Simon Heathcote is a psychotherapist who has developed a unique way of working, drawing on Jungian concepts, mysticism and archetypal psychology to help return clients to their essence or deep soul. He has been sex and love addiction therapist at The Priory Roehampton, England and senior practitioner of the Conde Nast award-winning The Arrigo Programme. His first career was in journalism. He is an award-winning writer, former newspaper editor and broadsheet travel writer. He has undergone a profound inner journey of meditation which he brings to his work. Simon trained at Broadway Lodge (Britain’s first specialist addiction treatment centre), studied past lives with the late Dr Roger Woolger and was present for the outset of the UK men’s movement under the guidance of Robert Bly. His website is soulvision.co.uk
A Flunky in the Court of the Cat Lady
Suddenly a colossus she will stride the Atlantic for her cats — Rama & Sita gods in name & influence. Have you noticed how cat can fasten woman to itself in the way man cannot? Is it the fur, the silence the bewitching look that penetrating independence which declares, I may not care but it’s sooooo good here I’ll always return? Subtext — I’m no man. These are not man but Maine Coons close perhaps, enough for sure. In Marin County, their collection is made questionable by profligate vets who charge an arm & a leg for two large fur balls to cross an ocean. I am just a flunky in the royal court — my job to bow & pay the bills.
Birth of a Hermit
In the half-light of afternoon she sculpts potatoes. You know to say nothing — her Cordon Bleu course working its way through. Coronation chicken was a favourite, then birds stuffed inside other birds. It’s how we transitioned from the 70s, each new house needing wider wings. Were we upper middle class by then? I don’t know but I remember how much it mattered & how little I cared for small talk or dry sherry with the neighbours. Steer clear of people, said the old man, the answer to his longevity. A hermit’s seeds were sown right then.