Soulwork And Illness with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

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In her work as both a medical doctor and Jungian analyst, Jean Bolen noticed a similarity between serious illness and deep psychoanalytical work. Both bring people into a personal “underworld” of fears and secrets. Uncovering these usually hidden realities can be profoundly healing. Here Bolen explains the processes that can turn pain into revelation and sometimes even physical recovery - and why this process is not just for those who are ill. “All of us have a life-threatening condition,” she says. “We will all die - we just don’t know when. So what are we here for? Isn’t that what we need to find? That’s the soul journey.” (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known speaker. She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation, an advocate for a 5th UN World Conference on Women, a convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative, as well as a permanent representative to the UN representing the NGO, Pathways to Peace.

She's the author of many books, including:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What really matters in your life journey
  • How serious illness takes you to the "underworld"
  • What is a creative way to end relationships that drain you
  • How to use the "knife of Psyche"
  • What are the benefits of being a difficult patient
  • How patients and professionals can promote soul-level healing
  • Why prayer and affirmations work even when you don't know how

Host: Michael Toms        Interview Date: 8/28/1996        Program Number: 2588

Music Included

From Album: Higher Ground
Artist: John Denver
1990 Windstar #D1-72850
Track - All This Joy

From Album: 8-String Religion
Artist: David Darling
1993 Hearts of Space #HS11037-2

From Album: What the Mother Pot Sings
Artist: Susan Berman
Fine Tuning Music #FT 101

From Album: The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Vol. 2
Artist: Buffy Sainte-Marie
Vanguard Records
Track - The Angel