Patricia Damery's Blog (24)

Mary Pipher's Answer to 'Willful Ignorance'

Unknown Mary Pipher, author, psychotherapist, and activist, spoke at the recent Future First Conference in Minneapolis, addressing the most dangerous defense the human race could adopt at this point, that of "willful ignorance". According to Mary, willful ignorance occurs when we are caught between facing something too dreadful to acknowledge yet too dreadful to…


Added by Patricia Damery on December 5, 2014 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

Joanna Macy and 'Sustaining the Gaze'

One of the many phrases that will stay with me from this week at Women's Future First 2014 Congress is that of Joanna Macy: sustaining the gaze. Even though what we see in the world is frightening and enraging, it is so important we witness (not deny) what mankind has perpetrated upon our planet and to feel, to let…


Added by Patricia Damery on November 9, 2014 at 2:26pm — 4 Comments

Jung, Steiner, and Evolution of Consciousness

A recent seminar on Jung and Steiner and their contributions to an evolution of consciousness, held at the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco, was well attended by individuals schooled in both camps. This seems to be happening more and more: finding the common ground of these two men's great works.

Although contemporaries, Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner never met. And…


Added by Patricia Damery on October 27, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

Interview: Charlie Toledo on Fun and Wholeness

When I was interviewing Napa therapist and water activist Charlie Toledo, Executive Director of the Suscol Intertribal Counsel, this week, we had a conversation not directly related to the drought and water that I found particularly healing. She told me that in pantheistic times, people had more fun.

"When I speak to elementary school kids, I always ask them, 'How do you think the California…


Added by Patricia Damery on October 10, 2014 at 3:55pm — No Comments

Racu and the Rainmaker

Although Racu has moved on to greener pastures, and in his place, less cantankerous llama Hijo guards, this true story about a rainmaker at another time of severe drought has never been more relevant. The blog first appeared in June 2011 at the beginning of California's drought.  


At first no one noticed the Buddha I had placed in the forest…


Added by Patricia Damery on September 26, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Healing and Archetypes


Added by Patricia Damery on April 29, 2014 at 9:35am — 1 Comment

Goethe and the Art of Seeing

After the Tucson lecture and workshop, April 4-5, 2014, Friends of Jung, Tucson, Arizona ,

The Environmental Crisis: Birth of a New Consciousness?…


Added by Patricia Damery on April 15, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Interview with Jungian Analyst Barbara Holifield: Moving in Depth and Dream of the Earth

Barbara Holifield



Added by Patricia Damery on February 8, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Interview: Jungian Analyst Carol McRae on Her Drumming and Ally Work

On February 22, 2014, the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco will offer the first of a series of eco-psychology seminars and workshops on the environment crisis. These workshops will be from differing perspectives but of one piece: the necessary crisis of consciousness in earth changes and what we can/must do. In this first workshop,…


Added by Patricia Damery on February 1, 2014 at 4:34pm — 3 Comments

Dark Gifts of Drought

Donald says that he remembers a year when the hills did not turn green. He was forced to pump water from the lower pond, which fills first and quickly, to the upper, much larger pond, to capture and save what rain water he could.

This has not happened in the 20 years that I have lived on our ranch, but I do remember drought years in the late '80’s, and some before in the mid '70’s. We were living in Marin County at the time, and the reservoirs went dry. We were put on water rationing,…


Added by Patricia Damery on January 27, 2014 at 7:53am — No Comments

The Environmental Crisis: What We Can Do

Some of the reasons I am willing to suffer knowledge of my…

Added by Patricia Damery on January 13, 2014 at 9:26am — No Comments

My Green May Be Your Red: Perceiving Subtle Energies

Many years ago when we were first learning Biodynamics we worked with a consultant who I've called B.B. in my recollection of that time (Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation. Soon to be republished by Leaping Goat Press, 2014.) He helped us on many levels, giving us tips and how-to’s about the practicalities…


Added by Patricia Damery on January 4, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Waning 2013 and Dark Nights

The old slip of moon rose this morning, the Valley Oaks backlit by the beginnings of Dawn. It is the end of 2013, the darkest time of the year.

I admit: I love the dark, a time that it is easier to live inward. The plants are quiet,…


Added by Patricia Damery on December 29, 2013 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Play and the Mystery of the Present

Play is the highest form of research.– Albert Einstein

If it is important even for our survival on the planet to relearn re-entering the Mystery of the Present, what serves this end?

This question is one I contemplate this season as the dark comes before 5 in the evening and…


Added by Patricia Damery on December 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why I Believe in Santa Claus

Santa greeting children and adults alike in Petaluma,…

Added by Patricia Damery on December 19, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Abundant Life: A Christmas Story

My departure from organized religion began when I realized “eternal life” was “abundant life”— spiritually abundant. At the moment of epiphany I was sitting on the stage near the altar of our old country church, drafted to play the part of Virgin Mary in the annual nativity pageant. As every year before, the main players, Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus (the newest born in the congregation), some shepherds, wise men, and an angel, had paraded down the…

Added by Patricia Damery on December 16, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Valerian and Light

Burrrrrr!!!!! (Okay,  I know, some of you are much colder!

But we…

Added by Patricia Damery on December 12, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Blessed Greenness


Added by Patricia Damery on December 9, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Review: Platko's In the Tracks of the Unseen

Some topics are so controversial we cannot discuss them. Jane Davenport Platko’s In the Tracks of the Unseen: Memoirs of a Jungian Analyst brings one of those topics into full view: when the doctor and patient fall in love.

While we psychoanalysts and psychotherapists have thorough discussions as to why these kinds of relationships are problematic, we seldom have open discussions about what happens when they seem to work. Those who have entered such relationships rightfully…


Added by Patricia Damery on December 3, 2013 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Honoring the Ancestors: Jane and Jo Wheelwright

Twenty four years ago this fall, my candidate group began our training to become Jungian analysts. We were the last group to meet with Jo and Jane Wheelwright, some of the first generation analysts from our Institute, meaning that they were analyzed by Jung. They were also two of the founding members and must have been in their early nineties at the time of the meeting.

I remember the early October seminar well. We were four women very excited to begin our candidacy at a time the…


Added by Patricia Damery on December 1, 2013 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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