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Dreams - Language of the Soul
Profile: Marion Woodman



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Marion Woodman ventures deeply into the world of dreams, examining their collective patterns and offering interpretations, and showing us how the very destiny of the soul is directed through them. With prescient scholarship, she helps us explore the images, myths, and metaphors that express our soulís desires. Jungian analyst and author Woodman describes how the very destiny of the soul is directed through dreams. She points to a collective dream pattern she has detected: the roaring to life of a feminine force, and what that means to the fate of the Earth itself.

For many years Dr. Marion Woodman has been spell-binding audiences the world over with her public talks. I was fortunate to hear one of her lectures at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, where she captivated her audience for more than two hours past her allocated speaking time; one could hear a pin drop in the auditorium! In Dreams: Language of The Soul, she maintains that special ability, offering a somtimes chilling insight into the realm of our dreaming state and it's importance in our day to day lives. Never one to resort to a 'clinical' style of writing or speaking, she presents her topic clearly without using psychological jargon which leaves one running for the dictionary. 'Dreams' explores the connection between our dreaming state, which she believes to be our subconscious trying to communicate urgent information to the conscious mind, and the overall quality of our lives. She clearly explores two paths and their consequences; firstly, ignoring the messages of our dreams and secondly, utilizing our dream state communication to help build solid mental foundations, free from the anxiety and stress ridden existence which many people call 'life'. If you have never read any of Dr. Woodman's books or listened to her audio tape lectures and talks, this is the best starting point to acquaint your self with a truly remarkable analyst.
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About the Author
Marion woodman is a writer, international teacher and workshop 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. Marion Woodman is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute of Zurich. She is the author of Addiction to Perfection, The Owl Was a Bakerís Daughter, The Pregnant Virgin, The Ravaged Bridegroom, and is coauthor of Coming Home to Myself (with Jill Mellick) and The Maiden King (with Robert Bly)

What Is The Soul?
marion woodman

"Psychological work is soul work.... By soul, I mean the eternal part of us that lives in this body for a few years, the timeless part of ourselves that wants to create timeless objects like art, painting and architecture. Whenever the ego surrenders to the archetypal images of the unconscious, time meets the timeless. Insofar as those moments are conscious, they are psychological ó they belong to the soul.... For me, soul-making is allowing the eternal essence to enter and experience the outer world through all the orifices of the body ... so that the soul grows during its time on Earth. It grows like an embryo in the womb. Soul-making is constantly confronting the paradox that an eternal being is dwelling in a temporal body. Thatís why it suffers, and learns by heart."
Soul - From the Greek word 'psyche'
the soul is 'feminine'

Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman is a practicing Jungian psychologist living in Ontario. She has several books that I think are essential reading for any woman who wants to better understand the power of the unconscious. She works with women who have problems with over-eating, anorexia, bleulmia, etc., and does so mainly through dreamwork. I have listed a couple of her books and also a site with a list of all her books. Also Available On Audio Cassette

Addition To Perfection
Through case studies, dreams, and myths, Woodman, a Jungian analyst explores the hidden causes of compulsion in the lives of men and women. At the root of eating disorders, substance abuse, and other addictive and compulsive behaviors, Woodman sees a hunger for spiritual fulfillment. The need to experience a sacred connection to an energy greater than their own drives people to search for an illusory ideal of perfection. Through discussions of parenthood, creativity, and body image, this presentation shows that freedom from addiction can be found by discovering the wisdom and power of the feminine principle. A must read!!!

Dancing in the Flames
The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
Marion Woodman & Elinor Dickson

The Maiden King : The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine [ABRIDGED]
by Marion Woodman, Robert W. Bly
Reviews

Amazon.com Although he's a National Book Award-winning poet, revered not only for his poetry but for his masterful translations of and critical essays about such internationally celebrated poets as Goethe and Antonio Machado, Robert Bly is perhaps more widely recognized for spearheading the men's movement with his bestselling book Iron John. Marion Woodman is a Jungian analyst whose scholarly work on feminine consciousness has distinguished her as one of Canada's leading feminists. These two renowned intellectuals have joined forces to explore the struggle for power between the masculine and feminine, using the ancient Russian myth of the Maiden Tsar as their framework.

The story of the Maiden Tsar is richly complex, detailing a young man's encounters with a series of strong female characters--some mythical, some mortal--including a tutor who betrays him, the harsh but wise Baba Yaga, and the omnipotent and beautiful Maiden Tsar. In his commentary, Bly explores the representation of the masculine, drawing on psychological, spiritual, and mythological sources to inform his analysis; Woodman uses a Jungian lens through which she can probe the psyche of the feminine. Together they hope to find a place in which the two sexes can coexist, without undermining or compromising the powerful energy of the feminine.

A thoughtful, enlightening, and impassioned work, The Maiden King may very well turn out to be the highbrow Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. --Kera Bolonik

The Boston Globe, Richard Higgins Where Bly's emphasis is on myth and the evils of literalness, as well as the integration of male and female, Woodman, true to her training, mines the story for its psychological insight. Her piece is a call to reclaim our projections outward of the "shadow" within. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title

From Kirkus Reviews , September 1, 1998 A drum-beater for masculinity and an icon of feminist psychoanalysis here deconstruct a Russian fairy tale, reducing an enchanting story to psycho-mush. Bly, the poet, anthologist, and translator, is also (of course) the author of best-selling Iron John, the book that helped send men back to the woods in search of metaphorical manliness. Woodman is a Jungian analyst whose Leaving My Father's House serves as a reference for would-be architects of feminine consciousness. Apparently, these two have developed a dog-and-pony show centered on the story of the Maiden King (or Maiden Tsar, as they call it). This unusually complex fairy tale features Ivan, son of a merchant, and his lengthy journeys, challenging tasks, and encounters with many aspects of the female, including a stepmother, three witchlike ``Baba Yagas,'' a more amenable - Crone, - plus, of course, the beautiful and powerful Maiden Tsar - and her 30 ``foster sisters.'' The authors set out to probe the metaphorical and mythological meaning of the story, first in individual commentaries, then in dialogue. Bly goes first, taking the story section by section and relating each section to other mythologies - Native American, Hindu - as well as to current cultural, psychological, and spiritual themes, frequently via poetry. In her section, Woodman dives deeper, calling up archetypes, the divisions of the psyche, and the necessity of making them whole again. Particularly interesting is a reflection on the grief caused by the death of Princess Diana (was she a Maiden Tsar?), interpreted as a ``yearning for the feminine.'' Both authors celebrate what they seem to agree is a trend favoring the rebalancing of male and female ``energies''; they deplore a numbing of the connection between conscious and subconscious, since that connection permits spiritual fulfillment. Only groupies will think this is anything but intellectual and psychic quicksand. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title

Buffalo News "Bly and Woodman are key keepers, bridge persons, shaman and analyst." --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

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11-27-04