One figure that most sandplay therapists have in their collection is a treasure chest. Looking for treasure can be a game, a quest, or a surprising discovery. Hiding or burying treasure is a strategy to protect something of value, whether stolen from others or putting things we hope no one will find what we most value. And some treasure is simply not seen for what it is. What a thrill it can be to find treasure.
This happens when we clean out our drawers and piles of possessions, as I am doing right now. Or wander through computer fiIes, websites and emails asking, what is most valuable to me now or may be in the future? Perhaps the essence of the treasure chest is that it holds contents that are both lost and found.
Some treasure hides in plain sight and needs to be noticed. This is true for the Journal of Sandplay Therapy Reflections: Books and Events posted on the Sandplay Therapists of America website www.sandplay.org. Reflections are short articles written by sandplay therapists and available to anyone who visits the website and clicks on the Journal page. No paid subscription is necessary, no email or publicity announces the appearance of a new article so sometimes I forget to check and read them. When I do, there are wonders to be found.
Last week I discovered a book review of Neil Russack’s fascinating Animal Guides in Life, Myth and Dreams, written by Hannah-Valeria Grishko. There was an essay by Leanne Morris describing her experiences at the 2017 Sandplay Intensive in Switzerland that brought back memories of my journey there in 2001. And I was happily surprised to find Vincent Pastore’s inspiring Reflections on Masculine Myths and Blessings from 2016.
This collection of reflective gems belongs to anyone who is curious about sandplay therapy. It may lead you further to the Journal itself, that is filled with case studies, research and features beautiful illustrations. I invite you to open your eyes, mind, and heart to what lies within the STA Journal treasure chest and click here for a peek!
Ellen Searle LeBel