Anchored in the Heart: Redeeming the Dark Feminine
Karlyn M. Ward, Phd
Author and Presenter
In this comprehensive presentation, the dark, hidden, positive feminine archetype of transformation is accessed through the figure of Mary Magdalene, long associated with the Black Madonnas and with great goddess figures such as Isis and the feminine Wisdom, Sophia. Drawing on ancient literature ("Song of Songs" and the gnostic "Gospel of Mary") to current works, the material is amplified with image (ancient to present), and music (ancient Greek to contemporary Western). Some of this story has reached popular awareness through such novels as "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Secret Life of Bees". What is the meaning of its increasing popularity? How does it fit with scholarly psychological, theological and alternative studies? The challenging information presented here is psychologically and spiritually relevant to women, to men, and to the collective culture.
(Two-DVD Set - Disc 1: 110 minutes / Disc 2: 80 minutes)
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I sat with a friend viewing this in Johannesburg, South Africa. We both live in different cultures and come from different backgrounds yet the film reached out to us in powerful ways. We kept on talking and bringing up ideas in relation to what Karlyn was saying. The film creates discussion through the topic itself and the way Karlyn presents the material. The art and music add a dimension to this topic that is emotionally evocative and like any avenue into the psyche, needs to be approached from all sides. Karlyn's presentation, her humanness and openness about the stories she presents and their meaning to her jumps out from the dvd into the heart and mind. You cannot help but be touched but more than that, learn.
Even though I have some familiarity with the material, Karlyn expanded my horizons with the knowledge she brought forth in a clarity of manner and ease of speaking that naturally created space for wonderings, inner queries and discussion. I remained intrigued and interested to the end. And, then wanted more...