Servants of the Sacred Dream

Servants of the Sacred Dream : Re-birthing the Deep Feminine - Psychospiritual Crisis and Healing

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Servants of the Sacred Dream explores the rebirth of the feminine into individual and collective consciousness, and its importance to women at a time when the unquestionable power and authority of the patriarchy is on the wane.

Re-emergence of the deep feminine is often heralded by periods of psycho-spiritual crisis or illness, which demand an encounter with our innermost depths. This book offers meaningful and positive perspectives from which to view our descents into illness, depression, and the dark realms of the underworld. Turning to ancient wisdom, we rediscover a relationship to such events that nurtures their potential for personal and collective healing and transformation. We find maps to guide us through uncharted territories of the psyche in the ancient myths of descent to the Goddess, and the initiatory journeys of the shaman - a way for women to empower themselves through embracing suffering and being grounded in their depths.

Servants of the Sacred Dream is a celebration of the human capacity to face courageously what lies beyond superficial concerns, drawing meaning from suffering, to engage more fully and vividly in the creative and healing dance of life, death, and rebirth. It guides the reader on a healing journey through darkness into a richer and deeper sense of life. This work invites body, soul, and spirit to join the dance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.02mm | 485g
  • Essex, United Kingdom
  • English
  • references, bibliography
  • 0954011708
  • 9780954011703
  • 411,388

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A masterpiece in the genre of spiritual autobiography, this book gently and fearlessly speaks to our current dis-eased times, weaving together into a luminous whole the personal, psychological, mythic, historical, and spiritual dimensions of embodied experience. In this magnificent exposition of the emerging Deep Feminine, the reader will find clarity, compassion and a tender reflection of his or her own soul. Servants of the Sacred Dream not only describes a healing process but evokes it.

--Melanie Reinhart, author of Chiron and the Healing Journey

In Servants of the Sacred Dream, Linda Hartley has undertaken the timeless quest of wrestling meaning from psycho-spiritual crisis. Using her own descent into the dark night of the soul, she shows how this nekyia, as the Greeks called it, brings forth treasures, the gifts of the underworld journey. She brings a new depth and perspective to the feminine face of God, and reaffirms how the loss of the feminine spirit leads us to lopsidedness and catastrophe. This is a book that affirms the human ability to grow from suffering and walk the ancient shamanic paths once more, with beauty and dignity.

--Stephen Larsen, author of The Shaman's Doorway, and co-author with Robin Larsen of A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell, and The Fashioning of Angels: Partnership as Spiritual Practice

With generosity and brave truthfulness, Linda Hartley guides us through a comprehensive and timely exploration of the terrible and essential steps towards wholeness within the great challenges of the development of the feminine in our contemporary world.

--Janet Adler, author of Arching Backward: The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman
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