About Laurie Gudim

In my mid-twenties, in Jungian analysis, I learned a healthy, creative relationship with the soul.  On that path of self-discovery I realized that I wanted to be a companion to others as they took the same journey, and so I became a psychotherapist working from a Jungian perspective.
I am a creative person, in love with form and color and with the written word — how it telegraphs beauty, experience, and wisdom.
These days I know that the real work of healing lies in establishing a dynamic relationship with God.  This is the most important thing — what we’re created for.  We think we can take or leave God, that God is somewhere outside us if God exists at all.  In reality, God is part of the very fabric of our beings, and we get sick if we fail to acknowledge this.  Each of us comes to our own right relationship with the Holy One — a very personal one — using a language that makes sense to us, the stories of the traditions that speak our hearts.  I am an Episcopalian, a progressive Christian and a Jungian.  I love the Christian stories first because I grew up with them and then because they teach me how to be in relationship with the Divine.  I love sharing them in my art.  I love the yoke imposed by serving God and my neighbor to bring the Kingdom of God more alive in the world.
I was born in Wyoming and moved all over the western U.S. when I was growing up.  I love the wilds for their silence and vastness and feel a kinship with all created beings.  I now live in Fort Collins with my partner, Rosean, and my sister, Carrie.  We have four children and ten grandchildren, and many wonderful friends.
My novel, Loving the Six-toed Jesus is available here.  Also, every Thursday I write a reflection for Speaking to the Soul at the Episcopal Cafe.