Profile: Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman

Note: This is the first in a series of short introductions to the people listed on Watkins Books’s “100 Spiritual Power List.”

Marion Woodman, ranked at No. 100 in 2012′s list, as seen by Wikipedia:

Marion Woodman (born August 15, 1928) is a Canadian mythopoetic author and women’s movement figure. She is a Jungian analyst trained at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland. She is one of the most widely read authors on feminine psychology, focusing on psyche and soma. She is also an international lecturer and poet. Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at OPUS Archives and Research Center, in Santa Barbara, California. Among her collaborations with other authors she has written with Thomas Moore, Jill Mellick and Robert Bly. Her brothers are the late Canadian actor Bruce Boa and Jungian analyst Fraser Boa.

Quote by Marion Woodman, from an interview in Huffington Post:

Pythia: You have said that to bring feminine values into our culture is the “Great Work.” But what exactly is “the feminine”

Marion: I would say fundamentally that it’s the love of nature, and a belief in the body as a part of nature as we see it outside in the woods or rivers. The feminine takes time for spontaneity and slow time, honors inner reality, and gives values to feelings without brutally repressing them as “sissy” or meaningless. Those living the feminine way choose to do something because it’s of genuine worth, and because they love it, and can therefore put their energy into something honestly. Whether a man or a woman, they’re guided by the question: Is this of value to me personally? Is this worth putting my energy and effort into it? Is this who I really am? This path is different from hammering through something, even though one’s heart isn’t in it. But living from the heart in this culture takes courage.

The mission of her current work, from a statement at the homepage for the Marion Woodman Foundation:

To continue the tradition of BodySoul Rhythms® work, as developed by Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton, and Ann Skinner through trained teams.

The BodySoul Rhythms® work has a strong base in C.G. Jung, and supports the individual’s process of working towards consciousness, and the contained group process to descend into the unconscious and the body.

The BodySoul Rhythms® work holds that psyche and soma are inseparable, and must be worked on together to come to consciousness—to the positive feminine in our bodies and the positive masculine in our creative pursuits.

Blessings and love to Marion Woodman in everything that she does in the world!

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