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Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    An Exquisite Book--A Must Read for Engaging Soul!

    I read a great many books on nature and our role in nature and have a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute, a Jungian/Depth Psychological Institute. So there is much in Bill Plotkin's book to attract me. Plus, my favorite modern poet is David Whyte and David's work along with other writers, is woven skillfully into this book's central theme of finding one's true self in Nature.
    And it is not just nature but wilderness that affords the most effective encounter with not only our own souls but the soul of the land and beings around--the Other. By opening to an ensouled world, Plotkin proceeds through numerous stories, to show how we can open to our own deepest truth.
    Plotkin does not stop there, however. His book is a call to each of us to find how to live in the world in such a way that we recapture the mystery and magic of nature and our role within Nature--not as a dominant force but as just one of the many facets.
    He speaks to those who are at a place in their life when they want to loosen the boundaries of our traditional culture and reconnect with a different way of being.

    It would be difficult indeed for anyone to read this book and not see the natural world around us in a totally different way. And in doing so, see his or her own life very differently as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    Challenging, empowering, inspirational - the future of psychotherapy

    As a person fed up with the technology industry, who had entertained thoughts of law school, I signed up for a vision quest with Bill Plotkin and was exposed to many of the theories and practices found in this book. The results of my quest were beyond even my loftiest expectations, and today I feel re-born into a new life, more meaningful and passionate than ever before. A regular practice of reading from this book helps to keep my soul conversation going and focuses my attention on what is truly important. If you are unsure of your direction in life or unhappy with where you are, this book can help you find the answers. And if you like what you read, for God's sake, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! As Bill likes to say, a vision without a task is just a dream.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    Swimming in the depths of your soul

    This is a book whose poetry will sing to your soul. The poetry opens you up to the rest of the messages contained in this book. If you are ready and willing to submerge yourself into the mysteries of life, then this is the book for you. It is dense with pratices that will open you up to your own soul song and teach you how to sing the song to the rest of the world. Are you ready?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    Those who wander are not necessarily lost...J.R.R. Tolkien

    This is a book to read in autumn. Follow your rhythm and read on a rock. Read the poetry out loud. The message and the power of these pages is nourishment for our particular starvation. The warp of this book is the constant of nature as teacher, guide, and lover. The weft is the movement of story as curiosity, disturbance, and evolution. Soulcraft explores wandering, touching, noticing as acts of social disobedience. Soulcraft turns left when most turn right and invites one to climb into the mud. Simple, but not easy, unpretentious, but not without sophistication soulcrafting is always about unearthing threads of one's authentic story. Bill Plotkin is a weaver of the medicines that are waiting for the patient...at least the one's who are willing to take their first deep breath.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2003

    An Essential, Hazardous Journey

    Bill Plotkin's Soulcraft, grounded in the author's formal training as a clinical psychologist, and in his decades of experience as a wilderness guide who guides his clients through both inner and outer wilderness, provides readers with an experience-based, intellectually stimulating, and potentially life-altering antidote to mainstream Western civilization. Based on the premise that virtually all of us live lives that attempt to satisfy the ego's needs while ignoring the soul's deeper yearnings, Plotkin guides us to a severance from our ego-based lives, through an encounter with soul, and finally into a return, with new knowledge of the gifts we carry to our people--family, friends, co-workers and community. As he encourages us to grow from our necessary and valuable uninitiated adolescent need to be accepted by society, into our initiated adult need to live authentically these gifts we carry, he treats us to his own story and the stories of others who are doing the work of authenticity. More than 30 practices validate the presence of the word 'craft' in the book's main title. Whether the reader is drawn to meditation, drumming, dream work, deep imagery, befriending the dark, wandering in nature, working with shadow or any one of more than a score more approaches to living a soul-based life, Bill Plotkin challenges us to live our true callings, and provides us the means with which to do so. Soulcraft engaged me both experientially and philosophically, calling me to both act and think. It's no accident that Thomas Berry wrote the foreword, or that Brian Swimme, Angeles Arrien, Robert Johnson, and Derrick Jensen, among others, praised the book before publication. Bill Plotkin, in the words of David Whyte, whose poetry graces many of these pages, carries 'what is hidden as a gift to others.' For this we should all be grateful.

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