I am providing information about resources for those interested in learning more about the medial personality or topics related to it. I have read or viewed most but not all of the material I’ve listed, and I’ve made comments about some of them. This is hardly a complete list or resources. I may add to it from time to time. (In case you are wondering, I am not being paid for sharing any of this information.)
This concludes the series on the Medial Personality. I won’t rule out the possibility of future articles related to the medial, but I have — at last and at least — completed the task assigned to me three and a half years ago.
Aron, Elaine. (1997) The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. New York: Broadway Books.
Aron also has a website: http://hsperson.com/
Beattie, Melody. (1987) Codependent No More. Center City: Hazelden.
Blackstone, Judith. (2012) Belonging Here: A Guide for the Spiritually Sensitive Person. Boulder: Sounds True.
Blackstone also has a website: http://www.judithblackstoneblog.com/2012/judiths-new-book-belonging-here-a-guide-for-the-spiritually-sensitive-person/
Corson, Roberta Bassett. (1998). Wounds of the Medial Woman in Contemporary Western Culture. Santa Barbara: Pacifica Graduate Institute.
This dissertation is the very best resource for information about the medial. ProQuest offers it as a PDF document. Price is $38. The website is not easy to navigate, and it is helpful to have the publication number: 9912586.
If you are serious about understanding this topic, Corson’s work is worth the investment! For an academic paper, it is an easy read, but feel free to skip sections that don’t seem relevant. You may want to begin with the five portraits of medial women in Chapter 3 before diving into the background material and the conclusions. . It is available at: http://ProQuest.com
Curtan, Jim. (Blog posts published 12/2016 – 11/2017) Finding God In All Things. jimcurtan.com
Curtan’s essays are inspiring, informational, and entertaining. From his website: “Jim Curtan is a motivational speaker, spiritual director, retreat leader. He has taught extensively with New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss and has been a faculty member of the Caroline Myss Educational Institute since its inception in 2003. He has taught at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, The London Centre for Spirituality, The Crossings in Austin, Texas and The Learning Annexes in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He has lectured and led workshops throughout the United States, in Canada, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Indonesia. He has led spiritual retreats and workshops for the Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Community Church of Los Angeles and the California Men’s Gathering.”
Dale, Cyndi. (2009) The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy. Boulder: Sounds True.
Dale also writes self-help books. I prefer her more scholarly works. She also has a website: https://cyndidale.com/
de Castillejo, Irene Claremont. (1973). Knowing Woman: A Feminine Psychology. New York: Harper & Row.
This book was my first introduction to the medial even though the medial is covered in only one chapter. The rest of the book is just as valuable. Please don’t be put off by the focus on women. In today’s culture, it applies to any and all genders.
Delattre, Pierre. (1971). Tales of a Dalai Lama. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
This is a collection of short stories about a fictional, child dalai lama. It includes the story, “Ten Conversations at Once” referenced in Medial Personality: Part 4 and Part 5. The book has been reprinted by other publishers and is still available. You can also read it for free online. Internet Archive makes it available as a 2-week loan. https://archive.org/details/talesofdalailama00dela
Doherty, Catherine de Hueck. (1975) Poustinia: Christian Spirituality of the East for Western Man. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press.
This book saved my life! I was on the verge of committing suicide when I read it. It gave me a reason for living and provided the loose structure I needed to organize my life. I still consider myself a poustinik even though I am no longer a practicing Catholic and my approach to the spiritual life has more in common with Taoism than with Christianity. However, Christian values are deeply ingrained in me.
Dubois, Allison. Allison DuBois interview with Oprah. The real life person on which the show Medium was based. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKNbBzz5bdI
The first season of Medium on DVD has among its special features a documentary about Dubois, her husband, and their children. I was fascinated by how well the family has adjusted to their extraordinary gifts. They appear to live pretty much ‘normal’ lives. I could not find another source for that documentary. This interview with Oprah is the closest I could get.
Eden, Donna. (1998, 2008) Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy and Vitality. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher.
Eden and her husband, David Feinstein, Ph.D., also give online classes. YouTube has several videos of her demonstrations. Her own story is fascinating.
Estes, Clarissa Pinkola. (1995) Women who run with the wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype. New York: Ballantine Books.
There is much about the medial in this book even though it is rarely addressed specifically. This is another book that applies to all genders even though its title suggests otherwise. Estes also has a website: http://www.clarissapinkolaestes.com/
Finley, James. (1978) Merton’s Palace of Nowhere: A Search for God Through Awareness of the True Self. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press
I included this book as a way to identify the author. It has been reprinted many times. The 40th Anniversary Edition was published in February 2018. I have not read this book. However, I have been privileged to participate in one-day retreats presented by the author, and I’ve attended his meditations at St. Monica Parish. Thomas Merton was Finley’s spiritual director when both were monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani. Finley leads a group meditation on the first and third Thursdays of each month for his home parish in Santa Monica, California. More information is on his website: https://www.contemplativeway.org/
Ford, Michael. (1999) Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J. M. Nouwen. New York: Doubleday.
Internet Archive Nonprofit Library.
This Internet Archive is not an easy site to navigate, but it does provide a wealth of material — including some that are on this list. I watch free movies there! https://www.archive.org
Merhige, Elias. Remote Viewing lecture by Elias at the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA)
I was intrigued by a documentary that was included as a special feature on a DVD of the movie, Suspect Zero. Merhige had asked for a demonstration of remote viewing, and the ‘demonstration’ was his own directed experience of remote viewing. I could not find that documentary online. The closest I found was the video of this lecture. https://archive.org/details/RemoteViewing#
Myss, Caroline. (2001) Sacred Contracts. New York: Harmony Books.
Myss considers this her most important work. However, it’s not my favorite. Her works have had significant influence in my life. In the beginning, they just sort of presented themselves to me when I most needed them. My introduction to her was a video I found while browsing a thrift shop. It was from one of her workshops, “Energetics of Healing.” I liked her down-to-earth, no nonsense approach and her sense of humor. Sacred Contracts showed up for me in another thrift store a few years later. Several of her books have become best sellers. These are available on her website along with many of her workshops. https://www.myss.com
Orloff, Judith. (2017) The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People. Boulder: Sounds True.
This book focuses on helping empaths and highly sensitive people manage their sensitivities — especially the effects from others. Orloff is an empath herself, and she teaches a course for professional health practitioners: “Becoming an Intuitive Healer.” Orloff is psychiatrist and a member of the psychiatric clinical faculty at UCLA. She also has a website: https://drjudithorloff.com/
Progoff, Ira. (1975). At a Journal Workshop: The Basic Text and Guide for Using the Intensive Journal Process. New York: Dialogue House Library.
The ‘Intensive Journal’ changed my life! However, Progoff’s book is not the easiest way to learn the process. His writing is stream-of-consciousness and sometimes circular so that figuring out the sequence of steps in the journal exercises is a challenge. I spent many hours converting his circular language into linear steps. It was worth the effort, but I wouldn’t have attempted it if I hadn’t already been introduced to the process through a workshop taught by a therapist who had studied with Progoff. Sometimes I give informal classes using those linear steps. However, formal workshops are available. A schedule of official workshops is posted on the website: http://intensivejournal.org/index.php
Psychology Today: “Are You a Highly Sensitive Person? Should You Change? A sensitive person’s brain is different: Research points to some advantages.” Posted Jul 27, 2017: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/neuroscience-in-everyday-life/201707/are-you-highly-sensitive-person-should-you-change
Simon, Tami. (2009) Kundalini Rising: Exploring the Energy of Awakening. Boulder: Sounds True.
This book is a wonderful resource! It is a collection of articles written by a variety of authors. Some are ordinary people who have had extraordinary experiences. Some are spiritual teachers (Lawrence Edwards, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Sivananda Radha). Some are transpersonal psychologists (Ken Wilber, David Lukoff, Bonnie Greenwell). And some are scientific researchers (Andrew Newberg, John Selby, Bruce Greyson). Simon is the founder of Sounds True.
Sounds True Publishing. https://www.soundstrue.com
The Sounds True website has a wealth of publications — print, audio, and video — on spirituality, self-help, psychology, and probably other topics as well. There is also a lot of free content. In addition, many of their programs provide CEU’s for mental health professionals through R. Cassidy Seminars .