Jean Shinoda Bolen
"The Indomitable Feminine Spirit in Every Woman”
Friday April 21, 2017
7:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Church of Reconciliation
$20 non-members, $10 members, $5 students with ID
"I believe that the thought that women together can change the world is emerging into the minds and hearts of many of us, and that the vessel for personal and planetary evolution is the circle with a spiritual center."
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon, twin sister of Apollo is the archetype of the activist—for women, social justice, animals, and environment. Her symbols are the bow and arrow, the crescent moon, and mother bear; her realm is the wilderness. In this talk, Jean Shinoda Bolen brings Artemis to life through storytelling, amplified by examples from life and analysis which are likely to resonate in listeners who will recognize Artemis in themselves as archetype or anima.
Dr. Bolen's lecture explores the archetype of the indomitable female activist. Indomitable means untamed, or impossible to subdue or defeat. It is the quality in girls and women who will not be victims, no matter what.
To bring the Artemis archetype to life, Dr. Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. Atalanta exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed.
Dr. Bolen paints a vivid picture of Artemis women in current media, including Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
In all these examples and those of real-life women who grow into their Artemis spirit, she provides the means through which listeners can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.
"In the lineage of Joseph Campbell, Bolen weaves a powerful and vivid connection between ancient myth and our post-modern world. With her unique voice as a psychiatrist and her work inspired by her work in Jungian psychology, she gives us many models of perseverance in an age fought with challenges, especially for women and girls. Within these pages you'll find many images and stories that will lead you to the power of your own imagination." ─Justine Willis Toms, Co-founder, host 'New Dimensions Radio', author of Small Pleasures: Finding Grace in a Chaotic World
"Whether or not women know it, Artemis is the archetype or goddess who can inspire us to be activists in the world. In Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, Jean Shinoda Bolen provides ancient and modern ways to be our authentic, courageous, and passionate selves. Jean herself is an Artemis." --Gloria Steinem
"Once again Jean Shinoda Bolen inspires us with her magical ability to connect our daily behaviors and realities with archetypal stories and patterns. Like Goddess in Every Woman, I couldn't stop reading Artemis. It left me with a much deeper understanding of what women face around the world, as well as food for thought to reflect upon the daily realities of female empowerment. I couldn't recommend it more." -Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International
"Artemis is emerging in the popular culture as a new source of strength, power and integrity. She is the protector of life, the activist who never gives up, the idealistic heroine who cannot be subdued. In this beautiful, inspiring book, Bolen shows how a woman can draw upon her courage and her passion to change the world." ─Isabel Allende, author of House of the Spirits and most recently, Ripper
Workshop Saturday April 22, 2017
10 am to 4 pm
$100 non-members, $75 members, $25 full-time students with ID
Membership through August 2018: $50 individual, $75 couple
Workshop: "A Path with a Heart, A Path with a Soul: the Inner Compass"
"To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it."
Jean Shinoda Bolen
People have an innate sense that there is a purpose to life, related to the idea that life is a soul journey. Jung’s individuation, Campbell’s finding your personal myth, the hero’s journey, Persephone’s abduction into the underworld are variations of the message. We suffer life-threatening illnesses, heart-breaking losses, betrayed expectations. They take us into unfamiliar terrain. We find ourselves at a crossroad. Which path to take? What is an inner compass: what can we know in our bones?
Dr. Shinoda Bolen brings the search for meaning and the need for a spiritual dimension in life to all aspects of her work, including the effects of historical archetypes within us, humanity’s collective consciousness, the power of working in circles, the awareness of synchronicity, and the connections and effects of family and culture upon individuals and tribes.
Dr. Bolen invites us to remember and connect with our inner compass. The awakening of conscious awareness allows us to trust in knowledge coming to us in the midst of a potentially terminal illness. It may be heart chakra information: what our heart knows is true for us. The most difficult experiences may be opportunities to align with soul – opportunities to recognize the divine spark in others and ourselves.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, author of thirteen influential books in eighty-five foreign translations; The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Goddesses in Older Women, The Millionth Circle, Like a Tree, Crones Don’t Whine, Close to the Bone, Urgent Message From Mother, Moving Toward the Millionth Circle, and Artemis. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, was clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, former board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and International Transpersonal Association.
She is in the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, the Canadian Film Board's Goddess Remembered and Femme: Women Healing the World.
The Millionth Circle Initiative was inspired by her book and led to Dr. Bolen becoming an advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women and NGO delegate of Pathways To Peace.
"Why I Persevere in Advocating a UN 5th World Conference on Women" by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, wrote: “Jean Shinoda Bolen’s Urgent Message from Mother is a book whose time has come. Our earth home and all forms of life in it are at grave risk. We men have had our turn and made a proper mess of things. We need women to save us. I pray that many will read Bolen’s work and be inspired then to act appropriately. Time is running out.”
Women who stand together for justice and peace are a moral force. The United Nations now has moral authority greater than any government or institution. This is an alliance that may save us.
This is a time to be an advocate for a 5th United Nations World Conference on Women, which would be the most influential and far-reaching women’s conference ever held. If the decision to hold it were made in 2009, it could take place in 2012, and be the first with widespread use of the internet and other 21st century technologies. In the three years it takes to plan, there would be local, national and regional meetings. Interest would grow in the conference and the possibility of going or being represented could be generated in all of the 192 countries of the UN.
"I think that whenever soul is present,
it's because what you're doing,
whom you're with,
where you are,
evokes love without your thinking about it.
You are totally absorbed in the place of person or event,
without ego and without judgment."
Jean Shinoda Bolen