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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Importance of Grounding

The Importance of Grounding

What Does Grounding Even Mean? Although we all seem to have an intuitive sense, the longer I (Florian) have thought about it, the more different definitions or aspects become apparent to me. One common meaning of grounding is being connected to the ground, to the...

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Shadow Work, Challenging Times and the Dark Goddess

Shadow Work, Challenging Times and the Dark Goddess

“When the going gets weird, the weird go pro.” Hunter S. Thompson I (Florian) don’t know about you, but to us it’s recently felt like the earth changes have been turned up a few notches. It feels that familiar power structures, social structures, political structures...

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Trauma Cognitive Dissonance and Midwifery of the Soul

Trauma Cognitive Dissonance and Midwifery of the Soul

One of the major causes of trauma that we are witnessing in our work here at AromaGnosis is what is known as Cognitive Dissonance and we recently realized our work could be described as being midwives of the soul. Cognitive Dissonance is when beliefs and what is said...

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Essential Oils for Psychedelic Therapy Support

Essential Oils for Psychedelic Therapy Support

by Florian Birkmayer, MD   Psychedelic therapy can be considered one of the oldest forms of therapy for soul healing and at the same time is now considered cutting edge in biomedical medicine after decades of being shunned. Using essential oils for psychedelic...

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healing the inner masculine

healing the inner masculine

One of the themes that has been central to my life is abusive relationships with men. The aromatic wizard and good friend John Steele said that knowing me today, he couldn’t understand how I could have been in such destructive and abusive relationships. For some...

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