Temet Nosce

Piecing together the puzzle of mythology and the human condition

Posts Tagged “coping strategies”

I Went To Your Funeral Today: An Extrospection on Suicide (and a True Story)

Posted on June 9th, 2015 by Emmu Matson

I went to your funeral today. Everyone was there. Your mother, your sister, your brother. Your cousins, and aunts and uncles. Your nieces and nephews, running around in their brightly colored clothing, looking out of place among the black and dim hues, playing on their game systems and making round trips to the refreshment tables. […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Part 2: This Looks Like a Job For…Someone Else!

Posted on May 15th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

“Whether ’tis Nobler in the minde to suffer The Slings and Arrowes of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Armes against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?” — Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1 Growing up the middle child in a dysfunctional family gave me two intense compulsions to carry on into adulthood: 1) to always try to […]

Your Hate Has Made You Powerful

Posted on April 29th, 2014 by Shauna Aura Knight

There’s a quote from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi that has nagged at me for years. In my 20’s, it was an inspiring quote that brought a lot of energy to me when the chips were down and I was fighting the good fight. After I did a lot of feminist leadership training, I […]

My Long Alchemical Engagement: Part 1: Digging In the Dirt

Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Thomas Ryan

Certain Masonic lodges include a preliminary mini-ritual preceding the initiation of an Entered Apprentice. In it, the candidate is seated at a desk in a small room called a Chamber of Reflection, an allegorical representation of an ancient initiatory cave. He is instructed to solemnly contemplate certain things of importance relating to the degrees which […]

Overcoming the Old Wound: The Hero’s Final Test

Posted on October 1st, 2013 by Shauna Aura Knight

The hero is always wounded. The hero has always sustained some traumatic damage in their past that ultimately leads to their final victory. In fact, the hero ultimately cannot overcome the final test without their wounding. It’s called the Sacred Wound when heroes heal enough to take strength from what he has learned. They succeed in […]

What Is Unseen

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Thomas Ryan

“What is seen is transitory; what is unseen is eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:18 “Fear is the mindkiller. Fear is the little death.” — Frank Herbert, Dune Life is presented to us through the five senses. What we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch are communicated from body to mind, the mind processes the […]