Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Bruce Dickson
Holistic Psychology for all self-healers and all methods of Energy Medicine ~ Best Practices in Energy Medicine book series (19+), sessions in Health Intuition by phone-Skype. Initial gift sessions by request.
Holistic Psychology for all self-healers and all methods of Energy Medicine ~ Best Practices in Energy Medicine book series (19+), sessions in Health Intuition by phone-Skype. Initial gift sessions by request.


Post has attachment
A reply to Gregg Henriques on the Psychology Today site.  Gregg is perhaps the most recent modern deep public thinker on psychology. Mishal, is on the right track. [quote=Anonymous]Psychology is a social science.. It is the scientific study of behavior…
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Goethe remains one of the more remarkable throw-forwards of the 1700s. The historical “Romantic period” and the early German Romantics, were all characterized by deeper, more sensitive iNtuitive Feeling. In modern terms we would say they were among the…
Add a comment...

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Gene Anger
It supports my idea Spirit's engame of the whole Trump debacle was to wake up women to their own healthy influence on the world stage.

Wow, heard her on…/womens-anger-and-kavanaughs-ra…/

Full book review…/…/

Rebecca Traister offers a bracing, virtuosic examination of female anger and its power to make history.

To enter the splendid core of ire and intelligence coursing through Rebecca Traister’s third book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger,” is to be sustained by its heat, invigorated, galvanized. ...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Vote progressive on Nov. 6! CHART of how many Progressive orgs are for and against which ballot props.
Additional Progressive voting guides for comparison:
Los Angeles, CA Progressive Voter Guide - Candidates & Judges for June 2018
Sierra Club Endorsements - November 6. 2018 General Elections
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
GOOD NEWS, Ninja Nation franchises for kids are replacing last-gen Chuck-e-Cheese and other toxic kids attractions. Ninja Nation does parties and birthdays. I think Friday evenings are an open house. Not sure of their national distrubtions of sites. Several competing chains all with the healthy ANWarrior vibe.
Short video of kids stepping into their onw more competent, self-assured selves.
Ninja Nation
Ninja Nation
Add a comment...

Post has shared content

Post has attachment
Can Waldorf education evolve? Will it?

Coinciding with Waldorf's 100th birthday, a proposal for a theme for the second 100 years of Waldorf ed: Team Human K-12 education.

In 2016 Douglas Rushkoff proposed humanity as a team sport; everyone is on

Team Human - tho not everyone recognizes-acknowledges this yet.

A healthy response to Faustian "Team Machine," programming people to conform to technology, is "Team Human."

Team Human is a delightful counter to dystopian futures predominating in 2018.

Check out Doug's podcast

Engaging new generations to innovate socially and culturally. Sound familiar? Team Human proposes how to refresh Waldorf schools as "seedbeds of social-cultural innovation."

In the next 100 years, let's create another 2,000 practical seedbeds prototyping alternatives to dystopia.

This is the first text I know of written for BOTH private-independent and public charter Waldorf teachers and trainees.

Simply organized around What is "real work" relative to the Land of Childhood?

- What is "real work" for children?,
- What is "real work" for teacher trainees? 
- What is "real work" for parents? 
- What is "real work" for everyone, at a K-12 community center pointing towards
positive futures for humanity?

The endgame? Graduates who are:

- Emotionally Intelligent, 
- self-propelled problem-solvers, and
- cooperative-collaborative, willing and able to play on a team or lead a team.

Read as much or as little as you like. Three SECTIONS are divided over five volumes of about 150 pages each:

Part ONE ~ Theme of Team Human K-12 ed. Couple introductions. "What is Real work for Children?" Lays out the 100-year-old wisdom of Sensitive Periods and how our Outer Game of Life as a child, becomes our Inner Game of Life - as an adult.

Part TWO ~ "What is Real work for Teachers & Teacher-trainees?" Annotated short history of childhood. Annotated short summaries of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and related Best Progressive K-12 Practices from outside Classic Waldorf.

Part THREE ~ What is Real work for Parents and Everyone at a school? "Classic Waldorf is primarily characterized by its metaphors" (UNESCO). Waldorf metaphors universally useful. School as a person. School as a Commons. WHO do we graduate? Conclusions. 

Comments, corrections, additions on this entire effort are welcomed. 
Written primarily for teacher trainees, I hope this usefully outlines ideas for Team Human parent education. Feel free to be creative with these topics with your local stakeholders.

CAN Waldorf evolve in its second 100 years? If so, in the USA, HOW might it evolve more workably?

A truly USA version of Waldorf hardly developed. My vague sense of this slippery topic is, at their peaks, Kimberton, Great Barrington and Summerhiil exemplified the peak of a truly USA Waldorf (perhaps they still do).

Up to 1995 and the advent of Waldorf-methods charters, the rest of USA Classic Waldorf schools were European-Waldorf-lite, european-centric - both helpfully and unhelpfully for a truly USA Waldorf.

Briefly, for an authentic USA Waldorf to emerge, schools will have to embrace North American genius in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, interpersonal competency, personal growth, and healthy group process. More openness to compatible innovations and self-assessments from outside the 'Classic Waldorf box' will be a big part.

Can USA Waldorf evolve? Should it evolve? Let's hope the answer is "yes" to both. 

Waldorf100 video (17-min.)
2019 is Waldorf education's 100 year anniversary. If Waldorf ed is new to you, check out the Waldorf100 video on YouTube to feel its worldwide, international momentum for yourself. Celebrate here:

Above is the latest version of the description for the forthcoming book, Growing Sustainable Children and Schools Worthy of Our Affection
Team Human K-12 Teacher Training; 
Waldorf 2.0 for Public Schools, Local Assembly Required
How to Re-Invent Face-to-Face Culture Series
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
I vote for a new version of Naomi Alderman's The Power with alternative 2nd 3rd acts

Script Doctor Department. #2 of two articles reviewing The Power.
Spoiler Alert ~ The ending is exposed.

The first 100 pages of The Power depict a positive Arab Spring uprising for all women worldwide. It's sketched and painted with great imagination and detail in setting, characters and plotting.

After heading up, in an upward spiral, after page 100 in the paper edition, it nosedives--everything arcs negative. The remainder to the last scene, is a downward spiral, an unremitting dystopia, equal or worse than Blade Runner.

The Power has no climatic scene given its plotting. Why? We infer the climatic scene is worldwide nuclear war. Naomi soft-pedals this ending to The Power: domination by women is as bad or worse than the corporate, oligarchy male-domination we have now.

Hence, the book seems so at odds with itself. It begins with an Arab Spring for women worldwide, a hopeful way forward, even if the future is unknown. After page 100, it arcs towards nuclear war to knock civilization back to the Stone Age, to recover in 5,000 years, with women now the dominant gender and gender relations as dysfunctional as they are now--except the roles are reversed. Ha ha.

quote The Power underlines how our systems of governance and socio-cultural practices are poisoned at the root by inequalities of power. It shows us simplistic responses to this problem will only perpetuate the rot in a different pattern" - Victoria Hoyle -

quote ...[The story is] a tacit argument: a more equitable society is impossible.
The battle of the sexes is exactly that—a battle. Someone has to win, and someone has to lose. Alderman explains, as the behavior of women around the world gets increasingly sadistic, they’re doing it “because they can.”

quote Tunde and Roxy, finding themselves betrayed by their loved ones, can only equivocate the traitors did it “because they could.” There’s no sense [intelligence?] in anything anyone is doing—only the instinct to exert control. ...

The abuse of power is integral to society, she argues, no matter who’s wielding it. ... - A stunning new speculative-fiction book by Naomi Alderman couldn’t be more timely by SOPHIE GILBERT )Oct 2017) -

If we take as our departure point, an Arab Spring for women worldwide, this wonderful concept is trashed by executing it in THE MOST SAVAGE WAY POSSIBLE in the 2nd - 3rd acts.

Women go from mostly helpless, hopeful, sympathetic victims to comic book super villains. Not even a comic book would accept this extreme a character arc.
Drugs enter, but to no positive end. Seemingly drugs enter to verify-validate electricity in women's bodies can only lead to worldwide nuclear warfare.

Savage, swearing F _ _ _ appears hundreds of time to no real point except uncontrolled, unmitigated anger, that I can see. For me, the swearing drags the tone down, further and further away from the best women can offer humanity; probably also, turning away female iNtuitive Feeler readers most likely to respond to the first 100 pages.

Whose interests does women destroying the world, serve?

I think the only interests a negative conclusion to a positive Arab Spring for woman serves is--authors and readers with a lack of moral imagination. The proponents of an apocalypse as the best we can hope for.

How to tell if you have a lack of a moral imagination: If a zombie apocalypse is the most positive or most exciting future you can imagine--you have a lack of moral imagination.

Early on in the novel, I was hopeful about the gritty British crime family angle thru Roxy. However this plot-line is dragged down into a negative drug cartel plot; finally, to a Frankenstein-level horror--to no positive end. Why? To prove power corrupts both men and woman equally? A fantastic early premise wasted on a banal conclusion? What a waste.

What happened? Was author Naomi Alderman unable to draw on her Orthodox Jewish upbringing and current life in Hendon, England to imagine a novel about an Arab Spring for women, with anything but a tragic ending for the world?

The Power as story is very close to saying, "If women take over the world, power will corrupt them just like it did men. Either way, whichever gender is in charge, we end up with a horrible dystopia."

Q: What if all I want as a reader is an engaging, confrontational thought experiment, as much science fiction is?

A: Then the whole book may be enjoyable to you as dystopian fantasy, a dystopia where, arguably, women screw up the entire world worse than men did, pressing the the nuclear button.

We don't need another "confrontational thought experiment" (Victoria Holye's phrase).

If you as reader have a healthy moral imagination, I think you want more from a novel, which begins so promisingly, with an Arab Spring for women worldwide.

We need new Stories of Restoration for the majority of humanity, as many such stories as possible. SOME of them will be practical and do-able. People will try them. Experiments will happen and improvements circulated.

On the level of the politics of writing, The Power is a betrayal of the healthy Divine Feminine archetype. Could a male author have gotten away with portraying women as brutes equal to or worse than men?

Healthy Stories of Restoration, incorporating healthy expressions of the Divine Feminine archetype are struggling to be born in our inter-cultural moment 2008-2025. Oligarchy and corporation-driven-pop-culture are exhausted. No new Stories of Restoration coming form those sources.

Complicating matters, new Stories of Restoration, incorporating healthy expressions of the Divine Feminine archetype, cannot focus on the corrupted, goddessy, Divine Feminine, commonly expressed in the 1990s which arises perennially since. What was missing with goddessy approaches then and now is healthy moral imagination, the Divine Feminine as bringer of the waters of life in some new expression, still obscure to me in Sept 2018.

Naomi, can you write an alternative 2nd - 3rd act to The Power?
This would be another entire novel or taking up from after page 100, with an entirely new direction and goal.

I am definitely open to Naomi or another author writing an alternate 2nd and 3rd act to the original thought experiment, one where, the better side of women, comes forward more and the Divine Feminine spreads her wings further.
If not, maybe fan fiction writers can accomplish this.

I can only pray we get a new author or authors with as much talent as Naomi has for characters and settings.

If ever a positive use for fan fiction, this is it
Who has ideas for a better second and third act? Where can we discuss this?

To Learn More

George Monbiot's Story of Restoration: George Monbiot: our most practical plan for a positive future in the direction of Sanders-Corbyn

Bruce has a screenplay in a drawer where the Divine Feminine breaks out and comes forward as the climax of the third act. Contact him for details. It won an award in a contest. It needs an agent.

SIDEBAR ~ The Power as 180 degrees from Angel Island (1914)

Towards a new 3nd and 3rd acts, consider how The Power is a kind of negative-mirror reflection of Angel Island (1914)

quote "... Gillmore’s largely forgotten novel Angel Island (1914). A precursor of Herland, it tells the story of five men shipwrecked on an apparently deserted South Pacific island who discover that they are being visited and observed by five magnificent winged women. At first, the men are smitten and awed, but they soon decide that they must capture the women and force them to mate and breed: “The future justifies anything. If these girls don’t come to terms, they must be made to come to terms.” With mirrors, scarves, and shiny jewelry plundered from the ship, they lure the women into a hut they call the Clubhouse; lock them in; tie them to the walls with “their hands pinioned in front of them”; and then, as the women struggle and scream, cut off their wings with shears they have been sharpening in preparation.

"The Angels survive, but without their wings they are tamed, docile, and helpless, barely able to walk on their vestigial feet, and totally dependent on the men. They marry their captors and have children. But when they realize that the men are also planning to shear the budding wings of their little daughters, their leader Julia decides that “we must stop wanting to fly, we women. We must stop wasting our energy brooding over what’s past… we must learn to walk.” In great pain, they learn to hobble, then to run, on their tiny feet, and to fly on their stubby wings (reshorn every six months). In a triumphant scene, they escape with the children. But the book doesn’t end there. They don’t drop a boulder on the Clubhouse, or go home to their mother country. Instead, the men apologize and successfully persuade the women to return, promising to shear no more. Indeed, the Angels are overjoyed to be reunited with their husbands and, having won this concession, are ready to share their power to fly with the men. Soon, Julia bears a son with wings.

"Ursula LeGuin, who wrote the introduction to a reprint of Angel Island in 1988, pointed out that Gillmore handled the shearing scene “evasively”; it’s not shown as a “general sadomasochistic orgy.” Moreover, “the women don’t even act angry. They weep. They go a bit crazy and come out of it.” They don’t plot to fight back or wield some shears of their own.

"Nonetheless, LeGuin concludes, underplaying a bloody scene and avoiding a bloody response was to Gillmore’s credit. “By giving us neither, Gillmore leaves herself room to show… a real, effective anger, which does not express itself in violence.” LeGuin argues Gillmore wanted us “all to fly, together”—an uplifting and utopian feminist ending ...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Naomi Alderman’s The Power points to a widespread lack of Moral Imagination

Spoiler alert ~ By all means do read the first 100 pages of The Power. It's a wonderful, hopeful first act of an Arab Spring for all women worldwide, told with admirable artistry in setting, characters and plotting.

From this point on, this review assumes you have read the book. 

If you haven't read the book and wish to read on, the NYTimes has a wonderful thumbnail: The Power, by Naomi Alderman. (Little, Brown, $26.) In this fierce, unsettling novel, the ability to generate a dangerous electrical force from their bodies lets women take control, resulting in a vast, systemic upheaval of gender dynamics across the globe. Through immersive prose and a riveting plot,

Alderman explores how power corrupts everyone: those who gain it, and those resisting its loss —

Reflects the schizophrenia since 1985 or earlier

I agree Naomi is very talented. What I discus here is how The Power accurately reflects the schizophrenia visible since pop culture took over from Establishment culture. I do NOT suggest this comes form any issue of Naomi’s. 

The Power seems like two books, the second one written by an entirely different author. The first book ends after page 100 in the original paper edition from the library. The difference between the first 100 pages and the remainder of the novel is so great, the first half might have been written by Dr. Jekyll, the second section written by Mr. Hyde.

To explain the schizophrenia, useful to frame The Power by two highlights:

1) an outpouring of repressed yearning and rage by women wronged by men. “One of the most succinct definitions of sexual harassment I’ve read over the past few weeks goes like this: It’s anything a man might say to a woman; which if the male speaker was in prison, would make him uncomfortable, if it were said to him by another man” — SOPHIE GILBERT in "What If Women Had The Power? " — SOPHIE GILBERT (Oct 2017) —

2) a widespread lack of Moral Imagination among authors and the public, especially obvious in pop culture.

What’s “moral imagination”?

“Edmund Burke ... the idea our ethics should transcend our own personal experience and embrace the dignity of the human race." 

The last time we had some healthy mainstream moral imagination? Bernie Sanders in 2016, Jeremy Corbyn in the UK. Before that, we have to go all the way back to JFK's inaugural address, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for [the majority of your fellow citizens]"

The Power is part of a pattern of dystopian futures in pop culture. Sci-fi lead with its dystopias in book and movies--until 1990s video games like Resident Evil took over and did dystopia bigger and better.

Since the 1960s, in pop culture, Imagination is increasingly used for character, settings, plotting--in fact--for everything BUT--envisioning a better future for the majority. Ecotopia Rising and Ecotopia together is the only pop culture exception I can think of.

If like me, you found the first 100 pages enjoyable; then, found the rest harder or impossible to read because of its negativity; then, you may have moral imagination.

“Alderman sees herself as part of the [Me Too anger] wave. “Some of the news has sort of caught up to the book in this very strange way,” she told the Times. “Both have been part of a growing anger over the past decade, which, to me, related to the increasing visibility of certain kinds of misogyny” — (I think from online article about Naomi, but I’ve misplaced the link).

The Power is part of something else too. Since the 1990s, a growing wave of very aggressive, savage dystopias, zombie apocalypses being the most numerous. 

How to tell if you personally have a lack of a moral imagination: If one flavor of zombie apocalypse, is the most positive or exciting future you can imagine--you may have a lack of a moral imagination.

The Power is nothing less than a male-nominator's worst nightmare, every woman turned into a zombie who wants to kill him — and can--without any external tool or weapon. 

In this novel, we have a toxic portrayal of all women, written by a woman. 
I come at this book, and women in general, from an Energy Medicine perspective. I'm aware how much healing occurs thru the grace of the Divine Feminine — not the corrupt goddessy feminine of the 1990s . I talk with and listen to the feminine in my unconscious. 

Therefore, the scenes with Mother Eve and her inner voice, up to page 100, interested me greatly. Mother Eve has an inner voice guiding her. Thru page 100, the larger agenda of the voice is unknown. The reader is invited to wonder if the voice is imagined by Mother Eve herself, or is possibly an authentic, possibly Angelic perspective.

Past page 100, more and more towards the end, readers must reframe the voice as demonic, possibly as desiring world destruction or at least, wanting female-initiated world war, in whose aftermath, female domination is as bad or worse than male domination was. Could the second part of the Power be no more than an unconscious revenge fantasy? What a waste of the first act.

The possibility the voice comes from Mother Eve’s own psyche and her trauma, does not excuse the nuclear war outcome from making women the “bad guy.”  A big contrast from the first 100 pages.

... To a woman with a skein, any kind of confrontation looks like a fight (paraphrase from the book or from a review, not an exact quote).

In counseling and Energy Medicine, we would ask, What if any woman with a skein assesses any interpersonal confrontation as an opportunity for connection and healing?

We are bad but not this bad

"While I understand a dystopian novel will focus on the negative characters bringing the world to a bleak ending, I found this novel’s unremitting depiction of all humans unrealistic to the point of frustration. Surely there are some decent males in our current society. Yet in this book all men but one are depicted as murderers and rapists. The women depicted in the new order are no better. For me the book lacked a nuanced depiction of humanity where not everyone is corrupted by power" - Female reader review of the Power on Amazon -

The Power, even if it doesn’t provide a roadmap to a better world, provokes questions with its conclusion. What kind of weight, you wonder, might it take to tilt the scale toward a more even balance? What kind of pain would be necessary, and justifiable, to achieve it? — SOPHIE GILBERT (Oct 2017) —

If after the first 100 pages of The Power, you wish to switch to a novel, in a similar vein, with an upbeat ending, Ecotopia Rising and Ecotopia is the only choice I can think of--so far.

A second article on suggests how a new novel, starting from the same place, with an upbeat ending, could happen.
= = = =
Author, Health Intuitive, Bruce Dickson online:
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
A clear Story of Restoration for orderly transfer of wealth from 1% to the 99% with local control of what happens.
Add a comment...
Wait while more posts are being loaded