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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…

ILLUSION AND DIS-ILLUSIONMENT

ILLUSION AND DIS-ILLUSIONMENT About a month before Christmas I was speaking with my youngest daughter Catherine about her five-year-old son Jaden (my grandson), asking her about her plans for Christmas. She smiled and recalled how last year, he had told her, “You don’t like Christmas, do you Mom?” said innocently and without accusation. He was…

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