Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation

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Farming Soul questions theories and assumptions that date back to the days of Freud, assumptions that separate spirituality from psychology. Patricia Damery finds answers through unconventional teachers and her relationship to the land -answers that are surprisingly intertwined.

During Patricia's individuation process she experiences the importance of being rooted in a particular place, guided by the tenets of Rudolf Steiner's Biodynamic® agriculture. Her professional journey to become a Jungian analyst is a path filled with review committees and unorthodox teachers.

Farming Soul offers perspective on the complex dynamic of the therapist/patient bond and a personal account of when to rely on one's inner authority. This is a book about soul embodied and the essential recognition that spiritual, ecological, and psychological exploration is essential to reconnecting to our deeper selves.

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Growing up on a small farm in the Midwest,  I was of the last generation to be raised in the small farming culture of our country. My mother was a teacher, her own father a commercial artist, and, of course, my father farmed. I have always been stretched between these two very different cultures, and my life decisions reflect that. 

I got away from the rigors of farming as soon as I was able. When I went to college I studied chemistry, mainly because I scored high in sciences, and, I suspect now, because I am unconsciously drawn to alchemy (as was Carl Jung). I taught high school one year before deciding that was not for me. Although I did not stay in teaching, I was introduced to the study of Jungian psychology through a graduate program in psychology at Sonoma State University near Santa Rosa, California.  The openness and creativity of California ignited my love of both psychology and the beautiful, varied land, and as a result, I decided to reside here and to study psychology. 

After getting a degree in psychology and becoming licensed to practice psychotherapy, I entered a training program at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. Farming Soul: A Tale of Initiation is in part about this experience as well as my return to farming after meeting my husband Donald. Through a farming crisis (also the subject of Farming Soul) we became trained and then certified in Biodynamic agriculture.

I have written two novels, Snakes and Goatsong, both about our relationship to the earth and to each other, as well as various professional articles published in Jung Journal: Culture and Psyche, San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, and Psychological Perspectives. I also co-edited an anthology Marked by Fire: Stories of the Jungian Way (Fisher King Press, 2012)

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"This is an unusual account of one individual's efforts to learn to apply a native gift for sensing the emergent irrational to the disciplines of depth psychotherapy and Native American healing. Patricia Damery's memoir details how, inspired by the experience of tending an organic farm, she learned to live with the power of this intelligence and apply it responsibly to healing endeavors. In part a cautionary tale, Damery's story reveals what can happen when professional training does not entirely validate one's natural way of using one's heart and mind. Not every therapist who reads this book will have had to take such an arduous journey to self affirmation, but to anyone in the healing professions who has wondered whether it is possible for a wounded healer to be healed, Damery's story will lend considerable comfort." - John Beebe, M.D., author of Integrity in Depth

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