Rowe: We’re really excited to present your “Luminous Woman Weekend,” offering women a chance to explore their inner selves. How did you become interested in the ways that a woman’s inner cast of characters can impede or foster her personal growth? Did you have your own experience of this?
I rediscovered the magic of fairy tales when I began to read bedtime stories to my young son. In revisiting these stories as an adult, I also began to realize the tremendous impact they had had on my life. The depth psychologist Carl Jung held myths and fairy tales in high regard as important representations of the collective unconscious.
Family therapist John Gottman, a professor at the University of Washington, has spent his life researching successful couples and the principles and practices that makes marriages work. His research shows with 90% accuracy which couples will survive and which will not.
We leave our bodies on a regular basis and live in the realm of the mind. We plan today… and tomorrow… we review the past. We ruminate. We try to figure things out. Our thinking and ruminating triggers a whole spectrum of emotions: happiness, sadness, fear, anger, pleasure, regret, satisfaction and longing. We are thinking and feeling but still not in our bodies.
One day, King Arthur was out hunting a great white stage at the edge of the oak woods when he looked up and found himself confronted by a tall, powerful chieftain, swinging his sword and appearing as if he would cut down the king on the spot.
A woman becomes luminous when she begins to live by her own inner light. This light grows as she establishes a taproot into the creative power of her archetypal depths, giving her a quiet dynamism that emanates from the core of her being. As she listens to the voice of her soul and tends her inner flame, she becomes aware of her own particular passions and discovers the gifts and strengths that will open the path for their expression.