Carl Jung

 

 

 

C. G. Jung

Memories, Dreams, Reflections

When he was eighty-one years old, C.G.Jung undertook the telling of his life story. I read this book every year and, each time, find a different source of inspiration, such as the symbol of the rhizome:

“Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on its rhizome. Its true life is invisible, hidden in the rhizome. The part that appears above the ground lasts only a single summer. Then it withers away - an ephemeral apparition... Yet, I have never lost a sense of something that lives and endures underneath the eternal flux. What we see is the blossom, which passes. The rhizome remains. In the end, the only events in my life worth telling are those when the imperishable world irrupted into this transitory one. This is why I speak chiefly of inner experiences, amongst which I include my dreams and visions.”

 

Patricia Goss

Meeting (Orange Alabaster)

On a lovely summer afternoon, I passed through the gates of sculptor Patricia Goss’s garden and entered into a numinous world of stone sculptures; Patricia Goss carves marble, limestone and alabaster. That particular day she had arranged her sculptures around her garden. Every nook and recess of the garden offered a different aspect of her artistry. I spent many hours looking at the sculptures. Each one of them touched me in a deep way. I was in contact with deep spirituality, luminescence and beauty.

David Wagner

Trees

 

David Russell Wagoner

My favorite poem by American poet, David Wagoner

Lost
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.


 

 

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Being Present to What Is

At times, my mind gets too cluttered. I am doing too much and I forget what simply being means. I lose track of what is truly important. That is when I feel the need to reach for Jon Kabat-Zinn’s books. Jon’s wisdom is the power of simple awareness: being present to what is. So simple and yet, at times, so difficult. Jon Kabat-Zinn created The Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center to help people deal with chronic pain. I took the program in May 2008 in Toronto and it continues to be a source of inspiration in my everyday life.

Witness to Fire

 

Linda Schierse Leonard

Witness to the Fire. Creativity and the Veil of Addiction

I am fascinated by the phenomenon of addiction in our society. Alcohol, drugs, sex, food, gambling, romance, money, power and control: such are the main addictions of the 21st century. As I was writing on pathological gambling, I kept wondering: is there meaning in addiction? What does the addiction want from a human being? Is it possible to emerge from the bondage of addiction and set on a path of meaning through creativity? This brilliant book answered some of my questions and offered me new perspectives.

Mary Oliver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Oliver

Wild Geese
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
            love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air;
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

from Dream Work (1986) Read more...