin McCahon, Trevor Moffitt, Bruce Russell, Ann Shelton, Ronnie van Hout and Dean Venrooy.

painting

Been working hard on Kates new blog

October 18, 2004

Kate Tapley Horse Treks Ltd.:

Welcome to all who have joined us here at the weblog. As Walter has said this is an interactive medium for us to connect up in. It also give easy access to our websites, and to each other.

I would like to share with you all my recent experience the horse trekking is giving to me. I seem propelled by my love of the horse/human relationship along a growing edge. This has taken me into a new place where my work trek guiding, and serving the staff is giving me more and more fullness in my own life. I am less stressed, more rested, feel very supported by everyone and I do not feel alone. I seem presented by opportunity after opportunity to love more of what I do, what I see in others, and what is possible.

Bloom Quote in my thesis

October 17, 2004

I am writing a paper about science and psychotherapy. This weblog is just full of references I want ! That is the whole idea of course. Here is one that poped up after a Google search, out of my own thesis: THE GROUP AND ITS PROTAGONIST

Between the sensory and the intellectual world, sages have always experienced an intermediate realm, one akin to what we call the imaginings of poets. If you are a religious believer, whether normative or heterodox, this middle world is perceived as the presence of the divine in our every day world. If you are more skeptical, such presence is primarily aesthetic or perhaps a kind of perspectivism.

Harold Bloom, Omens of the Millennium 1996.

Connie Zweig

October 17, 2004

Insight & Outlook – An Interview with Connie Zweig

Scott London: Of all the metaphors that have been used to illustrate the shadow in recent years, my favorite is Robert Bly’s image of the big bag that we drag behind us.

Connie Zweig: Yes, he said that we spend the first half of our lives putting everything into the bag and the second half pulling it out.

London: What did Carl Jung have in mind when he formulated this idea?

Zweig: He believed that everything that is in our conscious awareness is in the light. But everything of substance which stands in the light — whether it’s a tree or an idea — also casts a shadow. And that which stands in the darkness is outside of our awareness.

Insight & Outlook aired on National Public Radio

October 17, 2004

Scott London’s Interviews
Ages ago I posted about to this interview with James Hillman. There are many more delights where that came from. Scott London has interviewed some great people, Howard Rheingold, Connie Swieg… and there are also links to audio, streaming only unfortunatly. So what is all this? Strange how we see just a fragment on the net. All became clear when I clicked Home and discovered it is a PBA radio program:

The radio series Insight & Outlook ceased production in 1999 after almost five years on the American airwaves. Hosted by Scott London, the weekly cultural affairs program offered a trenchant look at the ideas and trends shaping our future. It also spotlighted provocative social thinkers and visionaries — men and women charting new directions in science, education, technology, health, psychology and other fields.

The program featured some of the most outstanding minds of our time — people like James Hillman, Neil Postman, Marion Woodman,Robert Thurman, Vandana Shiva, Huston Smith, Riane Eisler, Robert Coles, Sam Keen, and Warren Bennis.

Insight & Outlook has been called “one of the most refreshing interview programs available on public radio” and “a thought-provoking and enlightening contribution to the airwaves.” “More than any other single source of information,” one critic observed, Insight and Outlook “defines a certain humanistic slice of our intellectual zeitgeist, and most probably, the zeitgeist of the coming decade.”

Insight & Outlook aired on National Public Radio stations across the United States and on Radio For Peace International. The series was produced at KCBX in San Luis Obispo, California.

Stanley Richards on boundaries!

October 17, 2004

Magic Circle

Why is it so inadvisable to have two people from the same family as your individual clients in psychotherapy? This person ‘X’ comes along who is the mother/daughter/father/son/brother etc of your existing client ‘A’. Everything in your training tells you not to take on this new client ‘X’ because it will contaminate your relationship with your existing client ‘A’. Of course, we are not rule-bound robots and situational ethics have a place – but one is alert and wary!

This magic circle idea, or crucible is very important in my work. Yet at this moment I am thinking of breaking such a container (not exactly drasticall by doing therapy, but by having some familiy discussions to hold it.) Where does that fit in? In this context this item is worth looking at again.

Leaf, prevented from leafing

October 17, 2004

NetFuture #153

Steve Talbot on the limits of predictability. I am quoting this passage, about an experiment on a leaf in a vacuum chamber, because it is similar about how experimentation on psychotherapy leads to “therapy, prevented from being therapeutic”.

It’s a remarkable achievement, but it comes at a cost. What appeals about the evacuated chamber is that it makes the entire event appear to be almost nothing but a predictable manifestation of the law of gravity. This is what the apparatus has been designed to do. But it achieves this by putting the leaf largely out of sight. It removes the leaf from its natural context and excludes from view most of what we would normally expect to see as leafy behavior. The leaf, you could say, must be prevented from leafing in order to show off just a single aspect of the lawfulness it always respects. We highlight the single aspect by training ourselves to ignore what it is an aspect of.

Poem – The Journey – Mary Oliver

October 11, 2004

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.

Mary Oliver.        

http://www.english.uiuc.edu

Walter’s Weblog – Tools Category

October 9, 2004

Tools

A new pseudo Category section of this weblog. Gadget talk, software, woosh, Palms.

The most important election of our lifetime – spot the difference quiz game!

October 9, 2004

Got this from Josh, thanks Josh it looks great!

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The Most Important Election of our Lifetime
~ Spot the Difference Quiz Game! ~

http://www.theyrule.net/mostimportantelection

It is common knowledge that this is ‘the most important election
ever’ – but can you tell the
difference between the two main candidates?

This quiz is intended to question just how significant the
difference between Bush and Kerry really
is. I hope that people find it provocative as well as
thoughtful. Please follow the link at the end
of the quiz for some more serious examinations of the question.

I sent this to a bunch of people whom I haven’t spoken to in a
while – hi! – please use this as an
opportunity to reconnect!

Bring the Troops Home Now!

Josh On

Sociocorpus

October 6, 2004

Sociocorpus

Dan Randow’s Sociocorpus is the current amalgamation of several blogs about online groups and knowledge management. Sociocorpus is a great concept. I Googled it and it went straight to Dan’s Blog. Original! I am not sure if Dan has explained it somewhere, but I see it like this: Socius is an element in the collective psyche, as Jung might called it, or the sociometric matrix in Moreno’s language. This collective stratum consists of groups which have a life of their own more than the sum of their parts, socii. Each socius is embodied somewhere, hence corpus. And the sociocorpus has taken an evolutionary leap in the last couple of decades, it incorporates in new ways as new media evolve.

Here is a nice post Online Collaboration has Two Humps to get over… I have some comments to make & will do that Dan’s blog.

There are two barriers to be crossed before Online Collaboration can gain momentum: an “Access Hump” and a “Participation Hump”.

The Access Hump has to be crossed by each individual by learning to use a new technology, remembering the location, user name and password and rules of a new place. Some people refer to this as achieving ‘social presence’. Hand-holding works well here.

Once the Access hump is crossed, the group has to cross the Participation Hump. This occurs as people begin to contribute and others respond. The benefits emerge from the participation and the participation occurs when people expect benefits. Structured group spaces work well here.

There is a third stage in which the participation pattern becomes complex. The back-channel and links to other groups and individuals form a self-organising and wide-ranging system. Blogs work well here.

Ivan Illich

October 5, 2004

Ivan Illich (1926 – 2002)

A good site! Has an archive of a lot of items to download as well as some mp3 talks.

Whole Earth: Remembering Ivan Illich

October 5, 2004

Whole Earth: Remembering Ivan Illich

This is a wonderful page of tributes to Illich who died in Bremen, Germany on December 2, 2002. He was 76. I have been deeply influenced by Illich. His book, Deschooling Society was important to me in the early 70’s in setting up “four Avenues – School Without Walls”. At the time I sis not want to call it a school at all, but a Community Participation Project. I was persuaded for practical reasons to go with the word “school” – I do not have the absolute devotion to principle of Ivan Illich. It actually got a lot worse and was renamed “Four Avenues Alternative School” – which strangely did not bother me too much because by then that is what it had become.

What do Illich’s ideas mean for psychotherapy? I imagine the ideas would highlight the sickness of institutions that enshroud it.

I recommend this page! Worth reading & easy to read, a good intro to Illich – another valuable er, outsider. Here are some paragraphs from the section by Jerry Brown:

Among the serious thinkers I have had the privilege to meet, Ivan Illich alone embodied in his personal life as well as in his work, a radical distancing from the imperatives of modern society. From Deschooling Society (1971) to In the Vineyard of the Text (1993), he bore witness to the destructive power of modern institutions that ‘create needs faster than they can create satisfaction, and in the process of trying to meet the needs they generate, they consume the earth.’

Ivan Illich was the rarest of human beings: erudite, yet possessed of aliveness and sensitivity. He savored the ordinary pleasures of life even as he cheerfully embraced its inevitable suffering. Steeped in an authentic Catholic tradition, he observed with detachment and as a pilgrim the unforgiving allure of science and progress. With acute clarity and a sense of humor, he undermined, in all that he wrote, the uncontested certitudes of modern society.

I have some earlier Illich posts on this blog:

2002

Illich

Valuable Nuts

October 3, 2004

I love a particular brand of old nutters. Today I am thinking of David Cooper, the Marxist anti-psychiatry advocate from the seventies. I still think what he saw & stood for was spot on. But being passionate, extreme and radical does not make for a revolution. He hardly ranks on the Net, mere mentions with no real appreciation of his value. Yet he was quite profound, in an ineffective sort of way. The question remains: How to be psychologically political, can something be salvaged from ashes?

This is typical of the ashes that remain: From Psychiatry at 2000 A bird’s-eye view Henry R. Rollin

The anti-psychiatry movement

In the 1960s a new movement emerged to trouble the waters of the psychiatric establishment — psychiatry. The movement, left-wing in politics, sported an international membership including, for example, Ronald Laing and David Cooper in England; Thomas Szasz in America and Michel Foucault in France, the only one, incidentally, without psychiatric credentials. The gospel according to this group was that psychiatry was a form of social repression; that treatment was disguised punishment and, above all, that mental hospitals must be closed forthwith to avoid further damage to the patients.

The movement for a time enjoyed widespread popularity; but it died, because, in practice, the results were an unmitigated disaster, as witness David Cooper’s venture in England in 1962. “The lunatics have taken over the asylum”, was how it was aptly summarised.

A useful potted history of Anti-Psychiatry here: The free Dictionary

Carl Jung – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

October 3, 2004

Carl Jung – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jung

From the wonderful Wikipedia:

Early in Jung’s career he coined the term and described the concept of the ‘complex’. Jung claims to have discovered the concept during his word association and galvanic skin response experiments. Freud obviously took up this concept in his Oedipus complex amongst others. Jung seemed to see complexes as quite autonomous parts of psychological life. It is almost as if Jung were describing separate personalities within what is considered a single individual. But to equate Jung’s use of complexes with something along the lines of ‘multiple personality disorder’ would be to stretch the point beyond breaking.

Birth Trauma and Its Relation to Mental Illness, Suicide and Ecstasy by Stanislav Grof, M.D.

October 3, 2004

Birth Trauma and Its Relation to Mental Illness, Suicide and Ecstasy by Stanislav Grof, M.D.

foetus

For a long time I have held this COEX idea as central to the psychotherapy I do. I think of them as patterns of the psyche. It is the pattern that unites development with myth. Many myths are stages of development & many stages of development are best expressed as myth. what Groff describes here must go by many names, Complexes? Archetypal structures?

“COEX: Systems of Condensed Experience: – A COEX system is a specific memory constellation comprising in a condensed form experiences (and/or fantasies) from different life periods of the individual. Memories belonging to a particular COEX system have a similar basic theme or contain similar elements and are accompanied by a strong emotional charge of the same quality.