A friend left the most magnificent documentary in my mailbox, Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames.
This film is a spiritual journey that asks us to rethink our relationship with the earth, life, and death. This is the most incredible SL (silver lining) addition to this day and my life..
A Jungian analyst, author and educator, Marion Woodman is renowned for her contributions to feminist thought, the study of addiction, and the endeavour to join spirituality with professional psychology. This is such mind candy to me.
She believes that we all have a destiny. We either live it or escape it because we are afraid to live our own reality.
This makes me think so much about Silver Linings. We have choices in life about how we deal with challenges (whatever they are) and even seemingly insurmountable F-bombs. I am fully choosing to live in the reality of FBC. As hard as it’s been and continues to be, I am learning and growing through the adversity. While I wouldn’t have wanted FBC to learn this incredibly important lesson, I’m embracing it and feel stronger for it.
To find the full spiritual dimension, Woodman believes that we must surrender the old life to the new. Surrender feels like death, but results in a whole new consciousness. Profound.
Death happens throughout life, Woodman believes. The death of part of our soul, for example. But out of that death, new life will come. Certain things have to die in order for life to come. This is stimulating such thought and reflection for me. What part of me is dying so that another part can be born anew? I don’t have the solution at this minute, but I’m confident that it will present itself.
Author, scholar and mystic Andrew Harvey (who interviews Marion Woodman in the film) says that she is a sign that it is possible to live a full, passionate, dignified deeply concerned human life with profound mystical awareness. All of this AND he considers her a down-home woman with a great sense of humor. How fabulous!
As a thinker, Woodman draws on religion and myth to explain the mind; hers is a philosophy of dynamic opposites, the bridging of seeming contradictions. Life and death, love and grief, courage and submission are part of a harmonious whole.
What a Silver Lined way to live life. Truly aspirational and inspirational.