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As a psychologist specialising in myth and the deep imagination, I’m passionate about helping people to uncover and step into rich new visions for their lives. Our old Western wisdom traditions tell us that it’s through exercising the embodied and emplaced imagination – through working with myth, archetypes, dreams, fairy tales, and through exploring creative and expressive practices – that we can come to understand our unique gift and purpose, and weave ourselves back into the anima mundi – the soul of the world; this beautiful, animate cosmos to which we belong. I believe that this is the essential Great Work of our times – that, as we stand on the brink of planetary catastrophe, we learn to transform ourselves from the ground up. And so transform the world.
This Mythic Life, then, is a unique on-demand, self-study course which guides you to revive these old enchantments, and unlock the magic of the everyday. (Please note that this self-study course is derived from and largely duplicates an intensive, interactive membership program which ran throughout 2020.)
This Mythic Life is for you if:
– You’d like to learn how to cultivate your mythic imagination, and understand the mythic and archetypal patterns at work beneath the surface of your life and in the world around you;
– You’d like to move beyond the merely theoretical, to be invited to create new ways of thinking about the world and your place in it, and new practices which will help you to live more deeply and richly, every day;
– You’d like to learn how to understand and work with archetypes, with fairy tales, and with ideas, techniques and practices from Jungian and archetypal psychology in your life, outside of a therapeutic context.
If you are wondering how this course relates to my other online course, Courting the World Soul … Courting the World Soul is a foundation course: a detailed introduction to individual practices and techniques for cultivating the mythic imagination. This Mythic Life applies the ideas from Courting the World Soul, delving deeper into specific stories, archetypal energies and depth psychology practices. So although the two courses are independent of each other, if you’re trying to choose between them, Courting the World Soul is the best place to begin.
‘I am profoundly grateful to you, Sharon, for this exciting, well-researched, and beautifully presented series of workshops – but also to the many insightful and curious people who are sharing this dimension of our journeys. Your thoughtful design of this class – the webinars – the many challenging and creative suggestions for deeper work – as well as the community that is evolving through this work – provide ways to explore and develop a renewed sense of calling.’
GAIL, USA, on Courting the world soul
This Mythic Life is an on-demand, self-study course which contains twelve Modules and was designed to run for twelve months – though you will be able to engage with it entirely at your own pace. It is for people who want to delve deeply into my unique approach to cultivating the mythic imagination. No prior experience is necessary. Whether or not you’ve read my books, or participated in my other online courses or in-person workshops, This Mythic Life will provide you with ongoing resources to help you make deep, meaningful and sustainable changes in your life, and support you on your journey to embrace your calling. The course offers you:
A DEEP EXPLORATION OF THE MYTHIC IMAGINATION
You’ll work with the following subjects: The Wild Man and Wild Woman archetypes, The Ancestral Arts, the story of The Handless Maiden, Psyche & Cosmos: archetypal cosmology, The Embodied Imagination, The Trickster and the Shadow, The Post-Heroic Journey, The Simplicity of Ceremony, The Witch as Archetype, Psyche & Eros: the Soul’s Journey Home, Alchemy & the Mythic Imagination, and The Time Between Stories: navigating transitions.
This Mythic Life is founded on authentic scholarship based on my decades of ongoing professional training and practice in psychology (neuroscience, narrative, depth and transpersonal psychology) and mythology, as well as committed engagement in the mythopoetic and other creative and expressive arts, and a deep and grounded personal practice. (You can check out my academic and professional qualifications and experience here.)
The old forgotten mythologies and philosophies of the West are rich, complex and beautiful. They offer up a world in which everything is alive, and has purpose and intentionality of its own. A world to which each incarnated soul chooses to come, for a reason: to fulfil its own unique calling, and to offer up a gift which can only be expressed through a deep, embodied relationship with and participation in that animate world. It’s time to reclaim those old, indigenous ways of being in the world – the ancient foundation-stones of Western spirituality – and make them the guiding stars we live by.
Each Module, you’re offered an invitation to focus on a specific ‘challenge’, along with the ability to watch previously a recorded live webinar, audio downloads, practical tools and creative exercises to help you find your way through it.
WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE
Bonus introductory module
As well as the twelve-Module course, you will also be able to download a ‘bonus’ introductory Module, which consists of two booklets: Cultivating Your Inner Imaginarium, and DreamWeaving: a Practice for Dreaming Awake. In addition, there is an accompanying audio download which teaches you a new technique for actively engaging with the imaginal world.
TWELVE MODULE WORKBOOKS
For each Module you’ll be invited to view or download a workbook containing background material, practical tools and creative exercises to help you exercise your mythic imagination, as well as in-depth background material and reading resources to help you fully explore the subject you’re working with.
YOUR INVITATION TO ENGAGE
During each Module, you’ll work deeply with a particular aspect of cultivating the mythic imagination which will form the focus for our transformative journey together. You’ll be invited to engage with a ‘challenge’ to explore the relevance of this work in your own life.
Each Module, you’ll be able to watch a sixty-minute video webinar which was originally recorded in 2020, when the year-long interactive version of this course was first offered. Each webinar consists of teaching which is supplementary to the Module workbook, and a live discussion with participants in the original program.
Cultivating the deep mythic imagination is critical to the ongoing transformational process. Each Module includes a new audio file featuring a guided imagination journey to help you develop and exercise your imaginal muscles.
And you’ll work even more deeply with story: each Module includes two exclusive podcasts, MythLines, in which I read a favourite myth or fairy tale, and discuss its themes and relevance to issues we face in our lives today.
COMMENTS ON COURTING THE WORLD SOUL
‘You have been a wonderful embodiment of a wise woman, guiding me from an island I deeply love, guiding me by her warm, wise voice and teaching me with her sharp, delicate and humble answers. Each week, reminding me that my skin was never lost forever. She is just there … getting to know the oak in the park, chatting with the crows, playing hide and seek with the foxes, reclaiming stories and images I loved, feeling her calling in a clearer voice, week after week.’
‘Thank you for such a deep and rich course. It’s hard to put into words the impact it has had, continues to have, and the transformative experience it has been. There was such a wealth of information and insight in the webinars and course handouts – so clearly articulated – and the exercises really helped deepen the experience. I have certainly come to a more profound understanding of how exploring mythic patterns in our lives can help connect with our authentic selves and to purpose and place in the world, on a deeper level. It has enabled me to encounter the animate world in a surprising and wonderfully welcoming way … I feel very privileged to have been part of it.’
CATHERINE, United Kingdom
‘During this course, a massive shift in my perception occurred and it feels as if all those threads that have been drifting around have joined to form a tapestry, a pattern, something beautiful, of great value, to be appreciated for what it is.’
THE WILD WOMAN AND THE WILD MAN
Uncivilising ourselves through these ancient archetypes in European myth and folklore.
How do we come to terms with the three types of ancestors – those from our genetic lineage, the ancestors of our places, and our spiritual ancestors?
THE HANDLESS MAIDEN
A deep dive into this beautiful old folk tale, asking: ‘What does it mean, to walk into the forest and learn to grow back our severed hands?’ And ‘What does it mean, to be a good husband?’
ARCHETYPAL COSMOLOGY & ASTROLOGY
An exploration of the mythic and archetypal underpinnings of astrology, and the ways in which our own individual soul-journey is reflected in the ever-unfolding psyche of the cosmos.
THE EMBODIED IMAGINATION
How can we bring the art of imagination out of our heads and into our bodies? How can we use imagination for healing, and to enter into a deeper relationship with, our bodies?
THE TRICKSTER AND THE SHADOW
An exploration of the Trickster archetype in European mythology. How do we engage with the Trickster archetypes – the necessary disruptors – who show up in our lives at any given time? How does Trickster reflect our individual, and the cultural, Shadow?
THE POST-HEROIC JOURNEY
Is it time we moved on from the heroic and individualistic, and began to dream about what a post-heroic journey might look like, for both men and women? What are the archetypes, the stories that we need for these post-heroic times?
THE SIMPLICITY OF CEREMONY
Creating authentic ritual and ceremony in everyday life.
PSYCHE AND EROS: THE SOUL’S JOURNEY HOME
An exploration of this rich and beautiful old myth.
ALCHEMY AND THE MYTHIC IMAGINATION
What is the nature of the alchemical process? How can we uncover truths about our own personal transformations by exploring the richly metaphorical language of alchemy?
THE TIME BETWEEN STORIES
Navigating transitions, from midlife onwards: from madness to fallow ground.
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You can join this course and begin working with it at any time; you’ll have access to your material for the lifetime of this website.
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