Best wishes for this New Year. Together, may we make it more peaceful.
Good news! My book "Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung" will be published by Chiron Publications in Asheville, NC, March 1. It continues to be a delight to work with my editor, Jennifer Fitzgerald, and to be part of the Chiron family. This book is the fruit of 20 years of teaching at different Jung Centers in the US and in Europe.
In focusing on insights and excerpts not only from Jung's writings, but also from many other spiritual writers, including Thomas Merton, Etty Hillesum, and Annie Dillard, the lessons bring together psychology, spirituality, and the arts.
Ahead are some busy months. First the 11th Geneva Writers Conference, March 2-4. We started the conferences twenty years ago. I will be teaching "Practicing Zen, Clear Seeing, Clear Writing". Then two weeks later I will teach at the second Spiritual Writing Weekend at Chateau de Bossey, close to Geneva. Still another workshop in April, the Arc of Memoir, for the Geneva Writers Group, and then I will travel to the States for three weeks of readings and workshops. This spring going all the way to Calgary in western Canada!
And already looking forward to the 2018 International Women's Writing Guild Summer Conference that will be held again at Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pennsylvania, July 6 - 13. I am posting a card from the 2017 conference. This summer will be my 28th summer conference. This shows how important the Guild has been for me, bridging the ocean and welcoming me into this extraordinary family of women writers.
I am replacing the personal essays that I have been publishing as blogs with a Newsletter from Geneva, that I hope to write every three or four months. I have just posted #6, sent this fall, with photos of the summer. Soon I will write and post #7. This one will have photos of our Christmas with all our children and grandchildren in the family chalet in the French Alps. To have all the family together was a gift for Pierre and me. It was an early celebration for our 60th wedding anniversary this April.
To close this homepage, instead of the page from the introduction to One Year to a Writing Life (both the Chinese edition and the Korean are doing well), here now are two short excerpts from Writing Toward Wholeness.
Jung advised Christiana Morgan in 1926 with these words: "I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can, in some beautifully bound book.... Then you can go to the book & turn over the pages & fro you it will be your church--your cathedral--the silent places of your spirit where you will find renewal...for in that book is your soul."
These powerful words are Jung's words to us today. He urges us to direct our attention inward and to describe what we discover deep within ourselves. To put in writing the images that come to us, images from our memories, dreams, reflections.
Jung is advising us to keep a journal and to turn to it for solace and inspiration, for on its pages we will find traces of our soul. To address ourselves to the imaginative possibilities of our being and write it all down in our own red books. This is the first step in the journey to wholeness. p. 15
In creating our own cathedrals, we can imagine ourselves creating one vast cathedral for humanity. Millions of workers, millions of makers, building one universal cathedral. Whatever we uncover in our own forays into the unconscious, whatever images we bring alive, whatever metaphors we create, all of this contributes to humanity's journey to wholeness. p. 107