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This week Mercury is transiting the Sun. Mercury can be a tricky taskmaster, but with the Sun involved you might feel pretty special. And just in case you have forgotten,  I am not an astrologer.  But I am a therapist who practices from a deep ecological perspective. This means I like to look at the patterns in life from a cellular level all the way out to the cosmos. I believe the more attention you can pay to the micro and macro patterns, the more opportunities you will find to live the life you want to live. The one where you feel purposeful.

Realizing your purpose in life is important, not only to you, but to me too. And to your neighbor. And to your neighbor’s neighbor. And even to Mercury transiting the Sun. You get what I am saying. We are all links to eternity. Bridges between the past and the future. So while you are feeling special this week – and I hope you do feel the golden glow of the Sun shinning over you, inspiring you to see that you are exactly where you are suppose to be. So while you are feeling the privilege of that golden glow, remember you are a steward as well. You are a keeper charged with the care of something special and that, in fact, may be the very thing that makes you special to begin with.

This week, go ahead and borrow that golden glow from the Sun and that serious cool blue sense of commitment from Mercury. Breathe both those vibrations in, and from the heart see if you can feel how significant your insignificancy truly is.

In other words:

1. The work you are here to do is meaningful.
2. It connects the past to the present.
3. And you need not look any further then your own backyard to find it.

Tami Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBCCH, HTP is a licensed psychotherapist who practices solution-oriented healing from a deep ecological perspective. Her specialities include hypnosis for anxiety, performance, and creativity. Sessions on-line or in Boulder, Colorado include cutting edge brain therapies that will change the way you think. Learn more at attentiontoliving.com

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Amygdala

(by Robert Schwarz, PhD, DCEP)

In a recent blog titled “The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain’s Fear Center”, neuroscientist Joseph Ledoux laments that the amygdala has “gone from an obscure area of the brain to practically a household word, one that has come to be synonymous with ‘fear’.” He goes on to say, “It is not a scientific finding but instead a conclusion based on an interpretation of a finding. “

In my opinion, what Ledoux goes on to describe fits very well with the experience of treating people with energy psychology. More on this in a moment.

Ledoux says that the conscious feeling of fear is not the same thing as the non-conscious detection of threats and control of the body’s reactions to that threat. The amygdala is responsible for the latter, but it does not by itself produce the emotion of fear. Ledoux describes a much more complex process…

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How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How to you expose an undermining, but insidious, practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?

Did you know?

  • 71% of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims; 32% reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
  • 68% of battered women reported violence towards their animals. 87% of these incidents occurred in the presence of the women, and 75% in the presence of the children, to psychologically control and coerce them.
  • 13% of intentional animal abuse cases involve domestic violence.
  • Between 25% and 40% of battered women are unable to escape abusive situations because they worry about what will happen to their pets or livestock should they leave.
  • Pets may suffer unexplained injuries, health problems, permanent disabilities at the hands of abusers, or disappear from home.
  • Abusers kill, harm, or threaten children’s pets to coerce them into sexual abuse or to force them to remain silent about abuse. Disturbed children kill or harm animals to emulate their parents’ conduct, to prevent the abuser from killing the pet, or to take out their aggressions on another victim.
  • In one study, 70% of animal abusers also had records for other crimes. Domestic violence victims whose animals were abused saw the animal cruelty as one more violent episode in a long history of indiscriminate violence aimed at them and their vulnerability.
  • Investigation of animal abuse is often the first point of social services intervention for a family in trouble.
  • For many battered women, pets are sources of comfort providing strong emotional support: 98% of Americans consider pets to be companions or members of the family.
  • Animal cruelty problems are people problems. When animals are abused, people are at risk.
Courtesy of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org and the American Humane Association http://www.americanhumane.org/

Tami Boehle-Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBBCH, HTP, a licensed psychotherapist at attentiontoliving.com has challenged herself in 2016 to post weekly about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com

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How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How to you expose an undermining, but insidious practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?

Girls sexually abused by their mothers, like girls who are not sexually abused by their mothers, often identify strongly with their mothers. This can make it challenging for a girl who has been abused to see her mother as an abuser. Additionally, it can be complicated when a mother has sexual abused her daughter and provided her care that is healthy. This can make it particularly difficult for the girl to discern the difference between abuse and care. After all, she only knows the experience she has had and it is a blend of abuse and care. Children, and many adults, tend to think of matters such as these in extremes – either a mother is an abuser, or she is a caretaker.

It is natural for a girl to look at her mother as a template for herself as mother. Girls who have been sexually abused by their mothers may fear that they will sexual abuse their own children. This can lead them to feel inadequate and fearful as mothers themselves. What otherwise may have been a healthy relationship, is burdened by the fear of incompetence and potential harm. While the cycle of abuse may or may not prevail, interpersonal relationship experiences of intimacy and trust are compromised. Without the opportunity to heal, the wound of abuse is paid forward.

Tami Boehle-Satterfield, MSW, LCSW-C, NBBCH, HTP, a licensed psychotherapist at attentiontoliving.com has challenged herself in 2016 to post week about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com

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How do you write about something that people are afraid to see? How to you expose an undermining, but insidious practice? How do you change peoples’ minds? How does a civilization heal from the wounds of abuse?

 

28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 have experienced sexual trauma. Sexual trauma is one of the most devastating experience a person will endure. Survivors of sexual trauma are at high risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and are three to five times more likely to be diagnosed with PTSD then those who have not experience sexual trauma.   Negative changes in thinking and mood are only one of the many symptoms that accompany PTSD.  These mental and emotional changes might look like this:

  • Negative feelings about one’s self or others;
  • Inability to experience positive emotions;
  • Feeling emotionally numb;
  • Lack of interest in activities one once enjoyed;
  • Hopelessness about the future;
  • Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event; and
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships.

How can we help these women and men heal so they can provide out cultural with the wisdom of their journey?

Tami Boehle-Satterfield has challenged herself in 2016 to post week about the unpopular topic of abuse. Learn more about Tami at attentiontoliving.com

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There is good support this week to make way on your good fortune. Hmm, can you believe this or is it just a happy thought? I don’t know, you tell me. It is up to you. You can take whatever support you’ve got and make use of it towards the reality you’d like to create or you can belief it is not enough.

It is your choice. And what a choice it is!

My suggestion? Work for it. What do you really have to lose? Your fear that it won’t work out? The special standing in the universe as diminished and undeserving? The sorrow in feeling rejected. Or is it the anger that you gave up your chance? Ouch, that is little rough, but believe me, I know. We all know. We are all human. And I am here to remind you that those propensities a few sentences ago require a fair amount, or more, of work too. So if you are going to work, why not work for what you want?

This week, do just that. Let yourself work for what you want. The Moon is inspired with purpose and greater clarity. With the the help of Venus, Jupiter and Sagittarius, it is a good time to re-organize and evolve creatively. It may be easier to push your own boundaries with the support of Uranus and Pluto. And all the while Saturn is keeping you on the just course.  It is in the stars.  It is in the cookies.  Go ahead and let it be in your soul.

Want to make sense of something complex and daunting? Schedule today. Hypnosis, trauma resolution, somatic imagining, energy medicine, and clairsentient coaching at Attentiontoliving.com