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Hi, we’re Cathy Skipper and Florian Birkmayer, MD and we’re here to empower you with the tools, wisdom and experiences to live your soul’s purpose!

Our gift of really “seeing” you and your greatest potential will help you find your higher purpose and connect with your Self.

Discover the gift in your wounds and re-align with your whole Self using aromas from Cathy’s Attars, our sister site and other powerful tools so you can fulfill your purpose here on earth. More about us…

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My Mother Was Sacrificed Before I Was Born

“The woman I needed to call my mother was sacrificed before I was born.” Adrienne Rich A story began a hundred years before I was born. It wove its narrative through the lives of my great-great-grandmother, my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother. I was...

Exposing the Inner Tyrant

I have become aware over the last few days of the terrible incident where Gabby Petio, the young blogger from Vanlife, was found dead. I watched the hour-long police video some days before of her and her boyfriend being stopped because of dangerous driving. The result...

The Shadow Side of Psychedelic Therapy

A specter is haunting society, and that specter is psychedelic therapy. More precisely, it is the unconscious attitudes around psychedelics, which include a messianic projection of healing, salvation, success and profit onto psychedelic molecules, or Plant Spirit...

Negative Capability – Carve My Cup Deeply

by Florian Birkmayer, MD “In order for the branches of the tree of life to grow into heaven, the roots have to grow into hell.” –C. G. Jung in the “Red Book” Some years ago, I came across the term “Negative Capability” in an article by Philip Pullman (who wrote the...

Healing Addiction with Personal Myth

Will power doesn’t heal addiction – living your personal myth does Florian is an addiction specialist and together we have taught classes in Europe and the US on “The Alchemy of Addiction.” In the class we offer the perspective that addiction cannot be healed by will...

Resistance or Sacred Marriage?

We all meet resistance during the journey of healing. It's natural. When the unconscious starts to hand us uncomfortable information or push us towards inward and outward changes in our lives, the ego will often resist. The ego hates change, uncertainty and not being...

The Journey of the Ego to the Self

In her 1963 novel “The Wall” (Die Wand) the Austrian author Marlen Haushofer (there is also a 2012 film) describes a woman who finds herself living in the Austrian alps by herself, cut off from other humans by a vast invisible wall. She only has a dog, a cat and a...

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The shadow may carry the best of the life we have not lived.” Marion Woodman

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