Many Grandmothers

By Celia Coates It’s been a while – in a 1997 magazine article Molly Giles asked, “Where are the old ladies now?” She described where they were when she was a child, “They used to be everywhere. One sat on every front porch, park bench and bus stop of the town where I grew up….

Consciousness and Healing

By Celia Coates In medical school Rajiv Parti was taught that, “If you can’t touch it, hear it, or see it on a monitor, send it to psych.”  It was a maxim that made sense to him until he died and came back to life. Near Death Experiences (NDEs) such as the one he had,…

Dealing With Distraction

By Celia Coates Virginia Satir was a leading light in the early days of family therapy. In 1972 she published PEOPLEMAKING, a book that was assigned reading when I was studying the dynamics of human relationships some years later. Recently I remembered the quartet of defensive personality types Satir described – four styles of communication…

The Sense of Wonder

By Celia Coates It’s rare that the introduction to a book is as fine as the book itself, but the one written by Linda Lear for Rachel Carson’s THE SENSE OF WONDER is a lovely equal to her text. Lear wrote: Carson urges us to explore nature with feelings and emotions, to use all our…

Making the Invisible Visible

By Brenda Molloy The image that leads this post, “Waves of Energy,” is from my new series, SOURCED FROM THE INFINITE. It is accompanied by a quote from Richard Thieme: “Once we break through fear, there is nothing but space, sheer possibility. Then we can fly.”  In making fractal art I work with formulas and…

LEARNING TO HATE …

NEW SCIENTIST is one of my favorite magazines and more than one WINN post has included research found on its pages. The first one, two years ago, presented a charming discovery that involved diversity and cooperation in the natural world. Researchers had found that “a crab, a shrimp and a fish” had teamed up for their…

Healing and the Practice of Medicine – The Work of Evarts Loomis, M.D.

Evarts Loomis (1910 – 2003) was a pioneering physician. Last year I had the good fortune to read the unpublished manuscript about his practice of holistic medicine. He preferred to be called Evarts rather than Dr. Loomis, and here are a few excerpts from his writing that let us know something about him. Evarts wrote:…

Beyond the Bonds of Time

By Bernice H. Hill The first week with Ed in the hospital didn’t seem so bad – a time of innocence. Images of the following weeks play across my mind: the drip of the chemo, the night nurse taking a temperature, the fish tank in the waiting room, doctors clustered and non-committal. By the third…

Courage, States of Consciousness, and Edgar Mitchell

The Apollo 14 astronaut and extraordinary researcher of states of consciousness, Edgar Mitchell, was the subject of two posts published on June 9, 2016 that still reflect core ideas for WINN. I hope you will scroll back down and click on “older posts” to find them. It’ll take a long moment to click seven times, but…

Healing and Wolves

For this week’s WINNpost, here are two deeply enjoyable videos: First, And then,

Stephen Levine On Dealing With Fear

  Humans are unique among animals because we can feel fear just by thinking about frightening possibilities. We live in a time filled with more than the usual personal, political, and global alarms and I found this statement by Stephen Levine helpful for dealing with today’s reality: “Clearly all fear has an element of resistance…

How Should We Face Cancer?

Josh Friedman, screenwriter and producer of TERMINATOR and soon, AVATAR 4, wrote recently in TIME that after John McCain’s brain cancer was made public, we “…watched a lot of well-meaning people tell a brave man to be brave.” * When Friedman was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few years ago brave is not how he…