Mary Harrell unflinchingly greets a cast of imaginal figures who inhabit her life, and encourages all of us to welcome their wisdom into our own inner landscapes. These very real beings dwell in a realm between matter (nature) and mind (reason), appearing in dreams, intuitive callings, visions, feelings, and sometimes frightening events.
“Reading Dr. Harrell’s exquisite prose I am reminded of the poet John Keats who invited us ‘to call the world the vale of soul making.’ In that place between matter and mind, in that place between worlds, on that thin line between fact and fiction, dream and reason, idea and image, one needs a poetic sensibility. Dr. Harrell has such a sensibility and alongside her we learn to make that call.”
– Dr. Robert Romanyshyn
– Robert Romanyshyn is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and an Affiliate Member of The Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. The author of seven books including The Wounded Researcher, he has recently published Leaning Toward the Poet: Eavesdropping on the Poetry of Everyday Life.
“Bravely personal, and yet deeply universal, Mary Harrell opens the door into another realm and invites us in. Through a daring plunge into the soulscape of her own life, Mary shows us the timeless, eternal figures that play out in the imaginal realm, that space between mind and matter that is always there but not always in our consciousness. Her unmistakable message is that by looking deeply at our own stories we can awaken to what it means to be fully human.”
– Barbara Beyerbach, Ph.D.
– Barbara Beyerbach, co-editor of Activist Art in Social Justice Pedagogy: Engaging Students in Glocal Issues through the Arts, is a professor at the State University of New York at Oswego in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and works to transform schools into inclusive learning communities.
“As I read, I felt I was in the company of a wise, compassionate friend whose human suffering resonated so much with my own. Mary’s courage, deep looking and astute insights shine a light for our own healing journeys; inviting each of us to own all of our life stories, so that we might come to know and embrace our most authentic self. One requires no preparation in analytical psychology to receive this precious offering.”
–Roberta Schnorr, Ph.D.
– Roberta Schnorr’s explorations are guided by many beautiful teachings and mindfulness practices offered by her venerable teacher, Zenmaster Thich Nhat Hanh. These practices continue to guide her on the path toward transformation and healing—in order to cultivate joy, understanding and compassion for all beings.