Healing Arts Report

Practices for an Evolving Life

They Don't Tell You How

“You need to love yourself more.” “You shouldn’t feel that way.” “Always put other people first. Don’t be selfish.” The one thing that is missing from all this good advice is telling you HOW to do it. We introduce you to practical tools using your own character traits to support you in creating practical answers to those questions. Read more here.

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Two memoirs tell about times of extreme personal growth in the author’s life. Sunny Side Up is a window into the early 70s when certain young adults were searching for a way to head off society’s path bent on materialism. The Transparent Feather tells of a dying author passing the torch of writing to her new friend cum student.

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You can love yourself and other people as well. At Healing Arts Report we explore fulfilling personal development that at the same time serves to create the shift to a peaceful new world paradigm.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ―C.G. Jung

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BJ Appelgren

BJ Appelgren has written 39 posts for Healing Arts Report

The Intelligence Of Anger

While listening to an interview of two Buddhist teachers, I was struck by what they spoke of as “the intelligence of anger.” I grew up being taught that we should neither express anger nor react to it. Those solutions seemed too passive. What I observed growing up was that a lot of people didn’t express ...read more

Have You Heard Of An Ethical Will? Part II

Last week when Beth Raps, author of the Raising Clarity blog asked me to give some guidelines about writing an ethical will I researched others’ ideas about how to do so and found a website called Celebrations of Life.  Their motto is “Live your life as you wish to be remembered.” The site touches on ...read more

Have You Heard Of An Ethical Will? Part I

I was fascinated by the idea of leaving behind an ethical will, sometimes defined as a description of a person’s hopes and dreams and thoughts about contributing to the world. In contrast to the material possessions bestowed in a conventional will, the ethical will challenges us to articulate the values that have meant most to ...read more

What’s That New Age Business All About?

A couple of weeks ago when I was thinking about the challenge us humans have regarding change and brain plasticity, I was reminded of Marilyn Ferguson. She was one of the first popular non-scientist authors to write about brain/mind research and the physics of consciousness. From 1975 until 1996, 12 years before her death in ...read more

Local Boy Becomes Farmer!

For those of us living in a small town once surrounded by family farms, this is headline news. No one stays down on the farm. And when I was growing up in Chicago, just on the edge of the city, we were only minutes away from many family farms. By the time I finished high ...read more

Retraining The Brain

Despite decades of research, what I heard as a child is still a popular notion–that once a person has matured the brain can no longer replace cells or change. That idea first came into serious question when it was observed that many individuals who lost the functioning of large parts of their brain due to ...read more

3 Alternative Resources For Cancer Patients

Many patients are looking for supportive therapies because the conventional system treating them is so impersonal and not geared to providing daily support. Patients find themselves isolated from resources that could give them nutritional, meditative, spiritual, and medically integrated or alternative choices. Here are three organizations that provide supplementary or alternative suggestions from respected, experienced, ...read more

Support Group The Old Fashioned Way – Part II

(Continued from Part I) After school, I phoned the humane society, asking discreetly if they had anyone who was a specialist in raising baby birds. I purposely didn’t tell her what kind of bird it was, assuming that knowing it was a pigeon wouldn’t create much sympathy.  She gave me Lou’s phone number. When I ...read more

Support Group The Old Fashioned Way – Part I

I was relieved to find the store easily because I had my pigeon Rusty with me. We were in one of the charming old neighborhoods of Chicago. Most of the commercial buildings were from the 1920s—many of them only one story high and sometimes faced with cream colored sculptural ceramic tiles. Storefront buildings that were ...read more

Thinking Too Small

I often hear people say that they aren’t creative. In general, I simply don’t believe them. Why? Because, for several years, I taught an art/psychology class to people who had not signed up to participate. They didn’t know they were going to have to attend as part of a meditative self-observation course. The course was ...read more