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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About the Author
Linda Hartley is author of Wisdom of the Body Moving, and works as a body-oriented therapist, teacher, and trainer. She currently runs training programmes in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy in England and Germany, and a series of workshops and retreats for women – Woman, Body, Earth and Spirit – which explore the ‘deep feminine’ through movement, bodywork, and myth. At home in England, she runs a private practice offering body-oriented therapy and Authentic Movement to individuals and groups.