This is my final photo to be posted here from the two weeks I spent on the coast of British Columbia. I went to B.C. with two purposes, one to visit extended family and the other to investigate the idea of working for CUSO-VSO, a volunteer organization. I would be placed in the field of education management, drawing upon my lifetime of professional work. That idea has moved from a possibility to a decision to not go this route for the 2010-2011 school year. There would be too many “things” organizational in nature that would render the experience more about “work” than about participatory discovery and experience. I will still be heading out of Canada for the school year, but without being tied to either an agency or recruiter. I insist on making my own way.
In saying this, I think of James Hillman, a post-Jungian who has also gone his own way putting his own stamp on understanding psychology. In creating Archetypal Psychology, he would be the first to admit to a heavy reliance on C.G. Jung. In a way, I am doing much the same here, putting my own stamp on ideas that are influenced by Jungian Psychology. I can’t just repeat ideas, I must re-fashion them based on my psyche, my life, my thoughts and on how those ideas resonate. The difference between Hillman and myself is that I am not trying to create a new school of psychology. I don’t want to go there. It is enough that I speak and let the words fall where they will.