• The Book of Symbols – reflections on archetypal images for explorers of inner life. This is a wonderful, evocative, collection of thought-provoking essays using myth and history to explore key archetypal images. Not to be used as a simple check-list for meaning of images, but more as a gateway to “amplify” some of the images that come to us. Beautiful.
  • The Artists Way by Julia Cameron – getting in to the daily habit of creating art for the sheer joy of it. Many people, including writers and artists, swear by this book – saying it saved them at various stuck points in their life.
  • Letters to a Young Poet by poet Rainer Maria Rilke – bit rich and heavy to digest in one go, but deeply insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring in small chunks. Jung apparently loved him and there are real treasures to be found here. Rilke was way ahead of his time.
  • Painting from the Source by Aviva Gold – wonderful book that helps you connect with the creative source and soulful flow of art-making.
  • Women Who Run With the Wolves by  Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Apparently, it took her 20 years to write, can take 20 years to read in full, but incredible, rich exploration of how stories and myths can open up the female psyche. Lovely to dip in and out of.
  • Cat’s Eye, a novel by Margaret Atwood, a powerful and painful exploration of how we can be haunted by our past, and how little girls (and big girls) can torment each other under the guise of friendship.


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