Jungian analyst Jean Bolen hit the big time in the early 1980s with one of the first New Age publishing successes, Goddesses in Everywoman
. Every woman in America seemed engrossed with identifying her goddess and using the archetypes of the Greek pantheon to guide her out of the patriarchal system to greater self-knowledge and self-esteem. Bolen again hangs a lantern aloft for feminists and lovers of light everywhere with this slim volume. Though only 87 pages, The Millionth Circle
has the potential to become the latest bible for the Jungian/feminist/evolution-of-consciousness movement (remember Women Who Run with the Wolves
?). The premise is based on Ken Keyes Jr.'s "Hundredth Monkey" theory: that a behavioral change in a growing number of individuals will reach critical mass, and the entire population's consciousness will leap forward to embrace the new behavior as if by magic. Bolen's version is this: form consensus-based, peace-loving circles of support, and one day the millionth circle could alter the psyche of the human race. Written in free verse from chapter 3 on, The Millionth Circle
is a dandy manual for creating women's circles, which Bolen hopes will one day save the world. --P. Randall Cohan
About the Author
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst in private practice, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Medical Center, and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of many books including Crones Don't Whine and The Millionth Circle, which was published in 1999 and spawned a whole new way for women to become activists from their local circle.