Saturday, March 14, 2015

The refuge of Deep Being

When I teach creative writing classes, I always tell my students about what James Joyce calls the "epiphany" of a story. It's a moment of enlightenment or recognition when the character comes to realise something, to see something in a new light, and from then on the characters internal landscape is changed. It's worth noting, I tell them, that epiphany actually means a physical manifestation of something, so the character's realisation comes through some tangible thing or outside action.

In much the same way, the feminine journey is a story unfolding, and its epiphanies come through real things, though tangibles like walking sticks and reams and deer antlers -- all of which we might miss without taking time and space in Deep Being.

Of course, not every woman needs to be in Jungian analysis to travel a feminine journey, but we all seem to need at least one refuge of Deep Being where we have the ongoing freedom to tell our truth safely and truly be heard, where we can find the support we need to follow our thread, where the epiphanies can come. We need a place that will help us find the grain beneath all that bark.

We can accomplish it perhaps with a friend or a special group, through a journal, through prayer, or through a creative work. The important thing is to find a process that works for you, that allows you to give yourself times of unconditional presence when you can attend your soul with all the acceptance and attentiveness you can muster.

Sue Monk Kidd
The Dance of the Dissident Daughter:
A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine

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