Are H.O.P.E. Groups “therapy” groups? This is a question that has come up in various ways over time, and my answer has always been, “Not in the conventional ways of looking at ‘therapy’ which implies the treatment of a disease condition by a professional, especially when one considers that the ancient Greco-Roman meaning of the word is ‘healing’ or ‘curing’”. [click to continue…]
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Welcome to H.O.P.E.
…where you find out who you really are… where we know that at the core of our being all humans strive to be healthy and whole—a process called healing; all of us are persons; and because no two of us are alike, we are all exceptions to each other…. Moreover, an intense, indomitable curiosity about life, health, and our spirituality has brought us to see that we are alive because the whole marvelous Universe is alive, and It’s not in the business of repeating Itself… we are, as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin told Jean Houston just before he died in 1955, “spiritual beings immersed in the human condition!”
When is a HOPE Group not a HOPE Group?
Simply put: when it is not a safe place in which to share your story and your concerns… to be who you really are. Has this ever happened? Sadly, yes, but rarely… to the best of my knowledge, less than ten times in a total of over 6000 H.O.P.E. Group meetings. And because it has happened, I publish this blog post to help you recognize danger and how to respond to it. I am very healthy because of H.O.P.E. and H.O.P.E. Groups, as are hundreds of other human beings, and it is my desire to share this rich experience with you. [click to continue…]
On February 15 this year, I introduced you to parallels between the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly and the metamorphosis of the human that goes on as we speak. We are, indeed, encased in the chrysalis of fear while we disassemble old ego-based thought forms and reassemble them in new, spiritually based, thought forms. I would like to take this a step further now, and show some more parallels, introducing you to other human beings who have the same insight. I am not about to claim this insight is something that’s uniquely mine, and I am of a mind to be aware that this metamorphosis is something that is fundamental to our conscious evolution. [click to continue…]
Here it is: you have been promised your life since the beginning of time! [click to continue…]
The first HOPE Group meeting happened on February 12, 1987 in Ken Hamilton’s surgical practice for five of his patients with cancer. It opened to include cancer patients of other local physicians at the second meeting when the group also decided to call themselves a H.O.P.E. group, where the name stood for Healing Of Persons Exceptional. Next, they decided to welcome their family members. [click to continue…]
Quite a few years ago, I found out that the ancient Greeks had the same name for “soul” as they did for “butterfly”. I had long been familiar with the remarkable transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly called “metamorphosis,” in which I knew that somehow or other the caterpillar turned into a soup, from which the butterfly emerged. Using Google (!) I found that when the caterpillar molted for the last time, it hardened its skin and blew its intestinal tract apart which resulted in digesting all the caterpillar cells… with a few very important exceptions: its whole nervous system and small clusters of cells that would become the butterfly! Just imagine the result, all of which would not have been possible had that eating machine called the caterpillar ever existed! [click to continue…]
I have chosen to use “H.O.P.E.” to refer specifically to the 501(c)(3) organization, and “HOPE” to be used in conjunction with another capitalized word describing an individual (e.g. “Guide) or function (e.g. “Group”) [click to continue…]
I love the Portland Head Light. Back in ’87 as I was getting going on this, I had met Bernie Siegel and had worked with him in his Psychology of Illness and Art of Healing workshops. I told him that we’d figured out a working phrase for the acronym, H.O.P.E. (He’d tried, but couldn’t figure it out.) He threw me a backhanded compliment, and in response to my request for a slogan, he replied, “Hope is a beacon that lights the way from your probabilities to your possibilities.” I wasn’t fully comfortable with that one, and I brought it up at a planning meeting that September, where it got modified to, “Hope is a beacon that lights the way through your problems to your possibilities.” Is there a place for that slogan somewhere on the Home page? [click to continue…]