Ram Dass with thanks – dead but not gone
From Ram Dass’ last interview 3 months before his mortal death: ‘You’ve said that you’re ready to die. When did you know? When I arrived at my soul. Soul doesn’t have fear of dying. Ego has very pronounced fear of dying. The ego, this incarnation, is life and dying. The soul is infinite. The soul witnesses the ego and witnesses thoughts. “Be here now” gives people an opportunity to reidentify outside of their thinking-mind ego and into that thing that’s called the soul. It is the perspective from which we could live a life without being caught so much in fear. To reidentify there is to change your whole life.’
Life as a spiritual journey
Welcome to my website and to this relatively simple way of keeping in touch with one another and of making new contacts.
I’ve set this up as a space to explore some ideas mostly linked to contemplation and psychotherapy. The connections between spirituality and psychotherapy have been an ongoing interest for most of my adult life, sometimes one or the other taking precedence but mostly it’s been about the interaction and connections between the two. Whilst of course there are contextual differences both contemplation and certainly analytical psychotherapy particularly the Jungian approach aim to gradually dismantle the false self parts of ourselves that obscure what the analytical psychologist Carl Jung, the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton called the true self.
I hope that some of you reading this page might also want to exchange thoughts on these subjects and I plan to post reflections on them regularly.
I trained and worked for many years as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist though I am no longer in practice as a therapist but I do offer consultations about work and about writing. I’m also a spiritual director and see a few people at regular intervals.
I’ve meditated for many years following different spiritual practices and for the last fifteen years have been inspired by the writings of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton on contemplation. I now identify as a Christian but follow Buddhist especially Zen practices too.
In the other pages of this website you can read about some of my interests and activities.