My respect for the power of the collective unconscious to influence the individual negatively or positively was first honed 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 what Carl Jung called the greater wisdom.
My fascination or preoccupation with this greater wisdom is how I eventually learned the art of creative suffering, where the individual bends the egoic will in service to the archetype of Self in order to transform fate into destiny.
Inevitably, my imagination led me to train with leaders in the professional fields of depth psychology, religion, psychotherapy, and integrative medicine.
Now my imagination leads me to encourage others to write it out, dance it out, paint it out or shout it out just like our ancestors did. My writings on suffering are in service to this.