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on February 26, 1999
Woodman's book, like all of her works, is right on, as far as it goes. On a still deeper soul level, it is not about men and women at all, but rather, Inner Figures. Hence, the wise white man will say (or think, or meditate): no woman is the carrier of my Dark Soul; and the wise woman will say: no man is the carrier of my Dark Spirit. This praxis may lead to sanity within, the balance we crave, but as James Hillman points out, we practice, not to become practical, but practiced (that is, we as males). I cannot really speak to women's praxis; some wise woman would have to inform me of that. I only know that a man can indeed "marry the Anima," and that She does indeed "protect him, love him, and guide him to the Treasure hard to attain." Enough said for now...
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on February 17, 2000
This book is so easy to read. It illustrates its points so well that it will give the reader new insight into masculine and feminine. I recommend it!
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on April 28, 2014
The cover of Dancing in the Flames by Marion Woodman and Elinor Dickson also features a naked goddess, but this one is quite awake and consuming the hot flames that surround her whilst dancing in their light. The authors warn us that the sleep of the goddess is a special time and not necessarily an unconscious one. When she rises, refreshed, ready, and truly awake now, it is in the trinity of virgin, mother and crone, each with her own job to do, her own aspect that transforms, ultimately, into the whole person. Woodman and Dickson discuss the essence of worship of the great goddess, underlining its primary transfiguring function: "...there must be a death to the ego self; there must be a transformation in which there is a letting go of all false values, of all things that the egotistical nature clings to," and further that:

"In the burial ground of the heart, the goddess's enlightened devotees see beyond literal death to the death of values rooted in fear. When they come to accept death as a necessary step in their transformation, then Kali can dance her dance of perpetual becoming. Once her cycles are accepted, those who love her are free of fear of death, free of their own vulnerability, free to live her mystery...destroying in order to create, creating in order to destroy, death in the service of life, life in the service of death."

Eleanor Cowan, author of: A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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Dancing in the flames really does shed a new light on a fascinating subject close to all of us, the role of the feminine and masculine in society. And it does this in such a simple and easily digestible fashion, that powerful concepts can easily be understood by almost anyone. It both challenges and inspires. I highly recommend it.
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on December 27, 2000
I love Marion Woodmans insight! This is an easy read for Marions work, yet no less profound! If your interested in deep personal transformation Marion Woodman is a must in your library.
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