Many of you are familiar with Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, who revolutionized how we think about our archetypal selves in her blockbuster book, Goddesses in Every Woman. As she has reached the s-aging part of her life, she wants us to know that we are STILL the goddesses we’ve always been…only now, we come with a wellspring of wisdom. I could hardly put the book down this past weekend.
In her book Goddesses in Older Women, Dr. Bolen points out how we become invisible in our society as the years pass. I’ve personally seen it in sales people, customer service representatives, and yes, even in the medical community. If we are mindful, and we see this change in our place in society, we realize that we cannot buy into the hype of the stereotypic way we are seen (or not seen) in our world. Our new role is to carry on as the magnificent mid- and later- life goddesses that we have grown to be.
In our Wisdom years, we find significant representations of who we were, and may still be, in many of the early goddesses . Metis, mother of Athena, is swallowed by Zeus, as many women have been swallowed up by raising families, supporting a mate’s rise to success, or even being pushed aside by the patriarchy in business. Athena, born from her father, Zeus’ head, is still ‘of’ him, and though she carries similar wisdom, she is not given the status that her intelligence deserves. Eventually, in her wisdom years, Athena sheds the desire for the goals of power and conquest, and gains her rightful place as a beacon of wisdom.
We are beginning to realize, at this stage of life, the fulfillment that comes from releasing ego and allowing our wisdom, our s-aging, to shine through. We anchor our energies of compassion, giving, and joy, realizing that they are what really matters in the life we have always wished for.
Perhaps we must first become Kali (Hindu) or Sekhmet (Egyptian), to destroy the old belief system, the old status quo. This is what Dr. Bolen calls the “enough is enough” archetype. Then there is room to call on the Kwan Yin within us, the compassionate, selfless heart. Alongside Kwan Yin is the archetype of the Virgin Mary, through whom the goddess is returning. And, finally, Uzume, the Japanese Goddess of Mirth and Dance, takes her place as a crone-aged woman. With Bawday Baubo, from Greek mythology, they create the axis of joy and humor. For, what is our life, at this stage, if there is no humor, no joy?
It is the spring of our wisdom years. We are beginning the connection to our goddess selves in the S-aging part of our lives. Would you like to know more about replacing fear, disconnection, and doubt in your wisdom years? I hope you will join me on Monday, March 31, for my FREE visioning session, S-aging Well: Spirit-ed Living for Advanced Grownups.