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Carla Huffman, MFT
Denver, CO
Always interested in the meaning of people, places, and things.
Interests: the psyche, good books, gardening, quirky movies, good conversation, music
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Breathe. Take good care of yourselves. Find something everyday to be grateful for. We will make it to the other side of this pandemic. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Doors, gates, and portals can represent both physical and psychological access. In terms of sandplay, when doors and gates are used in a scene they may represent transition, initiation, or the ability to pass through. Psychologically, passageways may represent the possibility of transition from one aspect or issue to the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Thank you for your positive comment. I am glad you found it interesting.
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The use of gates or portals in sandplay scenes may symbolize the process of preparation and approach, the actual passage or journey, and the experience of successfully navigating the passage. The use of a gate may signal the awareness of or the ability to navigate a psychological passage. The sacred... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Each of us has had the experience of transition and transformation...the experience of passageways. Take a moment to reflect on the successful passageways in your journey. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
In upcoming posts, the symbolism of passageways such as doors, gates, and portals will be explored. Also, guardians of passageways will be discussed. Symbolism of Passageways Passageways and Sandplay Guardians Famous Portals Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Adi-Buddha Adi-Buddha – appeared as a flame when he first revealed himself on Mount Sumeru Agni – Indian personification of fire; the eater of sacrifices on the altar which were consumed by fire; consort of Destroyer Kali; god of fire, sun, and lightning Aither – Greek deities of light Allah... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
This story is condensed from five very detailed stories told by the Jicarilla Apaches. The Jicarilla are one of six tribes of the Apaches of the southwestern U.S., and they have a voluminous folkore. These stories were compiled and translated by Morris Opler in the 1930's. In addition to telling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Native American myth and lore is rich with fire and light symbolism. Fire represents living things, the creation of light, and the sun. Creation stories often include fire and flame as generative and destructive forces. The Aztecs recognize fire as the “fundamental catalyst of change” (Miller & Taube, 1993). Myths... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Sending all the best for a new year filled with health, adventure, and relaxation! Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2020 at myths symbols sandplay
Thank you for your comment. Symbolism is a world wide and culturally varied topic.
Take a nap on Sunday afternoons. Lie on your back and look at the stars. Keep it simple The only constant is change. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Fire, flame, hearth Candle –associated with religious ceremonies; lighting a candle is symbolic of a theoretical preservation of the soul (Walker, 1988); light in the darkness of life; vitalizing power of the sun; the uncertainty of life is easily extinguished; divine light in the world; the Christian Paschel Taper burns... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
To have no plan is to be totally confident of your personal power. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
In his introduction to A Dictionary of Chinese Sym... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
"Before the era of the great religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism), the religions and ritual practices of many cultures marked rhythms and patterns of nature" (Donleavy-Johnston, 2001). Ancient cultures marked these patterns of nature and the changing of the seasons with special festivals. Even in equatorial cultures, where little... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
"Light awakens us to the inner call. It is the influx of energy that penetrates, bringing vision and knowledge, the logos of antiquity." ~ David Applebaum Past editor of Parabola magazine Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
As winter nears, the quality of light is changing in Colorado. The days are shorter and the nights are beginning to cool. We may have snow this week which is an not an unusual first snow in the foothills of Denver. Winter festivals celebrating the winter solstice often involve the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Future blog posts: Symbols Associated With Light Festivals of Light Beings Associated With Light Symbolism Native American Fire and Light Symbolism Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Thoughts to get you through any crises: Instead of using the words, if only, try substituting the words, next time. Lie on you back and look at the stars. Learn to recognize the inconsequential, then ignore it. Put a lot of little marshmallows in your hot chocolate. Photo from Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
This life is a test. It is only a test. If this had been an actual life, you would have been given further instructions about where to go and what to do. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Jobes’ Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore, and Symbols is one of my most treasured resources. In the introduction, Gertrude Jobes writes about how her curiosity about symbols and her desire to understand dramas, epics, poems, vase paintings, and other works resulted in her two volume dictionary. “I must confess that as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Alchemical symbolism of the King and Queen In the fairy tales and legends of Europe, the king usually symbolizes the “end-point of all the hero’s travels and adventures on his way to education and maturity. Noble birth is not involved here: the ‘kingship’ of the protagonist, who is usually of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
Antique Chess III by Ethan Harper @ In a game of chess the queen, or vizier, is the spirit, the Mover at Will, the moon (Cooper). Following is a queenly list. Queen of clubs – the idea of soul Queen of hearts – model of soul Queen of spades... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2019 at myths symbols sandplay
You are most welcome, Krishna.
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