One Step to Healing Our Great Divide in This Country

The immense racial divide in my country, the United States, troubles me deeply.  As someone who has studied and lived among other cultures, I dream of a day when every human is honored and respected for who they are, and … Continued

Elena Hernandez. Photo by Photo by Barbara Byrd.

What is Cultural Self?

When I see someone who is of a race or a nationality that is very different from mine, it seems obvious that this person is from a different culture than my own. It is not as obvious to me what … Continued

Ann Schauber and Namita Gandhji, authors of Awarefulness

Take the Journey of Awarefulness

Awarefulness: Journey from Misery to Joyful Living Holiday Discount Price: $14.95 $6.99 priority shipping $4.99 media shipping Free Delivery in Corvallis, Oregon (choose “Pickup” in PayPal) ISBN 978-0-9988662-0-8192 pages. Self-help Book Eliminate the negative stories in your head in this self-help … Continued

Why a Snail?

Cara (face) and Colores (colors) – Colors of Faces
Caracol – snail shell, which is spiral shaped.

The Caracol (spiral) in Caracolores represents the continual journey of learning – an unfolding.   Just as the snail shell grows with the snail, so do we humans grow in our awareness of who we are. Some fear that working with our human diversity will result in a loss of who we are. Caracolores helps us face that fear and learn more about ourselves, awakening our inner and inter connections.



The snail: a symbol of the self

The snail is a symbol for protecting our vulnerable emotions and spirit. The challenge for the snail is to learn to trust and balance both the protective self and the trusting self. The snail contains both male and female parts in its body; thus it incorporates both masculine and feminine characteristics. As humans, we are learning how to balance those male and female aspects of ourselves, the male supports and the female empathizes and cares for ourselves and others. Inside the snail shell, there is an essence of a being which has much to offer the world. The symbol of the snail calls us to look at the walls and shells we have built around us and to know that learning and knowing is not stagnant.

As we grow and learn, we recognize that change takes time. Life is a journey. We are slow to change, just as the snail is slow in its progress forward. Patience is required.