I had the pleasure of interviewing Jean Raffa the other day via Zoom on her new book “The Soul’s Twins ~ Emancipate your Feminine & Masculine Archetypes”. The video is below, and runs for 45 mins. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Jean’s biographical details are below, and also included is the trailer to her launch of her book. The music is lovely as is the content and the graphics. The trailer runs for 7 mins.

Dr. Jean Raffa is an author, speaker, and leader of workshops and dream groups. Formerly a television producer and college professor, Jean changed directions in mid-life to write about her passions:  Jungian psychology, empowering the feminine in all of us, and psychological and spiritual growth.  Her books—The Bridge to Wholeness: A Feminine Alternative to the Hero Myth, and Dream Theatres of the Soul: Empowering the Feminine Through Jungian Dreamwork—have been used in university classes and dreamwork courses throughout the country. Her book, Healing the Sacred Divide: Making Peace with Ourselves, Each Other, and the World, received the 2013 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council.

Her newest book, The Soul’s Twins, is about how to create partnership between femininity and masculinity within yourself and in your relationships. It will be launched in November of 2020.

You can find more information about Jean at her website and blog, http://www.jeanbenedictraffa.com, on her Facebook author page:  https://www.facebook.com/jeanraffa. She can be contacted at jeanraffaauthor@gmail.com

Thank you for listening and reading. I hope this finds you all well and safe. Happy All Souls’ Day. May the Force be with you..

38 Comments on Interview with Dr. Jean Raffa

  1. I hope to be able to listen to all of this soon. I’m fascinated by the subject. A good friend earned her Ph.D. in Jungian psychology and is interested in dream work, so I will share this with her also! Lovely to be introduced to Jean and learn about her new book. Thanks, Susan!

    • Thanks for coming by Pam. Jean’s blog is so worthwhile following and your friend with her interest in dream work will find Jean’s earlier blogs on dreams rewarding, as would anyone keen on gleaning meaning from their dreams. (Watching the final results for the election with keen interest … am sure it’s about to be announced!)

  2. Thank you, Susan. It’s a challenge to deal with deep topics and a whole book in a short time, but you did a great job giving the viewer a glimpse into Jeanie’s book. May we all become more conscious of our inner opposites. Congratulations on what I think is your first interview, or at least the first I’ve heard. Best to you and best to my country this week.

    • Glad you came by Elaine. Thanks for listening to it. Yes, my first. 1st Nov this Sunday morning. What a week this is going to be … opposing sides, or outer opposites. Take care, be safe and well. And may all manner of things be well …

  3. Lovely interview about what sounds to be a lovely book, but what most enchanted me was your lovely voice, Susan! It was like I was sitting in your kitchen listening in on the conversation! oxo

  4. Thank you for this, Susan. I had the best time meeting you in person at last. Well, sort of “in person.” At least I could see and hear you, even if our conversation was mediated electronically. Being able to chat as we did was a real treat for me. It was so very kind of you to offer to create a blog post about The Soul’s Twins.

    I knew from the first time we began to communicate so many years ago over our blogs that we had very much in common. How very strange and beautiful it is to meet a soul sister over the internet! That feels like a rare gift.

    I’m feeling very grateful and excited today that this book will be released in only two weeks. I hope you won’t mind if I let your readers know that they can receive an invitation to the virtual Zoom launch at 5:00 pm EST on Nov. 17 if they subscribe to my newsletter at my website, http://www.jeanbenedictraffa.com. I know that will be very late in the evening in your time zone, but perhaps it will be manageable for others.

    Love and blessings always to you, and please give my regards to Mike for making this happen.


    • Hi Jeanie, thanks for your lovely response. I ditto all you said about our ‘meeting’ all those years ago via blogs and books and felt a soul kinship in that, so thank you again.

      Please let the commentators on this post know about the zoom launch! Most are from the US one or two from the UK.. Hopefully it will be available on youtube for others to view, including me. I know that many have ‘seen’ this blog post but have not responded. The stats show that. A few I wrote to privately on email (about 19) responded positively – and privately.

      I’ll certainly pass on your regards to Mike …

      Two weeks to go! It’ll be wonderful! Love to you dear Jeanie.

    • I’ve just seen your comment NOW Barbara, don’t ask me why it was in the pending file … Glad I found it 🙂 and thank you for coming by.

  5. Such a wonderful interview, Susan. Illuminating. And so nice to see the two of you, if not in person, at least on screen. I have sent the video link to a California friend of mine whose path of study has been via uniting the psychological and the spiritual. My texting her the link resulted in a luxurious phone conversation, finding us both in a space where we had time to talk, which we hadn’t done in more than a year, and further exploration of the unity of masculine and feminine between me and another friend of mine. Jeanie’s discussing her becoming a writer validates how I came to writing so late in life. Even as a kid I had wanted to write, but was convinced I was wasting time. Thank you both! –Carol

    • How wonderful that your sending the link to your friend on the other side of the States resulted in a ‘luxurious phone conversation’ Carol, talking about psychology and spirituality and their unifying potential as the masculine and feminine energies. And also it’s so special receiving affirmation in your becoming a writer ‘later in life’ … I’ve read your writings, on your blog and books and you have great talent Carol, never forget that. How’s your latest book coming along? Is Moriarty assisting in the shadows?

  6. Hi Susan, Nice to meet Dr. Jean Raffa. It is nice to see you in real life, Susan, (sort of real life). 🙂 I began to watch the video and I plan to listen to all of it tonight. I did watch and listen to the trailer. Jean obviously brings a great deal of knowledge, experience and wisdom to “The Soul’s Twins.” A candid, intriguing trailer. “…a yearning for something I can’t define.” I look forward to learning more. Erica

    • Hi Erica, thanks for your lovely comments 🙂 The trailer is very special and covers what Jeanie has to offer, very well and succinctly. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  7. Hi Susan, that’s a fascinating and insightful interview, followed by the trailer for the book.
    I am aware of the masculine and feminine components, if I can use that word, in every individual. So, this book “The Soul Twins” should be quite interesting. Looking forward to reading it.

    • Thanks Pradeep for coming by. Yes, each individual has those male and female energies or counterparts, each with its polarity or opposite poles. Jean Raffa’s book is a gem.

  8. Loved the trailer Susan, was nice to see the interview, must revisit again as the audio was soft, will watch again another time. You were looking awesome and it was great to see you interviewing.

  9. Thanks for the interview, Susan. You met your self-set task admiringly, congratulations.
    Re: J. Raffa’s theme … it seems the perfect time to challenge our culturally ingrained and tired gender assumptions by inviting readers to explore their inner tendencies, with the aim of achieving more meaningful relationships. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

    • Thank you Ashen, very much 🙂 I so agree that ‘tired gender assumptions’ need to be let go of, the sooner the better and the inner work to seek out inner tendencies can only be rewarding.

  10. Susan, your interview with Jean Raffa was quite interesting. I enjoyed Jean’s trailer too. I’m impressed with variety of technology you have included to help us learn more about Jean’s book. Thank you.

  11. Thank you for introducing me to this author and blogger. She is new to me, but then that’s part of the fun of blogging. Meet new people, learn new things

  12. I got to “know” Dr. Jean Raffa partially via her comments on another author’s blog. It’s good to see her more fleshed out here in the video and book trailer. It’s certainly nice to be able to pair the face and voice.

    Thank you, Susan for sharing all this!

  13. Well, that was excellent! Thank you so much Susan for interviewing Dr Jean Raffa about her new book. It was simply wonderful to “see” you both in person. “The Soul’s Twins” is at the very top of my Christmas list this year, I can’t wait to read it! I appreciated your open-ended questions which helped Jeanie to share so much more than her new book as you delved into the archetypal world of depth psychology. Oh, I was sorry when your zoom meeting ended because I could’ve listening to you both talk about all things Jung for hours. How was it for you Susan? Did you “feel the fear” and do it anyway? Well done! Love and blessings, Deborah.

    • Thanks Deborah for your lovely reply! Son Mike helped us both, checking lighting etc. It was lovely to talk with Jean. We could have talked much more, but we’d agreed on 45 mins. As you and I know, Jean offers so much on her regular blogs. I remember many years ago seeing Jean on vide; Susanne van Doorn (mindfunda) interviewed her. I was struck and charmed inmediately. I’ve learned much from Jean and will continue to do so, as I will from anyone, including you, steeped in depth psychology and the calling of the soul and the ramifications of that … Yes, I felt the fear thanks! Love and Light to you, Susan

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