Winter Newsletter

I offer you every good wish for whatever you celebrate at this winter holiday season

I wish you and your family and friends a splendid winter holiday season and a safe and healthy New Year. 

Seasonal Special – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Between mince pies and the Queen’s speech, between turkey and TV, take a few moments for this spicy seasonal tale.

Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy Practice and Writing Work

My Psychotherapy Practice – Psychotherapy for Soul – is as busy as it has been for ten years.

 I have the privilege of being Guest Editor of the December Quarterly of the US-based Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis – https://aap-psychosynthesis.org/. I chose as my theme for the Quarterly the crucial issue of Psychosynthesis and Sexuality. My editorial work includes a two hour webinar in January on the same theme, Psychosynthesis and Sexuality- https://aap-psychosynthesis.org/event-4550539.

There are now six articles on the Articles page of my Soulfulness website – https://soulfulness.co.uk/articles. 

 My new 5000-word article – Sex : Self : Spirit – was recently published by the Psychosynthesis Trust, and can be downloaded from the Psychosynthesis Trust Blog – https://psychosynthesistrust.org.uk/sex-self-spirit-by-david-england/ Here is how I introduce the article:

My Psychosynthesis training included a six-day summer school on the Shamanic Medicine Wheel, later sadly dropped from the curriculum. Yet, the Shamanic Energy Map—an application of the Medicine Wheel—is a powerful bio-psychosynthesis model and an accurate psychotherapeutic resource. I believe it is time for the Energy Map to find its place—as a dynamic map of the personality’s use of energy—alongside Assagioli’s Egg Diagram Model of the Personality as an essential resource for Psychosynthesis therapists. 

 My book, Soulfulness, The Marriage of Shamanic and Contemporary Psychologyhttps://soulfulness.co.uk/shamanism-book remains a contender for the least read book on the planet, though those who have read it say they appreciate it. If you can’t borrow a copy of the book, please, buy—and more importantly, read—your very own copy.

The ancient wisdom of the theory and practice of shamanism is presented in the book in a form which is fit for use within the mainstream of twenty-first century therapy. This includes:

A detailed explanation of Shamanic Psychology, including key psychological models.

A practical description of the ceremonies of the Shamanic Journey and Soul Retrieval, and their use in 21st Century psychotherapy.

Story: Storytelling, Folk Tales Books, and Playlists 

As a professional storyteller, I told stories at parties, birthdays, weddings, festivals, and most of all schools. Telling stories throughout a primary school, starting with a riotous tale in assembly, is a joy. Until lockdown I was for years the resident storyteller at the Oxford Dance Camp. With the arrival of C*vid it all stopped, though I have kept my membership of Equity, so one day…

Instead, I have created three storytelling playlists on YouTube: 

David England Storytelling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv5QCicXcqg&list=PLZU3A1M3kuLxsBPwFmmhYPD-DcUjSinwB&index=2 

David England Stories for Kids https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3ooVmD6M7o&list=PLZU3A1M3kuLzBf1beYRZXrDbmaq8QAcqS&index=1

Lancashire Folk Tales & Berkshire Folk Tales Playlist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv5QCicXcqg&list=PLZU3A1M3kuLx2NqJfdD54WXyXrjkZqZp0&index=2

I am gradually adding more storytelling videos, so please watch out for them.

My Book of the Year

   My book of the year is the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, who is a history professor at the University of Southern California, as well as being a distinguished author. 

The plot of the All Souls Trilogy is a vampire tale for adults, and is romantic, erotic and erudite, beautiful and nail-biting, set in the contemporary world whilst bringing the giants of the Elizabethan world down to size. 

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shadow-of-night
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With love and good wishes for the coming year.

David