Reclaiming the Wild Soul How Earth's Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness

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  • Copyright: 2014-09-16
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press
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Reclaiming the Wild Soul takes us on a journey into Earth’s five great landscapes — deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands — as aspects of our deeper, wilder selves. Where the inner and outer worlds meet we discover our own true nature mirrored in the Earth's wild beauty and fierce challenges.

A powerful archetypal model for transformation, the “soulscapes” return us to a primal terrain rich in knowing, healing, and wholeness. To guide our path, each soulscape offers up wisdom in the form of soul qualities the modern world often undervalues and even undermines. We see how deserts model simplicity and silence, how forests help us make peace with uncertainty, how rivers and oceans reveal the power of flow, how mountains inspire our highest purpose, and how grasslands teach us about giving back.

Weaving personal story with poetry, imagery, and explorations, Reclaiming the Wild Soul is simultaneously self-help and a courageous call to action. It is written for all those disillusioned with our hyper-paced, high-tech world, who decry what we are doing to the Earth, who feel the tug of their own wild souls longing for discovery and mystery — a new, yet ancient, way of being human.

Author Biography

Mary Reynolds Thompson is a certified life coach and facilitator of poetry and journal therapy. Mary is the founder of "Write the Damn Book" and the creator of the Write the Damn Book coaching process. She serves on the faculty of the Therapeutic Writing Institute and the Council for the International Association for Journal Writers. She lives in Novato, CA.

Lorraine Anderson grew up on a free-range chicken ranch in Cupertino, CA, in the days when the Santa Clara Valley was still known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. (It's now known as Silicon Valley.) She freelances as a writer and editor and teaches writing as an adjunct professor at Linn-Benton Community College in Corvallis, OR.

Table of Contents


Preface: My Own Wild Soul Story
Introduction: The Journey of the Soulscapes

Part 1: Deserts
1. Silence
2. Thirst
3. Simplicity
4. Clarity
5. Emptiness
6. Impermanence

Part 2: Forests
7. Mystery
8. Wisdom
9. Uniqueness
10. Shadow
11. Rootedness
12. Emergence

Part 3: Oceans and Rivers

13. Originality
14. Depth
15. Flow
16. Expressiveness
17. Ebb and Flow
18. Desire
19. Balance
20. Generosity

Part 4: Mountains
21. Solidity
22. Extremity
23. Mindfulness
24. Perspective
25. Humility
26. Friction
27. Influence

Part 5: Grasslands
28. Belonging
29. Sensuality
30. Resilience
31. Freedom
32. Beauty
33. Openness

What Next? Walking the Wild Edge
Additional Resources
About the Author
About the Artist

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