Jerry M. Ruhl, Ph.D., is a Jungian therapist and the executive director of the Houston Jung Center. With Robert Johnson, Jerry is the co-author of three books on psychology and spirituality, including Living Your Unlived Life: Coping with Unrealized Dreams and Fulfilling Your Purpose in the Second Half of Life.
A therapist, national speaker, and internationally known author living in Houston, Texas, Jerry was a journalist in the first half of his life, and he managed communications for two major corporations. At mid-life he realized he had climbed up the corporate ladder but it was leaning against the wrong wall. He began studying the works of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung and observed first hand spiritual practices in Japan, Bali, Thailand, Nepal, and India. Jerry and Robert Johnson met at a Jungian conference in 1987, and a lasting friendship and professional collaboration began.
Dr. Ruhl earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where he developed a new holistic model for coping with life changing accidents and illness. During a visit to San Diego, Jerry suggested that Robert’s remarkable life would make a fascinating book. They inquired of the I Ching if this would be a fortuitous venture, and an affirmative response led to a series of conversations stretching out for nearly a year. Jerry and Robert discussed life, death, reincarnation, loneliness, and many other topics. They shared dreams, practiced active imagination together, and worked through a life review that culminated in the book Balancing Heaven and Earth. They have sustained a collaborative writing partnership since that time, culminating in their most recent book: Living Your Unlived Life. Robert and Jerry also have a website and blog at www.jerryruhlrobertjohnson.com.
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