Dennis Carlyle commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Standing on the Steps then and now
"Thanks for this, Silvia. 
It's encouraging to see someone on this forum advocating direct political action.  For the most part, there seems to be a strong tendency here towards either analysis of social and psychological currents, or towards looking…"
Dec 22, 2016
klemens swib commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Standing on the Steps then and now
"Your sentiments are laudable and your heart is in the right place. Your idealism is quintessentially Christian. It is so obviously the driving force behind our civilization's effort too build the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. An enterprise which the…"
Dec 20, 2016
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.
Silvia"
Sep 13, 2016
Sue Stevenson commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Will you catch me when I fall? : Living the Symbolic Life
"What do you think is behind the "that's cultural appropriation" remarks? Is it a lack of understanding of the symbolic life? Is it a desire to protect vulnerable others that often simply ends up in some version of the outrage response that seems to…"
Jan 2, 2016
Linda AK Thompson, PhD commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Will you catch me when I fall? : Living the Symbolic Life
"What a great new year resolution...to see more deeply!"
Dec 24, 2015
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
Sue Stevenson commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Trauma, Don't Paint it Pretty
"There's comfort in here despite that stark reality.  I guess it's the shared witness of being in that space.
That painting is just gorgeous. Thank you"
Jul 1, 2015
Linda AK Thompson, PhD commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Trauma, Don't Paint it Pretty
"Thank you Silvia for your thoughtful article and I love your painting - deep, golden and mellow!                        Peace + Love Lidna"
Jun 27, 2015
Paul DeBlassie III commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Therapy in the Ether
"I love this inspired piece of revelation that highlights the importance of sensitizing ourselves to the ongoing transformation of ancient practice."
Mar 25, 2015
Joey Bortnick commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Therapy in the Ether
"Thank ypu for this insightful connection. Good food for thought."
Mar 24, 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
klemens swib commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Freud and I
"A very interesting and informative discussion. It took me a few days to put together my thoughts on the subject. I agree with your initial reaction to Freud. Who in their right mind wouldn't huh?  The perseverance of the antiquated freudian ideas…"
Feb 18, 2015
Todd Hayen commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Freud and I
"Very nice article. Thanks for sharing. I, of course, resonate with Jung as well, but am fascinated with Freud's "mystery.""
Feb 17, 2015
Silvia Behrend commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Freud and I
"you are most welcome."
Feb 16, 2015
Ed Hannagan @insighttogether commented on Silvia Behrend's blog post Freud and I
"Thank you!*"
Feb 16, 2015
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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.

  • Hello, Silvia--

     

    I participated in a teleconference on The Red Book in February.  That is how I learned of the DPA. 

     

    :-)

     

    And you?

  • 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!!!)

    Ed

  • 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?

    Ed

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Standing on the Steps then and now

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                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

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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

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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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