Edward Whitmont the famed Jungian analyst and homeopath once said, “”The wholeness of our being can never be grasped adequately at a single point of time, but needs to be perceived as it changes, moves, evolves, and involves from birth to death and death to birth.”
When we look at what is required for a woman to be healthy, to be whole, we need to be able to follow the flow of a life, both inner and outer, as it moves through the various cycles and crises of life. The societal and cultural background which has long weighed upon Every-woman’s shoulders still holds a heavy burden, and as groups of supportive women are only finding themselves again through support such as the Red Tent Gatherings and other Women’s Groups, there is still a long, long way to go.
What was usually instinctive in women seems to be fading. What was provided by the elder women to those younger women approaching transitions in life, is all but gone. The loss of the sacred and the sheer maniacal stress of the 21st century sees an enormous amount of confusion, depression and poor health at every level in women. This in turn affects her relationships, her creativity and of course, her mothering, what to say of her very soul nature.
It is also important that homeopathic reference material be moved towards accommodating quality female references rather than the old fashioned patriarchal repertories which are still rolling around referenced “hysterics” and the more modern but still offensive references to the menstrual cycles and the emotions surrounding them. In other words, the PMT “write off”. Understanding what constitutes being in a woman’s body and life needs to be explored and referenced in order to bring this “into the light” and make it both helpful and revealing.
During all my years of practice I have never used such references. I found them not only offensive but ineffectual. It was only by going deeply within the inner world of my female patients that I was able to clearly assist them in healing their issues. There is more to women than meets the eye. Their inner world and their dreams holds a rich tapestry of information, and also holds all the keys to their healing.
All women deserve the time, the space and the safety to be able to explore their path of healing. Life constantly cycles growth, and a woman’s life is filled with the highs and lows and ups and downs of the journey, and she needs to be able to understand herself from the “inside out” in order to be “who she has come to be, in wholeness”.
When afforded such an opportunity She is, indeed, a powerful and beautiful being, and a healthy balance returns to her life, and to those who participate in it.
What we really need are more Wise Women and Wise Women Circles.