2014 Vision Board

Vision-Board

Some of you know I do a vision board every year with my annual goals depicted in images.

Here is what I do?

  • I get in a meditative state using music.
  • I reflect on the areas of my life: mind, body, soul, spirit, home, friends, family, lover, community, career, finances, adventures, etc.
  • I choose images either using magazines or the internet (google images) that best depict my goals in each of these areas.
  • I arrange them on a poster board.
  • I post my vision board in my kitchen.
  • I work towards achieving every goal.
  • The key to a great vision board is to feel your way into it. Don’t think your way there. Use your heart and soul. And most of all have fun!

The Work: Seeing your Egoic Trances

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DR BREN’s Life Coaching for the Soul, in essence, is about seeing and transcending your egoic trances (or what Jung called “complexes) such that your soul can live.

We naturally have two selves: ego , which is the center of our physical being and the psychological construct associated with the brain, and soul, which is the center of our spiritual or eternal being.

Ultimately, life on this planet is about coming to know your soul, your eternal being. If you don’t achieve this egoic transcendence, then you will be stuck in the physical plane of reincarnation until you do, destined to the historical cycles we have created on earth.

So, what is an egoic trance?

Perhaps it is best to speak about what Jung described as a psychological complex, since the egoic trance is the “response” to a trigger or stimulus. (Click on the image below to see the diagram describing Jung’s idea of the psychological complex.)

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Ego is essentially composed of psychological complexes. These complexes are, most often, formed in childhood as a defensive response to a situation or environment overwhelming and dangerous to the child.

In fact, the purpose of ego is to keep the physical being alive. These complexes are only symptomatic if they lead to destructive results, or, according to DR BREN”s Life Coaching for the Soul, if they lead to deprivation of the soul.

A psychological complex is triggered by a stimulus resulting in an intense emotional response / reaction, and a shrinking of focus and attention.

For instance, you see a Red Saab and it reminds you of your ex-boyfriend’s car which then causes you to cry because you miss him. This complex can swallow up all of your “present-moment awareness,” such that you become lost in your thoughts and emotions around this relationship, only to wake up minutes or hours later to realize you have driven all this way without knowing how you got there. (I’m very grateful we have an subconscious good-driving complex that operates the vehicle.)

Some Jungians say that we are always in a complex. I don’t agree; there are times when we are in soul (profound experiences of spirit, nature, art, etc.) which is definitely not a complex. If we are not in soul, then, yes, we are in a complex. Keep in mind complexes, in and of themselves, are not good or bad, they are simply basic structures of the ego.

Having said all that the trance is essentially the response to the trigger. In our example, it is when she got lost in her thoughts and feelings about her ex-boyfriend.

Most often, when you are in a trance you are unconscious and not present with the moment or the people around you.

In most cases, we do not have control of the stimulus, but we do have control over the trance (response) that corresponds to the trigger (stimulus).

How do you come to know your trances?

For the most part, you can only come to know your trances after you have come out of one, and in reflection you realize you lost touch with your body and the present moment. It is at this moment “the work” begins. In your conscious reflection try to record in your journal the triggers and mental and emotional associations that made up your trance. The one who can reflect on egoic trances is your true self, your soul. In particular, notice when and what you ruminated over, when it was in the past or future, and whether it was negative or positive.

It matters less for you to know the origin of your trances, as it does to understand the process. Understanding the process of your trance allows you to choose a different and conscious response.

Note: For more information about trances, see Stephen Wolinsky’s Trances People Live.

The role of the pineal gland in accessing the imaginal realm

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I’m frantically trying to write posts about the Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy sessions my clients and friends have experienced. This post is about the role of the pineal gland in accessing what I have been calling the the “imaginal realm.” This realm could also be called the subtle world, the spiritual world, the non-physical world, the quantum world, etc.

The pineal gland is your third eye. It is located at the center of your brain, and has cones and rods in the same way your eyes do. When you go to sleep your brain naturally secrets DMT which activates and shields your pineal gland bringing into focus these really real other worlds, i.e., dream world, imaginal realm, etc.

When this happens we move from three dimensions of space and one dimension of time, to three dimensions of time (eternity), and one dimension of space.

In the video below David Wilcock explains in scientific detail the pineal gland.

The book he keeps referring to is called The Source Field Investigations. It is an awesome read!

Putting the Star Woman in a Jungian Context

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In this post I will ground the Star Woman in Jungian psychology as a guiding archetype for the Aquarian Age.

There are eight critical archetypes in Jung’s individuation process. Four are part of the personal world (microcosm / earth) and four are part of the collective world (macrocosm / heaven).

The four personal archetypes are: persona, ego, shadow and the trickster. The four collective archetypes: are animus (or anima for men), Self, serpent, and Sophia. (If you click on the figure it gets bigger.)

The Personal Archetypes

The persona is the face we show to the world; it can also be understood as the roles we play in society. The ego is our identity/personality, the “I” that we think we are. The shadow, is our alter-personality; it is composed of all that we think we are not. The trickster is the first inner male character a woman meets on her individuation journey. Previously Jungians have simply classified this figure as the animus in compliment to the man’s anima. However, in my research by female authors, e.g. Helen Luke, and my personal experience, a woman meets the trickster first. Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women who Run with the Wolves names the trickster the predator in her second chapter. This character appears to initiate women into her inner creative world and higher levels of consciousness. (I will write more about the trickster in another blog post.)

The Collective Archetypes

The Self represents heaven, and the serpent represents earth. They are the first opposites created, light and dark, spirit and matter, etc. The animus is the women’s inner world personality, and Sophia (Star Woman) is the personality of the higher self of the earthly collective.

Most spiritual traditions regard ascension (serpent to Self/God) as the very essence of the soul’s journey. This is why I, tongue in check, call Jung’s individuation process the resurrection of the serpent in alignment with Gnostic beliefs. The spiritual and collective evolutionary task presenting earthlings at this time is to sacrifice the hubristic ego to the guidance of the Star Woman.

I could write a book on these first few paragraphs. (Oh yeah, I did! It’s called my dissertation.) Many volumes have been written about the archetypes of Jung’s individuation process, one of my favorites is Murray Stein’s Jung’s Map of the Soul. This blog post is only about one of these archetypes — Sophia/The Star Woman.

Why the Tarot

Before I launch into explaining the Star Woman, many may be wondering why the Tarot? In fact, Jung was interested in several divination practices like the I Ching and the Tarot. Both of these systems are signposts for one’s individuation journey. The I Ching also known as the Book of Changes documents 64 different changes in the cycle of life. The Tarot documents 22 stations the fool makes on his way to universal consciousness. I have in a previous post been discussing earth’s individuation from the Tower card to the Star card in the Tarot.

I said all this to put the Star Woman in context so that I could say a few words about her importance in the Aquarian age, the entering millennium.

The Star cards in the Tarot

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The card on the left is from Aliester Crowley’s Thoth deck; and the card on the right is from the very popular Rider Waite deck. It is not my intention to talk about the differences, however, the guiding card for me is the card on the left, Lady Freida Harris’ surrealist’s depiction of the Star Woman for our times.

A woman, naked and kneeling on her left knee, pours from a vase in her right hand silver waters into a river, by which grow roses, the haunts of coloured butterflies. With her left hand, she pours golden waters over her head, which are lost in her long hair. Her attitude suggests the Swastika. Above flames a great star of seven rays. (Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: An Authoritative Examination of the World’s Most Fascinating and Magical Tarot Card by Lon Milo DuQuette, p. 143)

The Star Woman as Guide for our Chaotic Times

The Star Woman is the medium connecting the collective with the personal, heaven with earth. “She is concerned with both, and through her ministrations the two interact creatively” (Nichols, p. 295). This is a critical statement because it puts earth and heaven on equal footing. This brings to mind Jung’s essay called “Answer to Job,” where he posits the necessary incarnation of Jesus Christ to learn what man knows that god does not. The ancient Emerald Tablet, the touchstone of alchemical texts and Egyptian/Hermetic philosophy, states “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.” In this statement we see, again, the mutuality of heaven (Above) and earth (Below) in the creation of the Unus Mundi (One Thing). (Let me note here that Jung’s work on the Anima Mundi, the soul of the world, is the Star Woman.)

Personally, this means your inner soul figure (animus for women) mediates between the Star Woman and your ego.

The Aquarian age is a time when the veil between the physical world and the spiritual world is very thin giving anyone and everyone access to their higher psychic faculties. This is the goal of Jungian psychology. “Jung contends that man’s salvation lies within the depths of his psyche, and that each of us must labor in his own individual way to discover and free the golden essence which lies buried within our psycho-physical nature” *Nichols, p. 297).

From where I sit it looks like we are being prepared for another war in the Middle East which has the potential to irrupt into World War 3 with Russia. This may be the final fall of the old structures represented by the Tower card in the Tarot. While the desert religions believe this is the harbinger for their Messiah(s), I believe, as Jung did and many post-religious people do, that the savior is within.

The Healing Elixir of the Imaginal Realm

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Dreams give us the puzzle pieces of our lives. It is our job to figure out how to put them together to make meaning in our lives.

Well that is how I ended up on the couch in the home of a very gifted Quantum Healing Hypnotherapist (QHHT) trained by Dolores Cannon named Tina Saelee. This 3-hour experience was like dreaming on steroids. However, no drugs were involved. This experience was life altering for me. It brought the imaginal realm (see post about accessing the imaginal realm), that I had only read about in Jung’s work, particularly his Red Book, to life for me.

It was a dream about a two critical figures manifesting in our collective psyche that lead me back to Dolores Cannon’s work. In the Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy session with Tina I met these two characters — the Trickster and the Star Woman — again. (I will write more about these characters in another blog post.)

I wrote about about the Tower and the Star cards in the Thoth Tarot deck when I knew deep in my bones that this message must get out. I also knew that more people must experience for themselves the healing elixir of the imaginal realm.

The Age of Aquarius which is represented by the Star card in the Tarot deck is here, now. The Tower structures of society are failing and we have a choice, will we choose to stay tuned into the dying tower world, or will we choose to tune into the Aquarian world? It is a choice, you must make now! And this choice requires attunement to the imaginal realm.

Jungian analysis and Jungian life coaching (which is what I do) relies heavily on the imaginal realm, also know as the dream world, to heal the ego of its neurotic defenses and to connect one to their soul. The world around us is bereft of intimate and soulful connections, especially to our higher self.

Jung said the face you turn to the unconscious (imaginal realm) is the face it turns to you. In other words, when you experience how really real it is then it becomes your best friend and guide. Now more than ever, to get through the chaos of the world around us, we must turn inward to our spiritual guides.

Every client and friend who has experienced the Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy this month has been blown away by the imaginal realm. Tina Saelee is offering a discounted rate to all my clients.

At the end of June I am offering a workshop (donations only) to help everyone process their Quantum Healing Hypnotherapy session. I will help people understand the archetypes activated in their psyches, understand their karmic blocks, and demonstrate how to keep the channel open to their higher self.

Turn off the TV, tune out the news, and tune into your higher self. This adventure is way better than anything Hollywood or mass media will feed you.

From the Tower to the Star

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The collapse of the twin towers sent a wake up call to my soul. From that moment on I have been faithfully following my soul’s path, not my ego’s wishes.

I’m sure it’s not news to say — We’ve come to the end of the road and find ourselves in Rome, the alpha and the omega of our monotheistic times.

We have played the story all the way to the end and find every aspect of our collective lives near death, i.e., atmosphere, Bible, banking, culture, democracy, diplomacy, energy, economy, ecology, earth, evolution, finances, government, humanity, healthcare, insurance, justice, Koran, life, meaning, medicine, money, Newtonian physics, which is the basis of most of our planetary systems, news, oceans, patriarchy, psychology, quetzalcoatl, regulations, religions, science, society, soul, space, sports, time, universe, vision, weath, xanadu, Yom Kippur, zeitgeist.

One could crumble under these facts, or continue in a collective, pathological, and psychological defense of denial to save ego from the truth of soul’s existence. Why not? Denial and other distortions of reality have gotten us this far. I believe it is time to resuscitate life on earth and reconnect with our soul and the soul of the world, what Jung called the Anima Mundi.

I also believe there is a map to the chaos we find ourselves in.

To understand what’s next for our planet, I turn to the 17th card in the Tarot Deck — The Star (Ray of Hope) which represents the dawning of the age of Aquarius, and follows the Tower card.

Many have said we are moving to a more feminine way of life. This return spirals up from feminine unconsciousness to feminine consciousness.

The Star is a nature priestess who connects heaven and earth following the alchemical text the Emerald Tablet’s doctrine of correspondence, i.e., as above, so below. This is similar to the restart button in Revelation where chapter twenty-one speaks of a new heaven and a new earth.

The Star Woman reveals herself in her nakedness, without a mask, without clothing. She helps unite our outer world with our inner world. Her arrival suggests the end of Patriarchy on this planet, and the beginning of our connection with the dimensional universe, from the narcissistic I to the empathetic we, from logos to eros, from the physical to the subtle, and so on.

The answers to our earthly foibles lie in the subtle realm, not the physical realm. The patriarchal ego must die, giving rise to our eternal soul.

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I started writing this post yesterday, last night I dreamed I was anointed a priestess before I sang in a contest to complete my doctoral work. Interestingly, I am an ordained minister but I have, heretofore, not embarked on my ministerial work. I have had several dreams this month (April 2013) suggesting it is time for me to speak up. In every dream I have fallen in the face of my collective task because I was isolated and alone. The transition I am facing requires isolation in the alchemical vessel. This process will give rise to a new aquarian self.

To become the Star Woman is my new task. Wish me luck!

As I wrote these last lines, Jung’s scarab appeared in my window. OMG!
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A few days later, I went to past-life hypnotherapist and learned my relationship to the Star Woman. I am to scribe the universal laws for the new earth coming in now as the aquarian age, however, I must get over my Cassandra Complex. More to Come!!!

Cosmic War

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There is a cosmic war going on!

I don’t care if you find the coordinates externally or internally.

What I care about is that you awaken to the battle being fought for the survival of your soul.

There is a collusion going on!

I don’t care if you’re religious, political, or scientific all these roads lead to Rome.

What I care about is that you awaken to your soulful potential.

Now, there is no Heaven or Hell, there is only Earth.

Tomorrow, there is no Earth.

So what?

Do we fuck everyone to get a buck only to end dead?

What good is it to own the entire planet Earth when it looks like Mars?

Do we forgo every part of us that separates us from animals only to live like reptiles?

Who wins this game of life …

the religious fundamentalist who killed everyone so his truth could be true?

the man who pushed the red button that destroyed all life on earth?

the lunatic that gave the order?

the scientist who created a plague that killed all mammalian life?

the billionaire that funded the project?

WHO WINS?

When did life become about winning?

Why?

What if the only reason your soul incarnated on this planet was to realize your true self is not destructible?

What if the true meaning of life was pure love?

Please point me in that direction because I want to get there now.

Spiritually Transmitted Diseases

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I started reading Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path by Mariana Caplan and I just had to share a synopsis of the second chapter called “Spiritually Transmitted Diseases.”

She compares concepts, perceptions and egoic confusion to bodily fluids as the infecting agent to the immune system. I often compare dreams to the white blood cells of the immune system. Both are meant to bring us back into harmony and wholeness.

Because spiritual diseases are diseases of ego, and therefore subtle, they can go undetected for years in ourselves and in our communities. That which is invisible is by its nature hard to detect, and nothing is as invisible as the human ego, where spiritually transmitted diseases reside. (Kindle Location 596-598)

She identifies three primary mediums of transmission:

  1. through cultural influences
  2. from the teacher to the student
  3. from within one’s ego structure.

Cultural diseases of the spirit are so subtle and pervasive that often we don’t even know we have been infected by them until we find ourselves spiritually ill from their influence. An example is the way that Judeo-Christian beliefs have permeated the Western psyche. The fundamentally sinful nature of mankind, its polarization of flesh and spirit, and its negation of women and dismissal of feminine wisdom have insinuated themselves into the collective Western psyche so effectively that even our most radical spiritual movements contain subtle Judeo-Christian underpinnings. (Kindle Locations 615-624).

About the infection from teacher to student she writes,

Many spiritual teachers, even if not outright corrupt, are immature in their knowledge and unintegrated in their psychological development—and they are teaching at a level beyond their understanding. (Kindle Locations 627-628)

She identifies ten spiritually transmitted diseases.

1) Fast-Food Spirituality

The need for instant gratification does not translate to spiritual enlightenment. You have to do the work, and you can’t fake it cause if you do you are only fooling yourself. While Christianity professes two paths to heaven: by faith and by work, in spirituality there is only work. There is, however, two paths via work, by head or by heart.

2) Faux Spirituality

Faux spirituality is the tendency to talk, dress, and act as we imagine a spiritual person would. It is a kind of imitation spirituality that mimics spiritual realization in the way that leopard-skin fabric imitates the genuine skin of a leopard. This disease is most likely to be found in new age culture…. They attend spiritual events and assume they have accessed the perennial wisdom taught by mystics throughout all time—without being willing to do the actual work required to initiate a profound and authentic process of internal transformation. (Kindle Location 650-657)

3) Confused Motivations

The question to ponder here is … what is the motivation behind your spiritual quest? Is it to be loved, to belong, to fill an emptiness, to end suffering, or the wish to be special?

4) Identifying with Spiritual Experiences

This is a disease of ego inflation. There is a world of difference between having a mystical experience and integrating that experience into the structure of your psyche. While we may be able to reach the nondual state in our meditation, this does not translate into everyday functioning in the Western world. “For most of us, mystical experiences fade in spite of every effort to cling to and sustain them. Combine this with the humbling realities of the body, disease, and human relationships, and eventually we discover that mystical experiences are, in essence, simply experiences” (Kindle Locations 674-676).

5) The Spiritualized Ego

This is an extension of Faux Spirituality into a complete identification with spiritual concepts and ideas, the example being “Zen boyfriends” and “Zen girlfriends.” These people have fallen into a rigid belief system not unlike the dogma of Christianity. In all cases, the opening to the mystery of life is shut down.

6) Mass Production of Spiritual Teacher

Both the western and eastern worlds are overpopulated with mediocre teachers who instruct sincere spiritual aspirants at a less than optimal level. This disease functions like a spiritual conveyor belt: put on this glow, get that insight, and—bam!—you’re enlightened and ready to enlighten others in similar fashion. (Kindle Locations 683-685)

7) Spiritual Pride

This describes the teacher or practitioner who believes they have reached the end of the spiritual path. A feeling of “spiritual superiority” is another symptom of this disease. “Prideful spiritual practitioners must find the courage and integrity to expose themselves to individuals who can and will push and test them” (Kindle Locations 692-693).

8) Group Mind

Also described as groupthink, cultic mentality, or ashram disease, group mind is an insidious virus that contains many elements of traditional codependence. A spiritual group makes subtle and unconscious agreements regarding the correct ways to think, talk, dress, and act. (Kindle Locations 700-701)

In the 21st century we are called to find our individual path to spirit. We are called to come out of the group think of religions and engage with spirit individually and regularly. If it looks and feels like a cult, e.g. Christianity, then it probably is faux spirituality.

9) The Chosen-People Complex

Related to the disease of group mind but with an added aspect of spiritual pride, the chosen people complex is pervasive among spiritual groups. It is the belief that “our group is more spiritually evolved, powerful, enlightened, and simply put, better than any other group.” (Kindle Locations 714-716).

This problem pervades the desert religions such that the very existence of human beings on earth is threatened. It is a sad state of affairs scapegoating others with the shadow of your god.

10) Survival of Ego Based on the Illusion of Separation

One of the most subtle and pervasive spiritually transmitted diseases—one that affects the vast majority of the world population of spiritual aspirants—is the belief that spirituality is about me: I am studying, doing practices, service, and whatever other efforts I might make so that I can feel better, be happier, or become a better person. (Kindle Locations 725-728).

Finally, The Deadly Virus: “I Have Arrived!”

Our spiritual progress ends at the point where this belief becomes crystallized in our psyche; for the moment we begin to believe that we have reached the end of the path, further growth ceases—and if we are not going forward, we are going backward. (Kindle Locations 739-740)

Meditation and the Tarot

A On my 2012 holiday vacation break I began a new soul / meditation practice that inspires me each morning.

Using Aleister Crowley / Lady Frieda Harris’s Thoth Tarot Deck I choose my SOUL, MIND and BODY cards.

Then using The Tarot Handbook by Angeles Arrien I read the spiritual interpretations.

Next I take these cards into my meditation using this great little meditation app called Insight Timer Meditation. I allow them to infuse their meaning deeply into my soul. As a result, I am reaching new levels of joy in my life.


There are three other books about the Thoth Tarot Deck worth mentioning:

Here are other depth psychological books on the Tarot:

A PATH WITH HEART: Searching for the Buddha

Chapter 11 in A PATH WITH HEART speaks about the importance of finding your own spiritual path.

When we are faced with a variety of spiritual teachings and practices, we must keep a geniune sense of inquiry. What is the effect of these teachings and practices on myself and others? In his last words, the Buddha said we must be a lamp unto ourselves.