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Howl in the Wilderness

Deep and insightful conversations with renegade artists, philosophers, psychologists and spiritual teachers who are working on the edge of dominant culture.


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  • 137. (Preview) The Archetypal Artist | Mary Antonia Wood | HITW 137

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    This is an excerpt of a 2 hour conversation. If you’d like to gain access to early release of full, ad-free episodes and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. We are an independent production and rely on the support of listeners like you. Make a one-time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulOn this episode I speak with artist and scholar Mary Antonia Wood about her book The Archetypal Artist: Reimagining Creativity and the Call to Create.Mary has been a visual artist for over thirty years, working in a variety of media. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions and has been collected by both public institutions and individuals. She is chair of the Depth Psychology and Creativity program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the owner of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice that supports artists and creators of all types.This was a lovely conversation where we go deep into all aspects of what it means to be a creative being, the influence that Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and James Hillman have had on her work, and the parallels between the shamanic archetype and the artist — some of my favourite topics.Mary's website: http://www.talismanmentoring.comTopics: creativity, art, shamanic archetype, carl jung, james hillman

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  • 141. (Preview) Jack Mason aka The Perfume Nationalist | The War on Beauty | HITW 141

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    This is an excerpt of a longer conversation. If you’d like to listen to the full episode and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewildernessOn this episode I speak with Jack Mason aka The Perfume Nationalist.Jack describes The Perfume Nationalist podcast as a continuing radio soap opera in which art and culture, high and low, are discussed through the historical lens of fragrance.In our conversation we talk about what Jack describes as the war on beauty and how wearing perfume can be an act of disobedience to the increasing sterility of public spaces and a liberating psychedelic aesthetic experience in and of itself. We also talk about our shared love of feminist cultural provocateur and 90s icon Camille Paglia, the therapeutic value of soap operas and trashy novels, and (thanks to Jack’s podcast) my newfound appreciation for the North American shopping mall as one of the last remaining temples to the goddess Aphrodite.The Perfume Nationalist: https://www.patreon.com/perfumenationalist
  • 140. (Preview) Dr. Sharon Blackie | How Stories Can Save Our Souls | HITW 140

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    This was an excerpt of a longer conversation. If you’d like to listen to the full episode and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewildernessOn this episode I speak with Dr. Sharon Blackie.Sharon is an award-winning author and psychologist with a background in mythology and folklore. Her highly acclaimed books, lectures and teaching programs are focused on reimagining women’s stories, and on the relevance of myth, fairy tales and folk traditions to the personal, cultural and environmental problems we face today.In our conversation we talk about the value of finding your personal myth; working with fairy tales to deepen and expand your life story; the obsolescence of the hero’s journey and the call to imagine post-heroic stories for women and men; the importance of exposing children to undiluted, unDisneyfied stories in order to make them more resilient and empathetic; and the urgency of moving beyond mere self-care and personal development into caring for the soul of the world and working to keep the mythic imagination alive.Sharon's website: https://sharonblackie.net/Sharon's Substack: https://sharonblackie.substack.com/References:Sharon’s previous appearance on the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/posts/mpp101-hagitude-77331131My interview with Allen Chinen (Beyond the Hero) https://shows.acast.com/medicinepath/episodes/mpp107God Father Death (Grimm Bros.) https://sites.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm042.htmlSharon Blackie, HagitudeJames Hillman, The Soul’s CodeBruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales
  • 136. (Preview) The Cosmos Is Psychedelic | Richard Tarnas | HITW 136

    01:01:18
    This is an excerpt of a 2 hour conversation. If you’d like to gain access to early release of full, ad-free episodes and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. We are an independent production and rely on the support of listeners like you. Make a one-time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulOn this episode I speak with cultural historian and archetypal astrologer Richard Tarnas about his book Cosmos & Psyche, his journey from Harvard to Esalen in the 1970s, and how his psychedelic research with Stanislav Grof and encounter with James Hillman were integral to the development of what he calls archetypal cosmology. I really enjoyed this conversation, and it was an honour to have such deep and personal conversation with someone who’s depth of experience, scholarship and concern for humanity is truly humbling.Richard's website: https://cosmosandpsyche.comArchetypal Cosmology journal: http://www.archai.orgThe Planets article: http://www.archai.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Tarnas-%E2%80%93-The-Planets-%E2%80%93-Archai-Issue-1.pdf
  • 139. Derrick Jensen | The Ecology of Trauma & Healing | HITW 139 (Preview)

    46:46
    If you’d like to gain access to early release of full, ad-free episodes and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. We are an independent production and rely on the support of listeners like you. Make a one-time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulOn this episode I speak with writer, ecophilosopher and activist Derrick Jensen.True to our Sagittarian natures, we have a wide-ranging conversation that covers a lot of ground, including personal stories of childhood trauma, healing, activism and the journey toward realizing your gifts and offering them to the world.Before we began recording I told Derrick that I was feeling a little blue that morning, and thought it had something to do with the total solar eclipse that had just occurred. By the end of our conversation I felt the heavy mood lift a little, which speaks to the therapeutic effect of sharing your troubles out loud with someone else who is also troubled. So, although our conversation delves into some heavy and painful topics, I hope that by the end of it you feel a little less alone with your own troubles. That’s one of the key intentions behind this podcast, and one of the main reasons I continue to do it: so that us lone wolves howling in the wilderness of modernity can find the others who are similarly afflicted, and perhaps find some comfort and community.Derrick's website: https://derrickjensen.orgTopics: ecology, psychology, trauma, recovery, healing, purpose
  • 135. The Power of Imagination | Stephen Aizenstat | HITW 135

    01:11:55
    If you’d like to gain access to early release of full, ad-free episodes and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. We are an independent production and rely on the support of listeners like you. Make a one-time contribution to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulOn this episode I speak with Stephen Aizenstat, who I had the pleasure of learning with a couple years ago when I participated in his Dream Tending program.Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., is the founder of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dream Tending, and the Academy of Imagination. For more than 35 years, he has explored the power of dreams through depth psychology. He has collaborated with Joseph Campbell, Marion Woodman, Robert Johnson, James Hillman, and Native elders worldwide. He conducts dreamwork and imagination seminars throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.Steve and I have a wide ranging conversation where we talk about the power of imagination to heal individuals and restore the soul of the world, and pay homage to some of the spiritual mentors who he’s worked with and who have inspired me.Links to Stephen's work:https://dreamtending.comhttps://dreamtending.com/the-imagination-matrix/
  • 138. Is Psychiatry Bullsh*t? | Dr. Bruce E. Levine | HITW 138 (Preview)

    01:24:41
    This was an excerpt of a 2-hour conversation. If you’d like to listen to the full episode and support the podcast, consider becoming part of the pack over at patreon.com/howlinthewilderness. Support this independent podcast by making a one-time donation to http://paypal.me/brianjamessoulOn this episode I speak with psychologist, writer and activist Bruce Levine.Dr. Levine writes and speaks widely on how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect. His most recent book is A Profession Without Reason: The Crisis of Contemporary Psychiatry―Untangled and Solved by Spinoza, Freethinking, and Radical Enlightenment (2022).A practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession, he is a regular contributor to CounterPunch, Salon and Mad in America. His articles and interviews have been published in the New York Times, Skeptic, Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times, and numerous other magazines.Dr. Levine is on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, and he is on the medical and scientific advisory board of the National Center for Youth Law. He is also an editorial advisor for the Icarus Project/Freedom Center Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs. A longtime activist in the mental health treatment reform movement, he is a member of the International Society for Ethical Psychology & Psychiatry and MindFreedom. Dr. Levine has presented talks and workshops to diverse organizations throughout North America.Bruce's website: https://brucelevine.net/