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Our “Inner” and “Outer” Landscapes

The Coloring of Our Perceptions

Catherine Nelson, Ph.D.
May-June 2018 • Vol 3, No 98

Let’s look at how much our inner emotional world colors our perceptions and our relationships in the outer world. Several years ago, I attended a workshop and the instructor placed a large amethyst quartz crystal in the center of our small circle. Our task was to connect with the crystal and share a few words about what we experienced. I was surprised at the diversity of what people saw, sensed, and felt. The crystal evoked different emotions, different qualities, and different memories and images for others.

In sum, the exercise helped me to appreciate how our perceptions and our relationships to the “outer” landscape are determined by our “inner” landscape. Our inner landscape holds our emotional history, good and bad memories, our cultural and religious beliefs and so much more. Each one of us has his or her own unique inner landscape beginning at birth. Here’s another example…

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From Prozac to Parkland:

Are Psychiatric Drugs Causing Mass Shootings?

Selwyn Duke
March–April 2018 • Vol 3, No 97

EDITOR: As our hearts break again in mourning for the young lives lost, and as we search for answers and causes for this ongoing tragedy, I use this platform to address a little-discussed and yet important factor in the country’s mass shootings. This is an abridged version of a balanced article published on February 17th, 2018, which can be read in full at TheNewAmerican.com.

While mass killers generally have guns in their hands, another commonality is that they often have psychiatric drugs in their blood. The difference, though, is that it isn’t guns that have the side effect of “homicidal ideation.” The Parkland, Florida, shooter who murdered 17 on Valentine’s Day was on medication for emotional issues, his aunt related. This is now a familiar story…

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