The Newsletter of 
 
DIANA RAAB, Ph.D.
 
MARCH 
 2015


"Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before."
~Joseph Campbell
 
  
 
Spring is the season which connotes new beginnings. Flowering plants bloom and animals come out of hibernation. The earth seems to transform and come alive again as crops are planted; the days get longer, and temperatures rise.

Springtime can also be seen as a time of growth, renewal, and a time to cultivate a new sense of self. It is a time to transform and awaken to the wonders of the world. This can be done by de-cluttering our lives-both physically and mentally-removing toxic thoughts, memories and resentments. What better time to start than now?

SUGGESTED READING (Alchemy / Transformation)


My dear friend and colleague, Jungian analyst Robbie Bosnak, is author of the newly released, historical novel,

Red Sulphur, an absolutely captivating story. Bosnak has been studying alchemy for over 40 years. Red Sulphur (Philosophers' Stone) is a universal medicine known to alchemists as being the source of all creative powers. Its mystery goes back to Egyptian times, inspiring them to reach for the stars at the heart of their metals. The Red Sulphur stone has been characterized as commanding life, deciding pasts, presents and futures. This sexy love story follows the lives of a famous alchemist and his two loves. Their lives matter deeply to Bosnak, and through them, we discover the force of red sulphur is made potent by desire. Thus, the more desire people have for one another, the more powerful the stone becomes. Red sulphur can only pass through channels of love. In essence, red sulphur has transformative powers; it brings clarity and delusion, yet at the same time can be a destructive force creating craving and addiction. Read this book and get a close look at transmutation, transformation, empowerment and synchronicity. Highly recommended!

 

  
Speaking of synchronicity and inherent to this discussion on alchemy, the 25th anniversary edition of

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho landed on my desk last month. While I tried reading this book years ago, this time I actually made it through to the end. I was fascinated by its timeless wisdom. The story is based on a man's search for some unknown treasure while traveling, only to learn that all the while, the treasure was within him. It is very human to have desires and dreams. In this book, one learns that if you want something badly enough, the universe conspires to help you get it. In his Foreword, Coehlo confesses that by sharing stories we are never alone, and that even if we have different beliefs from our neighbors or our enemies, through stories we can begin to understand one other person's soul. In and of itself, this can be a way to unite us, establish interconnectedness and help build bridges. A poignant and timeless book!


UPCOMING APPEARANCES


March 2015 (presentation / workshop) Sacred Space, Summerland, CA-just added the following sessions, due to popular demand. There are only a few spots left:

 $135 for all 3 classes:

March 7th - Journaling
March 14th - Memoir Writing
March 21st - What's your story?

April 11, 2015 (workshop)."Writing With Lust: Personal Writing for Transformation and Empowerment."  The Open Center
New York, NY. 9:30-5:30.

TRAVELS

Miravel, Tuscon, AZ: For Valentine's Day I went to Miravel for a little retreat. Delightful, enlightening and relaxing. This was my seventh

visit and I never miss a chance to have a Spirit Flight with Dr. Tim Frank, a life-changing event. Also had the opportunity, with his partner, Pam Lancaster, to learn how to use Tibetan sound bowls. Sound healing with Tibetan bowls is a proven and effective way of using vibrational sounds to improve health, help reduce stress, create peace, and alter consciousness. Highly recommended!

 

PUBLICATION NEWS

"Pick Up." A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal. Vol. 12. Feb. 2015.

"My Father's Obsessions." Parents Anthology. Sally Leyman.

SUGGESTIONS?

If there are any subjects you would like me to write about, or special interests you'd like to see discussed, please send me an email.  
MARCH WRITING PROMPT

Write about a time in your life when you felt most transformed.

Love, peace and lust,
Diana

P.S. Please send any comments to diana@dianaraab.com.
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