Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The White Stag in Your Life: You're on the Course for your Soul

Well, it's been a nice break. I took off a few months to complete some studies on psychopathology and crime. I'm preparing books on the nature of abuse by others, which includes narcissistic abuse. Look for books in the future on Healing Your Soul of Pain, as well as some fun metaphoric books on abuse by narcissists and the PTSD they create: The Vampire Whisperer.

Today, I saw an article about a boy, 11, who shot his fall buck, and killed a white deer. He used a high powered cross bow, which is shot more like a rifle than a bow.

I'm not a hunter or gun owner but am from a family of those and live in a hunting state. I respect his fall hunt and use of the rifle, although I live in the fantasy of most: we are red meat eaters but don't realize that hunting was the basis for our tradition. So, this boy has fulfilled a human task of hunting, and I respect him for that.




Albino white deer:

It is very interesting about true game hunters. The have respect for the wildlife and their guns. True hunters control and lock their weapons, take classes on safety, and follow licensed guidelines. I've never seen a true hunter involved in abuse of their weapons. Nor, do they fight or need to have a weapon on them at all times (like so many Constitutionalists in my State, as well as State legislators backed by Alec.org)



      The Wisconsin White Deer, not albino. normal colored eyes, white skin and hair.


You see true hunters in Cabelas buying some new gear, watching hours of the hunting channel, or cleaning gear. The same goes for the many range shooters in my State. Like a person that has learned to box, they don't need show off weapons or use them wantonly.

These hunters are not those with criminal, naive, or mass killer use of weapons.  That is another type of person. I wrote a book after the Sandy Hook incident, primarily to document the use of weapons tied to psychopathology. There are people that should not have guns or have contact with them. And, as a culture, we need to find ways to soften use of assault weaponry in our society, particularly that in video games.

Ok, we have a boy that shot his white deer, and did what is appropriate for our American culture. He'll be proud and remembered!  There is another side of the white deer though, that I don't fault this boy for not knowing. Sometimes there is a buck or monstrous trout that when seen, the hunter or fisher let's live out it's life in respect. The gun or bow are drawn. But, the human is in awe of the power, force, and grandeur of the rare creature.

This deer shot was an albino. There are white deer in North America and around that world that are not albino (having white hair and normal colored eyes). This non-albino deer is the related to the White Stag of mythology, and has symbolism for each of us.

The White Stag, often seen in movies such as Harry Potter or read in the Legends of King Arthur, is an animal connected with the earth, nature, unusual powers and ultimately, some connection with God. The White Stag can also appear as a sign of confirmation, that you are on the right path, or "in the right" in your life's path. To see the White Stag is not just special, it is a profound sign in life.

Sir Baden Powell said of the White Stag:

The White Stag has a message for you. Hunters of old pursued the miraculous stag, not because they expected to kill it, but because it led them in the joy of the chase to new and fresh adventures, and so to capture happiness. You may look on the White Stag as the true spirit of Scouting, springing forward and upward, ever leading you onward to leap over difficulties, to face new adventures in your active pursuit of the higher aims of Scouting.
—Baden-Powell's farewell speech to the Scouts.


Are you looking for your White Stag in your life, a confirmation that you are ok and on the right path? It will appear, if you are worthy. Worthy means truly seeking a life of meaning, wholeness, spirituality (of that that means to you), and humanity to others and to nature.


Here is some more information on the mythology of the white stag, found at
www.protectthewhitedeer.com.



White Deer Culture and History

White deer in myths and legendsIMG_0999From Advocacy For Animals: http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2008/12/the-white-deer-at-the-seneca-army-depot/

In certain cultures around the world, European, Native American, and Asian, there have been stories and myths told about white deer.
In European mythology magical animals are striking in appearance owing to their supernatural shape, color, speed, and power; a frequent attribute of those animals is an unnatural white color.

In Celtic mythology the pursuit of supernatural animals is a common theme. The white stag or hart often appears in the forests around King Arthur’s court, sending the knights on adventures against gods and fairies. One fable relates how King Arthur arrived at Sir Pellinore’s well, a magical site, without his hunting party or his horse after pursuing a white deer. The white stag was also the heraldic symbol of England’s King Richard II.
In Hungarian mythology a white stag led the brothers Hunor and Magar to settle in Scythia and to establish the Hun and Magyar people.

In Native American mythology there is the Chickasaw legend, Ghost of the White Deer.  There is also a Lenape legend about white deer that predicts that when a pair of all-white deer is seen together, it is a sign that the indigenous peoples of the Dawnland will all come together and lead the world with their wisdom.
Many tribes and indigenous peoples throughout the world have similar myths. The Seneca, Roanoke, Algonquin, Nanticoke, and Pocomoke tribes all relate sightings of the Great White Deer.
In Kamakura, Japan, the Engakuji Temple, which was founded in 1282, is the head of a branch school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. There a herd of divine white deer are said to have emerged from a cave to listen to the sermon of the temple’s founder the day it opened.

The white stag in British myth and legendFrom Mail Online: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1233644/Pictured-Mythical-white-stag-forests-Gloucestershire.html
White stags have long been associated with mythology and legend, an elusive yet magnificent beast.
King Arthur was left frustrated by his attempts to capture one, as were the Kings and Queens of Narnia, who chased the creature through the woods and found themselves tumbling out of a wardrobe.
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White deer, closely identified with unicorns, have been potent figures in the mythology of many cultures.
It is said to be bad luck to kill one. According to the Scots legend, in 1128, David I, King of Scotland decided to go hunting on the Feast Day of the Holy Rood, against the wishes of his priest. While hunting he saw a huge white stag, or “hart”, and while giving chase he was thrown from his horse.
The white hart charged forward to kill him, so David – son of Malcolm Canmore and St. Margaret – called on God to save him. As the king grasped the hart’s antlers, they miraculously turned into a large cross, and the beast raised its head and vanished. Inspired by his vision, King David built a shrine to the Holy Rood – meaning Holy Cross – on the spot where the miracle occurred.
The ruin of Holyrood Abbey can still be seen today, at the foot of the Royal Mile next to Holyrood Palace. The White Hart Inn in Edinburgh’s grassmarket, reputedly the oldest pub in the capital, took its name from the legend.
The Celts considered white stags to be messengers from the “other world” and their appearance was said to herald some profound change in the lives of those who encountered them.

In the Chronicles of Narnia, the White Stag is fabled to grant wishes to whoever catches him. And in the Arthurian legend, the white stag is the creature that can never be caught. King Arthur’s repeatedly unsuccessful pursuit of the white stag represents mankind’s quest for spiritual knowledge.
In Christianity a white stag was said to be instrumental in the conversion of the martyr Saint Eustace after he saw a vision of the animal that told him he would suffer for Christ.
White deer in Native American cultureWhite deer have been respected and revered throughout human history.  Native Americans especially considor.....


more at their site:

 Protect the White Deer
» White Deer Culture and History - White Deer Mythology

For today, this young man shot his albino white deer. But, if you see the true White Stag, be in awe, don't shoot.....it may be part of you!

Dr. Charles Bunch, Boise, Idaho

Clinical Therapist


healing comments welcome!











Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Making Connection Between Bullying, Health Problems

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Stress News -- ScienceDaily

Making Connection Between Bullying, Health Problems

The subject of bullying has become a topic of academic interest over the past decade, as scientists and social scientists delve into the psychological and physiological effects for both the bullied and the bully. New research into bullying focuses on the relationship between social pain and physical pain. Social pain brought on by rejection and victimization predicts hormonal changes that can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure, abdominal pain, headaches and joint pain. For example, changes in cortisol, “the stress hormone,” have been linked to being bullied.



Anger Management News -- ScienceDaily

Making Connection Between Bullying, Health Problems

The subject of bullying has become a topic of academic interest over the past decade, as scientists and social scientists delve into the psychological and physiological effects for both the bullied and the bully. New research into bullying focuses on the relationship between social pain and physical pain. Social pain brought on by rejection and victimization predicts hormonal changes that can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure, abdominal pain, headaches and joint pain. For example, changes in cortisol, “the stress hormone,” have been linked to being bullied.




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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ties between alcohol, PTSD examined

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Ties between alcohol, PTSD examined

Alcohol abuse occurs in 52% of men and 28% of women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Comorbid alcoholism and PTSD leads more frequently to low income, unemployment, and overall social dysfunction than either condition on its own, in part due to the clinical challenges their simultaneous treatment poses. Researchers set out to examine relationships between the factors contributing to these challenges.




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Friday, May 16, 2014

Reduction in volume in hippocampus region of brain seen in psychotic disorders

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Bipolar Disorder News -- ScienceDaily

 photo 3507626_zps9d225859.gifReduction in volume in hippocampus region of brain seen in psychotic disorders

Reduction in brain volume in the hippocampus (a region related to memory) was seen in patients with the psychotic disorders schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and psychotic bipolar disorder. The pathophysiology of psychotic disorders remains unclear, especially schizoaffective disorder. Changes in volume in the hippocampus are a hallmark of schizoaffective disorder. Advances in image processing allow for the precise parceling of specific hippocampal areas.




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War and Peace (of Mind): Mindfulness training for military could help them deal with stress

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Mindfulness training -- a combination of meditation and body awareness exercises -- can help U.S. Marine Corps personnel prepare for and recover from stressful combat situations. The study suggests that incorporating meditative practices into pre-deployment training might be a way to help the U.S. military reduce rising rates of stress-related health conditions, including PTSD, depression and anxiety, within its ranks.




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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Victims want to change, not just punish, offenders

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 photo 3507626_zps9d225859.gifVictims want to change, not just punish, offenders

Revenge is a dish best served with a side of change. A series of experiments conducted has found that punishment is only satisfying to victims if the offenders change their attitude as a result of the punishment. The findings offer insights into a wide range of situations -- from casual encounters to the sentencing of a criminal. And the research advances efforts in psychology and philosophy to understand the social motives of punishment and the communicative aspects of punishment.




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Monday, May 12, 2014

Intimate partner violence in men who have sex with men is linked to adverse health effects

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Intimate partner violence in men who have sex with men is linked to adverse health effects

Intimate partner violence among men who have sex with men (MSM) is linked to greater risk of mental and physical health symptoms, substance misuse, and sexually transmitted infections, according to a new research article.




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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone App detects mood swings via voice analysis

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Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone App detects mood swings via voice analysis

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person’s voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder. While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.


Antipsychotic medication associated with reduced rate of violent crime

People who use antipsychotic medication -- such as clozapine or risperidone -- to treat psychiatric illness are nearly half as likely to commit a violent crime compared to when they are not using such medication, according to new results published in The Lancet. The use of mood stabilizing drugs -- such as lithium or carbamazepine -- is also associated with a reduced rate of violent crime, although the reduction is less pronounced, and only in patients with bipolar disorder.




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Antipsychotic medication associated with reduced rate of violent crime

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 photo 3507626_zps9d225859.gifAntipsychotic medication associated with reduced rate of violent crime

People who use antipsychotic medication -- such as clozapine or risperidone -- to treat psychiatric illness are nearly half as likely to commit a violent crime compared to when they are not using such medication, according to new results published in The Lancet. The use of mood stabilizing drugs -- such as lithium or carbamazepine -- is also associated with a reduced rate of violent crime, although the reduction is less pronounced, and only in patients with bipolar disorder.




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Athletes' fear of failure likely to lead to 'choke,' study shows

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Athletes' fear of failure likely to lead to 'choke,' study shows

Anxiety about a competitive situation makes even the most physically active of us more likely to slip-up -- and backs up 'catastrophe theory,' research shows. "Our research indicates that heightened cognitive anxiety, brought on by the competitive scenario, really does affect performance abilities in physically active people -- and the same is likely to apply even for trained athletes," a researcher said.



Anger Management News -- ScienceDaily

Antipsychotic medication associated with reduced rate of violent crime

People who use antipsychotic medication -- such as clozapine or risperidone -- to treat psychiatric illness are nearly half as likely to commit a violent crime compared to when they are not using such medication, according to new results published in The Lancet. The use of mood stabilizing drugs -- such as lithium or carbamazepine -- is also associated with a reduced rate of violent crime, although the reduction is less pronounced, and only in patients with bipolar disorder.


Today's offenders are tomorrow's victims in gangs

Gang members are twice as likely to become both a victim and an offender of a crime than non-gang members, as single acts of violence often lead to retribution between gangs as a whole, according to a new study. "In other words, gang members are not distinctly offenders or victims; instead, gang membership is a common source of both forms of violence," said the study's lead author.




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Frequent arguments with family, friends linked to doubling in death risk in middle age

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 photo 3507626_zps9d225859.gifFrequent arguments with family, friends linked to doubling in death risk in middle age

Frequent arguments with partners, relatives, or neighbors may boost the risk of death from any cause in middle age, suggests research. Men and those not in work seemed to be the most vulnerable, the findings indicate. Constant arguing seemed to be the most harmful for health. The evidence also suggests that supportive social networks and strong relationships are good for general health and wellbeing.




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Friday, May 9, 2014

Tracking the Source of 'Selective Attention' Problems in Brain-Injured Vets

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Tracking the Source of 'Selective Attention' Problems in Brain-Injured Vets

The obvious cognitive symptoms of minor traumatic brain injury can dissipate within a few days, but blast-exposed veterans may continue to have problems focusing attention on one sound source and ignoring others, an ability known as "selective auditory attention.” According to a new study, such apparent "hearing" problems actually may be caused by diffuse injury to the brain's prefrontal lobe.




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