I am wearing a backpack in the photo because that is often how anyone would see me at this point in my life.  I am on a journey of soul, a journey in search of meaning and in search of self.  I am a retired school teacher and school administrator having taught in various schools in Saskatchewan, Canada.  I was a principal for a number of years as well.  Intermingled with my career in education was a second career as a psychotherapist.  Needing to take care of students with issues and later, teachers with issues, I took a number of university and certificate courses to allow me to work more effectively and safely with those whose care I was entrusted.  My counselling focus eventually shifted to include others and to include some “depth” work.  The depth work had a foundation in Jungian psychology.


31 Responses to About

  1. Dear Robert,

    Please visit my photography website:


    Thank you,

    Dennis Cordell

    • rgl says:

      Hi Dennis. Your photos are absolutely powerful and poignant. Thanks for providing the link here so that others may see your work with Buddhist monks. I hope you come again and comment.

  2. abha says:

    Dear Robert,
    How do I get a regular feed of this new blog sent to my email inbox?

  3. Brad Dalton says:

    You can redirect your domain to your other domain easily through your control panel. That will fix one problem. I use google analytics for stats. Why don’t you use it?

  4. rgl says:

    Thanks, Brad. The stats problem is now fixed. It is amazing what sage advice and encouragement can accomplish.

  5. Astra says:

    Interesting – not many James Hollis fans I come across! In fact, in my environment of about 10 000 people, I don’t think anyone has ever read any of his books.

    I read and reread, and am busy with such important projection issues.

  6. Judy Weiser says:


    I read this page and found it fascinating the way that you describe “discovering yourself through images of both the known and the unknown”.

    I haven’t read any of your other pages yet (and want to), but in the meantime want to let you know about some related fields (and websites and people), who also use photography in a “therapeutic” (healing) way.

    There is a website “PhotoTherapy Techniques in Counseling and Therapy” (links are below), where you can find out about how other people are using photos as part of therapy practice and also for their own personal insight and communication. see:

    There is also a FaceBook Group: “”PhotoTherapy, Therapeutic Photography, Photo Art Therapy, and VideoTherapy” at:

    There are also several sites/projects about “photography as contemplative practice” (the best-known of which is http://miksang.com )

    I would love to know more about your blending photography with Jungian approaches (I am a Canadian psychologist, art therapist, and photographer) — so I welcome direct correspondence if you want:

    Judy Weiser, Director, PhotoTherapy Centre
    Vancouver Canada
    jweiser @ phototherapy-centre.com
    SKYPE: weiserphototherapy

    • rgl says:

      Thank you, Judy, especially for the links. I will investigate them more fully in the days and weeks to come. I look forward to your reading and commenting here. I get to B.C. with relative frequency so perhaps one of these years we will have a chance to meet and share ideas.

  7. Terri says:

    Hello, I’ve arrived here through a Google search of words representative of topics that interest me the most. After reading through your entries, I find we have quite a bit in common via interests in education, therapy & counselling, Jungian psychology and travel.

    I would love to get your thoughts & opinions regarding some upcoming career choices I might be seeking (therapy related).

    Thank you….be well

    • rgl says:

      Hi Terri – I am glad that your searches have lead you to come here and read a bit of my work. I would like to get to know you better and talk with you about your ideas and such. You can ask me anything you want and I will respond as best I can. But with that said, anything I do say is always said through my own, personal filters. Feel free to comment on any post, past or present or send me e-mail directly. I will respond. I am looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂

  8. Susan says:

    Creating a great life here! wow! Do you speak these many languages, also?

  9. rgl says:

    I have just edited this page to answer the question as well as to update my geographical location. Thank you for finding the time to come here and read. I look forward to your comments on the posts to come. 🙂

  10. Came across this site googling Jung. Not really clear why but I keep coming back. Though my attitude toward your blogs has been that you are selfposessed and on an ego trip I derive energy from your journey and reflections on it and feel maybe ego trips are not all that bad. Self affirmation if okay. So I think I will go along for the ride for awhile. Thanks for sharing. Imagine if no one did.

    • rgl says:

      Thank you, John, for coming back and wrestling with my words. I am glad that there is some energy that is making the cross-over. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future. Please don’t hesitate to challenge me and call me on any BS.

  11. Susan says:

    Robert. I want to thank you for this site. I found you by googling “jung symbolism- drowning baby’. I just awoke as I looked (in my dream) over the side of my little dinghy-type boat, and a desperate baby was going under and drowning, and desperately trying not to- & wanting to get picked up to come into my boat. As I saw this, I awoke. What I also really want to say thanks for, is how you have it set up, that I can email a certain page form your site- to myself. I emailed the one on the “Baby in the trash’ to myself. And this is very helpful, as I can put it in my folder, and re-read and meditate on it. Without that set up function- long-winded essays are very difficult for me. That makes it so good.,and all the best to you in your work. PS- IF you finish your book on your ‘Long night of the soul’ and decide you shall publish it, I would like to be on a list to recieve the info that you have done so,and the book’s title. All the best to you and your family, Susan

  12. Matt says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and writing, look forward each time you publish an entry. Very grateful for your insight and challenges.

  13. Sean says:

    Robert, I stumbled across your site/blog back in 2011, when I was looking for info about churches in Changzhou.

    And since have married a wonderful woman in Changzhou.

    My wife is now chatting with me, and telling me about a schoolmate of hers, who is in an abusive marriage. The schoolmate Z told my wife about a secret love for another schoolmate W. Obviously Z is thinking of trying to emotionally escape her abuse with an affair with W. Which obviously is not going to solve the issue.

    I suggested to my wife that we do 2 things…
    1.) try to help Z find good psychological counseling to help her with her emotions.
    2.) try to help Z find a Women’s Abuse Support Group in China… even if it only via phone.

    So I looked up your blog, and wondered if you knew of any good Jungian psychologists in Changzhou, where Z is visiting. (Z lives in Yangzhou.)

    Perhaps the Changzhou psychologists can connect Z with people in Yangzhou or elsewhere.

    If you can see the email address I registered, you can reach me there.
    If you can help, thanks.

    • rgl says:

      Sean (Xiaoen) – Thanks for taking the time to be hear and read. I trust that the names I provided you will help you find the resource you are hoping to find for your friend. Please feel free to comment with thoughts, resonances, questions or whatever to the posts here.

  14. Alma Corla says:

    I just came across your blog and found it fascinating!! I love your writing and your thoughts.
    I also write (my blog is almaspirituality.wordpress.com) and love Jungian psychology.
    How do I subscribe to your blog?


    • rgl says:

      Hi Alma, thanks for your comment of appreciation. I encourage my readers to check out your site as well as there is good stuff there from what I could see on my visit there.

      • Alma Corla says:

        Thank you for your kind words about my blog. I just started writing a year ago, but it surely is from deep within and is a natural expression of my spirituality.
        Being true and sharing it with the world is very healing indeed.
        I shared your web site with friends, I immensely enjoy reading your posts.
        Many blessings.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robert,

    I usually don’t comment, but wanted to thank you for your blog! I really enjoy it. Keep up the good work, because it is very helpful.

  16. susan says:

    Thanks rgl, wish you well in upcoming blogs. I’d also like to be connected thank you ..

  17. Taufa Setefano says:

    How am I just now finding your wonderful blogs!? I’m currently working towards an English degree and chose to critique my readings through a Jungian perspective. I thought I would google the definition and examples of the lens to better understand it before I start my reading- then found your blog. Awe, I enjoy your writing and insightful thoughts. Hope you continue and would also want to thank you for sharing. Looking forward to more!

    Take care, Robert.

  18. Beulah says:

    I would like to subscribe to your blog.
    Thank you.

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