Power, Reality, the Feminine, and Projections

Kianga by Paul Lewin

Kianga, Paul Lewin


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 5 for Reflection and Discussion:

We have all experienced the destructive effects of the projections onto the feminine in Western societies. These projections trace their origins to the joining of the patriarchy with institutionalized monotheism. The patriarchy grew out of the middle ages into the Age of Reason, and this movement birthed a cultural mentality that became rational, verbal, and literal. This new mindset rejected the mythological and symbolic values in our religious writings, which had nurtured and guided peopleʼs lives for centuries. Today, because we have lost these values and are allowing information to replace knowledge, we no longer realize that symbols and images carry a deeper reality than words. Part of our devaluation of the feminine results from our loss of the art of thinking symbolically. To lose this art is to lose the kind of grounding that enables us to experience the beautiful depths of love and the Divine presence that is potentially within our capacities. (p. 73)


Questions for Journaling and Group Discussion

Can you think of ways that you have denied the feminine in yourself?

Can you see how our societyʼs denial of the feminine causes us to ignore our longings for love and for meaning until they erupt in negative ways?

What do you think about our cultureʼs fear of the transformative power of the feminine?

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


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