Disappearing Down a Jungian Rabbit Hole

Dear Poets and Dreamers,

Just a short note to say that I will be disappearing down a Jungian rabbit hole for the rest of the year in order to explore my Animus Diet diaries and Divine Hermaphrodite essays in greater depth, before hopefully emerging with Persephone next spring, with a new book or lengthy article at the very least.

An Animus Diet book has been a long time coming but finally I feel ready to sit down and to explore further how I managed to not only slim down my overweight Animus but fatten up my underweight Anima in the process. What adventures that brought … and this was all before I met the Divine Hermaphrodite!

Last week a third book wasn’t even in the offing, however, a recent numinous dream has once again sparked a new creative endeavour that needs my attention, as the dark half of the year begins! On a housekeeping note, my original Animus Diet and Divine Hermaphrodite posts are no longer available on my blog whilst I work on this new project.

Thank you so much everyone for all your support and encouragement at this stage of my Liberated Sheep journey – your wonderful responses over the past five years have meant a great deal to me. And, as I won’t be back until the New Year, wishing you all a blessed year ahead full of laughter, love and good health. 

Lastly, for those interested, the beautiful, seasonally symbolic image above is titled “Hares Asleep Under a Winter Tree” by the incredibly talented UK artist, Hannah Giffard.

Love and light,

Deborah

© Deborah Gregory 2020
Image Credit: Hannah Giffard

20 thoughts on “Disappearing Down a Jungian Rabbit Hole

  1. I remember your original Animus diet series and subsequent Hermaphrodite essay/poem and the level of openness you offered, particularly when writing about your mother.
    You are my constant teacher Deborah, and I cannot wait to read this new book. Good luck, and stay safe!

    1. Yes, I did write about meeting my mother in the second part! Oh, I’m deeply touched that you would remember this. Today, there are so many more adventures and stories to add, especially my subsequent visits to my mother and well … I’ll save them for the new book.

      I’m deeply indebted to many wonderful people who have crossed my path and continue to do so, whether they arrived in person, online or by a book, poem, painting or any other creative means. And not forgetting … Mother Nature herself, the Jungians and Mythology.

      Thank you so much Bookworm for your kind-hearted words and for prompting such a heartfelt memory. Love and light, Deborah.

  2. What a beautiful image to send you on your path and one that perfectly fits your intention of delving more into the dreamworld to expand on your wonderful Animus Diet essays. This work will make a fabulous book and I’m really looking forward to reading the results of your days of solitude, study and of course chasing the mad hatter et al!

    I do hope that you spend time enjoying the festivals of the season as well and that you emerge from your hibernation rested and ready to birth in print your Sophia inspired ideas, insights and archetypal adventures. Many happy blessings Deborah for the next stage of your journey.

    1. Thank you so much Sophia for your beautiful response! Firstly, I fell in love with the “Hares Asleep Under a Winter Tree” painting as soon as I saw it yesterday. Secondly, although the dream world is calling me what I didn’t have five years ago when I started was case studies which I have several now … which hopefully will add more depth and breadth to the work. Thirdly, Ha-Ha! Yes, I’m definitely down the rabbit hole with Alice and the Mad Hatter!

      Christmas or the winter holiday break (however you see it for you) I sense will be even more magical this year. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s because of the challenging times we’ve all recently lived through. 2020 has been an incredible year and just the thought of the many poignant moments brings both tears and smiles. For example I learnt this year that just the sound of someone breathing could be the happiest moment of my life. What a year it’s been for all.

      Love and light, Deborah.

      1. It has been a sad, challenging and yet liberating year indeed! All of the loss, fear and political upheaval goes on and yet I feel like my life has been simplified… I just think how lucky I am to be able to walk in nature, be with loved ones, have a roof over my head and enjoy a fairly creative life. Don’t sweat the small stuff as they say!

        1. Mother Nature has been such a lifesaver for millions, perhaps billions of people! In early lockdown in the UK when we were only allowed outdoors for one hour’s exercise a day … I’d never seen the local beaches and woodlands so busy. And it was especially wonderful to see families spending so much more time together.

          Hmm, the political upheaval here and abroad has been so stressful and anxiety provoking. Devastating at times, in particular the murder of George Floyd. Yes, it still lingers on in the USA with the old president refusing to make space for the new.

          The one thing I was most grateful during lockdown was having a garden. When you talk about life being simplified I feel so lucky because what a garden gives, like all open outdoor spaces, is priceless.

  3. Hello dear Deborah, what can I say? Onwards and forwards dear Poet, more scavenging, digging, deeper, like an archeologist seeking the hidden treasure bringing up gifts of beauty to be shared with your written words …

    May more dreams accompany you on your journey. With Love. Susan

    1. Oh, I can completely relate to, “scavenging, digging, deeper, like an archaeologist” because at the moment in life … I feel like the rabbit who’s briefly came up for air before scurrying back down a long dark tunnel to dig some more earth! Thank you so much dear Susan for your generous and kind-hearted support with my ongoing soul journey. Yes to waking up and remembering more of my dreams please! Love and light, Deborah.

  4. “books – room for a third then? Haha not for a few years Henry….” Hahaha never say never…..

    First one, then two, and now a third book is on its way!! Yes you must concentrate on your priorities for a while and return with your new work in hand. A third book, I can hardly believe it, wow!!!

    Of course I will miss your poems and postings but look forward to hearing all about the Animus Diet and goddess Sophia in your new book.

    Good luck Deborah! Stay safe and well. Love to both of you. HF

    1. Ha-Ha! I knew you would say that! I know, “never say never!” Although truthfully, until a few nights ago I had no idea I would be working on a new book which isn’t entirely true because the Animus Diet has been a constant companion since January ’16 but I hadn’t yet fully committed to writing a book about my archetypal adventures … especially after only just publishing my second poetry collection only two months ago! My commitment changed everything … something I need to fully understand and incorporate into the diet itself. Hmm, more food for thought … pun intended!

      Thank you so much Henry, what a joy and a lifeline you are to me! I’m waiting to hear more news on your forthcoming poetry book? Let me know as soon as it’s published! Love and light, Deborah.

      1. “I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that rabbit-hole—and yet—and yet—it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life!” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

        What choice but to fall? HF

        1. Oh, I love that Alice in Wonderland quote and remember it well from the story! Yes, what choice indeed … I think many a poet, dreamer, and creative soul can relate well. x

  5. Oh! I will surely appreciate your decision though, I will miss you very badly… couldn’t you take me with you? Sorry, stupid question. But I know you will come back, lovelier and wiser than before. Have a safe and leisurely time in your hidden hole my dear rabbit, take care ❤ sending my regards

    1. Thank you so much Aladin for the warmth of your reply! Although I must disappear into the pregnant darkness below, from time to time I’ll be popping up to wave hello to all my favourite bloggers! My first task is to read, read and then read some more until I’m more acquainted with the beauty and radiance of the Goddess Sophia. Love and light, Deborah.

      1. I am much obliged and appreciated so long you poke your beautiful head out of your cosy hole to warm my heart with your beautiful eyes watching at me and my works. And so true; reading, reading and reading is also my purpose; I just have to find a hole out of everyone’s sight. Take care and be safe my dearest Deborah.

        1. Falling down a rabbit hole is an unexpected event in one’s life and the last time I fell, I broke my ankle … but hopefully that won’t happen this time! Thank you so much Aladin for the generous gift of your beautiful words, I will carry them into the darkness below.

          Yes, you must find a little time to read quietly in your own cosy rabbit hole … we all need time away from blogging and especially from the social media circus. x

  6. Very understandable Deborah, but I will miss your poems. Have a well deserved break. I’m sure your lovely family will be happy to have you back. I’ve been waiting for this book since January 2016 when you first wrote of this Jungian archetypal diet. All the best, Anna.

    1. Thank you so much Anna for your encouraging, kind-hearted reply! Ha-Ha! Yes, my family will be happy to have me back but it won’t be too long before I disappear down that Jungian rabbit hole in order to work more closely with the Goddess Sophia and hopefully in Jung’s words … “give birth to the ancient in a new time”. Love and light, Deborah.

  7. Go Deborah! And I will miss you as you take another dive, but I have your newest book on the table next to my bed with so many stirring poems to read. The Animus Diet is a wonderful plan–and a catchy phrase to include in a title.

    I’m reviewing all I’ve written about Monarchs and searching the underlying mythological and personal meanings of serving Psyche in this particular way. Next week, I’ll post a piece about spreading milkweed seeds in these difficult times and then there won’t be much to say about Monarchs until they return in June, so it’s a good time to review and look for themes. I haven’t stopped writing a few blogs a month, although pausing would free my energy for bigger projects. This might be to counteract aloneness, so I go with what calls me. Sending you so much love and hope for a calmer world.

    1. Oh Elaine, the fight I’ve been having with myself of late has been unreal! But having my shadow recently stamped on is what finally fired me up to take ownership of my Animus Diet, which as you know I’ve been closely working with for almost five years now. It’ll be a slim edition (or maybe not?) but hopefully a powerful tool for many men and women to embrace. I’ve been using it professionally with my clients for the past five years with good results, some even amazing!

      I’m so happy that you’re also looking to your next project! I thought of you yesterday as I’m currently reading the book “Dancing at the Still Point” by Elinor Dickson … for as I read about Thomas Berry’s “The Universe Story” and how in it he describes the journey of the Monarch butterfly … how the migration can be so long that the butterfly that returns … is the grandchild of the butterfly that left two years before … and on it goes (P.162). My heart leapt also in joy when she mentions your beloved Vic earlier in the book (P.139) as Marion Woodman (I didn’t know) was such a huge physics fan and how they worked together!

      Yes, the pause in my blogging is much needed after publishing my second collection, and although I shall miss writing poems terribly, I feel called to offer this journey to the world. Oh, I hope you’re enjoying my latest book and thank you so much my dear friend for all your love and encouragement along these years. I’m looking forward to your post already. And I do recommend pausing now and then … even if you miss just one post a month because it’s then that our psyches will intervene and send us a numinous dream!

      Sending you much love and light across the oceans and oaks between us, Deborah.

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