In my middle fifties, easing into cronedom, I did about four years of dreamwork and questioning with a gifted Jungian analyst. One of the points of such analysis is to free the soul – Psyche – to continue its lifelong process of transformation with greater confidence, freedom, and peace. Three years or so after my work with the analyst was done I re-read all the journals I had kept during my time with her. These thoughts grew from that re-reading.
Our culture, our time and place, tells us that we are able to change ourselves – but I have come to believe that these attempts to change the self, adjust the self, fix the self – these attempts only get in the way of authentic transformation. And so – somewhat in the spirit of a field guide offering careful guidance on how to distinguish a long-billed curlew from a marbled godwit – here are my field notes on the difference between transformation and change.
You can download my handwritten list here – I much prefer my handwritten version, but in case you can’t read my handwriting or don’t want to wait through the download, I have typed out the words for you as well.
Handwritten version ( 652k )
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