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The Shadow Side of Psychedelic Therapy

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...

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Negative Capability – Carve My Cup Deeply

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...

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Healing Addiction with Personal Myth

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...

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Resistance or Sacred Marriage?

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...

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The Journey of the Ego to the Self

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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Masculine and Feminine Energies are NOT Gender Bound

Masculine and Feminine Energies are NOT Gender Bound

I think it is important to talk about the fact that masculine and feminine energies are not gender bound, as this can be confusing. When we speak about masculine and feminine aspects of the psyche, we are referring to energies that exist in us and in the whole of...

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Addiction and the Wounded Animus

Addiction and the Wounded Animus

I’m an all or nothing type of a girl, I used to say. Addictive tendencies and obsessive qualities have been a central part of my life. I felt its presence, like something was wrong from the age of about 14 - puberty awoke the hungry serpent. I metamorphosed from a...

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We Are Not Our Survival Strategies

We Are Not Our Survival Strategies

How do we become aware of the survival strategies and coping skills that we have become so attached to? How can we let go of the unconscious survival strategies that have their roots in ancestral trauma and prevent us from living our fullest, most creative lives? Let...

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