decoding myth and archetype - our psychic DNA
Photo: Bernard Chandler
Labyrinth - new collection of my poems from Amethyst press
A new collection of poems which trace my psychic journey out of England and into New England, and how that forced me to grow and expand my understanding of myself, and of the shadow and the gifts of both cultures. The Introductory Essay looks at the creative process of writing.
£5.99 on Kindle; £10 print book
Here's one of the poems:
Kingdom of the Infinite
look anywhere: at a leaf, a small, inconsequential
pebble on a beach, an unguarded human face
what is seen, if you can see it, is beauty
which you might find first as pattern, shape
for its nature is of things related
and an equivalence with another order
of itself and even more poignantly
an exchange between these, like the exchange
between faces that light up, and from there,
suddenly--like the view that takes you breathless
by surprise (rounding the corner of a gradual climb)
the inlet, wooded hills, their further blue--an expansion
of both: the world, real, formed, even this one
part of which you may never walk entirely through,
and a largesse that will never entirely
leave you, the larger possibility
at the brink of which all will always be poised
New non-fiction book 'Coherent Self, Coherent World: A new synthesis of Myth, Metaphysics & Bohm's Implicate Order' from 'O' Books
on Amazon and other sites, including Barnes & Noble, Hive, Indiebound; Google, Apple & Kobo
UK £10.99 US $16.95
A Kindle/e-book version also available
"This wide-ranging book is an important contribution to reorienting our culture towards the neglected inner dimension that gives rise to coherence and meaning and constitutes our deeper being. The author shows how we can experience coherence by accessing this deep self, drawing not only on David Bohm’s fundamental ideas about the implicate and explicate orders and on dialogue, but also on her extensive knowledge of art, Arthurian myth, the Grail and archetypes of transformation. Our journey towards wholeness also involves recognizing and integrating the shadow and our woundedness, not only individually but also collectively as we evolve towards a wisdom that unites intuitive insights with rational analysis. This is a bold and inspiring vision for our time."
--David Lorimer, Programme Director, Scientific and Medical Network; Editor, Paradigm Explorer
A listener: "...so free, so wise, so real, so comprehensible, so clarion, so directional."
I believe we have access to a source of insight unique to each one of us that can inspire and guide what we do. I believe that this source flows like a stream, continually clear and refreshed.
Streams emerge from underground springs and rain water that falls on the land around. Ultimately, they are fed by the whole interconnected system of Earth’s water and weather. I believe our flow of insight arises similarly from a wide and deep weave of cultural and inner life, and constitutes a vital aspect of who we are.
If we ignore our inner promptings, we grow confused. We give weight to the opinions and viewpoints of others and downgrade our own. At the same time, we over emphasize the impact that our upbringing and surroundings have on us, while underestimating - or overlooking - our own power to shape our lives.
Myths and archetypes from folklore and sacred writings, often called the wisdom traditions, encode this understanding. They also teach us that we are systemically connected to the world we live in - and explain it is important to stay attuned to the wise inner source because the way we experience ourselves affects how we impact the world. That is why they are called the wisdom traditions!
My work as a writer is to share and explore these truths and their implications.
For I also believe the leading edge of human experience lies now in mastering the forces of our own consciousness.
Understanding ourselves and how we create frees up imagination, and allows us to evolve ideas that play out in harmony with others and with the ecology of our beautiful planet home.