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Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

Psychedelics & Seniors: The Perfect Combination?

You can’t pick up a newspaper paper today, watch the news or browse any psychological, transpersonal or addiction journal and not come across some reference to, or scientific article about, psychedelics. We are currently undergoing something of a psychedelic renaissance with even wider acceptance, far more scientific and medical research and excitement around the psychological and mental-health benefits of psychedelics, than occurred...

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Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Why I Support The Assault-Style Weapons Ban

Guns and shooting used to be a very important and enjoyable part of my life for over 35 years. Guns and target shooting also helped me to develop self-worth, self-confidence and (likely) reduce the impact of and even escape, the severe abuse I experienced during my early teens. However, as cathartic or enjoyable as guns were in my life, I gave them up over a decade ago during a period of depression stemming from a substance problem which...

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COVID-19: Technology Tips to Help Reduce the Stress

COVID-19: Technology Tips to Help Reduce the Stress

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created massive disruptions to our lives while also creating other circumstances and conditions where stress, anxiety and feelings of helplessness and uncertainty can grow. I am sure many of us have felt like pulling the sheets over our heads and only coming out when this is all over. Although some of us are pretty grounded and have adopted self-help routines to cope and manage the stress, others may not...

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COVID-19: Is There Another Very Important Message?

COVID-19: Is There Another Very Important Message?

As we now enter another week of our (unpleasant but very necessary) near-global isolation in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, hopefully most of us have started to acclimatize to the new “normal”. Up to this point, no doubt many of us have had our share of frustrations, stress, uncertainty, confusion, fear, anger – maybe even unintentionally lashing out at the one’s we love. Of course we will forgive or support...

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The Fourth Force: Why Interest In Transpersonal Psychology Is Growing

The Fourth Force: Why Interest In Transpersonal Psychology Is Growing

“The renaissance of interest in Eastern spiritual philosophies, various mystical traditions, meditation, ancient and aboriginal wisdom, as well as the widespread psychedelic experimentation during the stormy 1960s, made it absolutely clear that a comprehensive and cross-culturally valid psychology had to include observations from such areas as mystical states; cosmic consciousness; psychedelic experiences; trance phenomena; creativity; and...

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The Evolution of Coaching Psychology

The Evolution of Coaching Psychology

The practice of Life Coaching arose out of athletic coaching in sports and is broadly defined as a collaborative process of helping someone improve performance or satisfaction in some aspect of their lives. In contrast with psychological counselling or therapy which is often focused on pathology rooted in past experiences or flawed thinking processes (cognition), Life Coaching is focused more on the hear and now by working towards...

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Five Myths About Supportive Housing

Five Myths About Supportive Housing

Summary For those of you who may not like long articles, lets get the facts out of the way right from the start. Those who oppose supportive housing projects are just as compassionate as those who support them. We all want to help the most vulnerable members of our community family and provide them with the compassion, services, connections, supports and shelter which will allow them to gain a solid foundation towards becoming happy,...

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The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The Transpersonal Psychology of Spirituality

The transpersonal (beyond self) study of human psychology and most spiritual and even religious practices, are guided by similar intentions. In a very broad sense the study of human psychology — transpersonal psychology in particular — and spiritual/religious practice, are both concerned with the realization of our highest potential as human beings. To become aware of and better understand the consciousness, behaviors, experiences,...

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A Couple Grams Of Consciousness

A Couple Grams Of Consciousness

Last weekend I was on my way to a beautiful, unpopulated, sandy ocean-side beach a few blocks from home, for some summer afternoon swimming in consciousness. Along the way I decided to pause for a pit-stop and psychological pre-load. This babbling, mellifluous, warbling creek meandering through the lush wilderness forest did the trick. As I write these words at 17:26 on August 14th 2019, reflecting painfully on a most difficult decision I...

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Spirituality, Happiness & Well-Being Are In Vogue!

Spirituality, Happiness & Well-Being Are In Vogue!

Introduction A quick glance at the news and it would seem that we are living in challenging and troubling times. Potentially catastrophic environmental and climate changes are looming on the horizon. Man’s impact on the planet has been so severe it has ushered in a new geological epoc called the Anthropocene — a geological time period marked by the significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. The looming impact of...

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