Victoria BC Therapy Blog

Dreams: A Guiding Force, a Compassionate Friend

AT ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY
NEW WORKSHOP!

“The Gift of Dreaming: Transforming the Mundane into the Sacred”
with Dr. Corrinne Allyson,  Jungian Therapist,  Victoria, BC

Date: Sun, Jan 29 & Feb 5, 2012
Times: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $155 + applicable taxes

To register:  Click here to go to Royal Roads registration

Dreams can be better than the movies and more real than virtual reality.   Dreams can be more frightening than a Stephen King movie, more fanciful than a Walt Disney movie and yes, even more sexy than an X-rated one.  What are dreams?  Why do we dream?  What do these strange nocturnal images mean?  And why should we care, anyway? Read more…

 

What is Enlightenment?

I spent this holiday season at Shasta Abbey in Northern California.  It’s a lovely monastery, nestled in the woods with a dynamite view of Mount Shasta in all her glory.  For me, it was a time for meditation, contemplation and reflection.

The intention of this Buddhist practice is spiritual awakening – bringing awareness and insight, or “light”, into our hearts. The practice supports me in so many ways and I’m always glad to have time to be still without distractions.

I used to think that “enlightenment” was some place I’d get to, sort of like, say, Chicago.  I’d just keep moving forward on my  journey and eventually I’d get there.  And, just like I know when I’ve arrived in Chicago, I figured I’d know when the plane landed at Enlightenment!

I can take some comfort in admitting this error because I know I’m not alone!  Many spiritual seekers believe they are going to arrive at this state we call “enlightened”.

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Christmas Stress

Judging by the clients in my therapy practice here in Victoria, Christmas can be a pretty stressful time.  Our culture puts heavy expectations on us for gift giving, family togetherness and the perfect Christmas dinner with everyone sitting happily like some Norman Rockwell painting.

There is an  “urban myth” that the Christmas season has the highest suicide rate of all the seasons.  However, studies have proven that across North America, suicide rates are actually lower at this time of year.  True, the holidays can bring up some very difficult emotions.  But, they also tend to evoke feelings of family bonds that can act as a buffer against suicidal thoughts. Read more…

 

When Meaning Makes No Sense

 

I was sitting in a small park a while back, writing in my journal when this guy comes up to me. (He’s in his 60’s, I’d say, bald and rotund, nicely dressed.  And he’s carrying a bag of garbage!)

Without even a by-your-leave, ma’am he says, “do you know the difference between sense and meaning?”

“Why don’t you tell me what you think,” I say.

“Lottsa’ things make sense,” he says “but they got no meaning.  Most things with meaning?  Well, they don’t make much sense.”  Then he put his bag of garbage in the park bin (a definite no-no in Canada) and went on his way. Read more…

 

The Guest House – Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

~ Rumi ~