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Paul Kiritsis announces topic for the Fourth Dorothea Dix Award

Paul Kiritsis is pleased to announce the fourth Dorothea Dix Award for all those who have overcome or battled mental or physical illness, disability, or injury. For 2017, entrants are required to answer the following question in 800-2500 words. Back from the Brink: Anomalous Healing Experiences Under the contemporary medical model anomalous healings are usually constr ..

Paul Kiritsis announces the Winner of the Third Dorothea Dix Award

After considerable deliberation, Paul Kiritsis elected Disempowering Support by Stevie Wills as the winner of the third Dorothea Dix Award. The annual prize will be presented at the monthly meeting of the Jung Society of Melbourne in due course. Disempowering Support accurately describes some of the pejorative and unjust collective attitudes propagated under the hegemony of a cont ..

Update on "Confessions of a Split Mind"

Click on the link below for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EZDbGHcTSk&feature=youtu.be ..

The ACES Study: Looking for Participants

If you would like to take part in a very fascinating scientific study on "psi" phenomena, please visit the link below: http://acesstudy.com/ ..

The Dorothea Dix Award 2015-2016: New Topics Announced

Paul Kiritsis is pleased to announce the third Dorothea Dix Award for all those who have overcome or battled mental or physical illness, disability, or injury. For 2015-2016, entrants are required to answer one of the following questions in 800-2500 words. Non-fiction What therapeutic practice (i.e. meditation, yoga, reiki, hypnosis, past-life regression, guided ..

The 2015 Antipodean Palette: Poetry as a Healing Agent

As an extension of the 2015 Antipodean Palette, the Greek Australian Cultural League will host an afternoon of poetry centred about the theme of ‘poetry as a healing agent.' Seven Greek-Australian poets will entertain the audience with pieces intimately connected to the part creativity can play in self-development and healing. Accompanying them will be the special guest poet M.G. Mi ..

Precognitive Dreams and the Collective Unconscious: Paul Kiritsis at the Swedenborg Society

Paul Kiritsis will present his research into precognitive dreams at the Swedenborg Society of Melbourne whose meetings are held at 426 High Street Road, Mount Waverley, VIC. The lecture and discussion will take place on 31st July 2015 at 8.00pm. Lecture and Discussion Precognitive Dreams and the Collective Unconscious Paul Kiritsis’s Dreamscaping W ..

The Ancient Egyptian Mother Goddess in the Context of Archetypal Mythology, Narrative, Healing, and Postmodern Spirituality

Save for reflecting the sociocultural milieus and encompassing blueprints for emotional stability, identity, and behaviour in all known cultures, mythical narrative probably emerged, in part, as a mechanism of neural integration and coordination between the dominant and nondominant hemispheres of the brain–in other words to facilitate homeostatic balance and psychosomatic health. In ..

The Persistence of Memory: Selected Poems (2004-2014) Now Available from E-Store

The Persistence of Memory: Selected Poems 2004-2014 (2014) combines fifty-four poetic musings composed over the last ten years. Most of the material is hand-picked from my three poetry collections–Origin: Poems from the Crack of Dawn, Hermetica: Myths, Legends, Poems, and Fifty Confessions–and from the reflective philosophical cluster published in the New Jersey-based publicat ..

The Inaugural Dorothea Dix Award presented at The Jung Society of Melbourne

The Dorothea Dix Award created to enable those who have suffered mental/physical illness, disability, or injury, a chance at recognition through the written word. The nature and scope of theoretical and experiential content, the depth of research, the level of self-examination, and the degree to which the question posed by the annual competition is addressed are the principal criter ..

"Down the Rabbit Hole" receives The Paracelsus Award

Paul Kiritsis’s website, Down the Rabbit Hole, has been awarded the Paracelsus Award by the International Alchemy Guild (IAG) for its elucidation of the alchemical philosophy and its application of alchemical methodology to scientific and artistic pursuits. All recipients of this award exhibit several unifying characteristics: they express serious intent and deploy intellectual ..

Second Dorothea Dix Award Announced: Prize goes up to $1500 worth

Paul Kiritsis is pleased to announce the second Dorothea Dix Award for all those who have overcome or battled mental or physical illness, disability, or injury. For 2014-2015, entrants are required to answer one of the following questions in 800-2500 words from their category of preference. Non-fiction “When spirits begin to speak with man, he must beware l ..

Dorothea Dix Inaugural Award: Entries Now Closed

I would like to thank everybody who took the time to write an entry for the inaugural Dorothea Dix Award competition. The winner will be announced at the Jung Society meeting (8.00pm) on the 15th August 2014 held at Habitat Canterbury (formerly St. David’s Uniting Church) 2 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury, 3126. The topics for the 2015 competition will be posted on this website within t ..

'Metamorphosis' poetry afternoon presented by Paul Kiritsis

As an extension of the 2014 Antipodean Palette, the Greek Australian Cultural League will host an afternoon of poetry centred about the theme of ‘metamorphosis.' Eight Greek-Australian poets will entertain the audience with pieces intimately connected to the transformation of outer reality and inner mental life. Accompanying them will be special guest poet Judith Rodriguez for what  ..

The Inaugural Dorothea Dix Award

Paul Kiritsis is pleased to announce the inaugural Dorothea Dix Award for all those who have overcome or battled mental or physical illness, disability, or injury. This year, entrants are required to answer one of the following questions in 800-2500 words: Reflect upon a mental or physical illness, disability, or injury and describe how it prompted a revaluation of your belief s ..

Precognitive Dreams and the Collective Unconscious: Paul Kiritsis at the Jung Society

Paul Kiritsis will present his research into precognitive dreams at the Jung Society of Melbourne whose meetings are held at Habitat Canterbury (formerly St David’s Uniting Church) at the corner of Burke and Mont Albert Roads, Canterbury, Victoria, 3126, later this year. The lecture and discussion will take place on 20th June 2014 at 7.00pm. Lecture and Discussion P ..

2013: Looking Back on an Incredible Year

Without a doubt 2013 has been my most productive year to date, having covered much more than what I originally intended. We began our annual pilgrimage from the thickets of Ancient Egypt with a look at the extraordinary life of Omm Sety (aka Dorothy Eady) and ended it most emphatically with a three-part series on the Aradale Mental Asylum and evolutionary milestones in men ..

From Apples to Aphrodite: Fifth E-book now available

The e-book From Apples to Aphrodite (2013) covers most of my earlier work on Hellenistic history and culture and includes articles that were written for the “It’s all Greek to me” blog tour held at www.evolver.net (http://www.evolver.net/) in mid-2011. The work is divided into five specific sections, all of which are orientated towards a different aspect of Hellenis ..

The Black Art E-Book now available for download

The Black Art (2013), the fourth e-book, is now available for download for all subscribers to www.paulkiritsis.net (http://www.paulkiritsis.net/). It contains all of my work on the subject of alchemy, including the following: a lucid presentation on the formative principles (the four elements, the seven planets and metals, and the tria prima); a historiographical analysis on the inau ..

The Black Art: E-book

The Black Art (2013), the fourth e-book, will soon be available for download. It contains all of my work on the subject of alchemy, including the following: a lucid presentation on the formative principles (the four elements, the seven planets and metals, and the tria prima); a historiographical analysis on the inauguration and interaction of alchemy with other disciplines/traditions ..

In Search of the Authentic Self now Available for Download

In Search of the Authentic Self: The Theory and Practice of Higher Psychology (2013) is now available for download for subscribers of www.paulkiritsis.net (http://www.paulkiritsis.net/). It is an e-book based on the theory and practice of humanistic and transpersonal thought and is anatomically divided to reflect this dichotomy. The first part covers individual philosophies and ps ..

Dr. Paul Kiritsis wins Short Story Award in the Greek-Australian Cultural League Literary Competition

Dr. Paul Kiritsis won the 1st merit prize for his ‘Three Little Pigs’ story in the Greek-Australian Cultural League Literary Competition. The story was previously published on the Down the Rabbit Hole website some time ago. Here it is below: THREE LITTLE PIGS ‘Little pigs, little pigs, let me in!’ the wolf cried, sitting cross-legged ou ..

The "Mind-Machine" Experiments: Dreamscaping Inside a Pyramid

Dr. Paul Kiritsis is now recruiting participants for the next “Mind Machine” experiment which is intimately concerned with sleep quality, dream lucidity and recall, emotional state, and receptivity to new experiences. The experiment involves sleeping inside a tetrahedral pyramid for three to four days and recording dream content as well as any changes in sleep patterns an ..

Perspectives on the History of the Concept of Dissociation

The full collection of articles on dissociation are now available for download as a single document/e-book for subscribers to this website. A short description of the contents is provided below: "The conceptual parameters of what constitutes dissociative processes along with dissociative experiences and functions have undergone significant changes since their i ..

'The Time Machine' featuring David Messineo

‘The Time Machine’ Date: Friday, 9th August 2013 at 6.00pm Venue: the Workshop Space on the Fourth Floor of The Wheeler Centre at 176 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne Host: Cathy Alexopoulos and Paul Kiritsis, the President and Vice President of the Greek Australian Cultural League Featuring: David Messineo On Friday 9th August 2013, th ..

Dreamscaping Without my Timekeeper: The Competition

“Dreamscaping without my timekeeper: the competition hosted by Paul Kiritsis, D. Phil. Postmark deadline: 3rd September, 2013 Task: You have a time machine at your disposal. Due to a technical limitation, you can only teleport into the past once. This means you’ll have to be judicious in selecting your destination. Your chief pur ..

Dreamscaping Without My Timekeeper: The Results of the Time Experiment Unveiled

Dreamscaping Without My Timekeeper: A Critical Investigation into Precognitive Dreams is a comprehensive study into the precognitive faculty and its implications from a transpersonal perspective. Through the transcription, categorization, and analysis of fifty-one dream fragments belonging to fifteen participants, the author and experimenter Dr. Paul Kiritsis establishes a strong case for ..

Singing Against the Silence: A Night of Poetry

As part of the Antipodean Palette 2013, art exhibition, the Greek-Australian Cultural League will be organizing on an afternoon of bi-lingual poetic compositions in its plight to promote the written word. This program will feature select works from nine contemporary Greek-Australian poets: George Athanasiou, Monica Athanasiou, Salome Argyropoulos, Petr Malapanis, Dorothy Poulopoulos, Dean ..

The "Mind Machine" Experiments: Update

In the below video, Dr. Paul Kiritsis gives a summary of the “mind machine” experiments presented thus far as well as his more comprehensive study on precognitive dreams, the “Time Experiment.” The write-up for the latter will be completed and presented online by the end of the month. There is still room for a few more participants; if you missed out when the  ..

Singing Against the Silence: An Afternoon of Poetry

The Greek-Australian Cultural League of Melbourne will inaugurate its annual celebration of songs sung against the silence with work by nine Greek-Australian poets. Join them for what will surely be a most memorable afternoon. The featured poets are: George Athanasiou Monica Athanasiou Salome Argyropoulos Dean Kallimniou Paul Kiritsis Petr Malapanis ..

The Time Experiment: Dreams of the Future

Dr. Paul Kiritsis is now recruiting participants for the next “Mind Machine” experiment which is intimately concerned with the issue of precognitive dreams and any implications that their authentication might have for the concept of time. The experiment is based on J.W. Dunne’s empirical studies into the nature of dreams which led to the formation of a controversia ..

"Healing Agoraphobia with Divine Guidance" by Christina M. Gnaedig

Dr. Paul Kiritsis presents the entry and a short biography for the shared first place prize of the "Transpersonal Psychology" competition written by Christina M. Gnaedig. Healing Agoraphobia with Divine Guidance Fear that overwhelms you, paralyzes you, steals your breath, bends your knees and takes you in a distant world is simply an emotion, jus ..

"The Hero’s Journey: Transforming Mental Illness into a Blessing" by Bret Warshawsky

Dr. Paul Kiritsis presents the entry for the shared first place prize of the "Transpersonal Psychology" competition written by Bret Warshawsky. The Hero’s Journey: Transforming Mental Illness into a Blessing Fall of 1994: I am nineteen and in my first semester of film school in New York. Despite living with three good friends, I suddenly feel very much alone  ..

"The Me Who May or May Not Be Me" by David Messineo

Dr. Paul Kiritsis presents the entry and a succinct biography for the second prize winner of the "Transpersonal Psychology" competition, David Messineo. The Me Who May or May Not Be Me 1. From the fourth wall, looking in to three. At right, a wall of solid wood horizontal planks, about a foot wide, floor to ceiling. At center, a square cut-out -  ..

Transpersonal Psychology Competition Results

I would like to thank everybody who participated in the “Transpersonal Psychology” competition. The reception and I received this time around was far more encouraging and enthusiastic than on any previous occasion. Those who entered were willing to describe in conscientious detail experiences and powerful sentiments connected to them which could so easily draw blood from  ..

Dr. Paul Kiritsis gives interview on his research, lucid dreaming, and OBEs

Dr. Paul Kiritsis gives interview on his research, lucid dreaming, and Out of Body Experiences (OBEs). Click on the link below to watch the interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrGrZvUBQ2E  ..

Dr. Paul Kiritsis gives update on blogs and competition

Dr. Paul Kiritsis gives update on blogs and competition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9G_Xm4O19Q&list=UU1KebfBShTD7_0Rpd7WR8KA&index=1) In the above YouTube video, Dr. Paul Kiritsis gives a summary of the material traversed in the last four months, the material to come in the next two months, and a small reminder about the "transpersonal psychology" competition fo ..

Dr. Paul Kiritsis Announces the "Transpersonal Psychology" Competition

Postmark deadline: 15th January, 2013 Theme: Spiritual Emergencies Task: You need to select one of the following from your arsenal of life experiences thus far (if you’ve had them) and describe it in detail: a peak experience, a near-death experience, a past-life memory, an opening to life myth, a psychic opening, or a shamanic crisis. Your job is to evoke ..

Dr. Paul Kiritsis Releases the The Riddle of Alchemy Competition Results

Greetings Down the Rabbit Holers, I would like to thank everybody who subscribed to my website and subsequently took part in The Riddle of Alchemy competition. The four winners all correctly identified the alchemical treatise Atalanta fugiens and its author Michael Maier as the origin for the torso of the woman used for the butterfly goddess on the cover of the e-book  ..

Dr. Paul Kiritsis wins poetry award in Greek Australian Cultural League Writing Competition

This photograph shows various award-winners and committee members at the launch of the Literary Periodical of the Greek Australian Cultural League. Dr. Paul Kiritsis was awarded the second prize in the 2012 Literary Competition hosted by the Greek-Australian Cultural League. His poem "The Old World" won the second prize in the category of poetry in the English language. The contest was ju ..

The Riddle of Alchemy: A Secret Desire Transformed (e-book)

I have just finished writing an e-book called "The Riddle of Alchemy: A Secret Desire Transformed" that will very shortly become available for download from this website if you subscribe to it. The e-book examines and puts forth something of immense importance that the Hermetic Art might be trying to tell us about the nature of the universe and the relationship between the unconscious and ..

Ruminations of a Pocket Watch wins in Titanic competition

“Ruminations of a Pocket Watch” was named a prize-winner in the poetry contest held for Issue 50, "Titanic" (Final Issue), of the award-winning Sensations Magazine based in New Jersey. The full list of winners can be seen by visiting the official website of Sensations Magazine or clicking on the below link: http://www.freewebs.com/centclub/acceptedsubmissions.htm (http:/ ..

An Act of Creation wins Best Rhymed Poem in Poetry Contest

"An Act of Creation" won "Best Rhymed Poem" in the poetry contest held for the Silver Anniversary Poetry Issue, Winter 2011, of the award-winning Sensations Magazine based in New Jersey. The full list of winners can be seen by visiting the official website of Sensations Magazine or clicking on the below link: http://www.freewebs.com/centclub/acceptedsubmissions.htm (http://www.freewe ..

The Winning Entry by Joseph Parascandalo

History: A Source to Learn? History; a general term utilized to reference an account of a past experience or event expressed both casually and formally. The former being conveyed orally through generations often come to be considered as “myth” in that they are not widely supported by acceptable, evidential material to corroborate their having happened, whereas the lat ..

An Analysis of the Winning Entry

First and foremost, I would like to commend all those who attempted one of two essay questions prescribed by the “It’s all Greek to me” writing competition, a contest which commenced at the end of July and finally concluded on the 23rd October. I acknowledge that the questions themselves were anything but a cakewalk, and so my sincerest commendations go out to all thos ..

The "It's all Greek to me" writing competition results

I would like to thank everybody who took part in the "It's all Greek to me" writing competition, a component of the "It's all Greek to me" educational blog tour which ran between June and October of this year. Entrants were required to answer one of two essay questions whilst keeping to a word limit of 750-1150 words. History is the study of our collective memories. It eval ..

Tips on Essay Questions and Structure

Nowadays, you can be almost certain that anyone who has received a formal education knows how to write an essay. I, for one, remember the extent to which all primary, as well as secondary school teachers of English used to go to instil within all students what obviously forms the rudimentary and core framework of all well-written literature. Naturally, I expected to see these litera ..

A Warm Welcome to my New Home!

Once in a while, an event of great cosmic significance known as a shift of consciousness permeates the universe in which we exist and changes the projected course of human history. Contrary to the dogmatic beliefs of many secular religions, such events aren’t instigated by deities from the starry firmament, nor are they the doings of Father Sky tinkering about with the twelve  ..

The Official Close of the “It’s All Greek to me” Educational Blog Tour with Dr. Paul Kiritsis

In the end, attempting to write thirty-seven articles or so that comprise just over 83,000 words in just over three months really tested me. I think I really underestimated the task at hand. There were a great many late nights spent researching, writing and rewriting, and revisiting certain themes and topics I hadn’t looked at in a while (especially the material on Greek folklore).  ..

Blog Tour "It's all Greek to me" with Paul Kiritsis

It's all Greek to me! (/img/uploads/2011/10/Ad2.wmv)Have you ever wondered why the Greek gods surround George Washington on the oculus of the dome which adorns the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building? Why are these ancient deities important? Who are they? Why should we open the gates and let them back into contemporary society? Why is myth important? How do we best interpret the myths ..