The Healing Path of the Wounded Healer

In home environments where chaos is the norm, wounded healers are the psychic gatekeepers of the family. They are intuitive or very sensitive to things beyond the range of normal perception either as a result of being born this way or as an acquired survival skill. Often considered by others to be different, scapegoats or the black sheep of the family, they are the intuitive conduits that keep a dysfunctional family together in an unconscious effort to meet their own survival needs. Their family of origin is the primary place where wounded healers learn how to communicate and trust other people and the first environment that teaches how safe the world is. Wounded healers raised in functional households may have …

7 Probing Questions to Ask Yourself About Why You Are Painting

A logical person will agree with the first statement. Human survival doesn’t depend on Art. If you’re an artist, you’ll agree with the second statement. After all, you’re spending much of your limited time on Earth making Art. But are you clear in your own mind about why you’re doing it? Why paint rather than make art with words or stone or musical notes? What do you tell yourself and others about why you paint? Some answers may sound familiar. Let’s get to the most popular one right away. 1. To ‘express yourself.’ Unless your paintings evoke some response in others, give something of value to others, you may as well spend your time gazing in the mirror. The painter’s …

Who is the Outdoor Guy?

I am The Outdoor Guy. I didn’t win a contest to get this name or lobby for the right to own it. I assumed the title. I doubt anyone will ever be able to take it away from me. No matter what happens, I will always be The Outdoor Guy – in my own mind. However, it is possible others won’t agree with me on this topic. Let me explain why I am convinced I am The Outdoor Guy. My childhood of scouting, bike riding, hanging around the cemetery at night and playing baseball equipped me with complete comfort whenever I was outside. As a youngster, I was always outdoors, always sun-burnt and for some reason my night vision was …

Keeping A Calm Mind In Times Of Disaster

It is common that during any disaster, be it a massive earthquake or a surging flood, any person would not be able to have the right decision making skills. Combined with the adrenaline rush and the worry of being able to survive takes over a victim’s mind, it is apparent that making decisions, especially those that are crucial to their survival, is a difficult feat. The survival needs of a person depend on the decisions they make during that moment but with everything happening at the same time, can he or she make the right decisions? For instance, if there was a magnitude 7 or 8 earthquake happening, one would be too scared to decide on what they should do. …

The Joy Of Solo Backpacking

Have you ever gone solo backpacking? If you have, you’ll probably agree that it isn’t a matter of it being better or worse than backpacking with friends. It’s just a different activity altogether. When you go backpacking with others, it’s a social event. You enjoy the scenery, feel good hiking the trails, and you get to know people in a different setting than usual. There’s usually a lot of talking, and you feel relatively safe as part of a group. It’s a good experience. Solo Backpacking Trips When you are alone in the wilderness, it’s different. There is a peacefulness that can never be there when you’re with others. With nobody to talk to, you stop defining everything and start …