BRAND NEW: “Using Dreams to Clear Clutter” – Interview with Margaret

Watch it here

I have just watched Using Dreams to Clear Clutter”  – under Julie Coraccio’s “Liked Podcasts”  – and I really enjoyed it. Julie is a marvelous interviewer. And that ability shines through. Also, I loaded the answers with examples, as dreams are storytelling vehicles. Please do watch it. I guarantee you’ll find some interesting tips on dreaming.

Julie Coraccio introduces her popular podcast like this:

Declutter Your Life

We all have gifts and talents, but clutter, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or energetic keeps you stuck. Julie Coraccio supports you in Reawakening Your Brilliance through clearing the clutter to create the life you choose, deserve and desire!

On Tuesday,  September 13, her taped interview with me on Dreams and Decluttering – in particular, the Jungian interpretation of dreams – first aired. The exact title is “Using Dreams to Clear Clutter.” I initially only heard it – but didn’t see – it, as my iTunes program wasn’t cooperating. Julie did a fantastic job! Examples I gave include how – through dreams – a man was able to avoid marrying someone he unconsciously knew was wrong for him, how – in a dream – I got the message not to continue analysis at the Jung Institute, what it means when you dream that someone in driving you in a car. That is, usually, for all dreams are unique to you and can reflect your own batch of symbols. Also covered in the interview are tips on manifesting as well as how to build a relationship with “the unconscious.” And how this is a key to creativity.

Carl Jung
Carl Jung

The podcast can be viewed here on iTunes – under “Liked podcasts.” Or viewed here on YouTube (September 17). If you enjoy it, it would be lovely if you leave a comment; comments increase her already substantial rating. She has excellent podcasts in her archives. You can spend some enjoyable hours or half hours. For instance, with her interview with “the Fly Lady.”

And if you need expert advice on using Google Hangouts on Air for your podcasts, she can help you here.

On a separate note, there’s a new podcast interview with me by Victoria Weston on MEDITATION. Click here to listen.


Personalities in the Keep This Quiet! Memoir Series

Who is in the Keep This Quiet! series? and where does it take place?

The posts below will introduce major people and places in Keep This Quiet! I-IV. Hunter Thompson, who figures pivotally in  Keep This Quiet! I and to a lesser but significant degree in II, has his own assortment of posts elsewhere. Below, you will find other players in Keep This Quiet! I-II, from Belgian poète maudit Jan Mensaert to poet, intellectural, guru  Milton Klonsky. Also, important players in Keep This Quiet! III, like quantum physicist Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Pauli and in-depth psychologist Carl Jung. And in Keep This Quiet! IV, Indian spiritual master Dhyanyogi-ji and neuroscientist Norman S. Don, who tests the parapsychological abilities of the famous psychic Olof Jonsson, who received planned telepathic transmissions during the Apollo mission to/from the moon. As the publisher lives in Romania, there is a post about Sibiu too.


Sibiu, Romania, Photos - Home of Saeculum Univ. Press

Saeculum University Press published the Keep This Quiet! books and many of my Love in Transition books before that. These photos are from Sibiu, Roman

Hilda Doolittle, "Oxford Town," and Various

Hilda Doolittle (H. D.) was an Imagist poet. I studied her in graduate school at Columbia University. Then I moved into her only daughter's home in Ne...

Rescuing Milton

There's a wonderful post, On Klonsky on Blake written by W.C. Bamberger on That website focuses on the work of poet/artist William B

Hunting for Thompson - HST BOOKS

Many thanks to Marty Flynn, owner of HST Books, who has added this post. I have reproduced the beginning below. But I am sure you will want to click "

Keep This Quiet! Vol. 2 - Jan Mensaert

Jan Mensaert entered the Keep This Quiet! series in vol. I, while in Larache, Morocco, teaching French, which was a second language to him. A Belgian

Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli - Two Giants

In 1931, Pauli, a physics professor at a university in Zurich, consulted Jung about his psychological issues and alcohol use; his mother had committed...

Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung: Initiations

Above, Pauli sits with Einstein. Now both men [Jung and Pauli] are dead. Physics has undergone great advances with its grand unified theories and its

Norman S. Don & Psychic Olof Jonsson

Norman S. Don, a neuroscientist and parapsychologist, is in Keep This Quiet! IV. The video above, which he gave me to post, shows psychic Olof Jon...

Indian Saint Dhyanyogi-ji in Keep This Quiet! IV

Dhyanyogi Madhusudandas-ji was a Hindu master spiritual teacher - to be exact, a Kundalini Maha Yoga sat guru who "left the body" in India on the morn...

Personalities in the Keep This Quiet! Memoir Series

Personalities in the Keep This Quiet! Memoir Series

Personalities in the Keep This Quiet! Memoir Series


An Interview with HST Books about the Keep this Quiet Book! Series

I am very honored to see the beautiful display Martin Flynn created and the kind words of introduction. The Q&A adds insights that his questions brought out. He is a marvelous interviewer and every Hunter Thompson fan should know his site. I also like what he does with visuals. Always a splashy page. Much for the eye.

A Margaret Harrell Q&A

Margaret Harrell, in my opinion is a rarity in any world, let alone the HST world. Two of her 9 or 10 books include significant fodder for the discerning  Hunter S. Thompson fan. She is a rarity because shortly after you begin reading you realize she is hiding nothing. Her honesty is refreshing. She puts herself at the mercy of the reader. The two books are Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert. And… Keep This Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, Jan Mensaert (Volume 2) Most readers here will know about them and hopefully have read them. If you haven’t read them just click the titles for Margaret’s site and how to buy.

Check out the Q & A Martin Flynn has posted here.



Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli – Two Giants

In 1931, Pauli, a physics professor at a university in Zurich, consulted Jung about his psychological issues and alcohol use; his mother had committed suicide and his marriage, less than a year old, had broken up.On the work front, shortly after his divorce he announced (correctly) the possible existence of a new particle, the neutrino. Instead of analyzing Pauli’s dreams himself, Jung sent Pauli to a student colleague, thinking it would be better if he did not conduct the sessions in person. He immediately recognized the archetypal richness of this material and did not want to influence it. The analysis was short. But from 1932 till 1958, the two corresponded about Pauli’s never-ending stream of dreams and the lively surmises they stimulated. Jung wrote about them, keeping Pauli anonymous. And he drew heavily on Pauli’s ideas in formulating his theory of synchronicity. Atom and Archetype: The Pauli/Jung Letters 1928-1952 was published in English translation only in 2001. And thanks to that, the fascinating correspondence of these two giants figures figures in Keep This Quiet! III.

Taking place in large part in the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, where I enrolled in 1984, I found myself, like many who go there, changed forever. In my case, by an initiation called Confrontation with the Self. The Jung-Pauli letters are a beautiful companion to my look-back at those days. Their ideas are never old, raising questions we still have not officially answered and perhaps never will. In spite of (or because of) his frequent encounters with dreams, Jung was all the more impressed with Pauli’s. And Pauli, for his part, did not let on to his colleagues he even dreamed. This man known for a caustic tongue, who was strongly intellectual, was fascinated with learning about his feelings, that deep-within territory ruled over by his anima. Jung said: right on. And off they went.


Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung: Initiations

Above, Pauli sits with Einstein.

Now both men [Jung and Pauli] are dead. Physics has undergone great advances with its grand unified theories and its current development of superstring theory. Yet the central question remains: What is the nature of Pauli’s great dream? What is that speculum that lies between the worlds of mind and matter? Will it be possible to develop a new physics and a new psychology which are complementary to each other?

David Peat, “Divine Contenders”

An excerpt from the “Author’s Note” to the third volume in the Keep This Quiet! series, Initiations, is below:

The third in the series, Keep This Quiet! Initiations continues my memoir. As well as being a memoir, this book is indebted to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (born in 1875) and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Wolfgang Pauli (born in 1900 in Vienna), who dreamed together of uniting physics with psychology. I attended the C. G. Jung Institute in Küsnacht, Switzerland, a suburb of Zurich, 1984‒87.

It was in Zurich I had my first initiation. The initiation built on the sudden (to me) death of Milton Klonsky (November 29, 1981), which baffled me, made me question whether death really existed in a nonphysical sense—a question I wanted to answer for myself by experience. Did the mind that told me “Some of us have more whites around the eyeballs. I was a crazy kid. You know what I was crazed by? Immortality” just vanish into dust? He went on: “I’ve died. But I’ve died into me; he’s still around. I can talk to that kid anytime I want to.”

Was his astonishing mind (that library of knowledge, beacon of sparkling insight) obliterated? Was all evidence of his lifetime decayed into soil and recycled?

I had to know. By closely following the experiences I was having after his death—in dreams and outer incidents—I hoped to find out. In that, the unconscious would help me, I believed; it had helped me as a writer since age seven.

Another major player in Keep This Quiet! III and IV is “the unconscious.” Some scientists have studied how we are aware of information before our brains register it; there is a delay; so what we act on might be unconscious information that quite accurately gets the signal before we realize it consciously. Deeper than that, though, is the collective unconscious:

What is the unconscious? As Jung made central to his schema, there exists in addition to an individual unconscious that contains our personal memories, a deeper, highly structured collective (or objective) unconscious that is inherited. It is, as Jung put it, “the foundation of what the ancients called the ‘sympathy of all things.’”The physicist F. David Peat calls it “the common ground out of which matter and mind emerge.”But this is only the beginning point as to what that collective-unconscious mind is. Often I use the term “the unconscious,” in cases where it is clear which is meant but also because if you are unconscious in a situation, the mind is very often drawing from both personal and objective layers.

We know that until you can imagine something, believe it’s possible, you’re pretty sure not to see it around you even if it is. Your eyes will skim right over it, vowing it isn’t there. It seems wildly implausible, as did many experiences in this book until I had them myself. Even the eye refuses to cooperate. Peat puts it starkly: “Anthropologists have reported that aboriginal people shown snapshots of themselves usually can’t see anything but a swirl of abstract colors and shapes. They don’t know how to read that kind of map.”

Another important topic in this book  is quite naturally initiations. Beginning when I lived in Zurich for three years, my life was filled with them. They were my teacher:

Initiations break down belief systems, using powerful means to divert our neural pathways, open up our hearts; if necessary, make us take our heads out of the sand. For me, as this story unfolds, experience—often contrary to what I supposed was true—became the teacher.

These initiations, beginning in 1985 (based first on the death of Milton Klonsky in 1981, which I didn’t learn about till the summer of 1982), took me to multidimensional places. Initiations are personal and transpersonal. They transform us—in this case, me. The unconscious, however, is still vital. It’s just that what is unconscious is in constant flux.

Initiations individually take us across our own stopping points, our own finishing lines where ribbons are broken. We burst across, out of breath, in a turmoil, turned topsy-turvy. These things happened to me. I began to discover a consciousness level far beyond my own.
But I had to learn for myself; everyone does. And this book is the result. For a lot of people today, there are boundaries ready to be pushed aside. I learned how to say what follows over the past twenty-seven years. Now the page is turned, and I walk into the book formed of those experiences, those initiations.


Rome Exhibit

Here’s the announcement of the Rome exhibit in a small art gallery. Also, here’s the gallery link. And below is the cloud giclee that will be on the wall. We’re to use this for publicity. So to all my Rome friends, here’s the location. Of course, I need to make some Rome friends. Maybe this photograph will do it for me.

Sunscape: Face in Blue-Brown
Sunscape: Face in Blue-Brown




Hunter Thompson and Paul Krassner

Hunter in NYC in the Sixties

I met Hunter in NYC in 1967 and Paul Krassner, through Hunter, at the same time. We had dinner together and the two of them discussed a story for "The Realist," a very popular underground publication that Paul founded and edited. It was a crackling dinner, witty and fast-moving. The articles below have to do, mostly, with that time period, being mementoes or later write-ups. "Keep This Quiet!" tells the story of those days. A few of the articles below take the story into the present-day.

Travis Irvine Tribute to Hunter

Huff Post's Tribute ten years later. - by Travis Irvine - begins: In February 2005, I was an intern at the NBC News Bureau in London. My job was to w

Meeting Paul Krassner

Paul Krassner, one of Hunter's friends, was then and is now an underground satirist. He founded The Realist and I happened to meet him in New  York Ci

Paul Krassner and Charlie Hebdo

The iconic photo above is copyrighted by Summer of Love photographer Gene Anthony and for sale as a print for $200 at Wolfgang's Vault here. Cultur

"Ancient" Photo - NYC

--Digging way back into the past: The above photo is from the time I met Hunter S. Thompson.  Hunter gave me the Keep This Quiet! cover photo of hi

Rory Feehan on Keep This Quiet!

“This is my life, I’m satisfied. So watch it, babe. Don’t try to keep me tied.” ---And I Like It –Jefferson Airplane song In the ever expanding...
Margaret Harrell receives letter from Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter Thompson Letter

1966 Christmas is the period when Hunter typically blazed into New York City in the late 60s, though when I met him first in person it was February...

Paul Krassner - The Original Yippie


About the Series

The series title comes from the envelope above, which Hunter sent me (his copy editor for Hell’s Angels) upon learning what I looked like. And how young I was. Keep This Quiet! comes replete with letters and other materials from Hunter – not available elsewhere – about the Hell’s Angels period. It also  corrects some widely touted anecdotes. I was not only Hunter’s copyeditor/Assistant Editor on Hell’s Angels but also a friend.

What is KTQ! about???

Kirkus Reviews says

Harrell’s memoir details her relationships with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky and Jan Mensaert, and how these partners influenced her life by the way in which they lived their own.  . . . Though disparate in age, temperament and locale, all three attracted the author because of her sense that they symbolized the zeitgeist of the 1960s and the coming post-modern era. Each man was fiercely individualistic, consciously deciding to live on his own terms in his life and work. For their part, all were physically attracted to Harrell, as well as finding in her a kindred spirit.  . . .

Memoir will likely please Hunter S. Thompson fans and appeal to readers with an interest in the beginnings of the post-modern era or the personal sacrifices involved in bringing serious written work to fruition.

In addition to providing a missing chapter in the life of Hunter Thompson, just before he became the father of Gonzo journalism, Keep This Quiet! also saves from the wreckage and trash bin of time a missing chapter in the life of two other outlaw writers: New York City poet genius Milton Klonsky and flamboyant Belgian poet Jan Mensaert. As a copy editor, then assistant editor to Jim Silberman at Random House in the late ’60s, I had a personal and professional relationship with Hunter, receiving hilarious and tormented correspondence. Now, for the first time, in this new Hunter Thompson book, I reveal stories, memories, and previously unpublished letters by Hunter, with the permission of his Estate. Below, to set the stage, is a photo from that time.

These stories and memories surrounding his breakout success in Hell’s Angels – which led to Gonzo journalism – have never been revealed by biographers before. In Hunter’s own words Keep This Quiet! captures that turning-point moment when he began to be a searing voice of his generation. The missing chapter in the lives of  Klonsky and Mensaert also illustrates page-turning alternative lifestyle.

With a dynamic examination of relationships—from a woman’s point of view—this story dramatizes the joys and pitfalls of trying to live a meaningful life.

Hunter Thompson
Hunter Thompson
In the mid-1960s
Margaret in the mid-1960s


Jan Mensaert
Jan Mensaert
Milton Klonsky
Milton Klonsky

Keep THIS Quiet Too! More Adventures with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert continues the story  – moving it to Europe and North Africa. Never far away, HST and Milton Klonsky aid and abet while I live in these exotic locations with my poet maudit husband, Jan Mensaert. The Fitzgeraldian finale is at Owl Farm after a stint at the Jung Institute in Zurich. Ever the master of variety, Keep THIS Quiet Too! slides in and out of different veins, from comic to serious to outrageous to transformative to romantic to literary. Volume 2 starts in 1971, ends in 1991, just before Hunter wrote Fear and Loathing in Elko.

The Keep This Quiet! serieswith its intersection of four biographies, its archival wealth, and its tale of romantic involvement with three writers who refused to think inside the box – should speak to anyone who likes to look at the world through their own eyes; probe offbeat (including celebrity) attempts to live authentically.

Keep This Quiet! III: Intiations 

As the title indicates, the series takes a big jump here – a quantum leap – to the  C. G. Jung Institute Zurich, where Margaret was enrolled 1984-87. She is headed for a big initiation, a “Confrontation with the Self,” as it’s called at the Institute She narrates it for us – showing how initiations are life-transforming – in that way pulling back her own curtain from some of the mysteries of multidimensionality. On the science and psychology side, she also dives into the debate between physicist Wolfgang Pauli and psychiatrist Carl Jung about how physics/matter and psyche/spirit/synchronicity emerge from a unified psychophysical realm. Dreams and other internal cues lend assistance, as do the brilliant Jung-Pauli letters. Exercises in the back offer practical help in how to work with energy.

Jung Institute Zurich Library
Jung Institute Zurich Library

Book covers by Gaelyn Larrick and KTQ! interior (template for the series) by Bram Larrick