Today I’m chatting with Lianne Raymond, who is a personal coach to women – guiding them on the path to their most full and authentic lives. She specializes in developmental psychology and has a soulful knack for sharing fascinating and intriguing resources.

Lianne’s got a beautifully thoughtful way about her, as you’ll experience in this interview.

Enjoy our ramble through the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood and Lianne’s relationship with her body and creativity.

Things we chatted about in this episode:

  • the myth of Psyche and Eros and why it’s essential for women
  • how the myth teaches reconnection to love
  • on how the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood is coming into her life
  • on having a story for the year instead of a word for the year, and how the story finds her
  • Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ weeklong workshop
  • Martin Shaw the mythologist and his workshop at Hollyhock
  • working with Jungian Marlene Schiwy
  • on how working with stories taps into the mythic imagination
  • how stories provides counterbalance to the concrete scientific ways of our culture which is focused on form, entrenched in the cognitive behavioural ways (thinking and outward manifestation of that)
  • on tapping into the wonder and the soulful mythic narrative
  • on how bringing a story into your life and giving it space reveals the story’s nuances that take you deeper than the obvious interpretations
  • how magic gets created by the story and the receiver of the story
  • relationship with creativity as the emergent energy within us
  • how the self help idea of creativity is limiting
  • asking the question what are all the ways the creativity in us wants to come forth
  • on being full of the energy of becoming
  • rest is foundational for creativity to exist
  • on why asking “how do I find that psychological rest from which I can be most creative” is so important
  • on how trying to limit creative flow and be ‘normal’ doesn’t really work (Janelle)
  • on removing debris from the flow – removing obstacles so nature can take it’s course – Carl Jung
  • on why being normal is not healthy but being natural is
  • relationship with body – I am my body, it is me, I am it

  • Marion Woodman’s bodysoul work – bringing in embodiment into the Jungian approach
  • on being obsessed as a teenager with her size, being on diets, and being so glad to finally be 50 years old
  • on finally being her body rather than the scrutinizer of her body
  • how our culture is all about taming, disciplining and containing our bodies, our lives, our families
  • the difference between being a sculptor and a gardener, how our cultural metaphors affect how we think about ourselves
  • we live in a culture that uses such mechanistic metaphors, so drawing in more organic metaphors is an antidote

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