My respect for the power of the unconscious to influence the individual negatively or positively began in childhood experiences of the 1950s highly charged archetypal energy fields of the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches of the Gulf South in Texas and Louisiana. As a sensitive child with a mystical bent and a love of Nature, when not in church, my entertainment consisted mostly of swimming and fishing in the many creeks, bayous, and rivers that eventually conflate with the mighty Mississippi at the delta near the Gulf of Mexico.
These early lived experiences of nature and religion informed the peculiar unconscious patterns meandering like rivers through my psyche until over time they forged a riverbed that imperceptibly changed the course of my life subverting my plans in favor of seeking what Carl Jung called the greater wisdom.
Like the women who came before me, I am a natural pattern reader. What makes me different from my ancestors is that life presented me with opportunities not available to them due to their gender, race and class.
Inevitably, my imagination and curiosity led me to leave full time corporate work in favor of a midlife career change involving graduate school, internship and continued training with leaders in the depth psychologies including C.G. Jung's analytical psychology, archetypal pattern recognition, religious studies, and integrative medicine.
For this I am eternally grateful.