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kim hermanson
san francisco, ca
Interests: art, gardens, art cars, public singing, the garden at esalen institute, and anything else that's outrageously beautiful
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Today a 105-year old woman told me that the key to happiness is having a peaceful heart. I agree...yet sometimes my heart's choices are entirely opposite what my mind thinks I should be doing. For example, my mind tells me... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Aesthetic Space
Many of us make decisions and navigate through the world in a pre-verbal, metaphoric way. Whether it’s a career path, a place to live or a decision about who to marry, we will choose the one that “feels right”—the career... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Aesthetic Space
You can listen or download the podcast here: http://lourdesviado.com/29-the-power-of-metaphor-to-unlock-creativity-and-inspire-breakthroughs-with-kim-hermanson-phd/ On Inauguration Day in the US, I was interviewed on the Women in Depth podcast....during which I knew that what was really happening on that day…was the Inauguration of a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Aesthetic Space
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When I’m scared or confused or thrown off by something, I open up metaphoric space and usually... see myself drawing a square. When I become third space--the 'space in which it happens' and allow sacred square energy to permeate my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Aesthetic Space
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Is there something in your life that’s a bit intense, overwhelming or challenging right now? Stress often creates a feeling of being “boxed in” and having nowhere to move. But no matter what is happening in the external world, third... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Aesthetic Space
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Despite my desire for zen-like calm, I've been affected by the deeply unpleasant US election and negative, hard-to-believe-this-is-the-US, stories in the news media. Sometimes I feel afraid…of nuclear war, climate change, and violence that I can't control. I worry about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Aesthetic Space
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When I was in school, I loved the precision and tidiness of it—each class a container with a tidy list of assignments by week. All these fascinating subjects, like chests full of jewels, and if we only sign up and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Aesthetic Space
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Many years ago I sat on a stool in the Art barn at Esalen Institute painting a paper mache mask. I'd originally signed up for some sort of contemplative workshop, but found it too cerebral and ended up here. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Aesthetic Space
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I’ve always loved simplicity, and… my mind does a great job of complicating things. I’ve been planning a local community singing event, and I got hung up (for weeks…) thinking I needed a full band for it. And I complicate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at Aesthetic Space
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Painting by Betsy Lewis Napangardi I grew up in a hard working Norwegian farming family in the Midwest and not surprisingly, Midwestern practicality is etched into my cells. When I walk into an art gallery, I often marvel at the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Aesthetic Space
When groups of any size come together for a shared purpose, there is a "third space" of larger wisdom available to draw upon, a wisdom that lies within the center of the group itself. Third space is a place of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
When we teach, train, coach, mentor, or share our gifts in the world it makes us vulnerable. Teaching requires us to show up and be present, putting ourselves at risk of being judged, condemned, or rejected. But in our vulnerability... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
I read a blog post the other day by a well-known writer of the creative process who said he doesn’t know why anyone would want to write books anymore, because writing a blog post reaches tons of people instantly and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
Profound change happens when our perspective shifts. In this experiential workshop, you will immerse yourself in your soul’s ancient metaphoric language, experience deep beauty and step into a profound shift of awareness. You will encounter resources, possibilities and answers that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
A hundred years ago, Rudolph Steiner said that the greatest challenge of the coming age of humanity would be to allow the heart to teach us to think in a new way. Our minds naturally observe things from a safe,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
Click here for a super fun interview I recently did with "Dr. Dave" at Shrink Rap Radio. There's even an experiential portion where you can get answers to your own personal questions. I really enjoyed talking to Dave. It was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
In case you missed my recent talk on metaphor and the creative process for Depth Psychology Alliance, here is the link to listen or download it. http://www.depthinsights.com/pages/radio.htm#hermanson-metaphor The talk includes two experiential components that will give you a sense of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
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My work with metaphor chose me; it was not my expected path in life. Through a series of experiences—harrowing, mystical, and profound—I came to be an advocate for a non-ordinary realm of profound beauty that we access through metaphor. Metaphoric... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
The Law of Attraction tells us we need to step into the feeling of what we desire. Feeling is how we connect with the potent, creative forces of the Universe. Metaphor allows you to feel and be what your soul... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
"Recent discoveries in Western science now add to a growing body of evidence suggesting that beauty is a transformative power…beauty is an experience…Through our experience of beauty, we’re given the power to change the feelings that we have in our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Aesthetic Space
For years, music has haunted me. I play some instruments and sing with a band, but there was always some ephemeral thing I couldn’t “get to.” I had a deep yearning that I didn’t think I would ever realize; I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at Aesthetic Space
Twenty-five years ago when I was a first year PhD student, a friend talked me into attending a creative writing workshop. Since I’d never done anything like that before, I had no prior expectations…but I was totally unprepared for what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Aesthetic Space
I recently met someone who is an international expert on social change movements. Over breakfast at my favorite café we talked about how successful social protests open up space in places where we think there isn’t any space. The conversation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at Aesthetic Space
One way to enter into the deep symbolic language of our soul is through a fairy tale. When we write a fairy tale, the words “Once upon a time” opens up a portal to another world. We step into shamanic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Aesthetic Space
Mythologist Michael Meade describes sacred occurrences as those in which the "seal that separates the worlds" is broken and Spirit enters through that break. In Doorway sessions, clients go through a portal into a sacred, interior place where they tap... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at Aesthetic Space