It’s Tuesday, the day on which I’ve published a new blog post almost every week for the last 12 years. Something in me has changed and I want to be present to it. As I approach the eighth decade of my life I want to learn the lessons it wants to teach me. And I want you to know what’s happening.
This newest phase is a time of reflection and retreat. A time to explore some of the rabbit holes (a term I learned from my poetess friend, Deborah Gregory) I’ve neglected. The push to publish and market The Soul’s Twins exhausted me and I need to reevaluate my priorities. This has required me to withdraw from social media for a time. I want to be free of deadlines. I want release from the all-consuming burden to produce. I want to respect my desire to read and relax. I want to feel better about myself: more complete and whole.
Ever since I discovered Jungian psychology I’ve longed to work with a Jungian analyst, but never found the time. I have the time now, so as a special gift to myself I reached out to one I’ve admired for years. So far we’ve only had four sessions, but the cistern containing my life force is already refilling. Recent dreams are rich with psychological insights and spiritual meaning. I understand more about some of my complexes that date back to early childhood. I had an intellectual knowledge about most of them for years, but working with an expert at this deepest archetypal level is creating an emotional knowledge I always knew was missing.
Earlier today I visited my Facebook page and discovered this post from Jungian scholar Lewis Lafontaine on his page, “Marion Woodman and Depth Psychology”. It’s an interview I did three years ago with Teresa Oster—a journalist associated with the Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida—in advance of a workshop I would soon present to them. As I re-read it, it occurred to me that some of you might be interested in it. So here it is. I do hope you enjoy it.
I’ve missed you. But I know that if you’ve followed my blog for very long you understand my powerful need to be whole and true to myself. This knowledge brings me great comfort. Thank you for being in my life.
Think psychologically. Live spiritually, my dear friends.
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