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...long overdue, yet perfectly timed.
Many years ago, I embarked on a passionate and enduring scholarly study of the psychology of Carl Jung, attracted by Jung's compelling emphasis on individuation—a second half of life directive to live as consciously and authentically the largest lives of which we are capable within the time we are each allotted by fate. However, early on I was naïve to the challenges and struggles such a commitment would sometimes have in store for me. Thanks to the women writers trained in Jungian and other psychologies, I found myself provided with a creative language about the Feminine to which I could relate and find support. These experiences continue to influence my life and inform my writing.
Publishing Charting the Lost Continent (Rainbow River Press, 2020) in the ninth decade of life seems both long overdue, yet perfectly timed. Whatever your gender, circumstance, or stage of life, you might be feeling called to add your voice, your gifts, your contributions, your compassion, and most especially your everyday uniqueness to the much-needed rebirth of that lost continent of the Feminine as we do what we can to answer the eternal cry to help make our world whole. My hope for this book is you will find affirmation and companionship here if you need it, as I so often did through others.
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Poetry has the power to help us deeply connect with others while accessing our higher selves. At its best, poetry can act as a reflective mirror and catalyst for personal growth and societal change. Charting the Lost Continent comes at a time in history when its message is more important than ever as both men and women collectively work toward female empowerment, self-acceptance, and gender equality. The author has arranged this collection in sections that reflect the universal themes and life passages of women, taking readers along on a courageous journey of navigation and discovery.