Jung and the Board of Supervisors

Jung and the Board of Supervisors Thoughts on what Carl Jung might have to offer Napa Valley The Napa County Board of Supervisors’ room was packed, standing room only, and the overflow rooms, overflowing. Police in uniform strutted back and forth in the hallways and guarded doorways. I overheard a county official tell one of… Read more »

Abundant Life: A Christmas Story

Abundant Life: A Christmas Story This is another reprint of my favorite personal Christmas stories, those stories that remain in my heart this season. My departure from organized religion began when I realized “eternal life” was “abundant life”— spiritually abundant. At the moment of epiphany I was sitting on the stage near the altar of our… Read more »

The Mystery of the Present and Play

The Mystery of the Present and Play With the increasing darkness of the season, I reprint an older blog on Mystery. “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein If it is important even for our survival on the planet to relearn re-entering the Mystery of the Present, what serves this end? This question… Read more »

Portal of Boredom and Consciousness

Portal of Boredom and Consciousness One of the lingering images from The C. G. Jung Institute’s December 5 event (celebrating the upcoming multimedia performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles), was Deborah O’Grady’s full moon rising over a ridge to one movement of Messiaen’s symphonic piece. As we watched the white orb slip from… Read more »

Music, Liminality, and Hope

Music, Liminality, and Hope On Saturday, December 5, 2015, the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco will hold an event in Berkeley, Inscape and Landscape: From the Canyons to the Stars, to celebrate the upcoming January performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles, Cal Performances, Zellerbach Auditorium.    I will be speaking about the Alchemy of Catastrophe: Climate Change, Spirit,… Read more »

Messiaen’s Music, the Psyche, and Climate Change

Messiaen’s Music, the Psyche, and Climate Change Inscape and Landscape: From the Canyons to the Stars: In Celebration: A Day Long Event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. 9 am to 5 pm. What do an esoteric symphonic piece composed by French composer Olivier Messiaen and the gathering this week in Paris of our earth’s… Read more »

Protect the Common Good

Protect the Common Good Statement to Planning Commission, County of Napa, November 19, 2015 Thank you for this time of public comment. Not all counties allow this kind of participation by the public. I think it is only through processes which include the public that we are going to come to agreements which protect the… Read more »

When People and Land Lose Each Other

When People and Land Lose Each Other These days we in the Napa Valley are spending a great deal of time on the politics of land use. I am running some previous blogs on the relationship of people and land and what happens when they are separated. Migration has torn our relationship to land, leaving deep wounds in the… Read more »

The Serpent Mound Revisited

Three years ago a group of us visited The Serpent Mound in Adams County, southern Ohio, and a series of blogs came from this visit. This last week Carol McRae and I returned to work with Ross Hamilton, author and researcher of this and other “star” mounds. Below is a reprint of a blog from the… Read more »

Labyrinth: Age Old Path of Wholeness

Labyrinth: Age Old Path of Wholeness One of the first things Donald and I did when we moved to our current home was to plant a seven-circuit labyrinth. We laid out the pattern with a string and some stakes, swinging arcs in prescribed ways. We then laid irrigation line in the beds, and planted lavender… Read more »