March 26th Taken by Gordon Humphreys

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  have retired as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and now see a few people for spiritual direction. I am an author and on the publications page you can find details of  the books I have published. I have a book forthcoming later this year called Taking Heart and am currently working on a book about the church cover ups of clergy abuse.

I’ve meditated for many years following different spiritual practices and for the last eightteen 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. I’m also a fan of Sharon Salzberg currently following her Real Happiness meditation challenge.

In the other pages of this website you can read about some of my interests and activities.