All Seishindo Community Articles A~Z

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  • An Unexpected Gift

    By William Spencer. Last summer, as a 50th birthday gift to myself, I decided to retrace the first part of a bicycle journey I made 28 years ago. That original journey had taken me overland from England through Europe and the Middle East to India. I’ve often contemplated the life-changing experiences from that time, and how ...

  • Educating the Will

    By Peter Shepherd. When you get a picture in your mind’s eye, like for example a green camel (there, you pictured it, didn’t you!), it may seem quite ethereal and lacking substance, drowned out by your normal perception. But this inner universe is just as ‘actual’ as the physical world we live in, it is the ...

  • Emptiness and the Relational-self

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Bachelor points out that as shul, emptiness can be compared to the impression of something that used to be there. Thus emptiness might be thought of as impressions formed by the indentations, hollows, marks, and scars left by the turbulence of selfish craving. When the turmoil subsides, we experience tranquility, relief, ...

  • Foundations: The Ericksonian Legacy and Self-relations Psychotherapy

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Do you want to learn the sciences with ease? Begin by learning your own language. Etienne Condillac (1947: 216-217) Although self-relations draws upon key ideas and practices from Carl Jung, Buddhism and various mind/body traditions, the influence of Milton H. Erickson. on the theory and practice of self-relations is undeniable. This article explores the ...

  • Getting Ready for the New Year

    Life may be unpredictable, but it also finds a way to bring destiny to our doorsteps, provided we do our part to make things happen.

  • Growing Up With Music

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My dad was a composer and music teacher and my mother a singer. My dad would rise around 5:00 a.m. every morning to sit at the piano for two to three hours working on his latest ...

  • Liminal Spaces and Transformation

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I woke up this morning with my mind buzzing with some loosely connected images that I think are related to questions about transformation and new beginnings. I had a dream in which I kept getting lost and had no reference point to help me find my way out. It was completely ...

  • Mastery, New Coding and Systemic NLP

    By Judith DeLozier. Published in NLP World, Volume 2 No. 1, March 1995 Edited by James Lawley from a presentation to The NLP Group in Paddington, London. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to be here tonight. What this group is doing here really does remind me of how NLP started in the first ...

  • Meaningful Change

    Meaningful change is not a series of steps but a subtle process underneath the surface of what seems real and concrete. A stream of tiny little shifts flowing forwards and upwards, transforming us one step, one aspect at a time.

  • Mirror Work

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I had a profoundly liberating experience recently sitting on the toilet at the B & B where my wife and I were staying during our Thanksgiving visit with my family. There is a large floor to ceiling mirror on the door immediately opposite the toilet, not more than 2 feet away ...

  • Moving Beyond Our Story

    When we learn how to turn a transitional call into a transformational opportunity, we turn our lives around for the better. We move from small to big and wake up to our true nature and potential, shifting our view of the world and the people around us.

  • On Being Present

    If we focus our attention on the present moment, we can experience some distance from our feelings about the past and future. This will free up space not only in our mind for original thoughts, but also in our heart for a new way of relating to ourselves and the world around us.

  • Our Clients, Our Teachers

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I began seeing a new client today who grew up in a large East Coast city… She reminded me of the five years I lived there, describing many of the neighborhoods where I had lived and had my first experiences as a fledgling psychotherapist. In particular she reminded me of the ...

  • Return to Inner Peace

    Nothing in life is sustainable if it does not come from sound and healthy motivation. Motivation can only come from the inside. If our actions are not in alignment with who we really are on a soul level, eventually we will give up.

  • The Expansion and Contraction of Being

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. As children, our budding nervous systems were often overwhelmed with sensations or feelings that we couldn’t understand or contain. When this happened, we often learned to contract our mind and body, shutting ourselves down, to minimize the damage. Even more so if the adults we depended on were unable to be ...

  • The experience of “negative otherness”: How shall we treat our enemies?

    By Stephen Gilligan Ph. D. Not too long ago, an American psychotherapist invited a Tibetan monk to his home for the weekend. During this time, the therapist did what I guess you do when you invite a Tibetan monk over for the weekend—namely, watch “The Exorcist”, the movie where the actress Linda Blair is possessed by ...

  • The Mind’s Eye

    By Peter Shepherd. When you get a picture in your mind’s eye, like for example a green camel (there, you pictured it, didn’t you!), it may seem quite ethereal and lacking substance, drowned out by your normal perception. But this inner universe is just as ‘actual’ as the physical world we live in, it is the ...

  • The Paradox of Surrender: Finding Strength and Wisdom in the Struggle

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. I met with one of my favorite clients yesterday — a very deep and animate soul, a student getting an advanced degree in one of our local therapist training institutions— who shared an experience that touched me deeply. She is a bit of a psychic who frequently anticipates phone calls or ...

  • The problem is the solution: The principle of sponsorship in psychotherapy

    By Stephen Gilligan Ph. D. Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world – Robert Hunter I. Introduction In the movie “Pleasantville”, two adolescent siblings from the 1990’s find themselves transported into a 1950’s black and white TV sitcom landscape based on the old show “Father Knows Best”. While on the surface everything seems ...

  • The Role of the Mind in Healing

    By Peter Shepherd. Tim Rowe sent me the following brief notes he made from a lecture by Eric Hills, a kinesiologist who applied rigorous scientific testing to his theories, back in 1987. 1) Every change of state of mind (every new thought) causes a physical reaction however small. 2) Whatever the mind expects tends to be realised. 3) Imagination ...

  • Things that Last

    By Robert D. Rossel, Ph.D. We live in a culture that values youth and change. We seek the latest and newest. Many products—like this computer—are designed to be obsolete in a few years. That way we will “need” to buy a new one with all the latest developments and new technology. Things break and wear out. Nothing ...

  • Trusting Intuition

    Intuition points us in the right direction, prepares us for change and is our ally on the path towards change. In fact, change from within is most often, if not always, set in motion by intuition. Here are 5 step to help you practice your intuition muscle.

  • Your Heart’s Desire

    By Peter Shepherd. We are each a complex system of ways of being, attachments, habitual behaviors, and decisions we have made. If there is a conflict between what one part of us wants and what another part wants, we pull against ourselves in opposite directions. It is a structural conflict. This is why the long-term use ...