Coming

June 1

a Journey of the SOUL

a UNION within the wholeness of the SELF

Soul Initiation: Walking a path of Soul

This is a 16 week challenge created to guide you through a cycle of initiations following in the soul's footsteps on a healing path that leads through the life cycle of the archetypal child who unites spirit and matter, head and heart as one in our bodies and lives. 

"Nothing under heaven can arrest the progress of the human soul on its long pilgrimage from darkness to light" Alice Bailey

Who is this path for? (everyone)

This is a path for all of us, a birthright of our human legacy to walk toward the freedom of soul. It is a rite of passage based on the archetypal wayshowers who guide us through the transformation of death and descent to rebirth and ascent. Because initiation (beginning and stepping forward) is a challenge to test our integrity, the only qualification required is integrity and dedication.
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Persephone

Descending into death & underworld to redeem life
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Jung

Studying, walking, and leading others on this path
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Jesus

The archetypal example for the Western to follow
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Osiris

An older figure connecting us to a powerful past

Archetypal footsteps 

This is an archetypal exploration of an initiatory arch found in over 140 "sun gods" and with less goddesses. Yet, the primary lens will be one of unity that looks at these footsteps to track a path to follow--as the proverbial hand and where it is pointing. Interwoven to provide a rich undercurrent of mythic imagery, these figures help us to see through our own emergent imagery to guide us.

What are the Initiations?

To initiate means to begin and take another step upon a bridging path between opposites on a journey that unites the ego and soul in the whole of the Self.

1. Birth

Renaissance & Rebirth
Rededicate to life/soul

2. Baptism

Cleansing & Immersion.
Dive into the unconscious 

3. Transfiguration

Reform & Illumination
Irradiate shadows in light

4. Crucifixion

Die & Descend
 Carry cross of space & time

5. Resurrection

Rebirth & Return
Enter the world born anew

6. Ascent

Rise & Serve
Offer your gift in the world 

A journey into the heart

As we follow archetypal footsteps that span diverse cultures and times, a common blueprint of the soul unfolds, weaving the mythic stories of a shared humanity. From Horus to White Buffalo Woman, Persephone to Jesus, examples lead us on an initiatory journey into the cave of the heart, travelling through birth, death, and rebirth into the dawn of a new day. These figures show us the WAY as all paths lead to the center of ourselves, cells, and the Self, atoning our nature in nature within a model of unity that transcends duality. Above all, this is a journey of atONEment.
"On the plane of the soul existence there is no separation, "no my soul and thy soul." Alice Bailey

Why walk the path? 

We need to restore balance between the masculine and feminine within us to bring it to the world. As Jung said, we need to return to the original image of Christ which embodied both feminine and masculine values, both head and heart. This because is the foundation that will restore ecological, psychological, and socio-political (and every other kind of balance) to the world. The feminine creative has been recognized as a missing knowledge of the heart by great minds through the ages, and now is the time to recover it. As my soul said: "Drop into your heart."
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." Aristotle

Structure: a 16 week Pilgrimage to new life

16 is a number that indicates teaching, love, and wisdom used to aid others. This class includes a structure of support, weaving ancient practices and modern examples to facilitate change:
  • Individual, partner, and group work
  • Live bi-weekly sessions with Heather
  • Engaging, flexible, and accessible archived material
  • Safe transformative group container and support
  • Archetypal and evidence-based power practices
  • Personal and transpersonal healing outcomes

Find your way: self-generated ritual

Your path is your path, reflecting your beliefs and soul's guidance. All that is asked is an open heart to be receptive and the commitment to follow your inner navigation. This path is follows a process as old as human experience known as a rite of passage in which your are lead by spirit (by whatever name--breath, life, God, Goddess, Nature . . . Grace) to die to the old and be born again to the new. In your transformative journey you will receive a new sense of self and Self, a deeper sense of your calling and purpose. You will also get a new name, if you wish and are ready to receive it. 

A natural path grounded in earth

What people are saying . . .

This kit is deeply psycho-active or soul activating. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself. It is not easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and life affirming, touching upon the core of who you are and why you are here, your heart's purpose and soul's call.
Its beautiful the language that you use. . . I really feel that you have made such a huge contribution to our souls, to our artistic creative selves. . . You have come in and created a furthering of neuropathways and pathways for us to look at the artist, the archetypal artist, and give us a place where we can have soul. I have great appreciation for what you have done with your dissertation. I would like to have a lot more Jungian work like this.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather is a masterful educator on how to heal and grow through art. Her presence is open, kind, wise and playful. She is skilled at creating an amazing and safe container for individuals to explore, go deep and have meaningful transformative experiences while guided by her. Her engagement with nature as a vessel for her work is powerful. Embarking on a journey of personal growth with her guidance will be blessing in your life.
Mary Gibbons, MD, physician, policy maker, educator, and facilitator
Heather is an exceptional teacher and group facilitator, as well as a beautifully soulful artist and person. She is gifted in leading persons in learning how art evokes the soul while also guiding them into creative exploration of their own inner images. Heather's depth and breadth of knowledge on Jung's Red Book is rare and is complimented by a graceful adeptness at teaching others how to journey into the spiral of their own depths through art and creativity.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, educator, speaker, and award-winning co-author of Deep Creativity
You and the work you are doing are an inspiration.
Susan Rowland, PhD, educator, speaker, and co-author of Jungian Arts-Based Research
Heather is a creative genius, making artists feel safe to explore and create.
Victoria Christiansen, MFA, MSW, therapist and award-winning author of Feminine Mysticism in Art

A gnostic path to direct knowledge

This challenge is about connecting to YOUR OWN CREATRIX capacity. While the nature of feminine creativity is collective, rooted in the earth itself, how we interact with it is unique and personal. At the root of this question is what your energy is like . . . when and how. In this course the archetype of the mother tree will guide us along with Mother Nature Herself (the expert on mothering).

Sometimes a tree tells you more than can be read in books. C G Jung 

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD

Creatrix Power Activate!

I was made for this course, because it is what I am and care about. Yet, it was the last class added . . . go figure. I remember the moment I saw the word creatrix for the first time and wondered it at all that it held. For 2 decades following this my morning affirmation was to create images of the sacred feminine and to raise awareness about the undervalued nature of feminine creativity. 

Your Soul & the Soul in the World

Archetypal eye

Of course, the creatrix and creation itself are really the guides--the conscious creative energy in which we live move and have our being. We need merely reach out with thought, feeling, or hand and the creativity of the universe is there at our touch. 
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. C G Jung
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This is a journey home to yourself

Each week you walk on stepping stones that introduce fundamental concepts and skillsets that connect your feminine creative nature to the creative nature of the soul, as you journey toward the Self. These steps take you into the unconscious through coursework that is patterned to help you trust the process and surrender to soul. As you walk you activate your imagination and open to the symbolic guidance of the soul in synchronicity, dreams, and visions. You are dreaming yourself awake and learning to see the waking world as if in a dream through the symbolic sight and insight of your soul.

This class comes with a weekly drop-in because, let's face it, we need each other.

A circuitous journey home

As you move through the coursework, each week's lesson will "show up" and reveal itself in living images and experiences that deepen your insight. Walking in this way, brings you to greater consciousness, as it weaves your inner and outer, unconscious and conscious lives and worlds together. This union is the healing nature of the soul that unites opposites to connect the dots and see the big picture of the Self and soul. 

Embody soul in yourself & life

Additional containment comes from creating sacred space in your house (or garden) by making a soul altar, and starting a journal (for dreams, insights, visions, and doodles). In creating a temenos or sacred safe space you are creating a "church" and "cathedral" to house your soul. In these spaces you create a place of renewal and retreat to return to again and again, whether praying, lighting a candle, meditating, or journaling. These spaces help to cocoon you in an alchemical container of transformation throughout your process, nurturing your creative practice in your body and a body of art. Additionally, a container will be created with a circle.

A collective journey

This process is contained by your soul but also by 3 circles of support made by you and your classmates. Each circle expands with you as you create your opus, designed to offer different levels of containment as you individuate. These circles reflect Jung's process as archetypal or universal.

Alone

You travel alone.

To really experience the darkness of the dark night of the soul, you need to be alone with your soul. So, you walk alone.

Partner

A partner helps to mirror you.

Jung viewed his patients art and worked with them one on one. So you work with a power partner to help contain you.

Group

A circle to discuss and reflect.

Jung led his inner circle on this path, creating a container for group growth. So, we meet in monthly zoom circles

Prepare for your pilgrimage

When one or more gather. While parts of this journey have to be experienced alone, other parts are best held by family in community. As with any pilgrimage, prepare and gather resources, including people to support you.

Introduction

Week 1

What is the mythic narrative of death & rebirth in your life?

Soul Altar

Week 2

How can you make your life a sacrificial (sacred) soul altar?

Prepare

Week 3

What steps prepare you for initiation inside and out?

Initiation

Week 4

What is an initiation and what does it mean for you?

1 Birth 

Week 5

Are you ready to be born again? What does this look like?

Spirit Breath

Week 6

Spirit is the breath of soul that brings us to light and life.

2 Baptism 

Week 7

Baptism is universal and personal. How do you cleanse?

Inner Detox

Week 8

How can a spiritual cleanse wash away the old in your life?

3Transfigure

Week 9

A

Illumination

Week 10

Playing with color 

4Crucifixion

Week 11

Starting a visionary journal

Death of the old 

Week 12

Adding art (doodling or . . . )

5 Resurrection
Week 13

L

Awaken to Life
Week 14

L

6 Ascent
Week 15

L

A Call to Serve
Week 16

L

Ancestral healing

The reason for the descent or death for 3 days is to save others and this often takes the form of ancestral healing.
Soul Path
The soul leads us to deep transformation and self-realization in ways that are creative and imaginative. 
Called by your soul through images from dreams, visions and the imagination, you are transformed in a process of deep soul care and soul relationship embodied in art.
Soul Love
The soul leads us to love which is the soul's greatest gift, reflecting their ability to unite opposites.
Just as Jung received a crown that said love never ends, we are guided to our own realization of self and soul love. What this looks and feels like is unique to each person.
Self Care
Self-care tends to your whole Self, gathering forgotten and repressed fragments of your soul from the past.
Receive tools that will support you to release unconscious patterns of self-doubt and neglect that lead to imbalance and disease. Down time is essential for creative growth.
Self Love
Gain the courage, confidence, and capacity of your soul to express Self-love for who YOU are.
Self-love is rooted in radical and deep acceptance of your uniqueness--how you are different. It is embodied in the unique qualities that are yours and yours alone.

On 

While you are finding yourself and your way, you are on an archetypal path that offers a consistent way to navigate. Including elements of centering, mindfulness, visioning, dreaming, yoga, eco-psychology and breathwork, the soul guides us on a path that connects our nature to nature. So we begin with introductory videos to seed your imagination with these ancient archetypal practices proven through time.

The soul speaks in images

The soul's communication is symbolic and imagistic, embodied and imaginal. Jung said that his soul did not have speech centers and let her use his to speak, and studies have found that during spiritual experiences speech is not generated in normal speech centers. Nor is core wounding reached by speech. Both are accessed through the imagistic and embodied language of the soul. So, this soul path combines visual and verbal imagery in the way of the soul (the picture superiority effect) in which words are symbolic and metaphoric images, combined with visual art. When Jung's soul referred to the Red Book as art, she meant all of it.

The soul makes you whole.

This deep self-care heals you by helping you remember the forgotten and dismembered parts of yourself, life, and soul. Buried in the unconscious, these fragments of your Self are gathered by following your soul and harvesting your soul's images in art and creativity. This process touches and redresses core wounds that lie at the heart of your complexes, mining the rich soil of your unconscious to embrace lost parts, buried and cast in shadow. You need all of these pieces to reclaim your power and soul. On a fundamental level this is a soul retrieval and a soul mate relationship. 

Imagine a new/old way and You

On this path you activate you imagination, moving ever deeper into yourself and the Self. The activating agent of the soul, the imagination is the soul's super power. An application of the intuition, imagination lets you reach places and knowledge otherwise unknown. As Albert Einstein said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." We need imagination to grow.