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Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness by Marion Woodman
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“When the power comes from within us and we claim it as our own, then we no longer have to affirm ourselves by dominating others. The irony is that we are actually afraid of our own power.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“The Goddess is the unspeakable wisdom that grows into the very cells of the body. She lives with this sacramental truth at her center: the beauty and the horror of the whole of life are blazing in Her love. She is dancing in the flames.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“Women are, by nature, disposed to relationship and connectedness; yet true relationship cannot be embraced until a woman as a deep sense of her at-one-ment. Without this essential independence from all roles and bonds, she is a potential victim for servitude.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“In our yearning to be perfect, we have mistaken perfection for wholeness. We think we cannot love ourselves until we and others meet some external standard. Depression, anxiety—in fact, most neuroses and compulsions—are ultimately a defense against loving ourselves without condition. We are afraid to look at the damp, dark, ugly yet exquisite roots of being that stretch deep into our survival chakra. We are fearful of finding that the spirit is not there, that our Home is empty, even as our outer home is empty. Yet it is in that place of survival, where the dark mother has been abandoned, that spirit longs to be embodied so that the whole body may become light. Ego wants to be the god of our own idealized projection; spirit wants to be incarnated in our humanity where it can grow in wisdom through experience.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“Since she has not been present in the culture, she has not been readily accessible to the conscious awareness of modern women. Without her, even the dynamic symbols of Virgin and Mother are distorted. The Crone is a woman is that part of her psyche that is not identified with any relationship nor confined by any bond. She infuses an intrinsic sense of self-worth, of autonomy, into the role of virgin and mother, and gives the woman strength to stand to her own creative experience.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“In the absence of role models for the new feminine in our culture, the Goddess speaks through dreams and creative imagination, giving guidance to those who chose to listen.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“The Crone has been missing from our culture for so long that many women, particularly young girls, know nothing of her tutelage. Young girls in our society are not initiated by older women into womanhood with its accompanying dignity and power.
Without the Crone, the task of belonging to oneself, of being a whole person, is virtually impossible.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“Kundalini power, the symbol of raising the energy coiled at the base of the spine upward through the chakras, is called by Sri Chinmoy, 'the power of the Supreme Goddess.' Repressed or coiled in a circle, she can be poisonous both to the body and the psyche, but once risen and standing upright, she is beneficent. The power of the serpent, rightly understood, is one of the ways the Goddess overcomes duality.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“We know we can change ourselves when we realize that we are not dependent on how we feel, nor on how others feel about us, nor
on what the situation is around us. The values we hold, the choices we make within ourselves and for ourselves remain our prerogative. In most situations, if we begin to change, to do our own inner work, to accept our own darkness and work toward consciousness, the situation will change. We will begin to emanate a different energy, one
that exudes a sense of autonomy and authenticity.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“As a symbol, the Crone had to be suppressed by patriarchal religions because her power 'overruled the will even of Heavenly Father Zeus.' She controlled the cycles of life and death. She was the Mother of God, the Nurturer of God, and, as a Crone, the Slayer of God. While Christianity retained the feminine as Virgin and Mother, it eliminated her role as Crone.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“Reading ancient myths and fairy tales can be very helpful because these stories came spontaneously from people who had not studied psychology. The stories came straight out of their unconscious and, therefore, show us how the unconscious works unimpeded by conscious intervention. The images are clear and stark. For those of us who are interested in why we do what we do when we want to do the opposite, the stories are gold mines of information.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
“Change means change. We may have all the insights, but if we do not incarnate them, they are all in vain.”
Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness