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                  Coldwater Counseling Center

                               

                                                      Newsletter

                        Winter 2017

          

The unrelated human being lacks wholeness, for he can achieve wholeness only through the soul, and the soul cannot exist without its other side, which is always found in a "You."               --C. G. Jung

 

 

THE SYMBOLIC LIFE
 

Long ago when the world was young, the earth and all living creatures were shrouded in the darkness.  It was said that a great chief was keeping all the light for himself, but no one was certain, for the light was so carefully hidden that no one had ever actually seen it.  The chief knew that his people were suffering, but he was a selfish man and did not care.

Raven was sad for his people, for he knew that without light the earth would not bring forth the food the people needed to survive.  Raven decided to rescue the light.  He knew that the way to the chief's village was very long.  When Raven arrived, he said to himself, "I must find a way to live the in the chief's house and capture the light."

So Raven transformed himself into a seed and floated on the surface of the nearby stream.  When the chief's daughter came to draw water, Raven was ready.  No matter how she tried to drink some of the water, the seed was always in her way.  Finally, she tired of trying to remove it, and she drank it along with the water.

The woman became pregnant, and in time she gave birth to a son, who was Raven in disguise.  The chief loved his grandson, and whatever the child wanted, his grandfather gave him.

As the boy crawled, he noticed many bags hanging on the walls of the lodge.  One by one he pointed to them, and one by one his grandfather gave them to him.  Finally his grandfather gave him the bag that was filled with stars, and the bag that contained the moon.  The child rolled the bags around on the floor of the lodge, then suddenly let go of them.  The bags immediately rose to the ceiling, drifted through the smoke hole, and flew up into the heavens.  There they burst open, spilling the stars and the moon into the sky.

            The boy continued to play with bag after bag and box after box until one day he pointed to the last box left in the lodge.  His grandfather took him upon his lap and said, "When I open this box, I am giving you the last and dearest of my possessions, the sun.  Please take care of it!"

            Then the chief closed the smoke hole and picked up the large wooden box he had hidden among other boxes in the shadows of one corner of the lodge.  As soon as the chief removed the sun from this box, his lodging was flooded with a brilliant light.

            The child laughed with delight as his grandfather gave him the fiery ball to play with.  He rolled the sun around the floor of the lodging until he tired of the game and pushed it aside.  His grandfather then replaced the sun in its box.

            Day after day Raven and his grandfather repeated this process.  Raven would point to the sun's box, play with it until he tired of it, and then watch as his grandfather put the fiery ball away.

            Finally the day came when the chief was not as careful as usual.  He forgot to close the smoke hole, and he no longer watched Raven play with the fiery ball.  The child resumed his Raven shape, grasped the ball of light in his claws, and flew up through the smoke hole into the sky, traveling in the direction of the river.

Raven spied people fishing in the dark.  He said to them, "if you will give me some fish, I will give you some light."  At first they did not believe him.  However, when Raven raised his wing and showed them enough light for them to fish with ease, they gave him part of their catch.      When he had his fill of fish he lifted his wing, grabbed the sun with both claws and tossed it high into the sky.  "Now my people will have light both day and night!" he exclaimed.  And from that day forward, the people no longer lived in darkness.

"Raven Steals the Light" is the Native American tale that inspired the creation of our logo.  The publication this year of The Tao of Raven: An Alaskan Native Memoir by Ernestine Hayes seemed like a good sign that it was time to tell it again.  Hayes, a member of the Tlingit Tribe, begins her book with a slightly different version.  Her memoir describes her return to Alaska from the lower forty-eight and her rediscovery of new meaning in the tale.  A review of her book can be found in the October 2, 2017 issue of the High Country News at: http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.17/books-following-the-path-of-the-mythical-raven

        

Note: Past articles of The Symbolic Life can be found on The Symbolic Life Archives page of the website.

 

Staff Updates

 

           This September we welcomed Barbette Hunt, M. S., LMFT our staff. Barbette received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State Northridge.  She has also completed the one year Certificate Program for therapists at the C. G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles.  Her private practice is in Encino.

            In November we welcomed Inna Kashani, M. S. to ourstaff. Inna also received her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Cal State Northridge.  She previously worked at the Harmony Place Treatment Center in Woodland Hills.

            Christian Vincent and Heidi Mezzatesta have completed their final exams and are now  licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.  Congratulations Christian and Heidi!

Steve Galipeau, our Executive Director, will present "Jung's Typology" at the C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles in December as part of the Institute's year long Current Topics in Analytical Psychology program for clinicians. In March he will present his talk "Terrorism and the Soul" to the C. G. Jung Club Orange County and "Psyche and Film: Wonder Woman" at the Los Angeles Institute sponsored by the Analytical Psychology Club.  This material will expand on his Summer Newsletter article on "The Symbolic Life."

           Further Information concerning our staff can be found on the Professional Staff Page of the website.

 

Staff Applications

 

During the year we often have prospective clients waiting to be seen for therapy. So Licensed therapists, MFT interns, or LCSW Associates interested in working in a clinical environment that provides an opportunity for supervision in depth psychotherapy are invited to contact us.  Applicants should be actively pursuing some form of their own depth analysis and have completed their degree (or be close to doing so). Visit the Staff Position Overview page of our website for further information.

 

DONATIONS

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization donations of any size play a crucial role in our success in fulfilling our mission to bring depth psychotherapy to others in an affordable way.  Keeping fees down for patients amidst rising overhead is an ongoing challenge.  In particular, unlike many clinics, we pay interns, and as minimum wage amounts increase, this makes budgeting more challenging. During the past four years we have averaged over 5000 client hours during the course of a year.  Donations, which are tax deductible, canbe sent directly to us by regular mail using the enclosed envelope.  We will send you a letter as a receipt for tax purposes acknowledging your donation. You can also donate on our website by going to  our Non Profit Donation page. 

 

Summer Newsletter 

 

We publish a Summer Newsletter and a Winter Solstice Newsletter.  To keep costs down, we only send the summer newsletter out by email.  If you would like to receive both Newsletters by email, and/or you would like to receive the Winter Solstice Newsletter by regular mail, you can email us your preferences and email and postal mailing addresses at info@coldwatercounselingcenter.org.

  

Editor: Steve Galipeau