Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Heroine's Journey~ Teaser Tuesday

The Heroine's Journey

Hosted by MizB at should be reading.

Here's how to play:

*Grab your current read,
*Open to a random page,
*Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page,
*Please no spoilers!
*Share the title and author.

This week's selection is from Maureen Murdock's 'The Heroine's Journey':

"It is in these moments of being truly vulnerable, however, that we can really grow. Jean Shinoda Bolen says, 'When we are doing something because it is expected of us or to please somebody else or because we are afraid of somebody else, we become further alienated from a sense of living authentically. If we just keep living out a role that we know well, the cost of that is to become increasingly cut off from that which is in the collective unconscious, that which not only nourishes us, but also provides the raw material that allows us to mess up. Very often in transition periods, that's exactly what is called for, a change by going through chaos, of losing the way, of being lost in the forest for some time before we get through and find our path again.'"

I've just started this book that I've wanted to read for years. Published in 1990, Maureen Murdock breaks the male template of the hero's journey according to Joseph Campbell and inserts her own understanding of the wounded contemporary female through her work as a therapist and artist. This passage itself, found by asking for guidance and then opening to a random page, touches me more than I expected.


  1. I cannot WAIT for summer so I can revel in the many stories and poems that are waiting for me! HAPPY DAY DEAREST! Anita

  2. That was random? Bet you got goosebumps, sister!


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