Selected Works

nonfiction, depth psychology, memoir, Spiritual, Relationships, Work, Health, Meaning, Techniques, Fate, Renewal, Transcendence, Timing, Earth’s soul, Dreams, Symbols, Myths, Death
SPECIAL 2016 BOOK OFFER: Your Soul at a Crossroads for half-price, $7. You might then dip into The Inner Lover and Dreaming of Animals, also related to finding inner wisdom.
nonfiction
Using passion as a way to self-empowerment & exceptional creativity
"Animals show us in dreams what we need to do to heal ourselves and the Earth" - James Hillman
A compendium of articles, quotes, puzzles that show how our daily activities affect ecosystems. Published by Grosset/Putnam.
That's me at age 15 - to Elvis' right
The story of a snowshoe hare surviving in its community in Glacier Bay, Alaska. A Smithsonian Heritage Book.
So precious

Book cover

The scene while I work in my journal

Dinner afterward with Heidi Kolb

Flyer for this weekend's Anais Nin event

Carl Jung at Bollingen

My kitty, Sugah

with long hair, Bozeman

Scene in Yellowstone Park near where I currently live.

Listen to the Dr. Pat Show

I love this mosaic with Orpheus and animals

Jane D. Richardson among her diaries


Anais Nin and I at her book party at the Gotham Book Mart.

Two favorite mentors: Ira Progoff & Anais Nin. Progoff was the creator of the Intensive Journal Method. Anais Nin, is the author of novels and most famously Diaries.

Highly recommended


New: PDF's to help you be guided by your inner wisdom

February 18, 2016

Tags: inner wisdom, dreams, body, soul, animals, power figures, rebirth, myths

The PDFs are on the topics described below. All are inexpensive but drawn from my (long) years of experience. If you want to order one or more, just pay via Paypal and notify me. (You can pay at Paypal without having an account).

1. Inner Wisdom of the Body, Tips for Befriending it. If today you are often judgmental toward your body, it’s time to ally with it as you experience intimacy, sickness, sensory pleasures (music, food, fabrics, etc.), and stages of life. You will be helped in healing. 2 pages, $5, PDF.

2. Dreams are like Fed-Ex Messages from Your Soul. Tips for Understanding Them. Dreams may seem like impossible riddles but if you only work with a few a month, you will benefit from the rich flow of imagery from the unconscious. They correct your passage in life. 5 pages, $5, PDF.

3. Animals as Power Figures. Wild and tamed animals live all around us but have you stopped to think about those who live inside you? I offer you 10 techniques for working with animals as wisdom figures in order to enable you to live your life more powerfully. 3 pages, $10, PDF.

4. Rebirth Symbols. Rebirth is about renewal, resurrection, and transcendence after life delivers a blow. I describe symbols and rituals drawn from the world’s myths and religions that have helped people heal since time immemorial.
7 pages, $10, PDF.

Symbols of rebirth and renewal

April 29, 2015

Tags: soul, Erich Neumann, female, birth

from my book Your Soul at a Crossroads:

Symbols of Renewal and Rebirth

Here is a personal glossary of universal symbols that appear in dreams or stories about change and renewal. They will naturally appear in your soul work in the right time for you. Even if we aren’t aware of the symbols in the way defined below, they rest in our ancestral memory and animate our souls. Sometimes we even use them in colloquial conversation without thinking about it. You can use this chapter for possible guidance in regard to renewal and rebirth.

Vessel—The vessel is the womb. The female body is such a container. The uterus and the oven are both vessels. Pottery/vessels used for the gathering of food and water from early cultures had breasts. The funereal urn is also a vessel. Projected outward, it symbolizes the world, the cosmos.

Erich Neumann in The Great Mother wrote that in the beginning of civilization the Feminine was seen as the creative principle that encompassed the whole of the world. She was nature in which all life arose and achieved its highest transformation in the form of the spirit. “Later the patriarchate postulates the reverse just as one-sidedly; namely, that the male seed is the creative element while the woman as vessel is only a temporary abode and feeding place.”

In Christianity, the vessel became the baptismal font and the chalice of the Last Supper. (more…)

Symbols of Rebirth excerpted from my book Your Soul at a Crossroads

January 1, 2015

Tags: renewal, rebirth, soul, crossroads, vessel, fire, water, egg, seed, moon, sun, lotus, rose, mandala, lightning, cave, goddesses, gods, light, labyrinth, divine child

Symbols of Renewal and Rebirth excerpted from my book Your Soul at a Crossroads
may your life be filled with renewals in 2015...

Here is a personal glossary of universal symbols that appear in dreams or stories about change and renewal. They will naturally appear in your soul work at the right time for you.

Vessel—The vessel is the womb. The female body is such a container.

Vulva—The vulva, yoni, or vagina is the place of putting in the semen, which jumpstarts procreation and birth. Through it passes all human birth.

Fire—Used to create vessels and tools, to fry/broil/roast food, it is thus an agent of transformation. Emotions and conflicts, religious and sensual desire, heat our temperature; containing them allows inner fires to work their changes.

Water—Our bodies are mostly composed of water; water covers most of the planet’s surface. The water cycle moves between the heavens and earth. Water is considered the mother/creator of all life. Because it dissolves most things, it’s been a primary image for the swallowing of our egos. The ever-changing waters of the soul’s journey sustain and refresh.

Egg—The incubator and newly born, the container of life.

Seed—In the cycle of life or inner transformation, life begins in the spring with the seed.; the seed puts forth tender shoots (while many die or get trampled on); with luck the seed blooms; it then must wither and die and endure the cold dark winter in order to be regenerated. Inner growth follows the same cycle: first we are lit up by the seed of inspiration; then we struggle to make a project a reality; we all like success or the blossoming stage, but equally important is the passing away of the bloom and facing the empty unknowingness before the new seed can be born. (more…)

My favorite soul book authors

October 16, 2014

Tags: Ira Progoff, Carl Jung, soul, Marie Louise von Franz, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Anais Nin, Robert Bly, David Whyte, James Hillman

While my lifetime mentors have been Ira Progoff and Carl Jung, other authors have stirred my soul. These include: Marie Louise von Franz, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Anais Nin, Robert Bly, David Whyte, James Hillman and more. I highly recommend any of their books.

Progoff's Intensive Journal Method

July 26, 2013

Tags: Journal, Jung, Ira Progoff, soul, work, relationships, health, meaning, Joseph Campbell

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My take on the Intensive Journal Method
The structure and theory behind it were developed by therapist, Ira Progoff, in the late 1960s as a non-judgmental, psychological, and spiritual tool that people could use on their own. Far more dynamic than ordinary diary-keeping, the Journal method is “one of the unique inventions of our time,” Joseph Campbell said.
I agree. It works, and I wish everyone would benefit from it as I have for the past four decades. (more…)

Soul Writing workshop last weekend

April 16, 2013

Tags: soul, writing, spirituality, gratitude

A lovely group of women attended my Soul Writing workshop on Sunday. They were all so eager for tools for deepening their spirituality. I love to relate to people on that level and am grateful for their energy.

Feb. 11 interview Voice America

February 7, 2011

Tags: animals, soul, earth

Tune in to listen to this interview....http://www.voiceamerica.com/Show/Episode/51766/the-link-between-the-inner-world-of-our-imagination-and-the-outer-world-where-we-encounter-animals

Free Online Movie Course

June 3, 2010

Tags: movies, soul

I've just added to my Events a new free online course pertaining to your identifying a situation in your life that you found mirrored in a movie. The point is to learn more about the myth of your life. You can sign up anytime. Two sessions and my teachings.

ecopsychology pioneers and their works

October 8, 2009

Tags: ecopsychology, Hillman, Plotkin, naturre, soul, web of life, Sarah Conn, Joanna Macy

Ted Roszak’s Voice of the Earth; James Hillman, Animal Dreams; Roszak, Hillman, et alia, Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind; Linda Buzzell, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind; Bill Plotkin, Nature and the Human Soul; C.G.Jung, The Earth Has a Soul: Nature Writings; Michael Cohen, The Web of Life Imperative;plus Joanna Macy’s “Council of All Beings” and Sarah Conn’s (clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School) teachings.