The Feminine Face of Power: Becoming Transformational Elders, with Dr Cynthia King

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Lasara Firefox Allen (2016)

Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminine Spirituality. Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, MN

'Using a model that promises to turn traditional feminist scholarship on its head, Lasara Firefox Allen rejects the archetypal divinity systems that are tied to female biology and physical stages of life. The fivefold model presented by Allen welcomes all women, regardless of biology and liberates the female experience from the shackles of the reproductive model. This fivefold model is a new system that embraces the powerful, diverse, and fluid nature of the lived experience of women today.

“Jailbreaking The Goddess is a delicious tool for dismantling (and reimagining) the way we think about women’s spirituality and power. [The] fivefold goddess model honors the divine nature in all women, regardless of age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and economic status. This is an exciting, smart, and practical approach to liberating the mind, body, and spirit.” – Laurie Lovekraft, Reclaiming Witch, Huffington Post columnist

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“A fantastic and sorely needed contribution to feminist spirituality discourse.” – Niki Whiting, MA, co-founder of Many Gods West

“Lasara Firefox Allen delves deep into the ways in which colonialist language has shaped our experience of the Divine Feminine for centuries and she meets a need that has risen in the feminist spiritual movement for years.” – Suzanne Sterling, founder of Voice of Change, co-founder of Off the Mat, Into the World'

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Sharon Blackie (2016)

'Rising high up on the heather-covered moorlands, seeping through our bogs, flowing down our streams and into our rivers and out onto the sandy strands of the rock-strewn Atlantic seaboard, are the old Celtic myths and stories … waiting to be reclaimed and re-visioned for the modern world.'

Aged 30, Sharon Blackie found herself weeping in the car park of the multinational corporation where she worked, wondering if this was what a nervous breakdown felt like. Somewhere along the line, she realised, she had lost herself - and so began her long journey back to authenticity, rootedness in place and belonging.

In this extraordinary book of myth, memoir and modern-day mentors (from fashion designers to lawyers), Blackie faces the wasteland of Western culture, the repression of women, and the devastation of our planet. She boldly names the challenge: to reimagine women's place in the world, and to rise up, firmly rooted in our own native landscapes and the powerful Celtic stories and wisdom which sprang from them.

A haunting heroine's journey for every woman who finds inspiration and solace in the natural world.

'I love this book. Truly, it's mind-blowing in the most profound and exhilarating sense. This is an anthem for all we could be, an essential book for this, the most critical of recent times. I sincerely hope every woman who can read is given one, and has the time and the space to read it.' - Manda Scott, author of Boudica and Into the Fire

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Quotes - If Women Rose Rooted

“Long before God the Father, there she was – God the Mother. Where did she vanish to, this great mother goddess? How did we women become so completely dispossessed? It wasn’t that I wanted to replace a male god with a female god; it wasn’t that I wanted to find a religion at all. I was simply looking for some sense that women might have worth. And I found it: there in the old stories of my own native land, I found it. Filled with images of women creating, women weaving the world into being, I took up knitting. Thread by thread, stitch by stitch, I began to knit myself back into being. I had never thought of myself as being a particularly creative soul, but I discovered that creativity was a wide-ranging affair. I simply thought about what brought me joy, and I began to cultivate it. I dug my hands into this strange foreign soil, and I began to grow things. I began to reacquaint myself with the soft animal object that was my body. Slowly, spending more and more time outside, focusing on the wisdom of my senses rather than on what was going on inside my head, I began to weave myself back into the fabric of the Earth. ” ― Sharon Blackie

“In all the old stories, the geilt is hypersensitive to the sights and sounds of the civilised world, finding them unendurable. She finds other people unendurable too; only alone in the wild, in nature, can safety and freedom be found.” ― Sharon Blackie

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“The world which men have made isn’t working. Something needs to change. To change the world, we women need first to change ourselves – and then we need to change the stories we tell about who we are. The stories we’ve been living by for the past few centuries – the stories of male superiority, of progress and growth and domination – don’t serve women and they certainly don’t serve the planet. Stories matter, you see.”Sharon Blackie

“Whilst the Earth Mother finds immense comfort, safety and satisfaction in marriage, domesticity, growing food and children, and enjoys order around her, the Creative Rainbow Mother regularly feels the need to fly free. And if she can’t . . . well, the flip side of her is the Crazy Woman: depressed, unable to touch her power, tied, numb, self-medicating, addicted. Crazy Woman breaks out if we try to spend all our time out in the world, or serving others.’ ” Sharon Blackie

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“I began to understand why I had always found it so hard to make female friends; why I never trusted anyone else to take care of me – or of anything else, for that matter; why I always felt responsible for caring for everyone and everything. I began to understand why I couldn’t tolerate chaos, why I couldn’t even acknowledge, let alone cherish, the madwoman who lived” ― Sharon Blackie

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Jean Shinoda Bolen (2001)

'At some point after fifty, every woman crosses a threshold into the third phase of her life. As she enters this uncharted territory she can choose to mourn what has gone before, or she can embrace the juicy-crone years.

In this celebration of Act Three, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Jungian analyst and bestselling author of Goddesses in Everywoman, names the powerful new energies and goddess archetypes of compassion, outrage, healing laughter, and new layers of wisdom that come into the psyche at this momentous time. Bolen thus suggests that women have profound and exciting reasons for welcoming the other side of fifty.'

“Goddesses in Older Women will inspire now older and wiser women’s movement women to once again transform society.” — Marianne Williamson, editor of Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century

“Dr. Bolen dreams big…hers is a strong voice as a leader in the women’s empowerment movement.” — Dallas Morning News

“For those who celebrate their maturity, Bolen’s thoughtful mytho-psychology will be an inspiration. “ — Publishers Weekly

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'Recycling a format she successfully employed in Goddesses in Everywoman (1984), Bolen, the author of seven works of Jungian psychology, addresses an older audience, urging women over 50 to search out positive archetypes or patterns of behavior that lie dormant in their inner selves that will help them realize their full potential. A Jungian analyst and professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, Bolen relies heavily on her earlier work, in which Greek goddesses personified aspects of the feminine psyche. For "crones" (women in the postmenopausal stage of their lives), Bolen posits four principal goddesses - Metis, Sophia, Hecate and Hestia - each of whom embodies practical intellectual, mystical, spiritual, intuitive or meditative aspects of wisdom. She recounts the goddesses' mythic origins and shows how their attributes can help women forge a more meaningful life. Bolen also highlights the empowering attributes of outrage, mirth and kindness incarnated in certain Asian myths. In the second part of this work, Bolen revisits seven goddesses described in her original work, this time relating them to older women. Finally, Bolen urges older women to congregate in groups patterned on the consciousness-raising circles of the 1960s, to become a force for change spiritually and politically. Readers skeptical of Jungian philosophy may find the concepts here too abstract and convoluted to serve as a practical guide to aging. But for those who celebrate their maturity, Bolen's thoughtful mytho-psychology will be an inspiration. - Publishers Weekly

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Wade Davis (2009)

'Every culture is a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive? In The Wayfinders, renowned anthropologist, winner of the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis leads us on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world's indigenous cultures.

In Polynesia we set sail with navigators whose ancestors settled the Pacific ten centuries before Christ. In the Amazon we meet the descendants of a true lost civilization, the Peoples of the Anaconda. In the Andes we discover that the earth really is alive, while in Australia we experience Dreamtime, the all-embracing philosophy of the first humans to walk out of Africa. We then travel to Nepal, where we encounter a wisdom hero, a Bodhisattva, who emerges from forty-five years of Buddhist retreat and solitude. And finally we settle in Borneo, where the last rainforest nomads struggle to survive.

Understanding the lessons of this journey will be our mission for the next century. For at risk is the human legacy -- a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our time.'

Quotes ― Wade Davis, The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World

“Cultural survival is not about preservation, sequestering indigenous peoples in enclaves like some sort of zoological specimens. Change itself does note destroy a culture. All societies are constantly evolving. Indeed a culture survives when it has enough confidence in its past and enough say in its future to maintain its spirit and essence through all the changes it will inevitably undergo. ”

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“If diversity is a source of wonder, its opposite - the ubiquitous condensation to some blandly amorphous and singulary generic modern culture that takes for granted an impoverished environment - is a source of dismay. There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times.”

“Culture is not trivial. It is not a decoration or artifice, the songs we sing or even the prayers we chant. It is a blanket of comfort that gives meaning to lives. It is a body of knowledge that allows the individual to make sense out of the infinite sensations of consciousness, to find meaning and order in a universe that ultimately has neither. Culture is a body of laws and traditions, a moral and ethical code that insulates a people from the barbaric heart that lies just beneath the surface of all human societies and indeed all human beings. Culture alone allows us to reach, as Abraham Lincoln said, for the better angels of our nature.”

“The world can only appear monochromatic to those who persist in interpreting what they experience through the lens of a single cultural paradigm, their own. For those with the eyes to see and the heart to feel, it remains a rich and complex topography of the spirit.”

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“The full measure of a culture embraces both the actions of a people and the quality of their aspirations, the nature of the metaphors that propel their lives. And no description of a people can be complete without reference to the character of their homeland, the ecological and geographical matrix in which they have determined to live out their destiny. Just as a landscape defines character, culture springs from a spirit of place.”

“What is even more astonishing is that the entire science of way-finding is based on dead reckoning. You only know where you are by knowing precisely where you have been and how you got to where you are.”

“Every effort should be made, he argued, to understand the perspective of the other, to learn the way they perceive the world, and if at all possible, the very nature of their thoughts. This demanded, by definition, a willingness to step back from the constraints of one’s own prejudices and preconceptions.”

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Claire Douglas (2006)

'The Old Woman’s Daughter offers men and women alike a way to make sense of their lives and find more healing alternatives than offered by our present culture.

In gentle, evocative imagery, Jungian analyst Claire Douglas invites readers to reconnect with the ancient tradition of the feminine, the “Old Woman,” symbolized by her own Celtic grandmother. After considering the dangers to individuals and the society of the masculine-focused dualities of our own culture, Douglas describes an alternative that incorporates the feminine self within each of us, man or woman.

Douglas draws on myth and story, her own experiences, poetry, the dreams of some of her patients, and images available from Tibetan Buddhism to find archetypes that help us recognize our inheritance from the Old Woman. She describes a form of therapy that emphasizes “cherishment” or bonding for the purpose of recovering our ties to the ancient feminine, and she deftly incorporates her search for her own voice in shaping the book into an organic whole.

Rising from Douglas’s lifelong interest in the psychology of the feminine, this book shows how healing is related naturally to a Motherline of attunement, connection, and cherishment.'

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“Some writers have a love of ideas, some have a love of the soul; some are lucid, some are lyrical.’ Dr. Claire Douglas, former Bunting Fellow and seasoned psychoanalyst, is highly unusual in that she weaves with each one of these brilliant threads. Her work on the astonishing feminine carries insights that are delivered with grit, wit and elegance.”--Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves, and The Faithful Gardener: A Wise Tale About that Which Can Never Die.

“Claire Douglas is a woman of wisdom. Her Buddhist/Jungian way of engagement meets our violent worlds inner and outer through personal responsibility, meditation, the removal of projections, and right action. Her insightful teaching stories and powerful images of the female Buddhas are needed by both men and women today to fulfill the cherishment she speaks of as a means of leaning to better love the world, each other, and ourselves.” - Lama Surya Das

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“The Old Woman’s Daughter: Transformative Wisdom for Men and Women is especially important in its personal connection to societal and cultural inflections, its implementation of feminine values, and its appreciation of the imagination as a necessary process in individual and collective consciousness. Claire Douglas has a gift for weaving personal, historical, and mythological images to illuminate levels of individual awareness that feed collective experience. Her broad gathering and crafting of sources provide a rich resource for hungry times. Even as her task is a reclamation of feminine wisdom, her inquiry combines both feminine and masculine traditions of scholarship in a common net. Douglas poignantly describes the difficulty of ego consciousness as it makes its return to a felt connection with Source and Ground of Being. The journey is life affirming and life renewing.” - PsycCritiques

" . . . a rich and diverse volume, ranging from biographical reflections, family recollections, a study of myths of the feminine in Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism, and a useful clinical case study of a middle-aged man who is struggling to win back his lost feminine soul. Douglas writes with commitment, vigour and urgency, and for her the pathological consequences of the lost feminine are found everywhere, if we only had eyes to see . . . this book shows us how a return to the imaginal world of the grandmother can be a healing journey for a granddaughter who has lost something vital due to patriarchal conditioning." - Journal of Analytical Psychology

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Allan Guggenbuhl (1997)

'In this book, Jungian analyst Allan Guggenbuhl develops a completely new psychological theory about men. His idea is that traditional psychology has failed to tackle the main objectives that motivate men in their private and public lives.

When men dedicate themselves to work, fight for social causes, start families, or get crazy over sports, they are enacting concealed mythic patterns - patterns that lie at the very heart of our culture. Men have a natural affinity for myth and myth making which, Guggenbuhl maintains, results in grandiose aspirations and what often appears to be the purest sort of self-indulgence. At the same time, such thinking also helps to explain a seeming helplessness that men have in dealing with their own feelings.

Once all of this is understood, Guggenbuhl maintains, a true equality in relationships, based on the differences between the sexes, can also be attained. Men can thereby achieve a greater understanding and more realistic appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses.'

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James Hillman (1995)

'In the boldest expose on the nature of power since  Machiavelli, celebrated Jungian therapist James  Hillman shows how the artful leader uses each of two  dozen kinds of power with finesse and subtlety.  Power, we often forget, has many faces, many  different expressions. "Empowerment," writes  best-selling Jungian analyst James Hillman,  "comes from understanding the widest spectrum of  possibilities for embracing power." If food  means only meat and potatoes, your body suffers from  your ignorance. When your idea of food expands, so  does your strength. So it is with power.  "James Hillman," says Robert Bly, "is the  most lively and original psychologist we have had  in America since William James." In  Kinds Of Power, Hillman addresses  himself for the first time to a subject of great  interest to business people. He gives much needed  substance to the subject by showing us a broad  experience of power, rooted in the body, the rnind, and the  emotions, rather than the customary narrow  interpretation that simply equates power with strength.  Hillman's "anatomy" of power explores  two dozen expressions of power every artful leader  must understand and use, including: the language of  power, control, influence, resistance, leadership, prestige, authority, exhibitionism, charisma, ambition, reputation, fearsomeness, tyranny, purism, subtle power, growth, and efficiency.'

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James Hillman was an American psychologist. He served in the US Navy Hospital Corps from 1944 to 1946, after which he attended the Sorbonne in Paris, studying English Literature, and Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a degree in mental and moral science in 1950. In 1959, he received his PhD from the University of Zurich, as well as his analyst's diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute and founded a movement toward archetypal psychology, was then appointed as Director of Studies at the institute, a position he held until 1969. In 1970, Hillman became editor of Spring Publications, a publishing company devoted to advancing Archetypal Psychology as well as publishing books on mythology, philosophy and art. His magnum opus, Re-visioning Psychology, was written in 1975 and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Hillman then helped co-found the Dallas Institute for Humanities and Culture in 1978. Retired into private practice, writing and traveling to lecture, until his death at his home in Connecticut on October 27, 2011 from bone cancer.

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'Eyebrows arching implication, Jake hands me the shabby taped-up coil removed from the electrical box downstairs.
“Time to say goodbye to that necktie!” he laughs, adding that he’s installed new, well-coated cable. In 'Kinds of Power', Jungian scholar, James Hillman, says that the Razzle Dazzle Age of Heroism is now over. Gone. Instead, without award or recognition, the Age of Simple Service is upon us. It’s all about attendance to details now – the minutiae of our own daily lives.

Who gets called when the toilet’s plugged in the Board Room, the CEO or the plumber? Yes, its Jake with the metal snake – no matter what corruption is shushed – or flushed – at the glossy meeting table. Sporting brooms and dustpans, wrenches and nails, the maintenance staff sail all manner of metaphor about the wisdom of daily dusting. (Using a soft cloth, not a sledge hammer.  A dozen well-groomed executives breathe easy at their meeting? The air technician zapped the first twinkling of bacterial mold well before Legionnaire’s Disease could manifest. Spot on.

On the bus to a meditation center, I noticed an elderly lady tap on the cold passenger door. The big, burly driver glanced down, shifted gears, and drove off – but only after the ample five seconds I’d had to point my feminist umbrage and insist he do the right thing for a senior citizen on a winter’s day. Poor janitor – poor hero. Glad for Hillman's sparkling reminders!' - Eleanor Cowan, author of A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer

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'James Hillman is often thought of as a demanding and difficult writer -- in need of being "popularized" by someone like Thomas Moore ("Care of the Soul") to reach a wider audience. And there may be some truth to this, but Hillman can also be remarkably accessible, as in this thought-provoking book on the "intelligent uses" of power.

We may think that power needs no explanation. It is what it is. But, as Hillman points out, that belief gives it unconscious power over us. Never examining power, we do not see the many ways it permeates our daily lives, influencing our behavior and our choices. If we think of power as "force," we do not appreciate its subtler uses, e.g., influence, authority, or energy, and we do not see that problems about power may have a wide array of solutions.

Hillman is fascinated by words, because words represent ideas; embedded in words are the entire histories of ideas. He is also fascinated by the process of "entertaining" ideas, and this book is a record of one brilliant and mercurial mind entertaining the idea of power, examining the many ways we can look at it (he devotes a chapter to each of 24 "kinds of power"), as well as the way its various meanings govern how we see the world around us. For instance, ideas about power lead individuals or groups of people to regard themselves as disempowered (victims); ideas about power may underlie the desire to own guns.

Because economic power rules the lives of almost everyone (yet another idea about power), Hillman directs his book to anyone involved with business. And he means business in the broadest sense of that word -- anyone whose life is structured by the getting and spending of money. Looking into mythology for insights into the psychology of power, he opens up this subject as therapist and patient might do in a series of 50-minute sessions. It's not a how-to book, but rather a journey, taking the reader across a landscape (both personal and collective) that offers many new and freeing perspectives.' - Ron Scheer

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'Hillman is a gifted Neo-Jungian revisionist who is engaging, although not without being crazy at times. This timely warning about the destructive lust for power that soaks the soul of today is well done. A favorite quote that captures the zeitgeist: "Economics is our contemporary theology, regardless of how we spend Sunday. Economics is the only effective syncretistic cult remaining in the world today, our world's only ecumenical faith. It provides the daily ritual, uniting Christian, Hindu, Mormon, atheist, Buddhist, Sikh, Adventist, animist, evangelist, Muslim, Jew, fundamentalist and New Ager in the common temple, admitting all alike, [and] from which the money changers have not been thrown out." ' - Richard

'James Hillman's Kinds of Power: A Guide to Its Intelligent Uses was first published in 1995. I read it some years ago, probably closer to the time of publication, but I re-read it just in the last couple of days. I was prompted to do so after looking at some books on leadership recommend. In addition to popular books that I pulled from a couple of lists, I added Kinds of Power to Garry Wills' Certain Trumpets: The Nature of Leadership and Leadership & Self-Deception. None of these three books were on the couple of lists that I reviewed, but each is a significant omission, which is not to diss the books that did make the popular lists, such as Delores Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals and Daniel Goleman's work on emotional intelligence in leadership.

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Hillman's book has a chapter of "leadership", but it places the issue within the context of power. Hillman was (d. 2011) a prominent voice in the tradition of Jungian psychology, and to my mind, a brilliant and engaging writer. His references range from Greek and Roman myths and etymologies to Michael Jackson & Bill Clinton. Easy to read but deeply thought. In his knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman culture, Hillman matches Wills in this mastery of these cultures, and the ability to apply those insights to the contemporary world.

Hillman's work are always thought-provoking, and readers, I'm confident readers will find recognizable examples in his many discussions. By the way, Kinds of Power was published by Doubleday/Currency, which is (or was--who can keep up with changes in publishers?) a business imprint that published some unique and worthwhile books. And while Hillman's erudition is staggering, he wrote this as for a business audience, making it accessible to a most readers.' - Steve Greenleaf

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Quotes from Kinds of Power:

'As in a garden or a marriage, deepening brings ugly twisted things out of the soil. It’s a work in the dirt.' James Hillman, 

'We become artists only when we enjoy the practicing as much as the performing. Until then we are caught by the limelight rather than the art. . . . Over and over again, not to get it finally right, not for the sake of perfection, but simply doing it as if for its own sake, freed from having to do it. The work working by itself, mechanically, repetitiously, impersonally. Could this idea of disinterested repetitiveness — one of the highest aims of Zen, mystical contemplation and religious practice, as well as the practice of the arts and sports — transfer to administration, sales, production, accounting?' James Hillman

'Even more curious: why are the conflicts about power so ruthless — less so in business and politics [and I'd add sports - sng], where they are an everyday matter, than in the idealist professions of clergy, medicine, the arts, teaching and nursing. Those embattled in academic struggles and in museum and hospital fights deceive, backbite, threaten and maneuver shamelessly. They will not speak with friends of their enemies. Cabals form. Hatchet men appointed. Revenge plotted. Yet in business and politics [and I'd add the practice of law - sng] competitors for much larger stakes still go off to the golf course, eat and drink together. In business and politics, it seems, there is less idealism and more sense of shadow. Power is not repressed but lived with as a daily companion; moreover, it is not declared to be the enemy of love.' James Hillman

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This last quote really struck home, not just because of its reference to academics and and its contrast to politics, law, and sports (in my opinion), but it reminds me that one of the nastiest employment situations I dealt with as a lawyer involved a humane society! It became apparent to me that all of the kindness was used up on the animals and none left for the members & workers. It was weird in a way. In this situation and others like it (education providing many other examples for me), the magnitude of the stakes were inversely proportional to the intensity of the emotions. The common denominator was that these were not powerful people (or at least they did not perceive themselves as powerful).

Hillman's greater project was "psychologyzing" how we view ourselves and our world. To him, we humans and our world have a soul, this is, a way of experiencing the world that is symbolic, feeling, changing, and elusive. We must look at a phenomenon like power through this lens to appreciate its many manifestations and changing character. And this is what Hillman does brilliantly, avoiding definition and instead providing stories and observations, from the world of the Greek and Roman gods to Mick Jagger and Abe Lincoln, for examples. It's a wild ride sometimes, but when I reflected upon it, I realized the deep insights that he as culled from this complex word and phenomena. - Steve N Greenleaf

Workshop Special Rate in Final Week 17 - 24 October 2017

The Feminine Face of Power: Becoming Transformational Elders, with Dr Cynthia King

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - REGISTER NOW!

The Augustine Centre, 2 Minona Street Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia

Cynthia King (2005)

In the context of complex social and economic conditions that challenge organizations, there is a growing need to find another way of operating. Creating Partnerships answers that need by offering wise insights and practical steps for creating a more innovative, smarter, and healthier workplace. This book takes aim at those exhausting power struggles that no one really wins in the end by explaining the "Partnership Model" and providing both successful organizational and timeless, mythic examples. It also describes transitioning from "power-over" to "power-with," how to be a "Partnering Leader," and how to find "Common Ground," so that organizations can transform conflicts, achieve authentic and enduring teamwork, and thereby be more effective and realize sustainable operational results.

Endorsements:

"Cynthia King's Creating Partnerships - Unleashing Collaborative Power in the Workplace is a must read for senior managers and organizational change agents. Cynthia's framework for a new model of leadership within organizations contains an in depth analysis of management theory coupled with proposed strategic interventions that can create profound and positive organizational change." - William Batty, Executive Director, Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara

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“Cynthia King has a book that penetrates to the very core of nature's basic design of social synergy as applied to the workplace. It is a profound offering to all of us as to the elements necessary for learning creative partnerships in the workplace, and beyond, as we aim toward a Partnership World.” - Barbara Marx Hubbard, President, Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and author of Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of Our Social Potential

“There’s nothing more important than rethinking power for both personal and planetary well-being. Cynthia King shows us the way!” - Frances Moore Lappé, co-author of You Have the Power: Choosing Courage in a Culture of Fear and The Quickening of America

“Globalization, technology, environmental and cultural challenges have seriously eroded the value of the traditional organizational model and its ‘hero leader.’ A shift from the hierarchical model is a cultural imperative, and this book points to a mandate and techniques for power sharing and collaboration at the level of organizational communities. Bravo.” - Bob Vitamante, Corporate CFO

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"Dr. King's work provides extraordinary clarity to both the rigorous work of creating and the power of authentic partnerships. Whether people are looking to renew and revitalize their organizations or are creating new ones, Creating Partnerships: Unleashing Collaborative Power in the Workplace will give a strong foundation for the journey and allow organizations to finally redeem the true potential and value found in people working together collaboratively. Dr. King has captured the spirit and extraordinary value embedded in collaborative partnerships, and she provides practical, concise, and relevant steps in her chapter on "Weaving New Patterns and Changing the Story.” - Tom Henry, Director, Summit Charter Academy

Cynthia King goes far beyond just describing a leadership model of collaborative partnering - she gives practical steps for (1) why the "power-over" model delimits the opportunities of the 21st Century workplace and (2) for how to successfully transition to a partnership business environment where boundaries are constantly blurred - between management and employees as well as between corporation/supplier/customer. Cynthia's book is a savvy contextual challenge to unleashing the creative power of the individual as well as the corporation. As such it engages the reader in the evolving dialog of enterprise and community--a dialog that will ultimately describe our work-life environment. It is a must read for anyone seeking to improve the economic, social and psychological aspects of the workplace - or any aspect of our culture. - Deborah L. Talbot, “Social Entrepreneur”

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Book Reviews:
Organizational consultant Cynthia King presents Creating Partnerships: Unleashing Collaborative Power in the Workplace, a guide to crafting enduring partnerships that rise above the all-too-common turf battles, office politics, and micromanagement that plague organizations. Chapters discuss the benefits and potential of a solid partnership, how to handle the paradox of power in the partnership organization, how to build the partnership community, and much more. What distinguishes Creating Partnerships is its emphasis on peacemaking and egalitarian power-sharing, rather than more traditional structures that echo the ruler/ruled dichotomy of the feudal era. A truly groundbreaking organizational guide. "The transition beyond the patriarchal system of power-over and into power-with partnerships will not occur easily. Those who have vested interests in maintaining the status quo have too much to lose in allowing changes to take place. Nevertheless, there is a growing company of individuals who are committed to weaving the fabric of a new culture.
- Midwest Book Review

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Move from frustrating office politics to productive collaboration! Interpersonal conflicts, rigid hierarchies, turf battles, and micromanagement hamper the effectiveness of many organizations. This book offers field-tested, successful strategies for shifting organizational operating systems and creating strong, enduring, and productive partnership organizations that unleash collaborative power. Partnering leadership facilitates moving from “power over” others to “power with” your team, and the Common Ground model is highly effective for transforming conflicts. Practical examples of successful partnership organizations are examined, and key actions for successfully managing partnership transitions are presented.

Cynthia King has been an organizational consultant for over 25 years. She excels in guiding groups who are ready to transform their working relationships. She helps build leadership capacity throughout their organization. She helps create a climate that supports effective teamwork and authentic, productive partnerships that support the strategic goals of the organization. - Mary Barrett, The Nashville News

Workshop Special Rate in Final Week 17 - 24 October 2017

The Feminine Face of Power: Becoming Transformational Elders, with Dr Cynthia King

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - New Student Rates - REGISTER NOW!

The Augustine Centre, 2 Minona Street Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia

Frances Moore Lappe and Jeremy Perkins (2004)

Frances Moore Lappé-author of the million-selling Diet for a Small Planet-and Jeffrey Perkins offer the radical notion that our fears can be a source of energy to create the lives and the world we want.

Now more than ever, it seems, our lives and the lives of our loved ones are at risk. Our normal response is to retreat. But what if fear were not a negative force but a positive one-a source of energy and strength? Sharing their own intimate journeys with fear, as well as the experiences of others, the authors offer seven liberating notions that can help unleash your power to walk into the unknown and create a more fulfilling, authentic life.

Frances Moore Lappe distills her world-spanning experience and wisdom in a conversational yet hard-hitting style to create a rare "aha" book. In nine short chapters, Lappe leaves readers feeling liberated and courageous. She flouts conventional right-versus-left divisions and affirms readers' basic sanity - their intuitive knowledge that it is possible to stop grasping at straws and grasp the real roots of today's crises, from hunger and poverty to climate change and terrorism. Because we are creatures of the mind, says Lappe, it is the power of "frame" - our core assumptions about how the world works - that determines outcomes. She pinpoints the dominant failing frame now driving out planet toward disaster. By interweaving fresh insights, startling facts, and stirring vignettes of ordinary people pursuing creative solutions to our most pressing global problems, Lappe uncovers a new, empowering "frame" through which real solutions are emerging worldwide."

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Michael Meade (2010)

'In this highly anticipated book, renowned mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade explores the complex and mysterious territories of the human soul with daring and hard-won wisdom. Drawing on folktales and myths from many cultures and spiritual ideas from the East and West, he leads us to an undeniable truth: that the only story we came here to live is our own. Meade shows how the limitations of family and fate form the inner threads from which our individual destiny must emerge. He explains how our wounds can become doorways to our deepest gifts, and how our greatest efforts in the world are intended to lead us to a treasure divinely seeded within us before birth. Fate and Destiny speaks directly to young people looking to find a genuine path in life and trying to awaken to the dream they carry inside. It offers penetrating insights for those caught in life s inevitable struggles and shows how the wisdom of elders depends upon re-membering the spirit of eternal youth. As one story puts it, god has only one question to ask you at the end of life: did you become yourself? Weaving stories within stories, lacing pertinent psychology within cultural analysis, and mixing autobiography with myth, Meade opens the territory of fate and destiny to new interpretations and deeper meanings.'

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Quotes - Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul

“There is a greater will, a greater need and purpose hidden within each life, and there is an inner law that knows best how each must live and that is worth stealing for; it’s worth dying for, and worth living for as well.” ― Michael Meade

“Set within the seed of the soul is not jut a fleeting image or a vague pattern but a lifelong story enfolded within, waiting to be cracked open and lived all the way out.” ― Michael Meade

“Amidst the rush and confusion of modern life something old and wise is trying to catch up with us. Whereas simple knowledge tends to divide things, genuine wisdom tends to make meaningful unity possible.” ― Michael Meade

“A true pilgrimage requires letting go of the very things most people try to hold onto. In seeking after what the soul desires, we become pilgrims with no home but the path the soul would have us follow.”― Michael Meade

“One of the open secrets of life on earth is that the answer to life’s burning question has been inscribed in one’s soul all along. The soul is a kind of ancient vessel that holds the exact knowledge we seek and need to find our way in life. Each life is a pilgrimage intended to arrive at the center of the pilgrim’s soul. From that vantage point, the issue is not whether we managed to choose the right god or the only way to live righteously; such notions fail to recognize the inborn intimacy each soul already has with the divine.” ― Michael Meade

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“Destiny is purpose seen from the other end of life.”― Michael Meade

“Searching outside oneself for what can only be found within can lead to a life lived in the wrong direction and sacrifices made for the wrong reasons. People can wind up alienated from themselves even if they achieve lofty goals set by others.” ― Michael Meade

“All meaningful change requires a genuine surrender. Yet, to surrender does not simply mean to give up; more to give up one’s usual self and allow something other to enter and redeem the lesser sense of self. In surrendering, we fall to the bottom of our arguments and seek to touch the origin of our lives again. Only then can we see as we were meant to see, from the depth of the psyche where the genius resides, where the seeds of wisdom and purpose were planted before we were born.” ― Michael Meade

“Wisdom can reveal the light hidden in dark times; but it requires that we face the darkness in ourselves. People may desire pearls of wisdom, yet most are unwilling to descend to the depths where the pearls wait to be found. Wisdom involves a necessary descent into the depths of life, for that alone can produce ‘lived knowledge’ and a unified vision.” ― Michael Meade

“What good is a dream that doesn’t test the mettle of the dreamer? What good is a path that doesn’t carry us to the edge of our capacity and then beyond that place? A true calling involves a great exposure before it can become a genuine refuge.” ― Michael Meade

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“At critical moments the veil between the little-self and the deep self thins and a meaningful self-adjustment becomes possible. If a person does not become paralyzed with fear or frozen in hatred, the wise self hidden within will rise to the occasion.” ― Michael Meade

“When a situation feels like a matter of life and death the deep self is close at hand and it already carries inner medicine and its own life remedy.” ― Michael Meade

“Each soul lives on the verge of remembering the forgotten agreement and original dream that it carries; yet each moment can be another point when the dream of life becomes lost again. Each meaningful step we take on the path of life involves some tension between the needs of the common world and the dreams of the soul. This inherent tension can stop us in our tracks, yet can also be the source of vital energy needed for the soul to grow. Each time we remember a piece of why we came to life we pull the seeds of eternity farther into the world of time. The inner seed keeps trying to sprout, but often our fate must place us in a crossroads or nail us to a cross before we pay proper attention to it.” ― Michael Meade

“Everyone experiences pain and most suffer from patterns that continue to make life miserable unless something or someone intervenes. The pain we feel comes from the cross-wise energies that keep curving back and cancelling the wise self and the good word that wait to be expressed from within us. Persistent pain is usually the indication that we have become trapped in a life too small for our true nature. That is the usual human fate and the common predicament where the little-self obscures the greater nature behind it. Until people realize what harms them and limits them from within, they are unlikely to call out for someone to help stop the pain. The remedy may be nearby, but until the pain becomes unbearable most remain caught in the agony of one form or another of self-inflicted wounds. As Rumi said, 'The cure for the pain is in the pain.” ― Michael Meade

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“In seeking after what the soul desires we become pilgrims with no home but the path the soul would have us follow.”
― Michael Meade

“Myths remind us of the symbolic presence within all the lost-and-found adventures that alone can give life meaning. Losing touch with the world of myth means losing the sense that life is deeply meaningful, full of meanings trying to be revealed at each twist and turn in the ongoing drama.” ― Michael Meade

“The problem in most situations is not a lack of calling; but a fear of responding to the call.” ― Michael Meade

“A certain kind of courage is required to follow what truly calls to us; why else would so many choose to live within false certainties and pretensions of security? If genuine treasures were easy to find this world would be a different place. If the path of dreams were easy to walk or predictable to follow many more would go that route. The truth is that most prefer the safer paths in life even if they know that their souls are called another way.” ― Michael Meade

“The old stories must be learned anew, studied again within the context of a world at odds with itself and only able to be redeemed by the brush of the wing of the great bird of spirit.” ― Michael Meade

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“Every mistake is a new style.” ― Michael Meade

“What good is a path that doesn’t carry us to the edge of our capacity and then beyond that place? A true calling involves a great exposure before it can become a genuine refuge.” ― Michael Meade

“The divine is at the edge of our awareness and vision, but it is also within us as the first seeker found when all seemed lost completely. In order to find the dream of life again, we must first find the way that the dream exists within our own souls. We may be daunted by the surfacing of all the dilemmas and trouble of this troubled world, but the deep self and soul within us already knows how we are intended to swim in the blessed turmoil of the waters of life. For humans exist to bring meaning to the surface of life and awareness to the dream of existence.” ― Michael Meade

“A society that fails to water the life-seeds of its members may be capable of instructing its citizens, but will be incapable of truly educating its children or wholly embracing its youth.” ― Michael Meade

“In the end, as at the beginning, the divine turns out to be most interested in the unique life of the individual soul. That’s what was meant by the old idea that “inside people is where god learns.” This is not a religious notion, but more of a spiritual insight. For this conversation god is simply the shortest way to refer to the divine. When a unique life becomes fully lived everyone involved learns something and it becomes clear that god was involved all along.”― Michael Meade

“We are wrapped around a mystery to which we were drawn before we were born.” ― Michael Meade

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The Feminine Face of Power: Becoming Transformational Elders, with Dr Cynthia King

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm - New Student Rates - REGISTER NOW!

The Augustine Centre, 2 Minona Street Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia

Michael Meade (2016)

'Each person born participates in the genius of life and the world at this time is in great need of an awakening of the genius qualities hidden in each of us. In this view genius refers, not to measurable intelligence, but to the essential “uniqueness” of each person and the gifts and talents that form the core of their inner life. The presence of genius marks each person, regardless of age, gender orientation, ethnicity or social status as being essentially distinct and automatically valuable.

In a rapidly changing world faced with seemingly impossible problems, it becomes important to understand that each person has something to contribute to the solutions. Rather than the need to heroically save the world, the real work of humanity at this time may be to awaken the unique spark and inner resiliency of genius within each person.

Both timely and timeless, this book is essential for anyone who seeks to awaken their own genius and learn how it can help heal nature and re-imagine culture. This book will help young people hoping to find a meaningful way in the world and adults wanting to dwell more deeply in life. It offers essential ideas for parents and teachers, counselors and mentors seeking to encourage and support those they teach and care about.  The Genius Myth is essential reading for anyone searching for a true orientation in the midst of a world gone wrong.

The culmination of decades of work with at-risk youth and marginalized people, Michael Meade’s book, The Genius Myth combines dramatic real-life experiences with compelling mythic tales to offer a profound exploration of the wisdom of genius.' - Mosaic Voices

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“Each person born, regardless of race or ethnicity, gender identity or social status participates in the genius of life in some unique way.  Everyone has something to give if they give from their essential nature.” ― Michael Meade

“A community best serves itself when it truly serves the awakening of the unique story trying to come to life through each person born.” ― Michael Meade

Quotes - The Genius Myth

“Mentoring is an archetypal activity that has timeless elements which can connect us to the universal ground where nature renews itself and culture becomes reimagined. Youth and elder meet where the pressure of the future meets the presence of the past. Old and young are opposites that secretly identify with each other; for neither fits well into the mainstream of life.” ― Michael Meade

“Timing can be everything and wisdom requires the patience to wait as well as the courage to leap when the time becomes right.” ― Michael Meade

“Mythic imagination can break the spell of time and open us to a level of life that remains timeless. Myth is not about what happened in past times; myth is about what happens to people all of the time.”― Michael Meade

“In these dark and uncertain times, there can be great value in imagining a bit of star in each human soul.
Not just that it gives some hope for humanity at a time when man’s inhumanity to man seems ever on the increase; but also because it points to an inner brightness that can light the way in dark times.” ― Michael Meade

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“What is most lacking in the modern world of duplications and facsimiles, of endless information and intentional misinformation, is the authenticity that makes life truly meaningful and spiritually rewarding.” ― Michael Meade

“Human beings long for connection, and our sense of usefulness derives from the feeling of connectedness. When we are connected — to our own purpose, to the community around us, and to our spiritual wisdom — we are able to live and act with authentic effectiveness.” ― Michael Meade

“Myth and nature are the two great garments of the world, with nature being the living green garment that covers the planet and myth being the multidimensional, many-colored fabric that continually weaves human culture.” ― Michael Meade

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“Whether we know it or not, our lives are acts of imagination and the world is continually re-imagined through us.”― Michael Meade

“To become nobody but your true self and to struggle against the tide of sameness and the false security of simply fitting in is a fight worth having. To become oneself by contributing one’s native gifts and talents to this troubled world: that is the job to keep applying for and a work worth spending an entire life doing.” ― Michael Meade

“A genuine education must somehow serve the wings of spirit and imagination that each child brings to life.” ― Michael Meade

“Some might ask whether the path is before us or within us. The answer is: Yes. We are both driven from within by our resident spirit and something outside calls forth the genius within us.” ― Michael Meade

“Hearing a story awakens the mythic story living in each of us. It places us in a “mythic condition” that reconnects us to the core imagination and living story at the center of our soul. Being touched by myth carries us to the center where the world is always ending and always beginning again.” ― Michael Meade

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“Living myth is about the experience of the waters parting again in the here and now. As a critical moment opens before us the spirit of life and genius of the soul speaks to us and through us. What was about to crush us suddenly parts before us and we shoot forward with the sudden vitality of life, fueled by the living imagination needed to survive.” ― Michael Meade

“The thread that ties us to the center is the hidden cord of the heart, it is the thread of genius that can connect the mind with the heart, that allows the mind to feel and reveals the thought set within the heart.” ― Michael Meade

“We may be closest to hearing the call when we feel most alone or in trouble, for genius hides behind the wound and one of the greatest wounds in life is to not know who we are intended to be or what we are supposed to serve in life.” ― Michael Meade

“Myth offers a third place to stand or a third way to see when we find ourselves caught between opposing ideas and hardening ideologies.”― Michael Meade

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“Something watches over us and we know it when we follow the little voice inside or heed the warning or inspiration that arrives as if on wings. We need the intermediaries that keep us close to the spirit of life, to the wonders of nature and to the subtleties of our own inner nature.” ― Michael Meade

“The hardest thing in life may be to learn to truly trust that there is something noble and generative in ourselves. This is a greater sense of the notion of believing in our self; to truly believe in oneself means to uncover the inner core of imagination and authenticity that can also be called the genius within us. When we connect to the inner resident of the soul, we also learn how we are woven to the Soul of the World.”― Michael Meade

“When we place our immediate conflicts in the territory of an archetypal story we can better see the nature of our problems and find solutions that bring creative imagination to bear in the realm of hard facts and hardening dilemmas.” ― Michael Meade

“Education at a deep level means to ‘lead out’ what is trying to be born from within. The job of a true teacher is to help awaken the inner pupil that has its own way of being and unique way of perceiving the world.”― Michael Meade

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“Our deepest longings and the question of who we are intended to be cuts us in half, dividing us within ourselves. At critical stages and significant moments in the course of life, we sink with the weight of our own questions; we drown in our own psyche in order to reach a subtle ground that secretly sustains our every breath. In that sense, all separations, splits, and conflicts are evidence of a unity we long to find, both individually and collectively.” ― Michael Meade

“The ability to be tough-minded remains useful; but by now, the fact that we are all in trouble in terms of both nature and culture can only be denied by those who become overly conservative and blindly reactionary. The more tender-hearted imagination that suggests we are all in this together and that there must be an underlying unity in life may be the only way to survive.” ― Michael Meade

“There will always be the facts of life to contend with, and there are times when the facts can become overwhelming. Yet, there is a poem at the heart of things and a mythic story in the heart of each of us. At certain times it is the poetry of life and the mythic imagination of the soul that become necessary in order to heal the wounds inflicted by an excess of reason or an overuse of force. When we unfold the story wound within our souls and untie the knots within us, we add presence to the world and contribute to the spirit of life in a specific and authentic way.” ― Michael Meade

“In order to understand the conditions we are in, we must place ourselves not in the mainstream of life but in the timeless stream of myth. As the fabric of life loosens, the veil between this world of hard facts and the otherworld of great imagination also becomes thinner and more permeable. Just as time seems to be running out, timeless things try to slip back into human awareness.” ― Michael Meade

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“The issue is not simply one of needing to save the world, but also of needing to solve the problem of the loss of soul throughout the modern world. Part of what has been lost in the reckless rushing of modernity is the sense that each life has an authentic interior that shelters important emotions as well as inherent purpose, and that the dignity of existence includes a necessary instinct to unfold the unique story woven inside each living soul.” ― Michael Meade

“Something ancient in us bends us toward the origins of the whole thing. We either drown in the splits and confusions of our lives, or we surrender to something greater than ourselves. The water of our deepest troubles is also the water of our own solution. In surrender, we descend down to the bottom of it and back to the beginning of it; down into what is divided in order to get back to the wholeness before the split. Healing, health, wealth, wholeness: all hail from the same roots. To heal is to make whole again; wholeness is what all healing seeks and what alone can truly unify our spirit.” ― Michael Meade

“There is a poem at the heart of things and a mythic story in the heart of each of us. At certain times it is the poetry of life and the mythic imagination of the soul that become necessary in order to heal the wounds inflicted by an excess of reason or an overuse of force.” ― Michael Meade

“At critical moments in the life of individuals and of societies, it is not necessarily the facts that are needed as much as a profound narrative that makes sense of life’s conflicts and misunderstandings. When all seems to be falling apart and becoming less rational and more chaotic, it is usually a different story that is needed to make things whole again. Mythic imagination can break the spell of time and open us to a level of life that remains timeless. Myth is not about what happened in past times; myth is about what happens to people all of the time.” ― Michael Meade

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Trinh T. Minh-Ha (2009)

The Story Began Long Ago.....
I. Commitment from the Mirror-Writing Box
The triple bind
Silence in time
Rites of passage
The Guilt
Freedom and the masses
For the people, by the people, and from the people
Vertically imposed language: on clarity, craftsmanship, and She who steals language
A sketched window on the world
The infinite play of empty mirrors
Writing woman
II. The Language of Nativism: Anthropology as a Scientific Conversation of Man with Man
The reign of worn codes
The positivist dream: We, the natives; They, the natives
A Western Science of man
A Myth of mythology
What “man” and which “man”?
Gossip and science: a conversation on what I love according to truth
Nativist interpretation
See them as they see each other
III. Difference: “A Special Third World Women Issue”
The Policy of “separate development”
The Sense of specialness
The question of roots and authenticity
Infinite Layer: I am not i can be you and me
The female identity enclosure
Third World?
“Woman” and the subtle power of linguistic exclusion
Subject-in-the-making
Ethnicity or womanhood: whose duality?
The Gender controversy
IV. Grandma’s Story
Truth and fact: story and history
Keepers and transmitters
Storytelling in the “civilized” context
A regenerating force
At once “black” and “white” magic
The woman warrior: she who breaks open the spell
A cure and a protection from illness
“Tell it the way they tell it”
“The story must be told. There must not be any lie”
Bibliography

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Trinh T. Minh-ha is a writer, filmaker, and composer. Her works include the books: The Digital Film Event (Routledge 2005); Cinema Interval (Routledge 1999); Drawn from African Dwellings (in coll. with Jean-Paul Bourdier, Indiana University Press 1996); Framer Framed (Routledge 1992); When the Moon Waxes Red. Representation, gender and cultural politics (Routledge 1991); Out There: Marginalisation in Contemporary Culture (Co-editor with Cornel West, R. Ferguson & M. Gever. New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art and M.I.T. Press, 1990); En minuscules (book of poems, Edition Le Meridien 1987); African Spaces - Designs for Living in Upper Volta (in coll. with Jean-Paul Bourdier, Holmes & Meier 1985); En art sans oeuvre, International Book Publishers, Inc

“ .. methodologically innovative .. precise and perceptive and conscious .. ” — Text and Performance Quarterly

“Woman, Native, Other is located at the juncture of a number of different fields and disciplines, and it genuinely succeeds in pushing the boundaries of these disciplines further. It is one of the very few theoretical attempts to grapple with the writings of women of color.” — Chandra Talpade Mohanty

“The idea of Trinh T. Minh-ha is as powerful as her films .. formidable .. ” — Village Voice

“ .. its very forms invite the reader to participate in the effort to understand how language structures lived possibilities.” — Artpaper

“Highly recommended for anyone struggling to understand voices and experiences of those ‘we’ label ‘other’.” — Religious Studies Review

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Quotes - Woman, Native, Other

“Neither black/red/yellow nor woman but poet or writer. For many of us, the question of priorities remains a crucial issue. Being merely "a writer" without a doubt ensures one a status of far greater weight than being "a woman of color who writes" ever does. Imputing race or sex to the creative act has long been a means by which the literary establishment cheapens and discredits the achievements of non-mainstream women writers. She who "happens to be" a (non-white) Third World member, a woman, and a writer is bound to go through the ordeal of exposing her work to the abuse and praises and criticisms that either ignore, dispense with, or overemphasize her racial and sexual attributes. Yet the time has passed when she can confidently identify herself with a profession or artistic vocation without questioning and relating it to her color-woman condition.” ― Trinh T. Minh-ha

“Speaking, writing, and discoursing are not mere acts of communication; they are above all acts of compulsion. Please follow me. Trust me, for deep feeling and understanding require total commitment.” ― Trinh T. Minh-ha

“despite all our desperate, eternal attempts to separate, contain and mend, categories always leak.” ― Trinh T. Minh-ha

“you and I are close, we intertwine; you may stand on the other side of the hill once in awhile, but you may also be me while remaining what you are and what I am not.” ― Trinh T. Minh-ha

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Lucy H. Pearce (2016)

Uncompromising and all-encompassing, Pearce uncovers the archetype of the Burning Women of days gone by—Joan of Arc and the witch trials, through to the way women are burned today in cyber bullying, acid attacks, shaming and burnout, fearlessly examining the roots of Feminine power—what it is, how it has been controlled, and why it needs to be unleashed on the world during our modern Burning Times.

Burning Woman explores: Burning from within: a woman’s power—how to build it, engage it and not be destroyed by it. Burning from without: the role of shame, and honour in the time-worn ways the dominant culture uses fire to control the Feminine. The darkness: overcoming our fear of the dark, and discovering its importance in cultivating power. This incendiary text was written for women who burn with passion, have been burned with shame, and who at another time, in another place, would have been burned at the stake. With contributions from leading burning women of our era: Isabel Abbott, ALisa Starkweather, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Molly Remer, Julie Daley, Bethany Webster..

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Quotes - Burning Woman

“Who is She? She is your power, your Feminine source. Big Mama. The Goddess. The Great Mystery. The web-weaver. The life force. The first time, the twentieth time you may not recognize her. Or pretend not to hear. As she fills your body with ripples of terror and delight. But when she calls you will know you’ve been called. Then it is up to you to decide if you will answer.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“These are burning times. And they call for Burning Women. Women embodied in their passion. Woman feeling in their bodies. Creative women. Courageous women. Women who have learned to run on a different power source to the world which is falling into flames around her. She has already disentangled herself from the wreckage of the patriarchal culture, so she will not be dazed, confused and disorientated by the systemic changes happening around her. Centred within herself, receptive to the Earth beyond her, she knows how to cultivate from the ashes, she knows how to find the embers to fuel the new fire.
Burning Women arise.
Our time is now.
Our time has come.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“For some she came in a dream. For others in words as clear as a bell: it is time, I am here. She may come in a whisper so loud she can deafen you or a shout so quiet you strain to hear. She may appear in the waves or the face of the moon, in a red goddess or a crow.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

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“Together we are learning to move from raw emotion and frozen muscles into a flow which emerges deep from within. We are learning to dance our prayers, bleed our words onto the page, laugh our images onto canvas, build our dreams in the world – to transmute and transmit the energy of the Feminine through our bodies and out into the world.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“We are weaving her-story into reality.
Unweaving the limiting his-stories.
Creating our-story.
Reaching beyond religion and patriarchy and capitalism and so-called democracy.
Into new ways of being and seeing.
We are the bridge between worlds
We are the ones we have been waiting for.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“Burning Woman is a powerful image. A role model. A metaphor. A warning. A source of power. She is Feminine power incarnate.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

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“Standing in the ring of fire, the eye of the storm, the vortex of pain and pressure is simultaneously the most vulnerable and most powerful place to be. Here we embody paradox. We stand our ground and surrender completely. Here we know the full power of the Feminine.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“In my work with hundreds of women over the past few years a theme has emerged: women’s desperate, unquenchable desire to step into their power, countered by the fear of what will happen if they do. The longing to express the riches inside them, wrestling with the deep terror of being burned by the judgement, hatred or rejection of strangers or loved ones if they do. 

This fear of being burned is an oddly female one. It is a fear which keeps us small and scared… but seemingly safe. From the outside this can seem like an overreaction. Both the need, and the fear. But women, it seems, have an innate knowing of what it means to burn… and be burned. They know the dangers in their bones. And it makes them wary.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“We are the granddaughters of the witches they were never able to burn. If history teaches us that a ‘witch’ is nothing more than a woman who doesn’t know her place, then damn straight, I consider myself a witch. Ruby Hamad When” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“We hardly dare trust that this is a process of transformation – that out of the ashes will rise the phoenix of humanity.” 
― Lucy H. Pearce

“We often fear that the Revolution needed is too big for what we can give.
Too much change is required inside, outside.
And we are too small.
But all that is required is that you step into the truth of your life. 
And speak it, write it, paint it, dance it.
That you shine your light on your truth, for the world to see.
And as hundreds, then thousands, then millions do this – each sparking the courage of yet more – 
Suddenly we have a world alight with truth.”  ― Lucy H. Pearce

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“The Dalai Lama says that the world will be saved by Western women. Not any women, perhaps not all women, but Burning Women. Women who have stepped out of silence and into the fullness of their power. Angry women who love the world and her creatures too much to let it be destroyed so thoughtlessly for a moment longer.

Burning Woman is the heart and soul of revolution – inner and outer. She burns for change, she dances in the fire of the old, all the while visioning and weaving the new.” 
― Lucy H. Pearce

“Those in the System, would like us to share their belief that all the changes [we are witnessing] are not connected: they are simply anomalies, isolated symptoms to be treated or preferably ignored, before the all-powerful Western capitalist patriarchal model goes on to ever greater heights and grander ejaculations. Most are numb to it, caught in fear, denial or resistance.

But we, Burning Woman, know this process intimately. Amongst Burning Women and Men, there is a fierce, quiet knowing that these are both the death pangs of the old, and the birthing pangs of the new.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

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“The deep Feminine, the mystery of consciousness, She who is life, is longing for our transformation as much as we are. She holds back, allowing us free reign to choose, nudging us occasionally with synchronicities, illness, births and deaths… But when we make space for Her, she rushes into all the gaps, engulfing us with her desire for life and expression. This is what She longs for, this is what we are for: experiencing the Feminine through ourselves. We simply need to slow down, and find where to put our conscious attention. And it is this, this willingness to look again, this willingness to put consciousness onto our places of unconscious, to express what we have always avoided, which starts the process of unblocking, so that She may flow through.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“Once we start to work with Feminine power we begin to see that it is not our minds that are in control of this power – it ebbs and flows with the movements of the planets, the procession of the seasons, the moons and tides, our own internal cycles of menstruality, anniversaries, the events around us. All these and more impact our experience and expressions of power. We learn to become aware of these various patterns and their impact on us and work more consciously with rather than against or in spite of them. We learn that they are all part of the same process. We open towards the energy, rather than shut down to it. We learn to trust the flow.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“If we are to be women in power, then it must be power on very different terms. we have to find a new source of energy. New structures of power. Ones that don’t deplete us or our environment. We need to run our lives on sustainable energy.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

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“Breaking our silence is powerful. Whether it comes as a whisper or a squeak at first, allow that sense of spaciousness, of opening, allow yourself to trust the bottomlessness, and lean into the dark roar which will light up every cell.

Though it may start softly, we build in confidence and skills, we realise we do not need to wait for permission before we open our mouths. We do not need to wait for others to make space for us, we can take it. We do not need to read from others’ scripts or style ourselves in weak comparison. We do not need to look to another’s authority because we have our own. Down in our cores. We have waited so long for permission to know that it was our time, our turn on stage. That time is now. Our voices are being heard into being. They are needed.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“We dare not talk of the darkness for fear it will infect us.
We dare not talk of the fire, for fear it will destroy us.
And so we live in the half-light, 
Like our mothers before us.

Come to the fire, 
Feel it warm your skin.
Come to the fire,
Feel it burn in your belly,
Shine out through your eyes.
Come dance in the fire, 
Let it fuel your prayers.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

“Free-thinking, powerful, passionate women are dangerous to a conservative male-dominated culture. They tend to do what they want and believe is right...not what you tell them. And so patriarchal cultures have a deep-seated fear of women in their power, their ability to give life...and take life, their uncontrollable emotions, their intuition, their constant changing. Rather than seek partnership with this power, the patriarchal system has chosen to dominate and subdue the women who show signs of it through shaming, branding, naming, ostracising, traumatising, raping, medicating...and burning. In patriarchy powerful women are a threat.”  ― Lucy H. Pearce

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“Often we can get caught in our own struggles, our own small stories, that we forget our place in the larger story arc – the way that our actions, our choices, our achievements can and will blaze trails for that who come after us, so that they do not have to spend their time and energy re-fighting the same battles.

For sure we walk a spiral path, but for generations of women the spirals were so tightly packed that it seemed they were going round in circles – let us blaze trails so that the path we walk takes in wider and wider sweeps of human experience.

Trail blazing is what we do when we find ourselves in the wilderness, with no path to guide us but our own intuitive understanding of nature and our destination. At times we must walk through the night, guided only by the stars. We know when to sit and rest, to shelter from storms, when to gather water, and what on the trail will sustain us and what will do us harm. We are courageous and cautious in equal measure, but we are driven forward, not only by our own desire to reach our destination, but also by the desire to leave a viable way for others who follow. 

Trail blazing is an art-form. It is how we find paths through what before was wilderness. We push aside braches, or cut them back, we tramp down nettles and long grasses, ford rivers and streams, through the inner and outer landscapes.” ― Lucy H. Pearce

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Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald Miller (1995)

Through a series of events that included a vision quest in a secluded cabin and studying with Sufi masters, Buddhist teachers and Native-American shamans, Reb Zalman found a way to turn aging into the most meaningful and joyous time in his life. In this inspiring and informative guide, Reb Zalman shares his wisdom and experience with readers. He shows readers how to create an aging process for themselves that is full of adventure, passion, mystery, and fulfillment, rather than anxiety. Using scientific research - both neurological and psychological - Reb Zalman offers techniques that will expand horizons beyond the narrow view of "the present" into a grand and enduring eternity. By harnessing the power of the spirit, as well as explaining exactly how to become a sage in their own community, he gives readers a helpful and moving way to use their own experiences to nurture, heal, and perhaps even save a younger generation from the prison of how we typically regard aging.

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Zalman Schachter was born in 1924 into a Hasidic community in Poland. When he was less than a year old, his family moved to Vienna, where he studied in a yeshiva and in a leftist Zionist high school. When the Nazis came to Vienna, sixteen-year-old Zalman fled to France, where he was interred in a camp for a year. In 1942, he came (by way of Marseilles, Casablanca, and the West Indies) to the United States to study at the Lubavitch yeshiva in Brooklyn, where he was ordained in 1947. He later earned a Master of Arts in the psychology of religion from Boston University and a Doctor of Letters from Hebrew Union College. Over the years he served as a congregational rabbi, a Hebrew school principal, a Hillel Foundation director, and a professor of religion and Jewish mysticism.

Beginning in the 1960s, Reb Zalman - who was a founder of the havurah movement - emerged as a unique, charismatic, and controversial figure in the countercultural Jewish renewal community. He is a preeminent rabbi, teacher and Professor Emeritus at Temple University in the USA and founder of the Spiritual Eldering Institute in Philadelphia. This book explains how older people may continue to grow spiritually and intellectually and offers guidance on facing mortality, repairing relationships, developing a regenerative spirit, and leaving a legacy of wisdom for future generations.

Quotes - From Age-Ing to Sage-Ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older

“elders serve as conduits between the divine realm and the mundane world, making the abstract truths of spirituality accessible to the community by embodying them in their everyday behavior.” ― Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

“she has carried this sacred sense of community building.” ― Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

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Starhawk (2002)

“In a culture where profit has become the true God, self-sacrifice can seem incomprehensible rather than noble.” ― Starhawk

Starhawk is an author, activist, permaculture designer and teacher, and a prominent voice in modern Goddess religion and earth-based spirituality. She is the author or coauthor of thirteen books, including the classics The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing. Her latest is the newly published fiction novel City of Refuge, the long-awaited sequel to The Fifth Sacred Thing. Starhawk directs Earth Activist Training, teaching permaculture design grounded in spirit and with a focus on organizing and activism through “social permaculture” — the conscious design of regenerative human systems. The well known Wiccan figure has collected essays she has written in response to her observation of and participation in resistance to corporate dominance from Seattle WA in 1999 to Washington DC in September 2001.

Webs of Power is a call to re-conceive our political and economic systems at the very deepest levels. Writing from the front lines, Starhawk chronicles the global justice movement sparked by Seattle’s 1999 anti-World Trade Organization protest. An activist in many of the major peace and justice movements of our times, Starhawk continues to be deeply involved as a direct action participant and trainer in the anti-globalization movement. (For the latest, see her writings on the WTO Cancun mobilization.)

The book is divided into “Actions” and “Visions.” In Part I, Starhawk begins with a direct-action perspective of what really happened in Seattle and provides an overview of the complex political and economic powers that the anti-globalization movement opposes. Recounting the blow-by-blow events of the critical confrontations faced by the anti-globalization protestors after Seattle, Prague, Brazil, Quebec, Genoa, Starhawk discusses police brutality, the Black Bloc versus the pacifists, and the magic of solidarity.

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In Part II, Starhawk spins a vision of the future of the anti-globalization movement. Drawing on her twenty years of experience as an activist, ecofeminist, and Witch, she explores the debate between violent and nonviolent tactics; the definition of an economy of true abundance; and how we can transform our rage and despair, face our fears, and renew our spirits while acting to change the world.

Reviews:

“For those like myself, who all too often find themselves supporting from the sidelines, Webs of Power is a persuasive account of why we should increase our level of involvement. For those like the author, who are drawn to the frontlines of the actions, it is a powerful affirmation, a reminder that change comes only with effort. And for those in power who continue to hide behind police barricades, Webs of Power is a wake-up call, a reminder that not everyone is content to live in a world ruled by corporate interests.”– Cincinnati Magazine

“With almost daily scandals involving political, business, and religious figures, it’s a godsend to find voices that still resonate with truth, vision, and honest action. Starhawk is one of those voices, a wise and incisive speaker for our times. Her newest book eloquently captures the social and political forces, emerging philosophies, and personal stories that have coalesced into a worldwide movement advocating sovereignty for the earth over the tyranny of global corporations.” – NAPRA ReView

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Testimonials:
'The grave danger we are in — of enslavement, worldwide, by the insatiably greedy — is so complex only a witch could fully comprehend, analyze, and write a spell to get us out of it. I am serious. Enter Starhawk (thank Goddess!) and Webs of Power. This book tells us all we need to know about the chasm gaping at our feet. Visionary ropes are thrown in the hope that we will have sense and soul enough to swing ourselves across. A must and soonest read.' — Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple

'Since the anti-WTO protests in Seattle, a dispersed and diverse global movement has better understood itself in the mirror of Starhawk’s writings. Her essays consistently, and miraculously, combine how-to practicality with poetry and inspiration. She presents the best face of social justice and dares us to live up to it.' — Naomi Klein, author of No Logo

'Webs of Power is must reading for all who would take part in the essential revolution of our time: the transition from a suicide economy to a life-sustaining civilization. Here Starhawk provides on-the-scene reports from the opening years of the global justice movement; then in a set of outstanding essays, reflects on key strategic and philosophic issues. The voice of this visionary teacher, writer, activist is unfailingly fresh in its wisdom and relevance. While refusing all dogmas, she inspires and guides with wholesome, wry authority.' — Joanna Macy, author of Widening Circles

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What an important book to read right now! Always on the cutting edge, Starhawk guides us this time through the labyrinthine pathways of the global justice movement. These powerful chronicles of her experiences ‘out on the streets’ — beginning with Seattle in 1999 — are an exciting read in themselves. Her observations, and her razor-sharp analysis of the converging elements involved in the protests provide a framework to see this rising, world wide movement. Starhawk's vision comes from a lifetime of service to the Earth and all living things. Clearly she understands the dynamics needed to make another world possible. — Donna Read, documentary film-maker, Women & Spirituality Trilogy: Full Circle, The Burning Times and Goddess Remembered

Starhawk has done it again: merging the personal, the political, and the planetary in a seamless web of words that resemble the web of life. Do yourself a favor and read every sentence of this book; then let it guide you into being an active participant in the global values revolution that is replacing money values and violence with life values and nonviolence. — Kevin Danaher, Co-Founder, Global Exchange

Starhawk is a profound example of spiritual activation — the place where mind, heart, and spirit join in sacred, conscious action. Her message on the importance of diversity in the global justice movement is timely and vitally important. This vision for a healthy world manifests into reality when we recognize that peace ON the Earth must happen as one with peace WITH the Earth. — Julia Butterfly Hill, author of One Makes the Difference and The Legacy of Luna

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Ann G Thomas (1997)

"There's a warm breeze wafting in my bedroom window, bringing with it the smell of jasmine: a perfect beginning for this day. In the bathroom, I splash water on my face and happen to look up into the mirror. Looking back at me with an intensity that I could feel reflected in my own face is the face of an old woman." — Dr Ann Thomas

We might not recognize ourselves in the face regarding us from the mirror of age, but Ann G. Thomas embraces it. In exchanges with the Old Woman who looks out at her from the mirror, Ann confronts the fears that tempt us to deny our aging. She reveals the strength and comfort that are ours if we will only acknowledge and accept ourselves as we are, and as we are becoming.

Thomas interweaves tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Bible with Native American lore and myths from Africa, Europe, and Asia; she embroiders them with insights from modern psychology to illuminate their meaning. The patchwork quilt that she produces will change the way you look at aging even while it warms your heart.

In many cultures, women are revered as they grow older. Their wisdom, insight, and strengths are recognized as treasures to be shared. Our Western culture is different—as women age they are frequently ignored and cast aside by a youth-oriented society. For millions of women facing midlife, the prospect of getting older is intimidating, bleak, and anything but a source of power. Now, in this magical new book, author Ann Thomas uses myths, folktales, and stories to help women get in touch with their spiritual selves as they move into and through the second half of life.

The Women We Become explores the difficult and sometimes frightening aspects of aging, and reveals the tasks or pathways toward meaning and fulfillment in old age. Chapters include:

• The Reality of Death
• Accepting Life's Limits
• Relating to the Dark Feminine
• The Search for Meaning

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Review:

Confronting the fears that temp us to deny our aging and finding comfort in ourselves as we are and as we are becoming, Thomas offers women an antidote to society's stigmatization of growing older in this heartening and welcome new volume." — NAPRA ReVIEW

"To be seen as an old woman is to risk being seen as a crone or a hag, Ann Thomas claims in The Women We Become. Nowadays, these titles serve as insults, she says, contributing to the oppression and self-loathing that aging women have felt for generations. By returning to the framework of ancient folklore and mythology (when hag and crone implied status and power), Thomas helps women reexamine the contemporary aging process. Although this is a grounded discussion of growing old, the gifted storytelling and rich imagery (such as snow maidens, lichen trees, snakes, and spindles) breathe solace and inspiration into the hearts of older women." — Amazon

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