July 2010 Archives

Yvonne's Class Today

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Pauline, an intelligent lady from the Netherlands, sitting beside me yesterday, was very eager to learn and asked many questions to Yvonne. One of her questions was very helpful to me and I told her so in a small voice. For this reason or other, she suggested to be a pair with me and I agreed.
So today, Pauline took the counselor's role and I did the client's role. Oh she was an excellent counselor! She helped me to verbalize my current problem, from vague, general way of expression into correct, vivid scenes. She tried to understand my problem eagerly and sincerely, drawing pictures on her notebook, asking, guessing, and confirming. When she showed me the scene when I was in trouble by a gesture, I laughed and shouted "Did you see me?" She said, "No, I just put my feet into your shoes (ie; imagine what I shall do when I am in your situation.)" Seeing my problem described by her, together with by her active guessing, I noticed what annoyed me most. That was, I felt uneasy when I could not proceed.
As soon as I got the picutre of it, she asked my earliest memories. I told her two memories and I was happy that she understood them well. I think she has a talent because she was very sensitive to my body languages. For example, when I was thinking of a new idea which was provoked by what I had said, she immediately asked me "What are you thinking now?" So, though our lesson ended at this point, by just speaking my Early Recollections aloud, I found out something very important to me. That was about the "distance" that I took. Perhaps I believe in as such: If I have the proper distance, I can see the whole.
In the sharing time, Pauline said she felt gratitude (!) to me because I was very open to her. Then we were a good counselor and a good client! Oh, I am really looking forward to the next stage of my Lifestyle analysis.

ICASSI Has Started!

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john.jpgLast evening I met many of my ICASSI friends and teachers. Marion kissed me and Anthea hugged me. I gave a small present to Hala to show my gratitude. Eva, Bill, and John, and he was getting bigger. Erika and Ursula who played a skit together at the International Night in 2007. Many friends I knew or they knew me. It was an exciting and fascinating night!

Now about the classes. This morning I went to Erika Echle's "Group Process for Cooperation." Erika is a Swiss woman and not very fluent in English, so her friend Ursula helped her. In fact two leaders' cooperation was working very well. We did many games by which we could have sense of belonging, felt confident and safe in this group. The class consisted with 16 people: 2 Japanese including me, 6 or 7 Bulgarians, 2 or 3 Americans, 1 German and 1 from Hong Kong.... Bulgarians told me that my name, "ayako" meant "a super," because "yako" was "super" in their language. So funny!

Then after lunch, I went to this ICASSI's feature class for me, "Lifestyle Analysis: A Practical Approach" by Yvonne Schurer. Wow! It was great as I had expected. Let me quote some of her words during the class.
In the lecture, Yvonne said: "Adlerian Psychology was not a fact but only a hypothesis. But if you once decided to go with Adlerian Psychology, you SHOULD NOT mix it with other hypothesis of psychology." I was impressed by her zeal and sincere attitude. I felt she was like a cheerful, energetic nun dedicated her life to the road she had chosen; that is, to help people by Lifestyle analysis.
yvonnefamily.jpgShe showed us one counseling demonstration and before she started she said: "When I sit with a client side by side like this, she is MY CLIENT. So during the counseling, no question is permitted. I do not like you interfering us." She is sincere and responsible to both her clients and students.
And I was fascinated by her way of explaining Adlerian theories. For example, she said that Early Recollection was "an artwork preserved in a nut shell." Don't you think it a poetic image? It taught me how precious an Early Recollection always is for any client. And of course, this we should not forget.

After these classes, there were the Newcomers meeting and the Re-comers (repeaters) meeting befor dinner, and I happened to attend the Re-comers meeting. Not many people came, but ICASSI faculty members and old members were gathering and discussed earnestly for ICASSI future. I was impressed that in any meeting, Adlerians were highly cooperative, responsible, and respective to each other. I had a chance to talk about my experience of ICASSI 2007, and Dr. Noda talked about the on-goings in Japanese Adlerian community. Perhaps, I guess, ICASSI Japan will be actualized in some years.

Bucharest and Sinaia

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Bucharest was not a cosy town. There were some "grand" buildings Ceausescu built, but there were many shabby, old houses in downtown. The streets were not well paved, the windows were broken, the walls were scrawled vulgarly, and there were many stray dogs. Perhaps other travellers say something different, as what I saw and walked around were limited areas.
Anyway, I left Bucharest early in the morning and got on a Rapid train to Sinaia, the beautiful town in the mountains. I show you pictures of Castelul Peles and Castelul Pelisor. Those castles were of Romanian King Carol the first. See how beautiful they are!


A Hard Flight

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Being eleven hours in the airplane, I watched three movies. I was totally absorbed in the first movie "Avatar." However, the film seemed very much like a mixture of "The Matrix," "Pocahontas," and "The Apocalypse Now." Then I ate meal, and saw a Japanese movie, "Otouto (About her Brother)." The last scene was so sad that I wept a lot. I was tired but I found "Alice in the Wonderland" and watched it too. In the consequence, when I reached Helsinki, I was totally exhausted. I think three films in one day was too much....
At Helsinki we changed the plane to Bucharest, and flew more two and a half hours. We arrived at 7 o'clock in the local time, which was 1 o'clock at midnight in Japan. I went to bed early and slept tight!

Leave for ICASSI


I will fly to Europe by FinnAir at 11:00 tomorrow morning. I think some more Japanese Adlerians will take the same plane. We will arrive in Helsinki at 15:10 the same day, and change the plane for Bucharest. It takes about two hours and a half from Helsinki to Bucharest, so we will arrive in Romania in the evening.
Before ICASSI starts, we plan to drop in at Sinaia, a beautiful small town in the Carpathian Mountains. They say the old castle in Sinaia is an imperial summer villa and is most beautiful and gorgeous among the castles in Romania. I first wanted to visit the Bran Castle of Dracula, but it seems to be a mere sightseeing spot according to the guide books. Instead, I want to visit Sighisoara, where Vlad III Prince of Wallachia, the model of Dracula, was born. Perhaps I can go there during the holidays between the weeks.
ICASSI is to be held at Poiana Brasov, which is located at about 30 minutes by bus from Brasov, the center city of the Transylvania district. We will arrive there by Sunday evening, and there, we will see all the ICASSI friends together! I have packed all the things I should carry. So, see you! I hope I can continue writing this blog during ICASSI.

Lost and Found

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On April 21, I lost a postpaid transportation card. The card was PiTaPa which was available for almost all public and private railways and buses in the Kansai area. On that evening, I used the card when I got off the Osaka City bus near my house, and when I arrived home, it had been lost. I searched for it thoroughly in my rooms, looked into my bag and every pocket, went out and searched along the street to the bus stop, but I could not find it. As the transportation cost is to be charged directly to my bank account, I had to call the card office to stop the card. After that, I made new one and have forgotten the incident.
Yesterday I got a letter from the card office. They said my waste card was found and kept in the Lost and Found Office in Namba. They said it was found on July 9 and they would keep it with my pass holder till July 14, today! Though I do not need the waste card any more, I went to Namba this morning as I wanted to fetch my pass holder back.
To my surprise, it seemed to be the same as before. A fortune slip which I drew at Toji Temple this New Year's Day was there in my pass holder as before. On this fortune slip I read: "The Lost Thing; will be found long after." Wow, the fortune-telling is successful!
I wonder why it was suddenly found out after these three months. I watched very carefully along the street that evening yet could not find it. Was it traveling underground, or in the air? I think it is very queer. Anyway, I am glad to see my pass holder again. This is Jocomomola's and I had used it for more than three years. I have sterilized it, and I will use it after the trip to Romania.


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Rilke.jpgI have finished reading Rainer Maria Rilke's "Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge (The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge)." I was absorbed in this book entirely for these three days. It is amazing prose, highly lyrical, containing so many vivid images. Of course, Rilke was a genius poet! Oh how I regret that I cannot understand German, as we cannot expect to catch the rhythm in the German language by Japanese translation.... His images went on piling layer on layer, and his stories went on winding, as if we walked along the mazy streets of Prague. Yes, he was born in Prague, like the famous novelist Franz Kafka. What a miraculous coincidence that so much Jewish talent existed under the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the 19th century; Rilke, Kafka, Zweig, Hofmannsthal, Freud and Alfred Adler!
I like Rilke's "Geschichten vom lieben Gott (Stories of God)," a very beautiful book of short stories, which seems to me a kind of a counterpart of "The Notebooks of Malte." The former was published in 1900 whereas the latter was published in 1910. Though both books dealt with death and love of God, these ten years made the books remarkablly different. The atmosphere of "Stories of God" was light like a parable, whereas "The Notebooks of Malte" was more pessimistic. I guess Rilke desperately sought love from God to the people, which seemed to be very rare and capricious in the time. Perhaps he was so sentient that he could not bear watching people in poverty or anguish. And he craved after the embodiment of God's love, sometimes of Mother's love. That reminds me of Mircea Eliade's strange novels. Oh I want to read more if I had time! I really enjoy reading stories.

Preparation for ICASSI

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It is already July. ICASSI will start from July 18 and I am going to leave at 16, Friday. So I should arrange many things for the coming 17-days trip.
The number one priority was about my job. I had asked the boss of the clinic in Nishinomiya for the permission, and he kindly gave me enough holidays. About my counseling job at the clinic in Kitahama, I had consulted to the reception girls of the clinic and could change the date of my appointments. Some clients want to come every one or two weeks, and I asked them if we could have a break. As for the desk work for Noda's Office, Dr. Noda will go to ICASSI, so it will be a long summer vacation. So all has been set now, though I will go through a tight schedule during several weeks.
icassilogo1.jpgAbout the classes in ICASSI: I am going to be in Yvonne's class in both weeks because I want to learn as much from her. I have received some handout and I believe it will be a great experience to learn Life-Style analysis from her! Yvonne's class will be held in the afternoon and I had reserved other two classes in the morning, but I may change the morning classes after I arrive there.
About English: Well, when I went to my first ICASSI three years ago, I was really tensed up ... but this time, I am not. I guess I have done enough by writing English almost every day. Not all participants of ICASSI are English speaking natives. Besides, now I know that ICASSI is the very place we can practice and learn Gemeinschaftsgefuehl!
So the preparations now left are a lot of trivial things, but you know, these are the most troublesome things: Changing money into Euros, setting my mobile phone to be available abroad, checking the transportation and hotels, copying passport numbers, buying some battery, film, shampoo, and cosmetics, etc, etc. I borrowed a suitcase from a rental service company as always, because it is cheaper than I buy. I prefer this as I do not have to keep it in my closet. Oh, I should go to the hairdresser before I left. Busy, busy, but very enjoyable!

R.Strauss and Hofmannsthal

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oufukusyokan.jpgI have finished reading a book titled "Richard Strauss - Hofmannsthal BRIEFWECHSEL." It is a complete collection of letters coming and going between Richard Strauss, the famous composer, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, the genius poet. The first letter was sent from 26 years old Hofmannsthal in Vienna to 36 years old R. Strauss in Berlin. It was the end of 1900. Since then, mainly from 1906 to 1929, Strauss wrote splendid operas, songs and ballet music upon the scripts and verses of Hofmannsthal. They corresponded almost every day when they were at the high peak of creation, and their letters amounted to 600 and more in total.

strausshofmannsthal.jpgI love some of their operas, and to read and know the circumstance of their works was a great joy. Besides, I was deeply impressed by their zeal to create the new style of art. Their enthusiasm, pride and deep passion for their own styles were so great that sometimes it seemed that they hardly found a compromise. Very often, their letters were filled with emotion. What rescued the communication and creation was pure love for arts along with the respect and trust to each other. They were really intellectual gentlemen brought up in the last fragrance of Hapsburg dynasty, in which Dr. Alfred Adler was breathing also.
arabella.jpgI love their last work, ARABELLA. I was shocked to know that Hofmannsthal died as soon as he completed the script for ARABELLA, without listening to Strauss's music. As I had been really absorbed in their letters, the process of creating the opera, the loss of Hofmannsthal was felt so big and I wept. I am going to see the DVD from now, in the memory of two great masters.

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