Glossary for some words included in this website

Trans is a prefix meaning “across”, “beyond” or “on the opposite side.” Think of the words trans-Atlantic or transcontinental to help explain the trans portion of the word. Transpersonal “trans-personal” refers to more than the personal only. Transpersonal includes the greater whole, experiences and states of consciousness that move beyond the confines of personal identity.

The transpersonal world is beyond the everyday common individual human existence, it includes numerous aspects of a person. It encourages and supports the transformation of the personal self for a greater wholeness to emerge. It involves a feeling or experience that is you and also more than you, more than the personal mind. It includes humanity and beyond, it can include spiritual dimensions, exploration of birth and cycles before birth, experiences of ancestors, and generational memories and behaviours as well. Transpersonal themes explored in transpersonal psychological counseling provide therapeutic methods that transcend the ordinary ego and personal consciousness, going beyond rational daily concerns to include more, to incldue the mystical and expanded states of consciousness. 

 Transpersonal Counseling provides therapeutic methods that transcend the ordinary ego, the personal conscious mind. It expands beyond what is often rational, to include the mystical and expanded states of consciouness. When something transcends the personal it becomes trans-individual, transpersonal.



A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. Also called regionally granny, granny woman. One who assists in or takes a part in bringing about a result: “In the Renaissance, artists and writers start to serve as midwives of fame” (Carlin Romano).

To assist in the birth of (a baby).

[Middle English midwife : probably mid, with (from Old English) + wif, woman (from Old English w?f).]

WORD HISTORY: The word midwife is the sort of word whose etymology seems perfectly clear until one tries to figure it out. Wife would seem to refer to the woman giving birth, who is usually a wife, but mid? A knowledge of older senses of words helps us with this puzzle. Wife in its earlier history meant “woman,” as it still did when the compound midwife was formed in Middle English (first recorded around 1300). Mid is probably a preposition, meaning “together with.” Thus a midwife was literally a “with woman” or “a woman who assists other women in childbirth.” Even though obstetrics has been rather resistant to midwifery until fairly recently, the etymology of obstetric is rather similar, going back to the Latin word obstetrix, “a midwife,” from the verb obst?re, “to stand in front of,” and the feminine suffix –trx; the obstetrix would thus literally stand in front of the baby.



Libido has a common understanding, referring to a person’s sex drive or desire for sex. The desire for sex will vary throughout a person’s life, it will ebb and flow depending on health, age, stress, and circumstances at a particular time in life. Libido will also vary between people.

The way the word libido can be used in a different way too. It is is often used on this site is in reference to the  creative or psychic energy an individual has to put toward personal development or individuation. This refers to the interests and desires are aimed inward toward inner growth, creativity, self-knowledge.

The concept of libido was first introduced by Sigmund Freud as the instinct energy or force, contained in what Freud called the id. Carl Jung defined libido as the free creative or psychic energy an individual has to put toward personal development or individuation. The term gained popularity from Psychoanalysis, referring to all of the instinctual energies and desires that are derived from the id.


Shamanism /Shamanic Healing
Seen in ancient traditions and many cultures including the Celtic, African, Asian, Native American, and other societies, and our modern culture too.

People involved in this spiritual healing work feel called to be of service, to help others as soul healers and guides.

Shamanism is based on the belief that the condition of the soul must be addressed in order for healing to occur. Relief of pain, anxiety, and stress, as well as spiritual and emotional healing, are common benefits of a shamanic healing.

Shamans believe that there are realities that exist beyond the dimension that we experience on Earth. They believe that all creation is alive—rocks, plants, animals, trees, fish—and work regularly with these forces of nature.

The role of the shaman is to mediate between different realities to treat disease and create harmony between the physical and spiritual dimensions. Shamanism is a combination of “magic” and medicine. A shaman is a warrior who uses his power to combat disease, demons, and practitioners of black magic.

They also perform rights to assure success in hunting and fishing, to protect the tribe’s lands, and increase and develop the family. Although shamans have traditionally been male, there are many female shamans in contemporary Asia and Africa.

Shamans can see and exorcize spirits, perceive when a person’s soul has fled from the body, and return souls to their rightful owners. They specialize in soul healing, healing physical sickness, and delivering a deceased person’s soul to the underworld of death.

They also communicate with ancestral spirits, gods, and demons through ceremony, sacred dance, vision quests, by visiting places of power, and through dreams and out-of-body experiences.

The basis of a shaman’s work stems from his or her mastery of the ecstasy technique, in which he or she enters an altered state of consciousness known as the trance state. During this state, the shaman’s soul leaves his or her body to travel to nonphysical realities, in order to communicate with spirits and gain information for healing.

The state of ecstasy is brought about in several ways, depending upon the shaman’s culture. Native American shamans use drumming, dancing, and chanting to enter the trance state. Some Central and South American shamans use peyote or other hallucinogenic plants to enter a state of altered consciousness.

During their spiritual journey, shamans may travel to heavens and hells, higher levels of existence, parallel physical worlds, or other regions of the world. The shaman is protected during his travels by spirit helpers and such animal guides as bears, wolves, stags, hares, and birds.

According to Central and North American shamanism, disease is caused when the soul strays or is stolen from the body. To restore health a shaman goes in search of the spirit, captures it, and persuades it to return. Illness may also be caused when the body becomes possessed by evil spirits, or by a magical object such as a pebble or insect that has been telepathically implanted in the body by sorcerers of black magic. The shaman removes the item by sucking it out of the patient’s body.

Shamans often wear ritual costumes such as feathers, masks, or animal skins. They may also use ritual objects, charms, and herbs.


Regression, Re·gress – Past-life Regression – Regression therapy
1. To go back; move backward.
2. To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
3. To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.

To induce a state of regression
a. The act of going or coming back; return.
b. Passage back; reentry.
c. The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause.



1. Relating to the body. a. As distinguished from the mind (the psyche). b. As distinguished from the gonads.

From the Greek word summations meaning body.
Derived from soma, meaning the body, as distinguished from the mind. Pertains to the framework of the body as distinguished from the viscera; hence the term somatic nerves describes the nerves associated with the muscles function of the muscles of the body.- Alternative Medicine Encyclopedia: Somatics

Somatics, from soma, a Greek word for living body, is a movement therapy that employs mind-body training to manage muscular pain and plasticity, improve balance and posture, and increase ease of motion. It presents an alternative to treatment by osteopathy, physical therapy, chiropractics, and/or massage therapy.

An experience of somatic therapy is a blend of emotional/cathartic/psychological insight, release, integration which is accessed through body and breath work


The Holy Wedding, Union of Opposites, the end result of the alchemical process when the opposites are successfully united. The psychological parallel, the creation of conscious-ness that goes hand in hand with the process of individuation.


1. The mind.
2. The spirit or soul.
3. In psychiatry, the mind as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior.

In Greek mythology, Psyche was a young woman who loved Eros and was loved by him and was united with him after Aphrodite’s jealousy was overcome. Psyche became the personification of the soul.

1. Classical Mythology. a personification of the soul, which in the form of a beautiful girl was loved by Eros.
2. (lowercase) the human soul, spirit, or mind.
3. (lowercase) Psychology, Psychoanalysis. the mental or psychological structure of a person, esp. as a motive force.
4. Neoplatonism. the second emanation of the One, regarded as a universal consciousness and as the animating principle of the world.
5. a female given name.
n. Greek Mythology
A young woman who loved and was loved by Eros and was united with him after Aphrodite’s jealousy was overcome. She subsequently became the personification of the soul.


1. (Class Myth.) A lovely maiden, daughter of a king and mistress of Eros, or Cupid. She is regarded as the personification of the soul.
2. The soul; the vital principle; the mind.

1. that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; “his mind wandered”; “I couldn’t get his words out of my head” [syn: mind]
2. the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life [syn: soul]
3. (Greek mythology) a beautiful princess loved by Cupid who visited her at night and told her she must not try to see him; became the personification of the soul

Psyche [(seye-kee)]

In Roman mythology, a beautiful girl who was visited each night in the dark by Cupid, who told her she must not try to see him. When she did try, while he was asleep, she accidentally dropped oil from her lamp on him, and he awoke and fled. After she had performed many harsh tasks set by Cupid’s mother, Venus, Jupiter made her immortal, and she and Cupid were married. Her name is Greek for both “soul” and “butterfly.”

psyche [(seye-kee)]

The mind, soul, or spirit, as opposed to the body. In psychology, the psyche is the center of thought, feeling, and motivation, consciously and unconsciously directing the body’s reactions to its social and physical environment.


1. Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
2. Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind, especially with respect to disease: psychosomatic medicine.


1. Of or relating to integration
2. Tending or serving to integrate
3. Relating to a multidisciplinary approach
4. Combining and coordinating diverse elements into a whole
5. Collective – forming a whole or aggregate
6. Combinative – relating to or resulting from combination
7. Integrated – not segregated – tending to consolidate
8. Tending to draw to a central point.