Marion Woodman and the Feminine Principle

One of my favorite Jungian analysts and writers is Marion Woodman.  I have watched videos, read most of her books, and always enjoy what she has to say.  She wrote this article, published in O, The Oprah Magazine, which I hope you will read and enjoy.  She speaks to ideas that I hold to be true.  Thanks to Lindsay James for sharing the article.  I pass it along to my readers:

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MIRRORING, VALIDATING, EMPATHIZING

In 1988 I read the book, “Getting The Love You Want” by Harville Hendrix. The book inspired me to train with the Imago Institute and became a clinical member of the Imago organization. I held many couples weekend workshops in Corpus Christi, TX. Imago Therapy was the very best I found for my work with couples in my 30 plus years as a marriage and family therapist. The most important part of Imago work was in a process created by Hendrix. He called it the Couples Dialogue. It consists of three parts:

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COUPLES NIGHT OUT-Four Dates a Year

In 1981, Paul and I created a program for couples, using the “positive approach to human relationships”. This was a program of enrichment and enhancement, based on the activities we had found enjoyable in our own relationship. We also wanted to emphasize the positive elements and strengths within relationships rather than digging up or searching out the pain and weaknesses.

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How Was Your Day?

When someone asks me about my day, I get a thrill.  Same in reverse.  When I ask someone about their day, I get a thrill.  So, if I like to be thrilled, then I can reach out, touch someone, and together we can create something optimistic or pessimistic.  I really enjoy the answers to my questions.  Each person is so different, so unique, and represents a story in action.  Each holds unlimited possibilities.  Each one of us was generated by an energy field that knows only possibilities.  So, whatever I perceive, it becomes my reality.  When I engage with someone on a one to one basis, I can be interested, enthusiastic, and friendly. They can, too.  One person can make a huge difference.

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