Cari D. Dawson

Cari D. Dawson, MTS, MA, JD is a Life counselor who draws upon her training and experience in spiritual direction, Jungian dream work, grief counseling and hospice chaplaincy. She has a depth of knowledge and resources in these areas as well as addiction counseling & teaching, and her earlier work in the corporate world and legal profession, which often come into play in the counseling session. She meets with clients in the Portland, Oregon area.

Resources - Books

Poetry & Resources To Feed Your Soul

Selected classics and beyond

Anonymous. The Presence at the Center: The Twelve Steps and the Journey Deep Within.  Hazelden. MN. 1986.

Bailey, J.K. Already on Holy Ground: Experiencing the Presence in Ordinary Life. Hazelden, MN. 1996.

Bridges, William. Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes.

Coates, Christine & Robert Crosse. Learning From Divorce: How to Take Responsibility, Stop the Blame, Move On.

Dunn, Hank.  Hard Choices For Loving People:  CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient With a Life Threatening Illness.   4th Ed.  A&A Publishers, Inc. P.O. Box 1098, Herndon, VA 20172.

Fisher, Bruce & Robert Alberti. Rebuilding: When Your Relationship Ends, 3rd Ed. Internationally renowned divorce therapist Bruce Fisher, provides supportive nineteen-step process for putting one's life back together after divorce.

Frager, Robert, ed. Sharing Sacred Stories: Current Approaches to Spiritual Direction and Guidance. Crossroad Publishing, NY, 2007.

Grove, Richard E. and Klauser, Henriette Anne.  The American Book of Dying: Lessons in Healing Spiritual Pain.  2005.

Guggenheim, Bill and Judy.  Hello From Heaven: A New Field of Research ~After-Death Communication~Confirms That Life and Love are Eternal.  Bantam Books, NY, 1995.

Hayes, Edward. Pray All Ways: Reflections on a modern mysticism where the ordinary contains the extraordinary in a daily communion with the Divine Mystery. Forest of Peace Books, Inc., 1981

Hillesum, Etty.  An Interrupted Life: The Diaries, 1941-1943and Letters From Westerbork. Henry Holt and Company, NY, 1996.

Hollis, James.  On This Journey We Call Life:  Living the Questions.  2003. 

---    Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally Really Grow Up. 2005

---    What Really Matters: Living A More Considered Life.  2009

---    James Hollis website:

James, John W. and Friedman, Russell.  The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses. 20th Anniv. Ed.  HarperCollins Publishers, NY, 2009. This and other books by the authors can be found on website, also listed below. 

--    When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and other Losses.  HarperCollins Publishers, 2001. (co-authored with Leslie Landon Matthews)

--    Moving On: Dump Your Relationship Baggage and Make Room for the Love of Your Life.  M.Evans, Lanham, MD, 2006.

Johnson, Robert A.  Inner Work: Using Dreams & Active Imagination for Personal Growth. HarperCollins, NY, 1986.

Kain, John.  A Rare and Precious Thing: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Working with a Spiritual Teacher. Bell Tower, NY, 2006.

Keating, Thomas.  Open Mind, Open Heart: A Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel.  The Continuum Publishing Company, NY, 1998

Kaufmann, Yoram. The Way of the Image: The Orientational Approach to the Psyche.  Zahav Books Inc., NY, 2009.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth.  Death is of Vital Importance: On Life, Death and Life After Death, Station Hill Press, NY, 1995. 

---    On Life After Death. Celestial Arts, Berkeley, 1991. 

---    On Children and Death.  Macmillan Publishing Company, NY, 1983. 

---    On Death and Dying.  Macmillan Publishing Company, NY, 1969.

Kushner, Harold S.  When Bad Things Happen to Good People.  Avon Books, NY, 1980.

Lewis, C.S.  A Grief Observed.  Bantam Books, NY, 1976. 

Lynn Joanne and Harrold, Joan.  Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness.  Oxford University Press, 1999.

Mathes, Charlotte. And a Sword Shall Pierce Your Heart: Moving from Despair to Meaning after the Death of a Child. Chiron Publications, Wilmette, IL, 2006.

McWade, Micki. Getting Up, Getting Over, Getting on: A Twelve Step Guide to Divorce Recovery

Mellick, Jill.  The Art of Dreaming: Tools for Creative Dream Work. Conari Press, Berkeley, CA, 1996, 2001.

Michael, Chester P. and Norrisey, Marie C.  Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms For Different Personality Types.  The Open Door, VA, 1991.

Nouwen, Henri J.M.  The Inner Voice of Love: A Journey Through Anguish to Freedom.  1999.  And many other books by Nouwen. Go to to review many more books by this author and select what suits your needs.

Novak, Philip. The World’s Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World’s Religions,  HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.

Nye, Naomi Shihab.  Come with Me: Poems for a Journey. Greenwillow, 2000. 

---    Words Under the Words: Selected Poems. Eighth Mountain Press, 1980. See below her poem, Kindness from this book.

Oliver, Mary. New and Selected Poems.  Boston, Beacon Press, 1992.

Penington, M. Basil.  Call to the Center. New York Press, NY, 1995

Richardson, Laurel.  Last Writes: A Daybook for a Dying Friend. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, 2007.

Rinpoche, Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. Patrick Gaffney and Andrew Harvey, Eds. Harper, N.Y. 2002.

Romanyshyn, Robert.  The Soul in Grief: Love, Death and Transformation. Frog Ltd., Berkeley, 1999.

Rupp, Joyce.  Prayers to Sophia: A Companion to ‘The Star in My Heart.’  Innisfree Press, Inc., Philadelphia, 2000.  And many other books and resources by the author. Invites reader to experience the healing images of Sophia, Feminine Wisdom in the Hebrew scriptures.  See also website:

---  Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self. Sorin Books, Notre Dame, 2008.

Sanford, John A.  The Invisible Partners: How the Male and Female in Each of Us Affects our Relationships. Paulist Press, New York, 1980.

Shinoda Bolen, Jean.  Close to the Bone: Life Threatening Illness and the Search for Meaning.  Simon & Schuster, NY, 1996.

Smith, Huston.  The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions, HarperSanFrancisco, 1961.

Taylor, Barbara Brown.  When God is Silent: The 1997 Lyman Beecher Lectures on Preaching.  Cowley Publications, Boston, 1998.

Taylor, Jeremy.  Dream Work: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams, Paulist Press, NY, 1983.  See also website: for many other books, retreats and other resources related to discerning the symbolic meaning of dreams.

Thich Nhat Hanh.  No Death, No Fear: Comforting Wisdom for Life. Riverhead Books, NY, 2002. 

---    The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation.  Beacon Press, Boston. 1987.

Thompson, Peg.  Finding Your Own Spiritual Path: An Everyday Guidebook.  Hazelden, MN. 1994

Viorst, Judith.  Necessary Losses: The Loves, Illusions, Dependencies and Impossible Expectations That All of Us Have to Give Up in Order to Grow. Ballantine Books, New York, 1986.

Weil, Andrew.  Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide To Your Physical and Spiritual Well Being. 2005

Woodman, Marion. Bone: A Journal of Wisdom, Strength, and Healing.  Penguin Group, NY, 2000.

Zweig, Connie and Steve Wolf. Romancing the Shadow: A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life.  Ballantine Wellspring, NY. 1997.

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