Suzanne Bates replied to Sandra Lee Dennis's discussion Free Book Offer for Therapists and Healers - Love and the Mystery of Betrayal
"Hi Sandy, Thank you for your generous offer. I would like to have a copy of your book in Kindle format. My email is WholeSOULutions@gmail.com  Peaceably, Suzanne"
Jan 31, 2015
Suzanne Bates left a comment for Ed Koffenberger
"The image, Motherroot by name, has been kindly lent to me by Jan Richardson.  Jan travels the path of arts as an avenue of access to the divine and is an inspiration to me. The image speaks to me of the mystery of our kinship with, responsibility…"
Apr 18, 2011
Suzanne Bates left a comment for Ed Koffenberger
"Hi Ed,
Thanks for the welcome. Great to see you're at Pacifica.I'd love to know more about your experiences and your studies there (and at seminary).
I graduated from seminary more than 20 years ago. I attended for two reasons. I am moved by art,…"
Apr 17, 2011

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  • Hi Suzanne,

    I'm thrilled to have you in the Alliance and the group Encountering the Numinous. I, too, am very interested in that sweet spot where psychology and spirituality meet: the numinous. I invite you to post your comments, experiences and discussion threads--we will all benefit!

  • Love the tree image. History, meaning?
  • Suzanne,

    As to going to Pacifica, it was also on my list for about 20 years. In my application I stated that I felt I needed to go to Pacifica in that the school had spent a small fortune in brochures, booklets, and invitations over those 20 years trying to get me to apply. :)  Also many of my students referred to me as Dr. K even after telling them over and over that I did not have my doctorate. I wrote that if I got my PhD at Pacifica, I would make honest people out of them. One moring I looked into the mirror and the Voice said, "If not now, when?" The Voice/God/Psyche/Numinous likes to use one-liners with me and has a wicked sense of humor. 

    With such strong family connections, what's holding you back? (Meant to be a friendly question with no agenda but curiosity.) Was lucky enough to have a workshop led by Marion Woodman, met James Hillman and attended one of his talks. So much fun.

    Seminary was also a Voice thing as it came to me after many years of thinking I was in control of my life and watching it crash and burn. Great academic challenge but very little in the devotional area (Presbyterian). That remaining hunger led me to spiritual direction and the many non-intellectual ways the Spirit is present in the world, especially in the arts. Your work sounds fascinating especially in that it allows you and your students to step outside the box. I would love hearing more about this as well as anything else you wish to share.

    Hope to hear from you again.

    Ed

  • Hi Suzanne. Welcome to the Alliance. You have the good karma of being our 600th member! So glad to have you here.

    I'm sure you know you'll find many like-minded individuals in the community who would greatly benefit from hearing about your experience with students and also about your involvement in the Minnesota Jung group. I hope you'll jump in and engage s by joining a discussion, commenting on others' posts, or posting links or articles that have moved you in the past. I'll send you some tips on navigating the site in a separate email in case its of help. Enjoy the site!

  • Welcome Suzanne,

    Fascinating that you got your depth psychological education through a divinity school. Three cheers for you and the divinity school. My seminary only lightly mentioned Jung and went directly on to other areas. Guess that's why I went from seminary to PhD track in depth psych. Glad you are with us and hope you will find much of interest in the blogs, forums, and groups.

    Ed

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