Welcome to my site.
Austin TX is my home, but I grew up in the snowy silence and wild-berry summers of Canada, my heart in nature. One spring I adopted a baby crow; Sam taught me that crows are crooners, earrings are for pecking, tools are to hide on rooftops and always the unexpected is with you.
In my youth were experiences of non-ordinary consciousness; one trauma, another an opening, like touching a Mystery. This happens with many, but these things aren't talked about. I went to work in the field of Environmental Science and settled into a marriage. It wasn't a healthy one, yet leaving was complicted. It was an opportunity of growth, and I looked for limiting beliefs. I learned that solving a problem at the same level of the problem is where life becomes a self-fullfilling prophecy, which I wrote about here.
Through the seasons of a marriage, kids and a divorce, I was on a path that included yoga and trauma training, Jungian depth work, Thomas Keating's psycho-spiritual material, nonduality, and consciousness exploration at the Monroe Institute. I even spent 3 years in mediumship and psychic development, which were invaluable immersions into consciousness and mind. What a surprise to learn that two of the founders of modern psychology, Carl Jung and William James, also explored this realm of 'mental phenomenon.'
I came to see how mere intellectual understanding is a tiny part of true self-knowledge. I saw congruence between Jungian depth work and perennial truths in Buddhism and Gnostic Christianity, and in ancient texts such as the Upanishads and Vedas.
I discovered that we absorb and re-radiate a parent's anxiety or anger (for example) and weave it into our own life. In 2019 I was certified as a parts facilitator, a therapy modality. You know how we refer to parts, "the artistic part of me longed for..." or "the part always triggered by..."
So now my love for this planet calls me to help shift a bit of the darkness - our personal shadow - which, to paraphrase Jung, is the best political, social and spiritual work we can do.
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it." ~ Helen Keller