Acknowledging Country Course

Hi, thanks for visiting the references for the course Acknowledging Country: Listening to and Speaking your Place.

We have here references mentioned in sessions one through four plus the work of a few special teachers.

Click here for session 3 resources
Click here for session 4 resources
Click here for a recap of the course writing practices
I have some background material here that are foundational to the conception of this course. These are presentations given to the Jung Society in 2020 and earlier in 2021 that have birthed the current format. Here is the paper Shadow Projection, Heart Wisdom and Aboriginal Culture, also available as a zoom video.
And here is the paper Bunjil, which gives the context for my conversation on Tyson Yunkaporta’s podcast The Other Others.
Here’s the episode where he interviews me: What Can I Do?

And what he says about our chat: Outsourcing our biggest FAQ here. Maya Ward, author of “The Comfort of Water” is now receiving queries from settlers who are calling themselves “white” and asking how to come back into the spirit of place in rigorous and respectful ways that are not in extractive relation, not overstepping or appropriating. It is a space of nuance and intense discomfort and danger there, but it is generative, so Maya and I talk up Kingfisher ceremony on Wurundjeri land, in a feedback loop of crazy. It may be crazy, but both of us agree that if settlers cannot come back under the Law of the land soon, everything and everyone will die. No pressure.

You’re also welcome to read my blog – this post is of particular relevance.
There’s some videos of past events, including talks given to the Jung Society, on my Events page
Learn more about Dadirri from Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr
The teacher who has taught me most is a Native North American fellow, Martin Prechtel, who lived as a shaman in a traditional Mayan village in Guatemala. The best way to absorb his wisdom is hearing his words; his audiobooks, or for a taste, listen here.
Here’s a brilliant, beautiful and artfully created podcast, The Emerald

Josh Schrei dives into many of the themes that we will explore during the course – I’ve got to know him through his patreon study group; we’re sharing many of our favourite references and  supporting each other to make these ideas more widely known. His podcast is a truly exceptional listening experience and comes highly recommended. Some particularly relevant episodes include the ones with Tyson Yunkaporta, plus these:

Animism is Normative Consciousness

Reimagining Our Ancestors: A Dive into the Paleolithic Heart and Mind

Holy River of Flows: Words and Discourse in a Declarative Age

Tyson Yunkaporta on Pattern, Kinship, and Story in a World of Decontextualized Minds

And his latest where he speaks of Jung’s Active Imagination: Mapping The Mystic: Geographies of Ecstasy in Consciousness and Culture

Best homework ever!

If you haven’t yet watched My Octopus Teacher, please do so. A truly exquisite depiction of the rewards and perspective changes of nature immersion. Quite literally!

Active Imagination Resources

A youtube conversation between Peter Kingsley and Murray Stein on Jung, Active Imagination, the incantatory tradition and much more. Utterly fascinating.

An excellent essay on Active Imagination and altered states by Jungian scholar Punita Miranda

The book Johnny mentioned – Jung on Active Imagination


Abram, David. (1997) The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. New York: Vintage Books.

Bortoft, Henri. (1996) The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe’s Way of Science. Edinburgh: Lindisfarne Press.

Bringhurst, Robert. (2009) The Tree of Meaning: Language, Mind and Ecology. Berkeley: Counterpoint.

Buhner, Stephen Harrod. (2014) Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception Into the Dreaming of the Earth. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions.

Hadot, Pierre. (2002) What is Ancient Philosophy? Translated from the French by M. Chase. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Neidjie, Bill. (1989) Story About Feeling. Broome: Magabala Books.

Yunkaporta, Tyson. (2019) Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking can Save the World. Text,

Some quotes from Robert Bringhurst’s beautiful The Tree of Meaning

Poetry is a quality or aspect of existence. It is the thinking of things. p139

Sun, moon, mountain and rivers are the writing of being, the literature of what-is. Long before our species was born, the books had been written. The library was here before we were. We live in it. We can add to it. Or we can try; we can also subtract from it. We can chop it down, incinerate it, strip mine it, poison it, bury it under our trash. But we didn’t create it, and if we destroy it, we cannot replace it. Literature, culture, pattern aren’t man-made. The culture of the Tao is not man-made, and the culture of humans is not man-made; it is just the human part of the culture of the whole.

When you think intensely and beautifully, something happens. That something is called poetry. If you think that way and speak at the same time, poetry gets in your mouth. If people hear you, poetry gets in their ears. If you think that way and write at the same time, then poetry gets written. But poetry exists in any case. The question is only: are you going to take part, and if so, how? P143

Poetry, like science, is a way of finding out – by trying to state perceptively and clearly – what exists and what is going on. That is too much for the self to handle. That is why, when you go to work for the poem, you give yourself away. Composing a poem is a way of leaving the self behind and getting involved in something larger. P145

A language is a means of seeing and understanding the world, a means of talking with the world.  Never mind talking about the world; that’s for dilettantes. A language is a means of talking with the world. P163

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