Walking between the worlds

January 9, 2008

I sit at my dining room table watching the cardinals feasting. The finches flit around – seeking shelter in their very own private feeder. The dog is orgasmically chewing on her beef bone – absolutely in the moment in her work. Open before me are two books – one on each side of the table. One book is The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook: Alternative Methods For Understanding And Treating Mental Disorders and the other is the DSM IV TR. I move from one side of the table to another.

Last night I read the introductory comments on the origins of the DSM IV and why we need it to create a common language of communication. Dutifully I took notes, wondering how this class is going to play out. Feeling the resistance that rises in me whenever I am asked to return to my Athena ways of splitting things into categories and making rational decisions.

This morning, I sit on the opposite side of the table – reading the introductory comments in the Psychospiritual book and understand why we need a common language.


I know I have been absent here a lot the past few months. I find that when something has to be eliminated from my life – this is what goes to the bottom of the list. I don’t know that anything is going to change about this for awhile. It is a season in my life where most of my writing is being done in other places. Perhaps I will return one day on a regular basis. Perhaps this experience is drawing to a close. Perhaps.

One comment

  1. Just thought you’de like to hear about INREES. This new society is currently working on redefining aspects of the DSM IV . More here :


    Take care.

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