Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within

Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within

by Carol S. Pearson


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In this empowering work, the bestselling author of The Hero Within and Awakening the Heroes Within speaks to the heroine in every woman, offering potent strategies to forge lives of greater happiness and fulfillment—through activating the archetypes inherent in the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.

Our era of professional and familial pressures, constant connection, and a renewed debate on “having it all” presents unprecedented challenges to contemporary women. In Persephone Rising, celebrated scholar of depth psychology and archetypes Carol S. Pearson brings a fresh vision for meeting those challenges and rising above them, as only she can. Drawing on her profound understanding of myth's enduring power to catalyze transformations, Pearson guides readers on a journey of self-discovery, teaching us how to activate and apply the archetypes of Demeter and Persephone, as well as Zeus and Dionysus, in our own lives— empowering readers to see the unexpected choices and opportunities available to us all.

Illuminating ancient wisdom for a modern audience, Persephone Rising offers meaningful and effective strategies to answer the call to heroism in our own lives: to locate and harness the unique potential within each of ourselves, and ultimately to develop our own innate heroic gifts. Just as Demeter and Persephone discovered, in the midst of great difficulty, their own powers, gifts, and abilities for creating a better path not only for themselves, but the world, Persephone Rising teaches that each one of us has more options than choosing whether to lean in or out—we have the power to change ourselves, and thus our world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062884060
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,042,999
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Carol S. Pearson, a world-renowned expert on depth psychology and transformational leadership, is the author of numerous books, among them the bestselling The Hero Within, Awakening the Heroes Within, The Hero and the Outlaw, and Magic at Work. She lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.

Callie Beaulieu has been an actress for several decades. Classically trained, she is predominantly a theater actress, and her work has been seen around the country. Callie recently returned to the US after spending nearly a decade living in the Caribbean. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Table of Contents

Preface for the Paperback Edition ix

Introduction The Power Of Story In The In-Between

The Story of Demeter and Persephone 3

The Eleusinian Mysteries and the Power of Collective Transformation 13

Why Me? How This Tradition Changed My Life 23

Why You? Awakening Your Capacities and Potential 33

Why Now? Thriving in an Unfinished Revolution 43

Part 1 Demeter

Demeter and the Way of the Heart 53

Demeter Lesson One: Living a Life of Connected Consciousness 65

Demeter Lesson Two; Demonstrating Brave-Hearted Resilience 77

Demeter Lesson Three: Valuing the Generous Heart 89

Demeter Lesson Four: Voting with Your Feet 101

Demeter Lessan Five: Standing Up for What You Care About 111

Capstone Exercise: Dialogue with Demeter 119

Part 2 Zeus

Zeus and the Way of Power 123

Zeus Lesson One: Overcoming the Feat That Fuels a Driven Life 133

Zeus Lesson Too: Declaring Your Independence 141

Zeus Lesson Three: Unleashing Your Passion, Focusing Your Actions 151

Zeus Lesson Four: Regrouping and Rethinking as You Know More 161

Zeus Lesson Five: Moving from Power Over to Power With 173

Capstone Exercise: Dialogue with Zeus 184

Part 3 Persephone

Persephone and the Way of Transformation 187

Persephone Lesson One: Responding to the Call of Eros 201

Persephone Lesson Two: Claiming Your Love Rights 211

Persephone Lesson Three: Doing Life a Simpler Way 225

Persephone Lesson Four: Making Choices to Realize Your Destiny 237

Persephone Lesson Five: Experiencing Radical Belonging 251

Capstone Exercise: Dialogue with Persephone 266

Part 4 Dionysus

Dionysus and the Gift of Joy 271

Dionysus Lesson One: Realizing the Eleusinian Promise 287

Dionysus Lesson Two: Celebrating Life's Great Beauty 301

Dionysus Lesson Three: Dancing Collective Joy 313

Dionynts Lesson Four: Directing Your Inner Theater Company 327

Capstone Exercise: Dialogue with Dionysus 338

Integrative Capstone Exercise: Your Personal Eleusinian Mandala 338

Conclusion The Power Of Story To Transform Your Life 339

Who's Who 359

Bibliography 361

About the Author 367

Acknowledgments 369

Notes 375

Reading Group Discussion Guide 389

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