Heart Rhythm: Meditating vs. Writing

Heart Rhythm: Meditating vs. Writing

This is a graph of my heart rate while meditating over the course of about 90 seconds. During this time I feel a sense of well-being, calm, and peace. What’s curious is that during this time my heart rate is not constant, as might be expected but oscillating from somewhere […]

The Unconscious at Work

The Unconscious at Work

People often ask me why I say the unconscious is intelligent and autonomous. Here’s an example. The other day my girlfriend, who will arrive later that day after a long road trip, calls to say hello. She tells me how the trip is going and when she thinks she’ll get […]

Be kind to the old man

Be kind to the old man

I walked out of my office building into the courtyard of the sterile office park. The company was in its first year and I was working nearly constantly. I needed to clear my head. A woman nearby was admiring berries on a decorative tree. “That’s nice,” I thought. She plucked […]

How I started reading Jung

How I started reading Jung

The story of how I started reading Jung is strange — at least till you start hanging out with other people who read Jung. Then this kind of thing is commonplace. My story starts with a lingering headache. I’ve had it for weeks. Not a constant pain but an uncomfortable […]

Writing, Intuition, Personality Type

Writing, Intuition, Personality Type

I’m beginning to understand how personality type affects the writing life. First, motivation. Some write to convey a sensation, or to evoke emotion, or to create a work of literary art. I get the urge to write following a flash of insight. Which makes sense. We each have a dominant […]