Routes from the visible to the invisible are discovered in acts of attention…our recognition of what lies in the here and now.

- Christopher Merrill

Dreams are the rainbow bridge between your waking mind and the deep unconscious, the realm of creativity, myth, and healing.

Most dreams occur during the REM cycle of sleep, its most restorative phase. Science tells us that our REM dreams — whether you remember them or not — bolster both emotional wellbeing and the associative, problem-solving aspects of creativity. They selectively ‘digest’ emotionally charged moments from our day and integrate them into pre-existing memory structures…


How therapists use MDMA to treat patients with chronic PTSD

You might have seen the large corrugated cardboard yurt across the dusty haze of the playa at Burning Man. Inside you would have discovered Burners in various altered states attended to by a cadre of sober volunteers soothing, hydrating, and working with with the ‘trips’ of their respective charges.

The ‘Zendo,’ as it’s called, is a harm-reduction project offered by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (M.A.P.S.) at festivals across the country that provides care, education, and integration techniques for revellers experiencing challenging psychedelic experiences. …


The Bosnian War (1992–1995) left 2 million people displaced. Forced to flee their country as refugees, many found themselves scattered throughout the United States in major cities and suburban enclaves, trying to build new communities while still healing from the traumas of war. Utica, a cash-strapped industrial city in upstate New York, itself on the brink of collapse, became the new home for thousands of refugees in the late 90’s.

The following is the story of Mira* an ethnically Muslim woman who lost her infant son during the war and left Bosnia with the hope of making a better life…


The Bosnian War (1992–1995) left 2 million people displaced. Forced to flee their country as refugees, many found themselves scattered throughout the United States in major cities and suburban enclaves, trying to build new communities while still healing from the traumas of war. Utica, a cash-strapped industrial city in upstate New York, itself on the brink of collapse, became the new home for thousands of refugees in the late 90’s.

The following is the story of Mira* an ethnically Muslim woman who lost her infant son during the war and left Bosnia with the hope of making a better life…


I gave my mother a copy of Women Who Run With the Wolves for her birthday when I was 16. It was both a well-meaning and a snot-nosed, prescriptive gesture; My mother was and remains a hard-line pragmatist who once dismissed psychotherapy as a form of “crawling up your own ass.” She would eviscerate any book that bore even a whiff of Self-Help. But I scanned the first few pages and realised that she could read it as she did the Joyce or Tolstoy she squeezed into her few free minutes before sleep — as literature. …

Blair Lyonev

I study women and their relationships with power, and the places where art, belief and the body intersect. theradiantstory.com

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