Monthly Archives: February 2016

Archetype of Illness III-The Invalid

The invalid is another common figure. With no expectation of cure, he lives with few needs and believes that he makes minimal claims on others. The invalid is content to see the skull beneath the skin. The intimations of his … Continue reading

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Archetype of Illness II-The Victim

For the victim, the experience of chronic illness is one of total catastrophe. The losses and suffering are so overwhelming that more than one’s identity is at risk. The self or “I” that is able to reflect upon or construct … Continue reading

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Relatedness

One game I like to play that illustrates in a small way our connection with others not only in space but also time is to count the touches between myself and a figure in the arts, history, or science and … Continue reading

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“Twice-Born”–The suffering was calling me down into it…

In 1998, Sheila received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Below is another excerpt from her powerful thesis, “In Sickness and In Health: The Impact of Chronic Illness on the Well … Continue reading

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Gravity, time, space, and me!

Whoa! Friday the papers were filled with news of one of the greatest events in astrophysics. We heard for the first time the sound of gravitational waves, a quick rising blip ending at middle C.  Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWqhUANNFXw&feature=youtu.be It … Continue reading

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A Note on Pain

I’ve not had a headache since 1975 when i was a substitute teacher for one day at Marblehead High School. I don’t say that to brag, but as an opening to discuss some of the realities of facing and living … Continue reading

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The family is the unit of illness because it is the unit of living

After a very difficult few months of caring for Bodhi and me (with several infections) as well as maintaining her practice, our household, and her roles as nana, wife, and friend, let Sheila’s own voice from her 1998 Pacifica Graduate … Continue reading

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No Good Choice

In the 1990’s I was a special student at Harvard Divinity School. My interest was moral philosophy, sparked by the kind of situations I encountered in my therapy practice. There were occasions, custody issues, for example, where I was asked … Continue reading

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