Prima Materia

Prima materia: the common, elemental substance or “first matter,” “found in filth,” the “orphan” sought by the alchemists in their attempt to create the Philosopher’s Stone. The original “chaos” or “sea” that constitutes all matter. Alchemist Gerhard Dorn saw it as a substance within man: “Transform yourselves into living philosophical stones!” Jung interpreted the prima […]

Some Thoughts on Traumatic Discharge and Release

As I delve into learning more about trauma and PTSD, I am learning how the best of intentions can lead a person astray in a regressing or damaging way.  Working through trauma, trauma release, or PTSD, is very scary and exhausting for the person suffering. Everything feels like it is out of control: the mind, […]

After Resistance, the Release: 12 Ways to Support Yourself

In the last post, I discussed what happens to the person (body-mind-soul system) who is in a state of unreleased trauma and shock.  When these walls are broken down, we may be left in a delicate state for a while.  I am not a therapist, or an expert in this type of work, but I […]

Resistance: Cycles Created from Trauma and Shock

Last week I mentioned that if we are unable to filter an experience in a way that is healthy for our individual needs and psyche, we get into a state of resistance and set forth a cycle of disruption that creates imbalances elsewhere in our bodies, minds and souls, thus preventing the potential for a […]

The TCM Five Elements (A Very Brief Overview)

  Ah, the TCM Five Elements. Where would I be without them?  When I first started learning TCM and the Five Elements, a light bulb went off in my head.  It is time I give you a very brief review of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Elements and their paired Organs. This is by no […]

Filters, Resistance and Quaternity

Lately I’ve been thinking about how we filter our lives, what we take in and digest, what we let go, what we resist, and the images that define us.  My hope is to explore, without purpose, ambition or goal, what comes from our experiences and how they inform our health and well-being. Quaternity is a […]