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Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine
     

Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded Feminine

by Gertrud Mueller Nelson (Editor)
 

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Every human being has both masculine and feminine characteristics, but because our civilization undervalues the Feminine, she hides within each individual and stands in need of healing. In Here All Dwell Free, Gertrud Mueller Nelson shows us how the wisdom of folk mythology offers us both the diagnosis of our ills and the healing prescription we seek for our feminine

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Every human being has both masculine and feminine characteristics, but because our civilization undervalues the Feminine, she hides within each individual and stands in need of healing. In Here All Dwell Free, Gertrud Mueller Nelson shows us how the wisdom of folk mythology offers us both the diagnosis of our ills and the healing prescription we seek for our feminine natures.
Nelson takes two Grimm's fairy tales and demonstrates how they refect the dilemma of modern women, and men, as they struggle to free and heal the feminine within their own personalities and their very culture. In "The Handless Maiden," a miller's daughter sacrifices her flesh-and-blood hands to preserve her father's material, mechanical world. In "Briar Rose," a princess is cursed by a forgotten mother-goddess to sleep, deathlike, until her dormant feminine nature is awakened.
In a mesmerizing interpretation of these two women and their passages to healing, Nelson shows us the difference between passivity and receptivity; the wounded healer and her spirituality; Earth as the wounded feminine; and the inner and outer synthesis of masculine and feminine polarities that must redeem the whole kingdom, so that all can live free. . .
"Superbly wise . . . A wonderful book which brings hope and healing to the urgency of our broken world."
Robert Johnson

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Library Journal
Nelson, author of To Dance with God (Paulist Pr., 1982) presents a mixture of Jungian and Christian interpretations of two classic fairy tales: ``The Handless Maiden'' and ``Briar Rose.'' These fairy tales, says Nelson, help women understand and recover the devalued feminine in their inner and outer lives. Although information on men's recovery of their repressed feminine is included, this book is clearly aimed at a primarily female Christian audience. Two books which have similar theoretical content and will appeal to wider audiences are Madonna Kolbenschlag's Kiss Sleeping Beauty Good-Bye ( LJ 10/15/79) and Stephanie Demetrakopoulos's Listening to Our Bodies ( LJ 5/1/83).-- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385421003
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1991
Pages:
384

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Meet the Author

Gertrud Mueller Nelson is an artist, writer, lecturer, and educator. Raised in Minnesota, she attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, studied printmaking in Cologne, and graduated from the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Her other books include 'To Dance With God' (called by Bill Moyers an important book in my life for some time now), several volumes of liturgical clip art, and a children's book, 'A Walk through Our Church'. She lives in San Diego.

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