Gail Matheson, PhD's Articles (56)

Applying Tantra to Everyday Fears

I have a strong reaction of repulsion to violence.  I cannot watch violence on TV or movies - I cover my eyes.  I cry and become nauseous when I read about or see violence done to children.  The picture I have attached of the Iraqi girl tears my heart out.  I saw this on Facebook, and the story says she lost her mother to war, and drew this to go to for comfort.  Even as I write that I am sobbing.



Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on August 23, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Well Intentioned Ego: A Call for Ethical Standards for Holistic Practitioners

I have studied and practiced psychology for 20 years and I have been a Reiki Master for 15.  I have been a student of metaphysics for nearly 30 years.  And through out that time, I have been uncomfortable that there is no code of ethics for metaphysicians in holistic practice.  There are "little ethics"; a Reiki master will teach her students some standards, and there are associations that require you to adhere to a standard for membership.  A…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on August 21, 2013 at 1:01pm — 2 Comments

The Litany Against Fear

Litany_Against_Fear_by_kubuzettoI must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. - Frank Herbert, Dune The Bene Gesserit are a key social, religious, and political force in Frank Herbert's science fiction Dune universe. It is an exclusive…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on June 11, 2013 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Gnostic Easter

Nearly a decade ago, Tom Harpur published The Pagan Christ.  He proposed that the Christian approach to pushing a literal interpretation of the Bible is not only unsupported by historical documentation, it is divisive and limiting to our growth as a spiritual community.  Around…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on March 29, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Shaking in the Shadow

Yesterday I participated in a newly conceptualized version of Tent Shaking.  Joe Hiscott was the facilitator. Often, Aboriginal people criticize the non-aboriginal population for taking over their ceremonies and spiritual practices and bastardizing them (often replicating practices without the spiritual elements of the practice).  Many are offended by white…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on March 24, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Trust in Source: Comparing Tantra and Quantum Physics

What is the nature of the Divine? What is God? These are most likely the most common questions of the spiritual seeker. 

It was required in undergraduate Arts programs that you have a minimum science requirement.  One of the more interesting ways to meet this requirement was to take The History Of Science.  The history of science suggested that our most deeply scientific are of study - physics - in fact emerged from trying to understand the nature of God.  Philosophy,…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on March 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Existential Loneliness: Spiritual Blues on the Path to Enlightenment

"Loneliness is not the experience of what one lacks, but rather the experience of what one is. In a culture deeply entrenched in the rhetoric of autonomy and rights, the song of God's lonely man so often goes unvoiced and unheeded. It is ironic how much of our freedom we expend on power -- on conquering death, disease, and decay, all the while concealing from each other our carefully buried loneliness, which if shared, would deepen our…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on March 5, 2013 at 10:49am — No Comments

Getting Hurt and Authentic Personal Power

"I dont' want to see you hurt," said a good friend that I reunited with after several years.  She was referring to my current status in relationships.  She is not the first to say it either, although she is the only one to be very intimate with the situation for some time.  My immediate reaction was fear - that is some way she saw something or knew something I did not.  Did she see my path more clearly than me?

In fact, I have had a conversation like this around almost every romantic…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on February 7, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Spiritual Partnership Growing Pains

As a young woman, I was enamoured with the idea of a soul mate. I blame Richard Bach for this. I have since learned that what Richard Bach presented as soul mates may really have been more of a spiritual partnership. I was very captivated by books like Anam Cara, because it captured a feeling of longing that has been with me for a very long…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on January 29, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments

In the end, these things matter most...

In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go? - Siddhartha Gautama

Off and on, I turn my attention to dying. I have heard it said that our entire life in a preparation for our death, and I see the truth in that. If you believe that we are a spiritual being having a human experience, then we will return to soul, and the life we spent in human form was a learning playground to return to awareness of our spiritual…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on January 24, 2013 at 3:52pm — No Comments

The Reiki Grid and the Magical To Do List

It is so beautiful for me when I come upon the intersection of ideas that point to the same aspect of the Divine.   I truly believe that there is no one true spiritual belief, but there is One intelligent and infinite energy that imbues all of the Universe.  And sometimes the intersection of ideas makes that One very apparent to me.

I am a Reiki Master and Teacher.  Rei refers to God Consciousness, and Ki is life energy. …


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on January 19, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

When Hope Is All You Have...Its Not

Generally speaking, it is considered good to be thought of as a hopeful person. There are quotations like "Where there is life, there is hope", or "Hope springs eternal". These sayings are meant to give us light when we are in a dark tunnel. And I confess, I am a very hopeful person.

In this article, Romantic Comedies are Ruining Your Relationship, I was struck by the following: "Hollywood offers a counterfeit version of human interaction in which somebody clueless one day wakes up…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on January 18, 2013 at 3:14pm — No Comments

I Don't Want Happilly Ever After

AHA! moments happen when you least expect them, and often where you least expect them. (I know I am not the first person to have an epiphany while in the washroom, but it seems indelicate to include that in my Last night, I made a connection between a few random ideas that I suspect are profoundly meaningful for me. They are about The Story.


I have always loved to read, and I read Science Fiction and Fantasy the most. My favorite authors all probably tell some…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on January 8, 2013 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Reiki Master FInally Masters Level 1Reiki

The first level of Reiki is focused on self-healing. We teach that you can only heal others to the extent that you have healed yourself. (This may or may not be true, as sometimes intent can supersede all of this, but that is for another post). Most people look at Reiki Level 1 as a necessary hoop to jump to get to work with others and have a Reiki practice. As a Reiki master teacher, I have learned that Reiki Level 1 may be the most important level of all.

What manifests in our…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on January 7, 2013 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Suicide and the search for Personal Responsibility

Today as I drove in to work, I listened to a radio station put out the question: who is responsible for the suicide of the nurse in the Middleton prank case?  I heard callers respond with a range of reactions.  Some people spoke about the fact that the pranksters had willfully put the nurse in a no-win situation, and that even if she had not killed herself, she…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on December 10, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Love Is Not Enough

I was never one to read romance novels.  I was a Sci Fi chick, and read fantasy novels for the most part.  I was in love with Spock, Sherlock Holmes, and Peter Pan when I was growing up.  My favorite books were Anne McCaffrey's Dragon series, and Tolkien.  I devoured fairy tales from all cultures.  I suppose that I had romantic influences too, as I watched excellent TV like LoveBoat growing up! *L* But for the most part, I was less interested in the romance of stories like Cinderella or…


Added by Gail Matheson, PhD on December 5, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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