Feminine and Masculine: The Nonduality of Dual Principles

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Reviews the book, The Old Woman's Daughter: Transformative Wisdom for Men and Women by Claire Douglas (see record 2006-09855-000). This book is especially important in its personal connection to societal and cultural inflections, its implementation of feminine values, and its appreciation of the imagination as a necessary process in individual and collective consciousness. Claire Douglas has a gift for weaving personal, historical, and mythological images to illuminate levels of individual awareness that feed collective experience. Her broad gathering and crafting of sources provide a rich resource for hungry times. Even as her task is a reclamation of feminine wisdom, her inquiry combines both feminine and masculine traditions of scholarship in a common net. In her title, Douglas has chosen the word transformative, which implies a dynamic and unfolding process, rather than the word transformation, which implies a static and accomplished state. Douglas invites a fluidity that dissolves a rigid personal identification and prescribed social values. Douglas embodies the values she espouses and welcomes the reader into her discoveries in a genuine and respectful appreciation for the emergent nature of the psyche to heal its wounds and, by this individual process, to renew the collective psyche. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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