How it all Started
Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, Sue Mehrtens has been a teacher for over 50 years. Her first “students” were her dolls, and she grew up with a love of learning and sharing knowledge, finding a kindred spirit in Chaucer’s scholar, who “gladly wold he lerne, and gladly teach.”
Going to school in the days when students had perhaps 30 elective credits, Sue got a rigorous and thorough education at Queens College of the City University of New York, and Yale University, from which she earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies in 1973. Then she switched sides of the desk for 17 years, teaching college courses in history, medieval studies, Latin, Greek, environmental studies, and women’s studies. With her longstanding interest in things maritime, a Navigator’s rating from the U.S. Power Squadron and a Captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard, from 1977 to 1987 Sue ran a marine studies program at College of the Atlantic, and an adult education course that prepped Maine citizens for the Captain’s license exam.
Sue’s staid and conventional life as an academic was upended in 1983, when a dream warned her of the imminent deaths of friends and family. She was also told that she would give up everything and her life would be transformed. Five days later, the dream’s predictions began to come true: a friend dropped dead. Within 6 months she had lost another friend, two aunts and an uncle, and everything in her life began to fall away.
Thus began a decades-long journey—the archetypal “night sea journey” of the soul—which led Sue to the works of Carl Jung; to analysis (begun in 1985 and still underway); and to voracious learning, from books, teachers, and life itself. Sue has studied with Michael Mamas, Jason Shulman, Penney Peirce, the Rosicrucians, at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing, the Baltimore Spiritual Science Center, and Atlantic University, from which she earned her second Master’s degree, in transpersonal counseling, in 1997. She maintains a private practice in archetypal astrology and dream work with students all over the world, many of whom she first met in her global travels.
Sue is the author, co-author or editor of multiple books, including The Fourth Wave: Business in the 21st Century; Intuitive Imagery: A Resource at Work, The Leap-Frog Option, Wake Up, South Africa!, Revisioning Science: Essays toward a New Knowledge Base for Our Culture, and How to Survive and Thrive in the Coming Earth Changes.