Wholeness of Selfhood

Nicola Mary Christensen-Johnson

Wholeness of Selfhood

Writing the Odyssey of Becoming Fully Human

An Archaeology of the Personality

Pathways to Selfhood

The Wholeness Perspective

A Journey of Spiritual Maturity

Wholeness of Selfhood. The Odyssey of Becoming Fully Human is a collection of three books calling us to fully engage in the second half of life, and to initiate the journey of spiritual maturity summoning us to wholeness and eldership.

The narrative no longer features the bravura of the hero’s journey crammed with Iliadic conquests and achievements, battles and wars fought in the name of love and justice, events and circumstances where we celebrate divine love, condemn oppression and injustice, and, regardless of all the dramas, relentlessly continue to imagine life-giving alternatives to bring into a world of immeasurable suffering.



An odyssey is always a slow journey back to origin, a reconnection with Source. It reminds us of Odysseus’ thirty-year-long voyage to reach Ithaca, his island of origin, where his wife Penelope patiently awaits him. For an odyssey to unfold in its completeness, a compelling call needs to arise, followed by an insistent question as to who is being called and who is calling. Rather than the traditional approach recounting the perils of the journey, the Odyssey of Becoming Fully Human endorses the perspective of Penelope who is calling back her beloved partner. The backdrop reveals the indispensable conversation between she or he who is calling, and he or she who responds to the call. Without the thrust of an intimate relationship, without an ongoing heart-based dialogue, there is no journey possible.

A Cosmology of Consciousness

The widespread purpose of the collection is to steward a cosmology of consciousness, whereby consciousness unfolds unto itself, implicate order made explicate. Furthermore, the pursuit is fulfilled by diving into the experience of being human. Such an inquiry impels us to explore the nature and purpose of being human, in incarnate form, in the physical world which, despite its dense physicality and jagged edges, remains profoundly spirit-based and imbued with qualities of love and beauty to be uncovered throughout our journey.


The trilogy delves into the trials and tribulations of becoming fully human, focusing in particular on the thresholds of our contradictions and paradoxes, there where all dualities can meet and converge. Becoming fully human asks us to recognise and celebrate our essential nature, who we are in sovereign selfhood, in essence both human and divine. The odyssey emphasises that our enlightenment work draws in all that has been exiled, held separate and belies wholeness.

The collection collates three stories embedded within each other like Russian dolls burrowed in the larger frame of the cosmic egg.

Three Embedded Stories

Book One – An Archaeology of the Personality – begins with the Me Story, a self-disclosing investigation travelling back through time and space to my childhood where I unearth the genesis of the structures of my personality and the features of its egoic operative system.

Book Two – Pathways to Selfhood – embraces the collective story of humanity, the We Story. It charts the unfolding movements of human consciousness expanding into wholeness when we become conscious of our capacities and honour the essence of who we are in selfhood. The unravelling tracks down the qualities summoned and the capacities developed at each stage of the odyssey and reveals a map towards non-dual consciousness and oneness.

Book Three – The Wholeness Perspective – propels us into the larger frame of cosmic dimension and scale, the Big Story. It names the core principles and attributes that characterise the cosmology revealed through the quest. Wholeness of Selfhood is not a place, nor a location to reach. It is an alternate state of consciousness – possibly the ultimate in the incarnate realm – which ushers us into the imaginal realm and the unified field of consciousness.

The principle of embeddedness threaded throughout the books encourages a shift in perspective regarding spiritual maturity and evolutionary momentum.
We relinquish the vision of a linear progression made of upward growth, through terrains landscaped by rites and sacraments, shedding light on an ascendent stairway reminiscent of Jacob’s ladder. We are drawn into a conversation about layeredness and unfurling fractals, each layer swelling from the previous and nestled in the next – indeed implicate order made explicate – always revealing the undivided and unbroken whole.

Sacred Geometry

The architecture of the books draws on the tenets of sacred geometry with an erudite combination of numbers and forms shaping the template used for sourcing information. The guidance yielded then exposes the chiastic structure of the texts, accompanies the wordsmithing of the contents and harmonises the different voices. There is storytelling for memorialising and retrieving events lodged in the past; various inquiries guided by psychology, mysticism, philosophy and metaphysics; contemplative practices fostering in-depth inner explorations; invocations, affirmations and blessings providing guidance and accompaniment; lyrical constellations to break down the rationality of mind and enhance perceptual faculties; inspirational essays unpacking the unfolding movements of the odyssey; and finally more traditional essays exploring the core principles and calling us to the conversations which dwell in wholeness of selfhood.