Lola & The Poets Podcast

Lola & The Poets Podcast – Show Intro

Lola & The Poets Podcast is a virtual alchemical workshop designed for spiritual detectives, our art material is the vast vault of our planetary heritage of storytelling & healing, the artistic process is one of soul exploration, and artistic production is of a personal magical nature, applied in our lives as a tool for being a better human.


In Episode One I’ll be introducing the series as host, talking about the idea of the magical real, the place of the esoteric in psychology, society, culture & the arts, the topics we will be covering on the shows, guests we will have, and a bit about my life & professional background, how it is connected to what the show will be about. (42 mins)

What we’ll be exploring on Lola & The Poets, and with our guests, are our own magical journeys – the way the mystical and the mundane are intertwined. The topics we’ll be discussing are philosophies, cosmologies, myths, spiritual practices & storytelling across the globe, the imaginal realm, shamanic cultures, transcendental states, transpersonal and archetypal psychology, art psychotherapy, creative exploration of the mystical, use of artistic expression as a therapeutic tool, anthropology of ritual, cinema as modern magic, personal symbolism and temenos – the sacred space, dreams & dream time, shadow work, body language, animal wisdom, plant healing practices, ancestral lineage healing, archetypal patterns in our lives, paranormal & psychedelic experiences, gift of prophecy, astrology, tarot, various forms of divination, precognition & psychic awareness, psychogeography, wanderlust, and the holy pilgrimage. Seeing the world through the eyes of a poet.

I will endeavour to have an episode out every odd Thursday, which means that it will drop when there’s something to say, or a guest to talk to – but the day of the week will always be the same.

Downloads are not yet available, but they will be soon. Please follow this blog for notifications, or visit my YouTube channel, if it is your preferred way to subscribe. I’ll always be uploading the episodes there, too.

Stay tuned, poets.

*NB the inevitable disclaimer – although I am a psychologist & film historian by education, and in training as arts psychotherapist, I am a writer & visual artist by vocation, and this podcast follows a personal journey, as well as the journeys and life experiences of our guests. It’s meant for philosophical & creative inspiration – and in itself is not therapy or substitute for therapy. However, it is dedicated as an offering of a virtual temenos for accessing the therapeutic numinous, and being of good service to your soul in exploring the potentials of each moment in time.


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Notes On Alchemical Psychology

Windmills Of Our Mind

love bridgeMaybe once in a blue moon, I wake up with a tune, a fragment of a lyric, a footnote straight from an end of a dream, carrying within it a message about an essence of a situation – an insight that travelled through multiple microcosms just to reach my mundane mind. Especially in times of turbulence, moments of emotional potency, these headlights illuminating the dark road ahead seem to switch on remotely – processed by the wheels of inner desire and the sensible life of the senses – the one that listens to the radio.

It’s always a cause of incredible wonder for me the way the unconscious world, when honoured by the conscious self, gives directions that are unmatched by any we encounter in our left brain lives, no matter the setting and circumstance.

These melodies and words, however precise and often literal they are, also contain multitudes, reflections of meanings, they are crystal spheres refracting light, inhabiting, as we do, many points in time and space, at once. The amount of wisdom you can get off a fragment of a tune is a divine thing.

It’s never a good idea to switch off our inner guides, and this is what we do, when we start believing that our mechanical self has all the answers to the riddles of existence, as if our lives are not essentially half spent in a dream.

Maybe that’s why we get earworms, random music on repetition – a condition, rather than these hermetic messages that last for a spin or two, until they disappear in the ether like a sage’s advice to the novice, told only once.

Our soul speaks to us in a poetic way, but we first have to acknowledge that we have a soul, that it has journeyed, perhaps through eons, dark tunnels, and stardust, to reach our bodies, and animate our presence in this one world we know.

That jukebox in our mind is available at a coin toss, it costs a dime of our time. But it helps in skipping through the insomniac agony of analysis, and barren nightly forebodings – when you’re firmly secure in your mind’s musical knowledge and your psyche’s innermost best intentions.

In your dreamscape, you might get a rhyme, a verse, or a tune – jot it down, examine its origins, timeline, its surfaces, it might just be the message in a bottle you’ve been waiting for.

FOOTNOTE: The other morning I woke up to the melody of the Windmills Of Your Mind (1969), as sung by Dusty Spingfield, but I only managed to fish out one verse from my dream. After some humming and a google search of the lyrics, I intuited my advice to myself, and that inspired this first of the notes, and a lot else, besides.

{Notes On Alchemical Psychology, No.1, *NB. see Alchemy}