"Gather the women" is a message from mother archetype, mother Earth, mother instinct, Mother Goddess, the Sacred Feminine. Suppression of the feminine principle is taking life on the planet to the brink. Terrorism, wars, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons, global warming and deterioration of the environment; domestic violence, trafficking of women and girls, and children who are traumatized and dying of preventable diseases are the toxic symptoms. "Gather the Women" is a call from the Sacred Feminine to bring the feminine principle into consciousness and peace into the culture, to be a critical mass, a tipping point–the metaphoric millionth circle.
This is not about replacing patriarchy with matriarchy. Women can be as predominated and as unempathic as men as a gender are thought to be, and there are many men who are nurturing and empathic as women are thought to be. This is an acknowledgment that women as a gender–as a whole, not every woman, but women generally–have a wisdom that is needed to save the world. Compassionate activism can also be an individuation call, a response from within to become involved in the world.
Urgent Message From Mother is Jean Shinoda Bolen’s newest book, to be published in September, just weeks before this lecture.
Workshop: Grail, Goddesses, Crones, and Circles
In this workshop for men and women, Jean Shinoda Bolen will bring us into the legendary, mythic and spiritual realm of the Sacred Feminine. The Grail and the goddesses are archetypes, symbols with depth and meaning for us all. The three phases of the Moon, the triple goddess, and women as maiden, mother, crone are stages of a women’s life; that can also be aspects of a man’s anima. Cut off from sources of meaning, without the Grail, the inner landscape becomes a wasteland. Listening to Jean tell these stories, we find ourselves re-membering dismembered parts of ourselves.
Through a guided mediation, we will deepen our understanding of the images within us and find the symbols that have meaning for us.
Beginning with the premise that we are spiritual beings on a human path, individuation takes on a soul dimension. The choices we make ripple out beyond us. In circles with a spiritual center, feminism, Jungian psychology, and Morphic Field theory come together to support growth, creativity, and activism.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s "Pioneers in Arts, Sciences, and the Soul of Healing Award". She is a former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine and Urgent Message From Mother.