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Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche [Kindle Edition]

Bill Plotkin , Thomas Berry
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" ... a rich digest of Plotkin’s years of experience as a psychologist and wilderness guide, ... a Baedeker to self-discovery." -- Lapis Magazine On-line

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Since 1980, Jungian psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding men and women into the wilderness — the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American Southwest — but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft.

There’s a great longing in all people — a longing to uncover the secrets and mysteries of our individual lives, to find the unique gift we were born to bring to our communities, and to experience our full membership in the more-than-human world. This journey to soul is a descent into layers of the self much deeper than personality, a journey meant for each one of us, not just for the heroes and heroines of mythology.

A modern handbook for the journey, Soulcraft is not an imitation of indigenous ways, but a contemporary nature-based approach born from the landscape of the Southwest, the traditions of Western culture, and the cross-cultural heritage of all humanity. Filled with stories, poems, and guidelines, Soulcraft introduces over 40 practices that facilitate the descent to soul, including dreamwork, wilderness vision fasts, talking across the species boundaries, council, self-designed ceremony, nature-based shadow work, and the arts of romance, storytelling, and soul-infused poetry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and vital 8 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An amazing book that is a manual for our return to a fuller, more alive, wondrous life. Within these pages Plotkin shows us how to reconnect to our plce in the earth. I cant recommend this book enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best explanation of this subject 20 Oct 2013
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Best companion for those making the journey. Much more understandable than the Hero's journey by Campbell which is not for the unacademic,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 July 2011
Format:Paperback
The book is poetic and a very practical guide to soul work. It has had massive impact on my lie and I recommend it to all who are starting their journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulcraft - Soulfullness 21 Aug 2008
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If you want to dig in deep and to work with approaching your soul and to let it guide you in your life, this is a great guide.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Weak on relation of individual to society 26 May 2011
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Format:Paperback
In a society that appears to have no further goal than its own survival, questioning the purpose and meaning of our individual lives is certainly no bad thing. But the author actually counsels against discussing our 'soul journey' with other people because 'others might respond with derision or envy. ... worse is being killed politely by a half smile, a how nice, or a change in topic'. Strange for a book that claims to want to re-engage the individual with the community to advise the reader not to speak to anyone. 'To talk about your vision before you have solidly enacted it may undermine your resolve to make it real', Bill advises. Umh, really.
Not questioning somebody or have to respond to questioning is entirely sensible for a vision built on ecstatic connection rather than rational reflection. After all, how do you explain to someone that you are part of nature and you belong to the universe? They might ask some difficult questions - like how are you connected, is there an invisible thread? This isnt to say that we're not part of something outside ourselves. Of course we're all part of something - its called human society. Reflecting on this ought to be the starting point to the discovery of any meaningful life. It is perhaps worth remembering that the tool of human communication - language - is what really seperated us from nature and began the story of human civilization (see Helen Guldberg's More Than Just An Ape). Perhaps the question we need to ask ourselves is do we want to live like animals or stand up and live like men?
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By soul I mean the vital, mysterious, and wild core of our individual selves, an essence unique to each person, qualities found in layers of the self much deeper than our personalities. By spirit I mean the single, great, and eternal mystery that permeates and animates everything in the universe and yet transcends all. Ultimately, each soul exists as an agent for spirit. &quote;
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