A Map for the Journey

Cobalt Blue Mood, Daniele Albert

Cobalt Blue Mood, Daniele Albert


Greetings, dear readers!

The following is a continuation of our blog series “Reflections from the Heart of the Feminine.” If you’re just joining us you may want to start here.


Quotation from Chapter 10 for Reflection and Discussion:

Every life, if it is going to be fulfilled, is a journey. It is a journey from one state of being to another. It is a journey through the death of an old way of life into a new one. It is a journey that parallels a womanʼs giving birth—we must go with the pain, for to resist it increases the tearing and hinders the birth. This kind of journey, which is no stranger to suffering, becomes one of transformation, healing, growth, and the realization of a life that is beyond what we could have imagined or planned.


Questions for Journaling and Group Discussion:

Do you see why the desire to simply put painful and unpleasant experiences behind us and move on with our lives is actually a wish that would leave us shallow and disconnected from ourselves…and alienated from the human family?

Have you explored a denial that you need to recognize and come to grips with – and the reality that you need to accept, behind what has been denied?

How do you feel about our suggestions that you must build your inner strength and that “we must be determined to live, to say yes to life”?

To get a good introduction to the Death Mother archetype, watch Massimilla’s lecture on the topic:



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