Thank you for visiting my website. Transpersonal Journeys is my personal website (you can find my professional website at www.doctorchrisjames.com). Contained herein are a variety or works that I have produced and some I am interested in. I hope you will find your visit rewarding.
About the author.
I was born in London’s outer east and moved to Canvey Island during my primary school years and lived there until I was fourteen when I joined the peace movement at the height of the Cold War and became interested in politics and art. After I moved to London I took lessons in painting with the artist Kristin Berge, a pupil of Oskar Kokoschka. Around the same time I visited the studio of sculptor Henry Moore in Much Haddam where I gained further inspiration for sculpture and philosophy. After travelling across Europe and North Africa I returned to London to work for the film producer Sam Spiegel at the office of Horizon Pictures. I was aiming to become an Art Director and studied commercial art at the Chelsea School of Art. (Sam Spiegel is best known for his films Lawrence of Arabia, Night of the Generals and the depiction of the overthrow of the Russian monarchy in Nicholas and Alexandra).
While working at the Horizon office I met my most respected, loved and notorious mentor Moura [Maria Ignatievna] Zakrevskaya, Countess Benckendorff and Baroness Budberg, the one time mistress of Maxim Gorky and lover of H.G. Wells. The Baroness was a great writer and an amazing inspiration for a young person like myself, I visited her regularly at her apartment in Earls Court. She also acquired one of my earliest paintings of the Cathedral in Vienna, a city she was very fond of. At about the same time I became a Friend of the Tate Gallery in London and began writing essays on art and cultural analysis.
I moved to Johannesburg during the apartheid years and worked as a freelance copywriter for the Gestetner Corporation. In Johannesburg I exhibited a collection of my paintings at the Mona Lisa Gallery then owned by Hungarian artists Elizabeth Sebok and Zoltan Borbereki. (The monumental sculptures created by Borberiki can be seen in his home town of Budapest). Zoltan and I were good friends and he too gave me a lot of inspiration. I returned briefly to London for two years then shifted to Western Australia in 1973.
In W.A., politics and thrapies took my attention and I trained as a therapist and became an active member of the Women’s Electoral Lobby, The Human Rights Association and Crime Prevention Council. I moved to Melbourne in the 1980s where, together with my partner, I set up a graphic arts company called Wicca Productions.
After gaining Masters degrees in Psychoanalytic Studies and International and Community Development I became a consultant psychotherapist and began merging art, writing and personal development. I wrote my Doctorate on communications and human consciousness and rewrote the thesis into a book, “The Canibalization of Jesus and the Persecution of the Jews” which was acknowledged by the Jewish History Museum in Sydney to be an important contribution to Jewish history.
I now live on a rural property in Gippsland, lecture in art and philosophy and run art therapy groups. I have since published more than ten books on art and therapy.
The aim of my work has always been to help people find natural ways of healing psychic pain. The world is full of challenges, but art and therapy form a good medium for placating pain and finding one’s inner self.
‘Know thyself, your character, intellect, judgement and emotions. You cannot master yourself if you do not understand yourself. There are mirrors for the face, but the only mirror for the spirit is wise self-reflection’
‘Feel with the few, speak with the many’. Rowing against the current makes it impossible to know the truth’.