MEGGAN HARTMAN PhD
Founder of The Soul of MotherhoodTM, Purpose Guide, Pediatric Sleep Consultant
Purpose Guide, Meditation Guide, Facilitator, Mentor & Creative Agency Executive.
My journey becoming a Psychologist and Purpose Guide has been a beautiful transformative series of experiences that are marked by several consistent themes: the natural environment, community, learning, and deep reflection. These four pillars help guide and inform how I show up and the work I do.
As a child, I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina at my family’s summer camp, spending most of my waking moments exploring the magic and mysteries of the woods. When I became a young adult I worked for Outward Bound in Oregon, Idaho, and the Florida Everglades for eight years. This foundation in nature provided numerous life changing and awe inspiring moments and a deep understanding of a natural rhythm and what we are truly capable of in challenging moments. This deep ecological perspective is an active guide, source of inspiration, and relaxation for me to this day.
Community is a vital part of my life from growing up at a summer camp to having a strong group of mom friends to choosing a graduate school that had a strong cohort model. I have come to realize we can not change and undergo transformative experiences alone. Supportive communities can help us be accountable, hold up a mirror to our self, and most importantly, provide a space for laughter, joy, and respite.
Learning and education have been a vital part of my development. My educational endeavors (listed below) have focused on studying the pioneers up to modernity in several domains of knowledge such as psychology, ecology, sociology, and spirituality. The landscape we grew up in, the cultural norms we try to adhere to, family of origin pressures and supports, and one's inherent temperament/innate desires all influence how we develop our identity.
Gaining clarity about who we are and what we are called to do in this one most wild and precious life requires deep reflection. This requires us to simplify our life, to take moments of sitting quietly by our self or walking in the woods, and a practice of reflective awareness. I utilize numerous practices and tools that help unlock the unconscious mind to allow the gifts and resistances to come forth to be worked with. My aim is to have people identify what they are called to do (their soul’s purpose), understand their limiting beliefs, and develop the capacity to respond to the calling.
Why I do this work? I have a vision that one day our culture will allow and support the individual to have an initiatory ordeal that illuminates their soul’s calling, their authentic identity, and their deepest capacities. Through this process of individuating from old patterns into new ways of being, we can start to understand a new way to turn towards each other and to be in relationship with each other and the natural world.
Small whisper, long journey.
I was nine years old, when I experienced my first connection with a mysterious voice within me. I had just transitioned out of the NYC foster care system and was feeling particularly lost and confused. While staring into a painting I just finished, a clear, calm, ageless "voice" whispered you have to keep going, there's more you have to do. I thought to myself, "Was that me? Where did that voice come from?" It was comforting. A wordless presence—a knowing—that gave me the feeling everything was going to be ok.
That whisper guided me through life on a long journey to wholeness and out of a complex family of origin story. In my early twenties, I set out in earnest to search for the source of that mysterious voice.
My questions lead me to the door of many teachers, practices/practitioners, domains of study, healers, and lineages including meditation (Zen, Vipassana, Advaita), Holotropic Breathwork, Shamanism, Angeles Arrien’s The Four-Fold Way/Cultural Leadership Training, and Purpose Guide Certification.
Ultimately, the path lead me right back to my own heart. As I now understand that original whisper to be both the transcendent Mystery, and the immanence of embodied soul. If we allow ourselves to return to the sacred ground of silence, and show up to life with vulnerability, we learn there is nowhere to travel to feel whole, except into relationship with community and nature.
For 25+ years I traveled a creative and eclectic career path. I led design and strategy projects for Whole Foods, Ben & Jerry's, T-Mobile, Safeway, Jamba Juice, Disney, VISA, Nestle and the Olympics, collaborated on a sculpture installation in a national park, co-created two creative agencies and sold one, developed curriculum and taught Design as Social Change (and meditation) to graduate design students, and co-created a children's book about wisdom.
I've worked with Fortune 100/500 clients, C-Suite executives, entrepreneurs, mission driven health & wellness companies, start-ups, non-profits, and cultural institutions as a creative catalyst, strategist, writer, and a facilitator of purpose, vision, and values sessions. My creative work has been featured at the Presidio of San Francisco, the United Nations, and the International Museum of Women.
Weaving A Life Together
All of these experiences have developed my capacities to help others explore their growing edge. Weaving wisdom from different lineages, inviting imagination to expand possibility, creating a safe and loving container to hold big experiences, and guiding people home beneath the clutter of mind are some of the ways I humbly guide.
I am deeply attuned to the challenges of crafting a life that has heart and meaning while balancing the realities of modern life (family responsibilities, financial security, cultural forces etc). Living an integral life where the three rivers of spirit, soul, and purpose converge is hard work, especially in light of our current culture. But it is joyful and life affirming work!
Lead with/from/as love.
Vulnerability is courage.
Now is always the time.
Not knowing is true wisdom.
Belong to yourself and to a community.
Omnidirectional potentiality in every moment.
Be spoken by truth.
Paradox is the antidote to fixation.
Laugh more. (especially at ourselves)