The Great Mother Archetype
Link: Dancing in the Flames Marion Woodman Foundation
A segment taken from Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother DVD Extras, in which Dr. Marion Woodman (Addiction to Perfection), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and Angeles Arrien (The Second Half of Life) discuss the Great Mother archetype in further detail, our neglect of her in our current times, and our need to respect and put her back where she belongs in order to ensure our future and our children's future.
Marion Woodman is a writer, international teacher, work- shop leader, and Jungian analyst. With over half a million books in print, she is one of the most widely read authors on analytical and feminine psychology of our time. A graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich, Ms. Woodman is the author of Addiction to Perfection, The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter, The Pregnant Virgin, The Ravaged Bridegroom, and is co-author of Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick), The Maiden King (with Robert Bly) and Dancing in the Flames (with Elinor Dickson).
Kali, the goddess of life and death, of creation and destruction, is the most revered Hindu goddess, beloved in India. But our country hasn't dealt with Kali at all because we don't like to think that death is part of life even though we've just finished with winter! I mean, if we gave any thought to it at all, we'd know that death leads to new life. I think we have to learn to accept mystery, to accept that the Divine is mysterious and that if we think we know everything, we are grossly deceived.” - Marion Woodman.