“In the poetic tradition the imagination is understood in very specific ways. Normally in everyday life we would use the word imagination to describe the ability to think up new things. Many poets would say that the ability to think up new things is a secondary faculty of the imagination…
“Not in innocence, and not in Asia, was humanity born. The home of our ancestors was that African highland reaching north from the Cape to the Lakes of the Nile. Here we came about — slowly, ever so slowly — on a sky-swept savannah glowing with menace.
In neither bankruptcy…
What would it really mean to trace our capacity as spontaneously expressive and representational creatures — as symbolic creatures — back through time in order to understand ourselves and the world more deeply? How could such an exploratory process be conducted?
What would it mean to make such a process…
What is the relationship between stories and life? How do the universal phenomena of stories and storytelling describe and drive the pattern of wholeness that we experience as human beings in communion with each other and the world? How do they mirror and reflect the mystery and burden of the…
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
A cross is an instrument of torture and execution — a witness to, and revelation of, the danger, vulnerability, betrayal, tyranny, and finitude that are inescapable aspects of human existence.
The clouds pass.
Thunder fills the air
and the rain does its work
and all individual beings
flow into their forms.
A blade of grass
pushes against an obstacle
as it sprouts out of the earth.
The meeting of heaven and earth
is beset with difficulties
This is a guided visionary exercise adapted from Violet Oaklander that can be used with young children, teenagers, adults, or people of any age, in order to evoke emotionally-charged images that call for a conscious developmental response of recognition, integration, and growth.
It’s meant to be read, presented, and experienced…
This is a sketch of one of Violet Oaklander’s working psycotherapeutic models, taken from Windows to Our Children.
“Specific techniques for helping children express feelings through the use of drawing, painting, and other image work are endless. Regardless of what the child and I choose to do at any session…