I live in the valley of the Shenandoah in the Shadow of the Massanutten when I am not traveling around the western United States. This past summer (2009) my travels took me through the backroads of Nebraska, up through the western entrance to Yellowstone, down through the Tetons, Flaming Gorge, Moab, Durango, and then a respite in Pagosa Springs for several days, before the slow return to the east – meandering through Kansas – spending my 21st wedding anniversary at Lake Kannaoplis.
In midlife – I heard the Summons of the Soul, what began as a whisper transformed into the Roaring of the Sacred River and this led me to quest. I became an apprentice to Dream Work, Soulcraft, and deepened my commitment to the study of archetypal and depth psychology. The visual artist long dormant surfaced as I began to draw and create beauty in new and innovative ways.
Four years I labored in the underworld – romancing my shadow, learning the imaginal language of the soul, locating and retrieving lost fragments of my Self. Emerging from the underworld, I embraced the midlife journey of individuation.
For the past three years, I study in the tower of ivory and travel with fellow seekers. This is a time of apprenticeship at the wellsprings of others. I follow the cairns with gratitude.
I continue to mine the gold of my shadow, while participating in women’s group, and sitting with pilgrims on the journey in various counseling settings. I continue to develop my interests in “story as medicine,” dreams as messages from the unconscious in support of our healing, and seeking the wisdom of divinity that resides in each of us – the Sacred Masculine and the Sacred Feminine.
I look forward to integrating the fruits of this seven year journey.
Blessings to you and yours…
and as Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes says….
Amen – and a little woman