What is the spirit of place? The spirit of place is what enlivens and guides to exploration. It is a sense of needing to widen the space in which you move. The landscape is alive, animated. You want to look up to the sky, the clouds, the stars. The spirit of place is movement, quietness, curiosity, and safety. It is a movement towards and yet a presence in the here and now kindled by the physicality of the experience. The solidity of the earth beneath your feet and the vastness of the sky contain in quiet attention. When touched by the spirit of place you are at one and at ease being held by landscape and nature, feeling safely grounded, welcome to being here in this place, this geography, inner and outer, allowing a trusted authority from within.
I am a Jungian analyst in the Southwest of the USA, in Marana, Arizona north of Tucson and on the West coast in Lake Oswego near Portland, Oregon