Here All Dwell Free: Stories to Heal the Wounded 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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809138722
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Pages: 364
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface: How This Book Came To Be
In Appreciation
Introduction: Toward an Understanding of Fairy Tales 1
Pt. I The Handless Maiden
1 The Story of the Handless Maiden 11
2 Healing the Handless Maiden 28
3 The Miller and the Mill 31
4 The Price 38
5 The Daughter's Choice 47
6 The Need for a Great Love 55
7 The King and the Moonlit Garden 58
8 The Thief in the Night 64
9 Silver Hands 77
10 The King's Mother Complex and the Queen's Father Complex as Partners in the Marriage 97
11 Getting the Message 105
12 Into the Woods 118
13 Here All Dwell Free 144
14 The King's Journey 155
15 And They Lived Contentedly to Their Happy End 164
Pt. II Briar Rose
16 The Story of Briar Rose 175
17 The Awakening of Briar Rose 187
18 The Hopeful King and Queen 193
19 The Forgotten Goddess 200
20 The Divine Incarnate 214
21 Curses and Blessings 222
22 The Emerging Feminine 226
23 Entering Women's Mysteries 230
24 Grasping the Spindle 244
25 Drawing Blood 250
26 The Tower 258
27 The Tower as Coffin and Nuptial Bed 273
28 The Tower as Religious Formation 281
29 When the Time is Ripe 288
30 The Awakening 294
Pt. III A New Creation
31 Telling Our Own Story 301
32 Forming a New Creation 315
Pt. IV Related Stories
33 A Dream 325
34 The Unfortunate Lovers 327
35 The Two Royal Children 329
36 Sun and Moon 331
37 A Recounting of the Myth of Demeter and Persephone 334
38 The Armless Maiden: A Russian Fairy Tale 336
39 The One-Handed Girl: A Swahili Tale 342
Bibliography 357
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