Holding the Tension of the Opposites

Noticing again the dualities, and that as we can hold within us the tension of both, we move forward in consciousness. Thoughts?


Holding the Tension of the Opposites

Embracing the Light and Dark Sides of Divine Consciousness

Life’s great challenge, Marion Woodman says on Holding the Tension of the Opposites, is in developing an integration between the spirit and the body. From this integration there arises a divine “tension,” allowing for a new consciousness to unfold.

Why is this integration so difficult? On Holding the Tension of the Opposites, Woodman shows how the Western religious traditions have split spirit from matter at the expense of what Jung described as our “shadow” side. How this shadow side is historically connected to goddess worship (the Latin word for “mother” is mater, the root word for “matter”) is just one of the insights that Woodman offers on this unique, live presentation.

“Night is as precious as day,” she says. By uniting both sides of the unconscious, we attune to those around us, and to the energy within the earth itself.

Topics include:

  • A fresh examination of the Garden of Eden myth
  • Why addicts yearn to transcend this earth
  • The crucifix as a symbol for holding the tension between light and dark
  • The dream archetype of the wolf
  • The Black Madonna as the manifestation of God in Matter

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