I have been teaching and studying mythology, depth and archetypal psychology for the last 35 years. During that time, and in large measure through the writings of Joseph Campbell, I have been creating and offering writing retreats in Santa Barbara, California; Seattle, Cleveland, Atlanta, Brattleboro, Vermont; Houston, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Akron, Ohio; San Diego and Phoenix, for example. I have also offered two riting retreats at Eranos Foundation in Ascona, Switzerland as well as two talks on writing and myth at the Assisi Institute in Italy.
This book is a compilation and distillation of those experiences with a slightly more formal format.
My intention in compiling these riting meditations now is to more succinctly put into a structure for further use this important dimension of one’s life, one that many people have no idea even exists: their mythic story. I hope in the process to bring back into the lives of any who read the book and/or participate in my riting retreats, a sense of the mythic as a way of knowing, and of story as a way of seeing and discerning the broad contours of one’s personal myth.
Advance praise for Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story:
“Writing provides us an unparalleled access to the deeper levels of our being. Through a generative exploration of the power of the symbolic and the metaphoric, Dr. Slattery invites us to directly contact the mythic patterns that are the ground of our psychic lives. Use this book as a guide—indeed, as a muse—to grow closer to your writing self. It will launch you into self-discovery.”
Mary Watkins, Ph.D. author of Waking Dreams and Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues
“This beautiful, wise and wonderfully practical book addresses the central fact of human life: we live in language as fish live in water. Dennis Slattery is a master teacher of the arts of writing and connecting with the poetry that lies at the basis of the mind and of the world. His long experience working and teaching the rites of language helps enable each of us to recover the lost speech that so many people are seeking. It is hard to overstate the importance of this work—psychologically, spiritually and even politically. Read this book and learn to live fully in your own body, the body of language, and the body of the world.”
Tom Cheetham, author of After Prophecy.
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