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Finding Accessibility

Seeking Accessibility Yes, that’s me … in a wheelchair. I’m still getting used to the idea. I came to a point of no longer being able to leave the house. Being on my feet more than 10 minutes at a time and walking any distance at all became impossible. I can manage a trip to the grocery store once a week if I can be dropped off at the door and I am able to rest the remainder of the…

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Dilettante Archetype

Dilettante, Polymath, and Generalist Archetype

The Dilettante Archetype First thing’s first, what does dilettante mean? The word “dilettante” is Italian in origin and refers to a person who studies something, such as the arts, for amusement. It comes from the root dilettare which means “to delight”. The dilettante delights in learning many different things. The meaning of dilettante today relates to someone who has superficial understanding of a subject, but who pursues it anyway.  Not only is there confusion around the meaning of the word,…

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The Student Archetype

Student Archetype The student is all about learning. She looks to own information and skills, but knowledge is more than a collection of facts. Knowledge is also awareness and experience. To bring the learning to fruition, the student must gather the courage to apply it in the real world. She must give up living by the book, and learn to think for herself. For the immature student, learning is a process that happens by transmission. A teacher relays information to…

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Spirit Animals: TURKEY VULTURE

Turkey Vulture Spirit Animal Turkey vulture spirit animal relates to the raptor’s excellent sense of smell. She rides spiral thermals of wind and has the miraculous ability to neutralize lethal diseases. Native to the Americas, turkey vulture is a New World vulture who is connected with the power of the exorcist archetype. This article focuses primarily on the turkey vulture, and includes the symbolism of all vultures at the end. Turkey Vulture’s Discernment There is an old wive’s tale that…

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The Exorcist Archetype

The Exorcist Archetype The exorcist archetype drives out evil spirits from a person or place. Originally the word “exorcise” meant to conjure up an evil spirit. This shows the thin line the exorcist walks between expelling the darkness and invoking it. Demon / Daimon / Daemon Evil spirits are often described as demons. Demons have a reputation for causing torment, illness, and calamity.  The term demon originates from the Greek word “daimon” (also spelled “daemon”), which started out with a…

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The Destroyer Archetype

The Destroyer Archetype The destroyer archetype is a force of nature, a simple truth that just is. When you consider the destroyer archetype, think of natural disasters – wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, earth quakes, volcanoes, landslides, and avalanches. Just as creation is a cosmic force, so is destruction. Destruction is at work everywhere. All that is in the cosmos is impermanent and will come to an end. This is the truth of the destroyer archetype. The destroyer archetype brings…

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The Companion Archetype

The Companion Archetype A companion is someone who travels through life with another person sharing his or her ups and downs. The companion spends a lot of time at this person’s side and acts in a supporting role. A companionship is a partnership, a pairing of two people with one supporting the dreams and motivations of the other. The companion archetype is also known by the names friend, sidekick, wingman, and right arm. We all have friends and are friends…

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A Call to Slow Down

Photo: Stacey Couch and her horse “Isabeau”. Photo credit: Estella O’Connell Hiding Behind the Teaching My career began centered around a memoir. My story opened up doors to spiritual insights. I stepped through those doors to share with others. Over time, my focus shifted from sharing to listening. I embraced the role of transparent messenger. To write down “I” has become uncomfortable again.  Spiritual correctness, which is similar to political correctness, says to drop the ego. In life and work,…

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Our Collective Crisis of Faith

Click below to listen to the full audio of Stacey Couch’s discussion of our collective crisis of faith and how you can help.   Wild Gratitude · Finding Faith in the Midst of a Global Crisis   Finding Faith in the Midst of a Global Crisis During these especially challenging times when our entire planet is facing a pandemic, a serious global health crisis, it is really important that we step back and take a look at how we are…

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The Mystic Archetype

The Mystic Archetype The mystic archetype brings us into another world, the world of the soul. I have little hope to encompass the whole of the mystic archetype. However, I can direct you to the depths and the places to watch. A thick mist surrounds the mystic, shrouding her so you can never quite grasp her. To those around her she is a reservoir of peace. Inside she struggles in turmoil. The keystone of what makes the mystic relatable is…

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