I offer you every good wish for whatever you celebrate at this winter holiday.
I hope you and your family have had a safe and healthy year. I and my family have been safe and sound, though I greatly miss seeing them all. Meeting them on Skype is not the same, but I am thankful for it all the same. Playing games online has been good, especially getting back into chess after 100 years, except I taught one of my grandchildren to play and now he beats me most times.
Seasonal Special – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
My version of the spicy seasonal tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is now available on YouTube.
Soulfulness : My Psychotherapy Practice and Book
My book, Soulfulness, The Marriage of Shamanic and Contemporary Psychology is still a contender for the least read book on the planet, though those who have read it say they appreciate it. Apparently, the book has a following in the undergraduate body at the Institute of Psychosynthesis London, though rumour has it they have bought one copy to pass around.
If you can’t borrow a copy of the Soulfulness book, please, buy—and more importantly, read—your very own copy.
I have now created an Articles page on my Soulfulness website. There are currently five articles on the page, and more will be added next year. Here are the five articles:
More of ‘Self’ – Following on from my Soulfulness book, this article sets out the synthesis of Shamanic Psychology and Psychosynthesis psychotherapy in one aspect, the experience of ‘Self’.
Here is a testimonial for the article and the book: “It brought me so much joy and learning to read both your paper and your book. Now I’ve finished reading the book as well and I find it very inspiring and useful both in my client work as well as in my private life. Full of Soul & Spirit and practical how-to’s, I keep it with me like a treasure.”
Lena Ekwing, Dipl Psykosyntesterapeut & ICF Coach, Göteborg.
Evolve or Die! – The aim of this article is to offer a psychological response to the threat of human extinction, an evolved psychology, the synthesis of heart and mind. There is a related article, The Great Dilemma—Evolve or Die! that considers the Great Dilemma facing the human species—Evolve or Die!—and offers a response based on Psychosynthesis Psychology, the Psychosynthesis of Heart and Mind.
A Future for the Human Race? – The human race faces the prospect of human extinction, along with many other species. This article reflects on the outcome of a major crisis in history and offers a psychological response to the present threat of human extinction.
The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life – Reproduced here is the Appendix of my Soulfulness book. Bringing together folktale, psychology, and shamanism, it is a reflection on this extraordinary Russian folktale.
My Psychotherapy Practice – Psychotherapy for Soul
When Covid struck I feared my psychotherapy practice was finished. Then Zoom came to the rescue, though it doesn’t suite everybody. Then again, working online I can see clients who are much further afield.
There is more about my work on my website Psychotherapy for Soul. There are essentially two aspects: Healing past traumas. Visioning the future.
Story: Storytelling, Folk Tales Books, and Playlists
Then, alas, came the virus, the lockdown, and the cancelling of my bookings. Instead, I have created three storytelling playlists on YouTube:
The Lancashire Folk Tales & Berkshire Folk Tales playlist has on it several videos taken from my books of Folk Tales, starting with the recording of a live performance – also featuring my son Ed on two violas – at the launch of Berkshire Folk Tales:
I shall add more storytelling videos next year, so please watch out for them.
My Books of the Year
I have recently read three books by Joanne Harris that follow on from her wonderful book Chocolat: The Lollipop Shoes, Peaches for Father Frances, and The Strawberry Thief, each of them a magical delight and which moved me to tears.
The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato is a book of unrelenting excitement, intrigue, and shear interest, as the devastating secrets of Botticelli’s La Primavera are unfolded. A particular delight for me, the story roams all over Italy, a country I especially love.