Meggan Hartman PhD
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.