9781577314226

Soulcraft Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche

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    9781577314226

  • ISBN10:

    1577314220

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-08-29
  • Publisher: New World Library

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Summary

Since 1980, Jungian psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding men and women into the wilderness — the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American Southwest — but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft. There’s a great longing in all people — a longing to uncover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to find the unique gift we were born to bring to our communities, and to experience our full membership in the more-than-human world. This journey to soul is a descent into layers of the self much deeper than personality, a journey meant for each one of us, not just for the heroes and heroines of mythology. A modern handbook for the journey, Soulcraft is not an imitation of indigenous ways, but a contemporary nature-based approach born from the landscape of the Southwest, the traditions of Western culture, and the cross-cultural heritage of all humanity. Filled with stories, poems, and guidelines, Soulcraft introduces over 40 practices that facilitate the descent to soul, including dreamwork, wilderness vision fasts, talking across the species boundaries, council, self-designed ceremony, nature-based shadow work, and the arts of romance, storytelling, and soul-infused poetry.

Author Biography

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and wilderness guide. He holds a doctorate in psychology from Univ. of Colorado at Boulder and has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1980. He has addressed thousands of seekers, through New York's Omega Institute, the American Psychological Association, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Naropa University, among others. His articles have been published in both professional and trade journals over the past few years. His Animas Valley Institute offers seminars and vision quests in Durango, Colorado and around the country. He lives in Durango, CO.

Table of Contents

LIST OF SOULCRAFT PRACTICES XI
FOREWORD BY THOMAS BERRY XIII
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS XVII
PROLOGUE: WEAVING A COCOON XXI
INTRODUCTION: ATRAIL GUIDE TO SOUL 1(6)
PART ONE: SEVERANCE
CHAPTER 1 CARRYING WHAT IS HIDDEN AS A GIFT TO OTHERS
7(14)
CHAPTER 2 GROUNDWORK: A BRIEFING FOK THE DESCENT TO SOUL
21(24)
CHAPTER 3 SINKING BACK INTO THE SOURCE OF EVERYTHING: THE CALL TO ADVENTURE
45(22)
CHAPTER 4 THE WANDERER AND THE SECOND COCOON
67(12)
CHAPTER 5 THE DARKNESS SHALL BE THE LIGHT: PRACTICES FOR LEAVING HOME
79(34)
PART TWO: PATHWAYS TO SOUL ENCOUNTER
CHAPTER 6 RECOVERING THE IMAGE YOU WERE BORN WITH
113(14)
CHAPTER 7 INNERWOKK
127(26)
CHAPTER 8 COMMUNING WITH THE OTHERS
153(28)
CHAPTER 9 BRIDGING INNER AND OUTER
181(30)
CHAPTER 10 THE VISION QUEST AND SOULCENTRIC RITUAL
211(20)
PART THREE: THE RETURN
CHAPTER 11 CULTIVATING A SOULFUL RELATIONSHIP TO LIFE: PART 1
231(30)
CHAPTER 12 CULTIVATING A SOULFUL RELATIONSHIP TO LIFE: PART 2
261(42)
CHAPTER 13 LIVING AS IF YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD MATTERED
303(30)
NOTES 333(8)
RESOURCES FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION 341(8)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 349(6)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS OF PERMISSIONS 355(4)
INDEX 359(9)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 368

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