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Inspiration for the older woman, and those who will be...
on March 20, 2005
Feeling a little under the weather as you arrive at that 50th or 60th milestone? Read Jean Bolen's GODDESSES IN OLDER WOMEN to give yourself a lift. Older women can "get a life" if they only pause to reflect on the inner self. Some think of aspects of the female self as archetypes or personality quirks, Bolen says they are "Goddesses within." Although we may fail to listen, and thus not hear them, inner voices occur throughout life. Different needs as well as life-long experience evokes different voices in the older woman. Her name may be wisdom, although she is more than wisdom, she is healing, compassion, and/or mirth. You may notice her voice which called to you when you were younger now has a new tone. We worship her, whether or not we think of her as a Goddess. She has been with you since girlhood as Mary or Kuan Yin or the Shekinah. First appearing as a maiden, then when we became mothers appearing as a mother. Now, she comes to us as a crone, the third phase of the moon-waxing-or the last aspect of the triple goddess. Known since ancient times, although appropriated by patriarchal faiths, still known if you listen to the small still voice in your heart.
As a 70s and 80s self-help junkie more disillusioned than ever by the US role in world events, I picked up this book-published in 2001-thinking, "Why am I doing this?" and "Been there, done that" "How could this apply to me" only to be pleasantly surprised by the delightful and helpful contents. After all these years, Jean Shinoda Bolen still has much to share. I am recommending this book to my daughter who is aged 43. There is more to life as an older woman than face lifts and sagging breasts.