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The Grasshopper Sings, “Let The Song Find You”

By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D. “I got my first guitar when I was 16 and took some lessons that summer. The teacher taught me some chords, finger picking, and in spite of my shyness and resistance, made me sing. Learned some tunes by Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor and others, plus a smattering of folk…

Aumakua, Familiars and Spirit Animals . . . Oh My!!

By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D. Animals and Spirit Animals From the Rainbow Serpent of the Aborigines of Australia that birthed the land and its inhabitants, to the “Cowardly” Lion that accompanied Dorothy to Oz, to the tale you tell of the hummingbird that hovered for several seconds two feet from your nose, cultural and personal…

Walking on the Earth

By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D. I recall when I was in my early twenties, I was having dinner with my family and my nephew Danny, who was 14, had joined us. My father had just given a bit of grandfatherly advice to Danny, then quickly followed by saying, “But it probably doesn’t matter what I…

A Shamanic Healing Ceremony and Post-Traumatic Stress Response

By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D. Bill and Amy (not their real names), some friends who live in Laguna Beach, had just returned from a grueling journey to Brazil, exhausted from having traveled nearly 24 hours. They arrived at home late one evening, put their luggage down, cleaned up, and went straight to bed for what…