June 23, 2011
Keeney is a therapist who used systems theory and cybernetics and had a national reputation with several publications in the 80′s. He was a student of Gregory Bateson and Heinz von Foerster. He has developed a radical approach to therapy which is deeply informed and shaped by shamanism.
If you are interested in this, there is an engaging podcast available that I would recommend with an interview with Keeney by Tami Simon of Sounds True. Here is a link to this podcast.
“The Flying Drum” book is a fast read. He tells his personal story of his own “professional” development and describes his way he met with shamans from all around the world, received initiations and instructions, and brings what he learned to the world. It is literally fantastic, operating in that domain of what seems unbelievable and yet here in direct experience.
While the book has similarities to New Age books like those of Lynn Andrews, etc., it feels to have more substance and is more grounded in ordinary reality while not shy of stories of the seeming impossible. It is also a bit like Carlos Casteneda’s books with many descriptions of encounters and personal experiences but without going into as much of the detail of the stories of his contact with the shamans.
I found this book to be validating and inspiring.
January 17, 2010
I am excited and intrigued to see that a new book, Personal Effects: Dark Art, has been published, written by J. C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman that includes an art therapist as a leading character.
From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. Hutchins, author of the audiobook podcast trilogy 7th Son, makes his print debut with the stellar first of an interactive supernatural thriller series. Zach Taylor, an art therapist(emphasis mine), must evaluate Martin Grace, a blind audio engineer suspected of a dozen homicides, to determine whether Martin is mentally competent to stand trial for the murder of hip-hop singer Tanya Gold, whose body was torn literally limb from limb. Martin claims he’s an unwitting psychic sniper, foreseeing crimes actually committed by a Russian demon or Dark Man. One of his possible earlier victims was Martin’s psychiatrist, Sophronia Poole, the girlfriend of Zack’s dad, William V. Taylor, the New York City DA seeking to convict Martin. Weisman, an alternative reality game whiz, is responsible for the items inside the book’s front pocket—a psychiatric report, family photos, death and birth certificates, etc.—that allow the reader to follow a multimedia trail of clues. (June)
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I have not had a chance to read it yet- I have a copy on order- but, as an art therapist myself, I am excited to see this and wanted to get the word out to you all. If you read it, let me know what you think.
Update June 25, 2011:
I read about halfway through this book and, alas, I could not sustain my interest. I’m not sure if it was because of the way it is written, the story line, the character development, or something else. I wanted to like this book. Too bad. If you’ve read it, let me know what you think in the comments.
September 15, 2008