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Video: Catherine Ann Jones discusses her book, EAST & WEST: STORIES OF INDIA

In the video below, interviewer Dianne Skafte asks Catherine to tell us about her soon-to-be released book of stories set in India. The author, who is an actor, the playwright of 11 award-winning productions, and an Emmy-nominated Hollywood screenwriter, wrote EAST & WEST from a very personal place. Catherine talks about her lifelong relationship to India, including her marriage to Raja Rao, the renowned Indian novelist. The beautiful preface to her book, which she reads in this interview, pays tribute to India's timeless interweaving of the spiritual and the worldly, the light and dark, the personal and the universal. These stories speak to a place within each of our souls, regardless of the time and place in which we live.

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Cosmic WheelsVideo--Empaths, Sensitives, & Intuitives: Catherine Ann Jones

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This interview is part of the Empaths, Sensitives & Intuitives Summit a free online event. For more information, please visit This recording is a copyright of The Shift Network. All rights reserved.


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41pllhcttcl-1Freud’s Oracle: Based on the life of H.D. and Freud

Freud’s Oracle, a new play by award-winning author/actor Catherine Ann Jones, is a one-person play about the American poet H.D. and her relationship with Sigmund Freud. H.D. suffered great personal losses and a nervous breakdown due to the Great War and became Freud’s patient in 1933 because of an increasing paranoia about the rise of Hitler and the fear and certainty that another world war was coming.
The themes are the travesty of war and the triumph of the individual spirit.

Freud’s Oracle held me spell-bound.  Very compelling! Catherine Ann Jones captures the elusive essence of love at the core of the creative power and healing force of the “talking cure.”  We experience the timelessness of memory in which past, present, and future collide to open portals to the dreams and visions of the unconscious mind that can restore a sense of self and love of humanity even in the midst of war and a world run amok.                                Hendrika deVries, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist


I think what impressed me most was the atmosphere and tone you set up through H.D.'s reminiscences. She became a real embodied person for me as I read of her history and the terrible period of anticipation between the wars. Truly a strong and dramatic vignette in history with the right voice carrying it, it will be a powerhouse performance.
Thank you for letting me experience H.D. on such a poetically personal level.

Dennis Slattery, Ph.D., The Wounded Body

 A beautiful job of catching H.D.’s voice through your gathering together of lines from her own writing - a fine sense of her rhythms, transitions, images.  I love imagining your performing this - you will do so beautifully!

Christine Downing, Ph.D., The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine

I think Freud’s Oracle is terrific! I am going to read it over again. Bravo!

Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Spirit

Thank you for your wonderful play, which brought so many memories back of reading H.D.’s poetry, and more. I was pleased to find that you interpret Freud as one open to the symbolism of all cultures and the oneness of the psyche. Your Professor is a wonderful character. I would love to see this come to life when you perform Freud’s Oracle.     Alfred Collins, Ph.D, Jungian psychologist, FatherSon

In this deeply suspenseful drama, art turns analysis inside out as the poet, HD, puts Freud under her gaze. Seeing and being become a form of love. Freud’s Oracle is moving, mysterious, and wise.

Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D., Editor, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

Many of us have thought, “If only I could transport myself back in time to Freud and the fascinating people who surrounded him!” Jones’s new play comes as close to fulfilling this wish as anything I know. The present moment melts away as we step inside H.D.’s intimate experiences of herself, Freud, and their era.  Jones’s artful work not only pays tribute to the past but is a true gift to the present.

Dianne Skafte, Ph.D., Listening to the Oracle

A play of a soul's treatment and recovery by Murray Stein

Catherine Ann Jones's new play, Freud's Oracle, is a story-teller's fascinating retelling of a storyteller's story, so a hall of mirrors whose many reflections shine forth from several sharply faceted angles to baffle, entertain, stimulate, teach, frighten and delight the reader. The story takes you on a journey into folds of time and with a strong undertone of the timeless and the mythic. A poetic mind is on site. It's all about healing symbols and rituals amidst the hazards of life, including enduring the traumas of wars and confronting the powers of evil.
Murray Stein, Jungian Analyst, author of Soul: Treatment and Recovery

Congrats on your gentle, charming and engaging stories, True Fables. Excellent content and voice for kids. I really liked them.

Arthur Kornhaber, M.D, Life Fellow, American Academy of Child and    Adolescent Psychiatry, Spirit

I feel like I've just returned from an enchanted voyage, reading all of your True Fables stories in a row. The spell stayed with me through each new account, and it still lingers. These stories have a magic all of their own. I think their special power comes from a deep sincerity and truth, combined with soft, inviting lessons for the soul. Because your accounts are true, they exude a living presence that most manufactured stories can't achieve. And a larger spiritual aura surrounds it all.

Dianne Skafte, Ph.D., Listening to the Oracle

I think that stories like these will stimulate parents or adult readers to recall their own childhood stories as well as young children. -       Trent Jones, Ask Now realtor

Catherine’s stories are sweet and just right for the early reader and picture book crowd. Comforting and comfortable, they will be enjoyed by children and adults everywhere.

Julie Albright, Children’s Services

Buddha and the Dancing Girl is a story of inner and outer adventures, from acting in New York to writing in Hollywood, and from a girlhood in Texas to a spiritual search in India – a life fully lived, offering us remarkable experiences, memorable people, and deep wisdom. What a privilege to read about this life!

Betty Sue Flowers, Ph.D., editor, Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth

You inspired me through your new book, In Buddha and the Dancing Girl, I can't quite explain how I was inspired but it has something to do with the way you described the opposites in your life coming together, and the way events can define and alter our lives. Dixie Gladstone

Buddha & the Dancing Girl is so warmly and gently written, her lessons learned quickly become our own. Reading about the author’s life varied explorations of diverse dimensions of possible experience help us to energize, validate, and increase attention to our own spiritual consciousness.

Arthur Kornhaber, M.D., Spirit 

Catherine’s outer life and accomplishments is matched in its richness only by her inner spiritual life.  What a life lived!  Catherine balances the tug of war of opposites - the inner spiritual world in one hand, the outer world of theater, acting, writing in the other - with the grace and beauty of a ballerina. Buddha & the Dancing Girl is a beautiful and fascinating read that I literally could not put down.

Molly Jordan Koch,  co-author of Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood

Most memoirs inform us about the author. In Buddha and the Dancing Girl, Catherine Ann Jones teaches us about ourselves.  - Dianne Skafte, Ph.D., Listening to the Oracle

 Buddha and the Dancing Girl perfectly describes the difference between ordinary time and the Story that emerges in this moving remembrance/creation. I couldn’t put it down. Catherine Ann Jones gives us a life with two centers, art and the spiritual quest.

As her title implies, she dances for the sake of a deeper reality.

Al Collins, Ph.D., Fatherson: A Self Psychology of the Archetypal Masculine

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