Meeting the Madwoman Empowering the Feminine Spirit

Meeting the Madwoman Empowering the Feminine Spirit [BOOKS] ✭ Meeting the Madwoman Empowering the Feminine Spirit By Linda Schierse Leonard – The Madwoman is a powerful psychological and emotional energy that lives in us all both men and women and speaks to us all inhabiting our dreams our lives our collective cultural memory Ignored or sup The Madwoman Empowering the Feminine PDF or Madwoman is Madwoman Empowering PDF/EPUB å a powerful psychological and emotional energy that lives in us all both men and women and speaks to us all Meeting the ePUB ´ inhabiting our dreams our lives our collective cultural memory Ignored or suppressed she becomes a force of self destruction; acknowledged and understood she becomes the Madwoman Empowering PDF/EPUB ½ a source of creativity and power In this remarkable and revolutionary book Linda Schierse Leonard explores how we can overcome the inner turmoil of the Madwoman Empowering the Feminine PDF/EPUB ² contemporary life unexpressed rage the buildup of guilt and anxiety by harnessing this primal expression of our natural instinctsFrom Medea to Ophelia to Thelma and Louise the paradox and patterns of madness are as old as time But the chain can be broken; the Madwoman within each of us can and must be freed openly expressed and transformed into a source of constructive creative energy Leonard draws upon an extraordinary range of sources ancient myths and fairy tales films and literature contemporary and historical women's lives to design a model of empowerment for women todayWith its fresh perspectives and bold insights Meeting the Madwoman is a provocative work of profound cultural significance one whose ideas are sure to resonate for years to comePraise for Meeting the MadwomanA book loaded with practical insights that's also fun to read With refreshing originality Leonard reverses some traditional perceptions New WomanA vigorous exploration Throughout Leonard writes passionately seeing the Madwoman as an empowering symbol and the discovery process as a spiritual exercise a kind of purification and ultimate triumph of the feminine spirit Kirkus Reviews.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Meeting the Madwoman Empowering the Feminine Spirit
  • Linda Schierse Leonard
  • English
  • 11 August 2015
  • 9780553373189

10 thoughts on “Meeting the Madwoman Empowering the Feminine Spirit

  1. Jan Deelstra Jan Deelstra says:

    Meeting The Madwoman scared me For many years it sat on the shelf taunting me to pick it up I dare you it seemed to teaseThat reluctance to read the book should have been my first and biggest clue that the book had substance to offer It turned out that once I began reading I could not put it down This is a book I will never loan out although I sincerely think EVERYONE should read it I go back to it one occasion and I still find a LOT to take in I recommend this bbok for any woman willing to let go of inner fears and habits and to any woman brave enough to look inside herself The growth potential is enormous

  2. Jessie Jessie says:

    I liked this even better than Women Who Run With the Wolves Both books cover the same subject how to integrate the shadow aspect of the wild feminine spirit using Jung's archetype psychology as a primary source but Leonard's book uses stories of contemporary and historical women as well as examples from literature and film Estes the author of WWRWTW uses folk stories and the style of a cantadora Where Estes is self important elaborate and redundant Leonard is clear effective and accessible Leonard relates tales that are emotionally moving and very relatable in a style that is easy to read and enjoy I highly recommend this book to everyone who is ready to meet their inner creative force or is doing work to re parent their inner child

  3. Rosemary Royston Rosemary Royston says:

    Every woman needs to read this book It will make you uncomfortable at times but it will reveal things you've hid from yourself and it will empower

  4. Danielle Trent Danielle Trent says:

    I adore this book It's illuminating and fascinating A fantastic Jungian exploration of who we are as women and who the women are around us I am reconciled and refreshed This is beautiful interesting and above all empowering

  5. Shandra Shandra says:

    I like the idea But I don't like or know about movies enough to keep up One really needs to know there movies for this book I did not finish reading it

  6. Jessica Jessica says:

    This book was really interesting but it did get a bit repetitive and put a lot of emphasis on dreams and I’m not too sure that that is fully valid to explain someone’s real life issues

  7. Trisha Owens Trisha Owens says:

    Been reading this one off and on for several years It is deep and thought provoking A MUST for anyone who is struggling to live in contemporary society

  8. Leslie Leslie says:

    The book seemed too much written in a 'pop' style that I really don't like I didn't finish the book but I'd read enough

  9. Rachel Rachel says:

    “Modes of expression and being that are uniuely feminine or simply unconventional and therefore potentially creative are often disparaged by patriarchal cultures and when women try to live them they are often labeled crazy or eccentric” pxvi“Even if a woman fits a culturally desired feminine image and is happy with her life in a traditional role parts of herself that she has denied eventually will cry out to be seen and heard and she will feel the urge to change Ignoring these vital parts of herself her various desires or needs can make a woman act and feel crazy” p4“Essentially the patriarchy to me embodies the Western principals of linear rational thought with its emphasis on order abstractions and judgement from above” p16“In the abyss you either die go mad or discover the strength and power to survive and transform” p59“create instead of control” p61“Body work which tries to release trauma stored up in the body can take us back to our very origins and is also helpful in finding and healing early wounds” p69“Today although women are beginning to speak assertively for their rights so they can live according to their natural rhythms needs desires and abilities the social structures in which we live still make it difficult to actualize the full range of our creative abilities” p71“Women complain about men’s lack of feeling yet they do not necessarily want men to give up status conferring jobs and identities and the security that comes with these roles and they often fear the expression of the freed personality of the man who breaks out” p76“Although her depressions kept recurring she no longer feared them seeing that they did not destroy her she accepted their cyclical nature and she viewed herself as a survivor She worked ‘to live as I wish my daughter –as I would wish all women to live” –with confidence self love and self esteem” p87“the basic female impulse is to gather to put together to construct” p89“Only if we admit to ourselves and each other that we are selfishly obsessed with security material comfort victory and control to the exclusion of the rights of other living things and our own humanity can we actively try to stop destroying the planet” p103“Whether she is a golden goddess or the darker femme fetale whether she is a cultural icon or an ordinary housewife her life is created in another’s dreams not her own She belongs to the person or culture she has captivated and has put her on a pedestal” p108“The fame you have the responsibility is yours and the smaller and defenseless you feel” P150“We have to ask the Madwoman what she really wants from us what we really want and turn her energy into a creative process” p162“The conflict between conforming to the role of the materially successful dutiful daughter and exploring her own spiritual life kept her feeling inwardly chaotic and disconnected for several years” p172“Because people do not want to struggle for enlightenment or bear the suffering of the mysteries that are too difficult to grasp with reason alone they want a God who will protect them and make things easy So the priests attempt to obliterate the divine paradoxes that permeate human purposes; they give definitions that deny that unfathomable holiness of Nature’s sacred flow” p251“The Visionary is gifted with seeing what others cannot see ordinarily and her task is to reveal these visions to her community She must not only see but remember and record what she has seen” p276“Grounding is essential for the Visionary Visionaries often emphasize the importance of ritual work in grounding Beating the drum folding clothes in ritual preparation caring for sacred objects and places writing poetic verses digging into the earth to plant seeds all are ways of bringing the Visionary down to earth Living the sacred in our ordinary lives is essential” p277“The conscious journey to meet our interior Madwoman entails many challenges and can be facilitated by a skilled guide who gives us reassurance that there is value in our descent into chaos that something creative can come out of darkness that we need not end up in the locked ward of isolation” p282

  10. Jules Jules says:

    Leonard is a Jungian analyst who explores our collective inheritance of archetypes the roles that get passed down the madness within that is often tied to powerful creative potential She teaches us to not run away from the martyr the muse the recluse the bag lady and other roles that litter our consciousness embodied by real women and also paramount in film and art From the Russian poet silenced by Stalin Anna Akhmatova to the the American actress Frances Farmer she provides many examples of women who neatly fit into the roles society prescribes for them often to their own detriment We must not work against these energies and roles but embrace the seeming madness to unlock our greater artistic potential The only flaw in her work is that her discussion of film and literature often provides a play by play of every detail ie plot spoilers

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