Entries by Eric Ehrke, LCSW, LMFT

Pandemic Blues and Personal Needs

In a recent article published in the October JAMA Network Open, compared to a year ago alcohol consumption in United States increased 14%, including 17% for women. Many bars are closed for the most part but it’s important to remember isolation causes addictions to flourish. Without distractions our brightest but also our darkest instincts tend […]

You Can Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

America will be mourning the passing of the legendary Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who spent her life championing equal rights for all for a long time. Throughout her lifetime Ruth Bader Ginsberg fought for democracy, justice and gender equality. As mourners sang Kaddish prayers on the steps of the Supreme Court, politicians found a […]

Heart and Soul Maintenance

This pandemic has provided unique problems for everyone. Every mother, father and lover worries about friends and family during trying times. Many hearts have been broken due to the death, gut-wrenching violence on our streets, and financial ruin. Poets, authors, and singers like Janis Joplin describe tragedy as losing a piece of their heart. It’s […]

Lessons about Leadership, Mistakes and Transformation from Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh and Huwawa is a four-thousand-year-old Sumerian epic that teaches us about heroism and the wisdom evil can birth. Universal and timeless, it’s a story about the importance of moderation and the eternal tension between our lower nature and mature self-awareness. Chiseled into Mesopotamian clay, this mythological poem offers insights about narcissistic impulses, emotional growth, […]

Self-Actualization is the Third Pillar of Self-Mastery

Self-love is the first pillar of self-mastery and is archived in the Ommani Jewel’s February 2020 edition. That article suggests, when we learn to truly love ourselves without conditions, we can start believing are worthy of a bountiful life. Recognizing it’s our responsibility to align our body, heart, and mind to consciously create our reality […]

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

So why would a soul like us leave the divine’s embrace to experience COVID-19 and craziness on earth? Creating love in the physical world, mastering illusions, and returning home again with the wisdom gained from the experience holds our attraction. Leaving Oneness to experience a physical body and duality demonstrates a significant amount of trust […]

COVID-19 Is A Gateway

The crisis that is COVID-19 is a scourge, but also a gateway. In a short few months, fear and uncertainty have swept into the collective human heart the world over. This article will focus on the perspective Viktor Frankl used to survive and eventually thrive after he endured the Holocaust in World War II. In […]

The Frog Prince

“The Frog Prince” is a fairy tale that endures because it holds an eternal spiritual truth during these troubling times. This heart-warming story describes the mythological transformation of a frog into a prince. It teaches us to look beyond initial appearances, be true to our heart and above all, always do the right thing. This […]

Self-Responsibility…. Step Two of the Three Pillars of Self-Mastery

The second pillar of self-mastery requires self-responsibility. One of the most important ways to physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually grow into a more mature and conscious individual is recognizing our part of the creative process. Meeting our needs lovingly, staying present without dissociating and avoiding addictive/illusionary activities, are three proactive habits that mystics mastered on […]