The Thing Is

The Thing Is to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you've held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills... Continue Reading →

Integrating Personal and Social Transformation and Healing Sex

Staci Haines mentions straddling two worlds...that's a very familiar position for me...perhaps, though, I straddle several worlds including the ones she mentions. I'm finding the concept of spiritual activism a very important one these days and that it must integrate both the social and the personal is of vital importance. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Thank you Ashley Judd, she speaks about sexual assault and abuse and trauma and recovery

I've heard her speak before. She's a wonderfully articulate woman who gets it right.

Healing Sex, Staci Haines: Madness Radio

Childhood sexual abuse is pervasive in our society, leaving lifelong wounds that affect men as well as women. Is it enough to hold perpetrators accountable, or are there deeper causes of abuse? Do police, courts, and child protection services help heal -- or lead to more trauma? And how can body-oriented approaches move beyond the... Continue Reading →

Beware the Vampyre! For he is an archetypal representation of abuse

As most literary figures and themes, vampires are a symbol; I’d go so far as to say that they are an archetype (IE, an ancient and nearly universal symbol recognized by many human cultures across time). The vampire represents the victim of abuse who, having lost his soul, is transformed into an “undead” creature victimizing and therefore condemning other humans to the same fate.

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