Entries by Eric Ehrke

When Emotions Become Homeless Beasts

During prehistoric times, humans needed physical strength and a cohesive community, while common sense and quick instincts enhanced survival. Paleontologists report that the majority of earliest cave drawings depicted animals and schematic scenes, but many had shamanic or spiritual themes. Living harmoniously with nature was a given for prehistoric man…there was no other way. In […]

The Knights Templar

The Knights Templar was a religious arm of the spiritual hierarchy of the Catholic Church from 1100 to 1300 AD during the crusades. They were the first multinational organization and quickly became exceedingly rich and powerful. The Templars created an international banking system that built over a 1,000 fortifications and even lent money to kings. […]

The Taj Mahal and Purpose of Spiritual Practice

Life is difficult and illusions about being small lead us astray every day. When lost in a crowd viewing the winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World, it’s easy to feel insignificant. Viewing architectural perfection while ethic division, climate change and terrorism thrive provides a paradoxical lesson about love and illusion. Since time […]

The Cows of India

Spiritual concepts, abstract thoughts and conditions of grace often seem strange to the uninitiated. The thought that every two and four-legged creature bears a soul has roots in many cultures around the world and provides the underlying rationale for many vegetarian societies and spiritual practices.   In the Hindu tradition the cow represents the qualities […]

The Victim Perpetrator Paradigm (Part 2)

The essential elements that create victim consciousness were discussed last month in Part 1. Since in takes two to tango, perpetrators will be discussed next. Blamers blame others for what occurs in their life. Blamers lack self-awareness and fail to develop the necessary self-discipline to self-examine. The projective quality of a perpetrator’s emotional defense system […]

The Promise of Wholeness – January 2018

The Promise of Wholeness A Two-Day Workshop about Cultivating Inner Peace, Mindfulness, and Love        Course Leader: Eric Erhke, LCSW, LMFT This two-day course offers practical strategies and self-realization tools to deepen the original concepts within my book The Promise of Wholeness: Cultivating Inner Peace, Mindfulness and Love in a Divided World.  The […]

Victim Consciousness and The Victim/Perpetrator Paradigm (Part 1)

The following article about victim consciousness is intended to discuss a passive life-style of self-destructive anger and/or retaliatory impulses that blame rather than accept responsibility. The current Me-Too movement, where victims of sexual abuse stand up for themselves and hold perpetrators responsible for their actions is NOT what this article is addressing. Requiring a perpetrator […]