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Cinemashrink: Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood (2014) Written and Directed by Richard Linklater Starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater Last week, while re-watching the trailer for Richard Linklater’s new(ish) film Boyhood on YouTube, I began to scroll through the comments section. Most liked the film or maligned the few who’d down-voted the video. Others put forth more … Continue reading

Mama Ndolo’s Garden

For many modern people, a garden is a personal statement. It shows the owner’s relation with the earth like a wardrobe shows the wearer’s relation to society. The exploding growth of the gardening business suggests a popular dream, and the dream is of nature and culture growing together. Evan Eisenburg comments that, “For some people, … Continue reading

Kitchen Witch: Reviving the Still Room Tradition

One evening while riding the bus through the dampened streets of Santa Monica I was leafing through an old copy of Herb Quarterly Magazine and came across an article on “still-room” books. In the old days, before the advent of professional doctors and hospitals, women were the sole gatekeepers of their family’s health. If a … Continue reading

A Poet’s Progress: Religion Observance in Present-Day China and Tibet

Roadside Shrine, on Kora around Potala Palace, Lhasa Religious Observance in Present-Day China and Tibet Having visited the Sera Monastery today with hundreds of monks debating in the courtyard, and seeing all the pilgrims arriving at the monasteries and temples, I wonder about the religious persecution I was led to expect. Xi says there are … Continue reading

Symbolist Art and the French Occult Revival: The Esoteric-aesthetic vision of Sâr Péladan

Editor’s Note: Paper presented at the 3rd ESSWE Conference, Lux in Tenebris by Sasha Chaitow, founder of the Phoenix Rising Academy History has not been kind to Joséphin Péladan. Usually consigned to a footnote or a few lines in scholarly overviews of Rosicrucianism or the French occult revival, as a historical figure his defining characteristic … Continue reading

NewArtLab: Alfredo Barsuglia’s Social Pool

Social Pool, 2014, Alfredo Barsuglia, 5 x 4 x 12 feet, Wood, Fiberglass, Resin-Paint, Solar-Filter-Pump, Mojave Desert, CA, Cooperation with MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles I met Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia half a decade ago while working as the Director of Marketing for the Palm Springs Art Museum. A mutual European artist … Continue reading

Interview With Sasha Chaitow: Artist and Esoteric Scholar

Sasha Chaitow looks like she just stepped out of a Minoan or Mycenaean fresco. Her knowledge of esoteric history combined with her vocation of artist contributes to her oracular quality. She’s an extraordinary example of the new breed of academics in the young field of esoteric studies, and of a new generation of artist intellectuals … Continue reading

Cinemashrink: The Third Person, 2014

The Third Person, 2014 Writer and Director: Paul Haggis (Academy Award, Crash, 2004) Stars: Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger The Third Person draws us into a mythic realm of healing fiction where a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist deftly flays open the human darkness of a loss of trust in oneself – a … Continue reading

Tools of Transformation #29: The Healing Power of Psychotherapy Chapter 3: Opening the Doors to Our Inner World

(Toby Landesman, Copyright 2014) The experience of being in therapy leads to the awareness that there is more to us human beings than we might think. This first recognition of one’s complex dimensionality can be inspired by a therapist providing a verbal snap shot of how she sees you. This image may take you by … Continue reading

Calling Orwell, Now More Than Ever

(c) 2014 by Glenn Brigaldino Thirty-three years ago while traveling across parts of Canada, I spent a few muggy summer days in Winnipeg, a city that struck me as being a down and out place. It was coincidence that in a downtown book-store I came across an 840 page collection of George Orwell (1903-1950) writings. … Continue reading