In our Cartesian-oriented world, we have lost touch with anything we can measure and systematize. We have lost the instinctual and unconscious forces that continue to run the script of our culture from the background. So we don’t have the capacity to understand irrational (from a different order but orderly) processes that can take hold of many of us. We pathology everything we can’t fit in our rationalist system.
In this Ted Talk, we can see how other cultures we referred to as “uncivilized”
STRESS, OVERWHELM, and …SKYDIVING?
By Coach Kat, Mar. 3, 2023, copyright Bronwyn Katdaré 2023
Imagine this: you’re tossing and turning for most of the night, your mind racing about all of the things you have to do tomorrow and all of the things you completed today. You’re doing this while your partner snoozes away. That’s irritating – how dare your partner sleep while you’re wired and tired, staring at the ceiling!
HEARTBREAK: Understanding How Chronic Stress Breaks Your Heart
By Coach Kat (Bronwyn Katdare), February 19, 2020, copyright Bronwyn Katdaré 2020
“Stress Kills.” We’ve heard this over and over to the point where we have started to brush it off because, hey, everyone has stress, right? We’re all going to die sometime, right? Our stress and busy-ness has been elevated to a status symbol, a badge of honor showing how “important” our rushed lives are. Doctors are quick to offer a magic pill when you t
A Truce for Christmas
November 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. Within two months of its beginning, it had devolved into the stalemate we know as trench warfare. The opposing forces established a line along the Western Front extending from the English Channel to the Swiss border that would not fundamentally change for the next four years. The armies settled into a perpetual clash under the most barbaric and miserable conditions: soggy, frozen trenches, constant bomb
Best-selling fiction, theater, and film often employ plotlines that introduce us to archetypal patterns that address problems we and other people are facing. For example, many people worldwide today suffer from isolation, loneliness, alienation, and society is changing so quickly that many have difficulty thriving within cultural contexts they feel unprepared for or even resist. So it is no surprise that groups feud with one another.
Perhaps that is why people still flock to performances of Sha
John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence
If anyone's going to kill me, it should happen now. – John F. Kennedy, 1962
Assassinations, murder – and war, to – begin this way. This revolution is not just outside us in the streets and jails and detention homes and clinics, or in Texas, but is the Shadow in each of us that is trying to come out. – James Hillman, 11/22/1963
Part One: Myths
At book talks I used to ask: When did you lose your innocence? Common answers include 9
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. – It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. – Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace)
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied. – Rudyard Kipling
So if you love your Uncle Sam
Bring them home, bring them home
Support our boys in Vietnam
Bring them home, bring them home – Pete Seeger
My good sir, what are you doing? Don’t you know the armistice goes into effect at 11:00 o’clock? – German officer under a white flag, to American off
My Inner Child Made Me Do It! (Or, "Healing the Child Within")
By Coach Kat, Oct. 28, 2022, copyright Bronwyn Katdaré 2022
One day I will own my own home. I dream that it will have an extra bedroom that is not needed for any specific purpose. Not as a guest room. Not as an office. Not for storage. In this room, I will keep my sacred treasures from childhood – all of the things that made me feel good, or safe, or that I just loved. My Strawberry Shortcake sleeping bag will be on the bed. I was no
By Carol S. Pearson
“And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes—a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic c
KUNDALINI AWAKENING YOGA: The Magic That Activates Your Potential
By Coach Kat, January 25, 2022, copyright Bronwyn Katdaré 2022
I hate yoga.
This is what I told myself as I was having existential crises (aka nervous breakdowns) in college and grad school. I tried to do the yoga videos, the calming meditations, just listening to the instructor speak while I had my eyes closed. Seriously, it made me even more anxious. My body became tense and screamed out in pain. I was rejecting it on every lev
Since being vulnerable does not always come easily to many of us, it is important to have empathy for anyone who struggles with it. The internet is flooded with writings and talks on encouraging people to show vulnerability. Having trouble expressing it often gets associated with a lack of authenticity. Such judgmental interpretations can frequently trigger shame in people who don’t feel safe enough to be vulnerable due to certain socio-demographic factors. There is a misconception that expressi
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past. – George Orwell
I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are. – George H.W. Bush
Universities commonly mirror what students have already endured. Public education reverses the age-old tradition of identifying a child’s innate and unique gifts. Indigenous cultures emphasized what the Romans called educare – to identify, encourage and welcome that which t
What went before, as told by those who think they know it. – Gary Snyder
Everything comes to the reader as interpreted by the historian. Everything is seen through the medium of his personality. The facts of history when they are used to teach a moral lesson do not reach us in their entirety…but selected and arranged according to the overmastering ideal in the mind of the historian. The reader is at the historian’s mercy. – Peter Novick
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
What is Soul-Centered Coaching? (And...How to Work with Me for FREE!)
By Coach Kat, May31, 2022, copyright Bronwyn Katdaré 2022
Drawing from Jungian, Depth, Transpersonal, and Archetypal psychologies, as well as many wisdom traditions, Soul-Centered Coaching provides a robust experience for those wishing to expand their process of personal growth.
Different from other forms of coaching or psychotherapy, Soul-Centered Coaching is not driven by goals; rather, the sessions begin by using a techniq
I love to track what is going on in the inner life of people around me by reading best-selling fiction with an attention to archetypal patterns. When a colleague told me to check out the All Souls Trilogy by a notable historian, Deborah Harkness, I was intrigued. The heroine of these books is Diana Bishop, an academic (Sage), hiding the fact that she is a witch, but just studying alchemy, not practicing it. Then she falls in love with Mathew Clairmont, a researcher (Sage) who is studying the DN
Introduction: Branding ideally is integrated into organizational development activities. A brand archetype held too rigidly can throw a social system out of balance. The solution is to reinforce a complementary archetype, one already active in the organizational culture. Compelling situations can obscure both. The enmity between our political parties has constellated a war story (the culture war). Once a war story gets constellated, our brains notice events that reinforce our passion for our s