Silvia Behrend commented on Bonnie Bright's event Exclusive 2-Hour LiveStream Event: "Entering the Grand Swirl: Realizing the Archetypal Nature of Life" with Michael Conforti
"I will also love to listen to the recording as I will be unable to attend 'live'.  Thanks for doing this.  What a gift to the entire community.
Sep 13, 2016
Silvia Behrend posted an event

Sep 18, 2015 at 11:00am to Sep 20, 2015 at 5:00am

Olympia, Washington

Jul 22, 2015
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Trauma, Don't Paint it Pretty
"exactly.  to sit with the stark reality without denial is the healing.  I am so glad you liked the painting.  it is still in progress"
Jul 1, 2015
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Freud and I
"Thank you for the thoughtful reply, I have no doubt of the truth of your statements, especially the end, where we end up where we first began!  I hope what came across was not a wholesale embrace of Freudian theory, but a respect for what is there…"
Feb 18, 2015
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Freud and I
"you are most welcome."
Feb 16, 2015
Silvia Behrend commented on Mara Schaeffer's blog post Dealing with Resistance to Dream Work
"Thank you for a warmly personal and universally accurate rendering of the work of our lives, to become conscious and whole, which means, as you so beautifully expressed, that we submit our egos to the Dream Maker/Psyche/God. "
Feb 13, 2015
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Hope, not Hell: Musings on Therapy
"It's true, how we all end up here. Birds of a feather but of so many different configurations, patterns and colors."
Jan 21, 2015
"Happy belated birthday!  May you continue to shine brightly and lead the way!!!!
much love
Jan 6, 2015
Silvia Behrend posted an event

Oct 29, 2014 to Oct 30, 2014

Free online webinar on the Language of Dreams

Aug 10, 2014
Silvia Behrend left a comment for Lucille Bosco
"Dear Lucille, again my apologies for the techonological snafu.  I spoke to the adminstrator who is just as flummoxed as me as to why no one was able to get on.  the session was recorded and the last two sessions will be available.  Again, my…"
Aug 9, 2014
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's event The Eternal Stories in the Dreamscapes (webinar)
"Thank you for your gracious understanding.  And the two year seems more apt to me too! "
Aug 7, 2014
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's event The Eternal Stories in the Dreamscapes (webinar)
"I am sorry you were not able to get on, but it did take place and is recorded.  I don't think you did anything wrong, the problem was more than likely with the platform not showing the administrator that you were waiting to be let in.  I am always…"
Aug 7, 2014
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's event The Eternal Stories in the Dreamscapes (webinar)
"I am so sorry about the confusion of time, the webinar is from 9 am Pacific time to 10:30.  I look forward to your participation!"
Aug 1, 2014
Silvia Behrend posted an event

Aug 7, 2014 from 2:00am to 3:30am

online - Time listed is PDT

Jul 30, 2014
Silvia Behrend commented on Patricia Damery's blog post Why I Believe in Santa Claus
"SAnta brings us into the archetypal field itself.  It is like watching a parade and a thousand motorcyles come roaring through town (this happens in Olympia once a year for the Santa toy run) and all of a sudden we are IN it.  thank you"
Dec 19, 2013
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Leaving Las Vegas
"Thanks for the response! It is exactly what I meant."
May 23, 2013

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  • Education Institution

    I was not able to tune in when the last Dream webinar was aired. When will  it be archived and will I be able to access it? I was so anticipating listening to the last segment. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the other two sessions! I have been presenting some new dream classes locally. I, also, studied dreams at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I am honing my skills to then become a personal Dream Therapist.

  • Ordained Christian though interfaith in practice after several years as an academic and sometime devotional Buddhist. As a spiritual director, I am open to all types and levels. Studied in Israel for several months, basically the place of geography in theology (not realizing I would revisit such thinking when I got involved in depth psychology). Still have cravings for lox and cream cheese on a bagel with capers!!! (Actualy, its time for me to go to lunch!!!)


  • Welcome Silvia,

    I'm also a clergy-type person working with soul on different "fronts." I believe you will find others who share your interests and curiosities within the Alliance. Just out of my own curiosity, which faith tradition do you serve?


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Standing on the Steps then and now


                Almost four years ago, I walked up the Capitol steps in freezing rain to join other clergy and officiants to perform the first legally sanctioned same-sex weddings in Washington State.  Those of us who could legally perform a ceremony were invited to donate our services to any who chose to get married under, near, or around the Christmas tree in the Rotunda.  Robed…

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What shoes to wear now?

Say that you are going to a party, or going to the mall, or to visit your old aunt who is failing.   Say that you are going to a new place, somewhere you have never been before and you don’t know what to wear.  You put on the usual dress, the one you’ve worn so many times, perhaps it is beginning to fray a little, but never mind.  What shoes will you wear this time?

You look at all the shoes you have collected over the past ten years.  You know, the black work high heels, the…

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The Passionate Feminine



For over thirty-six years, we have gathered to celebrate the Passover, a re-telling of the Hebrew peoples’ crossing the desert into the Promised Land of milk and honey.  We read the Haggadah, we drink the wine, pass the matzo, flick the plagues off our fingers like an Italian curse gesture.  We sing Dayenu, the song that voices the wonder of any small act to be sufficient for knowing God’s abundant love and grace to us, the people who follow the law.  The youngest…

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     “Will you catch me when I fall?”  Those are the words of a refrain from a Danish song by the group Danser med Drenge (Dancing with Boys).  The image helped me recall the old trust games used in group-building back in the day.  Someone stood in the center of a group, crossed their arms across their chests and closed…

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Freud and I


This is a public confession  -  since my undergraduate days when I first had to read Society and its Discontents, I gave Freud a big pass.  What I learned about his theory through a liberal education was enough for me to dismiss him.  His theories about everything being about sex, repressed sex, expressed sex, delayed sex, women envying men, all about the phallus, turned me off.  I…

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Hope, not Hell: Musings on Therapy


When I was actively serving in the ministry, I leaned more to the Universalist side of Unitarian Universalism. Theologically, I was more drawn to the idea that Love overruled Thought, that universal salvation, the belief that no one is condemned to hell is better than some going and some not. It seemed a more humane position to take on the human condition. Mistakes could be made,…

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