Scent and Identity

Scent and Identity

by Florian Birkmayer, MD   A friend recently sent me this very sad and touching article from the NY Times about people who have lost their sense of smell due to Covid-19. Smell doesn’t just tell us whether food may be spoiled or conversely makes us enjoy its...
Turning Terror Into Healing

Turning Terror Into Healing

Statue of Yamantaka, Vanquisher of Death (wikipedia)   by Florian Birkmayer, MD Many of us were disturbed but not surprised by the events of January 6, 2021, a day of domestic terrorism, exposing for all to see the dangers of a fascist-in-all-but-uniform...
Ongoing Lessons for the Wounded Healer

Ongoing Lessons for the Wounded Healer

I want to share an experience that I am currently integrating and that has helped me to carry on healing the mother wound that I carry and see the importance of preparation and protection when sitting or holding space for people with stories that resonate with one’s...
waking up from the default mode network in 2020

waking up from the default mode network in 2020

Have you ever driven a familiar route in your car, one you drive regularly to work for example, and when you got to the destination, you couldn’t remember driving it at all? Well that’s because you were operating under the influence of a network in your brain called...
Notes on Enantiodromia

Notes on Enantiodromia

by Florian Birkmayer MD   Jung resurrected the term ‘Enantiodromia‘ from Heraclitus to refer to the hidden patterns by which the psyche evolves. Enantiodromia literally means things turning into their opposite. While Heraclitus felt that this applied to the...