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Leaving My Father's House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity

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The renowned analyst and author here provides deep insight into the process required to bring feminize wisdom to consciousness in a patriarchal culture--as struggle in which many women are more fully engaged today that ever before. Presenting the personal journeys of three wise women as maps, she points the way to the state of inner wholeness and balance she calls "conscio ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published November 17th 1992 by Shambhala (first published April 28th 1992)
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Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is so brilliant and so powerful. It's essentially about rising up out of the chains of the patriarchy and re-connecting with the deep, powerful wisdom of the conscious, mystical feminine.

My favorite analysand highlighted in the book is artist & writer Rita Greer Allen. She was a sculptor and wild mystic and she shares her very real and honest journal pages in this book. Her thoughts and feelings are expressed with such an admirable depth and honesty, while still being playful and compl
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women and therapists
An amazing book for women journeying through a deeper understanding of themselves. Again, Woodman does her mysterious work of weaving insight into a solid mantle of healing. Listen to the words that released my tears:
"While consciously holding the still point in Love, we can observe the opposites swinging through us without swinging with them. We can observe the power of the mother, who yearns to hold onto her child, letting go; we can observe the sexuality of the gypsy who wants life to serve h
Jeanie Blyth

I've come back to this recently, i feel its a structural hanger for what's happening to humans now,both in the collective and for me , in the personal. So much happening around us; the persona is political and vica versa. I read bits out to my friends, though generally can only take in little bits at a time.
Jul 06, 2018 added it
It's always good to re-read this book by Marion Woodman every few years. I keep a copy in my book collection because it's always had a strong impact on my understanding of how women and men differ in their journey to self.
Sarah Rasmussen
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Marion’s words opened up a whole new world within my psyche. I have never felt more validated in my own feminine journey of consciousness. This is THE book to read to start that journey of separating yourself from the patriarchal psyche. It is healing, terrifying, beautiful and so so sad. But more than anything, this book filled me with so much hope and gave me a vision for what my life could look like as I embody the true feminine. Thank you so much Marion, Kate, Rita and Mary.
Marina Resende
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
no geral o livro revela sobre o aspecto inconsciente de vínculos nocivos envolvendo a figura do pai e da mãe. fala da fantasia incestuosa (psíquica ou real) entre familiares, fazendo um paralelo entre a sociedade patriarcal e a negação e repressão da matéria e da carne. aborda também a questão da projeção sobre um deus/deusa, religião e a igreja enquanto algo perfeito e completo que não abarca o ser humano em si.

leria mil vezes esse livro, muito bom!

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Intriguing, in depth inner journeys of three women who also happen to be talented writers. I got lost in their stories and was inspired to learn more about what my own dreams are saying.
Heatherer Annasophiececilia Romaine
Sometimes it takes me forever to get through a book, I tend to read a few at a time and pick what suits my mood. LMFH was a journey through 3 different periods of three different womyn's lives, their breakthrough, healing and transformative experiences were interesting, engrossing and (at times) difficult to get through. I am obsessed with Jungian analytic theory and I enjoy Marion Woodman's take on it.

Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
intensely powerful. personal accounts of the inner journeys towards psychological, emotional & spiritual independence of three women. drawing on dreams, journal entries and conversations, each story gives still greater dimension and depth to the struggle to find each our own individual path to potential filled. ...more
This book was co-written with three of Marion's analysands. I wasn't as thrilled in my early thirties with the insights, although now that I'm later in life, I would probably enjoy the passages more.
Apr 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
I read this while doing my laundry at a laundromat in Alexandria after my divorce. I guess it didn't make that much of an impact on me. I can't really remember what it was about. Read Woodman's other works from the Inner City publishing company.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. A deep discussion about feminine consciousness and tapping into our feminine wisdom.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jungian psychology through the feminine lens.
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Marion Woodman was a Canadian mythopoetic author and women's movement figure. She was a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. She was one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma. She was also an international lecturer and poet. Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at ...more

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