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Barry’s Blog # 395: The Family Curse, Part Eight of Nine

Sing sorrow, sorrow, but good wins out in the end – Aeschylus If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. – Richard Rohr Whoever isn’t busy being born is busy dying. – Bob Dylan The … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 394: The Family Curse, Part Seven of Nine

…we live in an age of Moms, for the culture is secular and the ordinary mortal must carry archetypal loads without help from the gods. The mothers must support our survival without support themselves, having to become like Goddesses, everything … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 393: The Family Curse, Part Six of Nine

A myth never says what to do; it points out where the difficulties will arise. – Ginette Paris The past isn’t dead. It is not even past. – William Faulkner At this point things get far more complicated, just as … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 392: The Family Curse, Part Five of Nine

Humans…are never so much attached to anything as they are to their suffering…  Nothing can be attained without suffering, but at the same time one must begin by sacrificing suffering. – P. D. Ouspensky Some powerful river of desire goes … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 391: The Family Curse, Part Four of Nine

Perhaps the greatest stories are those which disturb us, which shake us from our complacency, which threaten our well-being. It is better to enter into the danger of such a story than to keep safely away in a space where … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 390: The Family Curse, Part Three of Nine

The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women…patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves. If an individual is … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 389: The Family Curse, Part Two of Nine

All the gods, all the heavens, all the worlds are within us. They are magnified dreams, and dreams are manifestations in image form of the energies of the body in conflict with each other. – Joseph Campbell Everywhere I go … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 388: The Family Curse, Part One of Nine

In memory of Robert Bly  A little rest for the wounds – who speaks of healing? (And the howl of the orphans is passed from one generation to the next, as in a relay race: the baton never falls.) – … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 387: How to Lead a Grief Ritual, Part Two of Two

When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found. – Sufi proverb Brother, when God gets ready, you’ve got to move – Reverend Gary Davis “Bobo malay, shu-shu maya!” (Lord, make this … Continue reading

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Barry’s Blog # 386: How to Lead a Grief Ritual, Part One of Two

How old is the habit of denial? We keep secrets from ourselves that all along we know…For perhaps we are like stones; our own history and the history of the world embedded in us, we hold a sorrow deep within … Continue reading

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