The Map of the Psyche



The Map of the Psyche


In his book, Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche, Bill Plotkin offers a nature-based guide to enhancing the aspects of our human wholeness and, from that wholeness, coming into relationship to the wound related aspects of ours psyches. This non-pathological approach to the human psyche provides an approach to both assess and to engage in nature-based processes to more fully enhance the aspects of one’s wholeness. This is important work for strengthening the foundation upon which a journey to soul discovery is essential.


In my work I utilize this model for the work of wholing and healing.


For further information about and reviews of the book see: The Animas Valley Institute offers Wild Mind Intensives, experiential explorations of the Map of the Psyche.


The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was yourself.
Give wind. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.