“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.”
― John O'Donohue
I am deeply indebted to these authors, teachers, storytellers, and guides who have shaped my practice with dreams and with the soul's journey.
Dr. Renee Coleman
Icons of a Dreaming Heart: The Art and Practice of Dream-Centered Living
Renee is my dream teacher and awarded me my certificate in The Art and Practice of Dream Centered Living. She is a Certified Dream Tender and has a PhD in Mythological Studies, with an emphasis on Depth Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. She lives and works in Santa Clarita.
The Dream and the Underworld
The Soul's Code
Considered to the world’s foremost post-Jungian thinker, James Hillman is known as the founder of archetypal psychology and is the author of more than twenty books. I have worked with many of these books as part of my training with Renee Coleman, who studied with Hillman directly.
The Power of Soul: Living the Twelve Virtues
Love and the Soul
Love and the World
Freeing the Soul from Fear
Robert Sardello is co-founder and co-director of the School of Spiritual Psychology. He is a founding fellow of the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Texas, and a former chairman of the Department of Psychology, University of Dallas. Sardello developed a Spiritual Psychology based in the Spiritual Science of Rudolf Steiner. I have studied several of Sardello's books to develop my receptivity to the soul realms, and have had the privilege of attending several of his in-person seminars.
Men and the Water of Life
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology
Michael Meade, D.H.L., is a renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of mythology, anthropology, and psychology.
A Little Course in Dreams: A Basic Handbook of Jungian Dreamwork
Robert Bosnak is a noted Jungian psychoanalyst, and is the author and editor of seven books of non-fiction in the fields of dreams, health, and creative imagination. A Little Course in Dreams is an accessible and informative book for anyone interested in the realm of dreams.
Scatterlings: Getting Claimed in the Age of Amnesia
Dr. Martin Shaw is a writer and teacher who lives on Dartmoor. He is author of the award-winning Mythteller trilogy: A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower and Scatterlings. Founder of the Oral Tradition and Living Myth courses at Stanford University, he is also director of the Westcountry School of Myth in the UK. It was his entrancing storytelling event in Los Angeles and his description of the vision quests he leads on Dartmoor that inspired me to go on a vision quest myself.
Animas Valley Institute
The primary goal and method of all Animas programs is the encounter with soul. Founded in 1980 by wilderness guide and depth psychologist Bill Plotkin, the Institute is one of North America’s longest-standing organizations offering contemporary wilderness rites. I went on a vision quest in the Arizona desert with Animas and have taken many of their other courses, all of which integrate dream work.
Sara McFarland is a SoulStoryteller, Soul Initiation Guide, Ritualist and Improvisational Singer
Michael Meade is currently offering many free podcasts on myth and soul in the context of our modern world and lives. You can also get access to all of his podcasts and webinars through Patreon.