Hello everyone! Today is the debut of Sunday’s Stillpoint on the APA blog, and I look forward to your comments and feedback. Tina-Sue graciously introduced me this week, but in case you missed it, I am a writer, artist, single mom, and clinical psychologist living and working in Connecticut. I have been working for 22 years post grad school, studying Jungian/Woodmanian psychology intently for the past 12 of those years, and I am particularly interested in bringing more understanding of the Feminine aspects of consciousness into the world.
As you may know, the term “Feminine aspect” is a Jungian term, and refers to the lesser-known half of our dual nature. Within each individual are both masculine and feminine qualities. Both are important for authentic living, though our culture overvalues the Masculine aspects in both men and women, such as thinking, taking initiative, and the linear path to achievement. Over-emphasis of the masculine aspects undermines the awareness and development of our feminine qualities, such as honoring the wisdom of the body, following our inner knowing, allowing ourselves to follow the normal cycles of growth, death and rebirth. We try again and again to follow the straight line to our goal, deaf to our inner voice and blind to our true path.
I believe that sharing these ideas with artists, writers and all kinds of therapists is the optimal way to reach people, because our work is about stimulating people beyond where words can take us. Our work is with the psyche. The authentic and honest voice of our soul’s expression, resonate with other souls. Most artists are driven to create. Most are in touch with voice inside that inspires, guides, even beguiles us to create. It is in that creating that we learn about ourselves. We need to create space and silence to be able to hear that voice. We need to make space for our own inner knowing to come forth. I don’t know about you, but I have to create the space for silent reflection, so that I am in touch with my soul’s voice. I suspect that is true for most artists. That is what I’m hoping Sunday’s Stillpoint will help us do – create the silent space where we can again connect with our inner muse. I want to share the knowledge I have worked hard for, and I want to learn from you.
Perhaps when all the tears have been shed
the earth will be more fertile
I look forward to hearing from you! For more about my publication, please take a look at: www.psychesjourney.org
Breathe deeply and be well. Dorica