Last night I (voluntarily) attended one of those newfangled emerging church services, and believe it or not the homily was on Galatians 4:1-7. So I’ll take that as a sign that I’m on the right topic. I have more thoughts on Galatians, but meanwhile I’m still trying to get up some momentum for starting a therapy practice. Yesterday I drafted a summary of the approach I’d like to pursue, in case any potential clients ever happened to find me. What do you think?
THE SALON POSTISME
Do you ever get the feeling that you’d be fine if only the world was different? That if you could just transport yourself to another reality, your weaknesses would turn into strengths, your failures into successes, your indifference into enthusiasm, your frustration into fulfillment? A reality where value isn’t just market value, where you make something besides money, where spending time isn’t just wasting time? A reality where people engage each other instead of undermining or ignoring one another. Maybe there really is such a reality. Maybe you just can’t see it or find your way in. Or maybe it can’t fully come into existence until you start living in it.
Realities are systems of meaning that link individuals to the world and to other people. A reality isn’t just in the world or in your head; it’s more like a web of meaning that links you to the world and to other people. A web of reality is knit together from multiple interlacing strands of meaning: beauty, danger, money, security, sex, power, and so on. We assume there is only a single reality, that multiple realities are the stuff of fantasy and science fiction. But we actually participate in multiple realities every day, depending on what’s motivating us at the moment and what signals we’re attuned to in our surroundings. An unlimited number of overlapping realities can coexist in the world.
Most of the time we participate in realities without paying conscious attention. But we can pay attention; we can become aware of realities and the strands of meaning that comprise them. We can learn what attracts us to certain realities, what repels us from others, what keeps us unaware of still others. We can understand the ways in which realities shape us, and the ways we shape realities. We can become reality travelers, linking ourselves to the world and to to other people in ways that we might never have imagined possible.
The Salon Postimse:
• Portals, Intervals, Alternate Realities
• Deterritorialization, Flows, Differance
• Discovery, Creation, Revelation
Proprietor: John Doyle
• M.Div., Ph.D. (psychology)
• by appointment