By dark of night, Psyche’s bridegroom would come to her and be gone by morning. Fearing that he could be a monster, Psyche followed her sisters’ advice, hid a lamp and a knife, and waited until he had fallen asleep. She needed the lamp to see him and the knife to cut off his head if indeed he were a monster.
The lamp is a symbol of illumination, of consciousness, the means of seeing a situation clearly. The knife, like the sword, is a symbol of decisive action, of the capacity to cut through confusion.
Jean Shinoda Bolen uses myth and metaphor to explore the impact and possibilities for finding purpose when confronted with a life threatening condition. Though difficult conception does not portend death, it is a threat to the life that one imagines for herself. What is the meaning of being denied this fundamental human right? Every woman has the right to have a baby if they choose. What is this about? Why me? What does this mean for me? What can I do?
In her decades of experience Bolen notes that “women have a remarkable capacity to exhibit strength one moment and vulnerability the next.” As conscious, intentional breathing is medicine, women too are medicine for themselves and each other. It is in the eyes and hearts of others that we see our own reflections.
Women who come to Fertility Road are intentional. They have purpose, belief, strong desire and importantly, are taking action for themselves. Come to Fertility Road at Heal from Within for your lamp and your knife. Begin to move away from obsessive or negative thinking and toward compassionate inner guidance. When you nurture yourself and others, you are tending fertile soil.
Send an email to LisaEaves@Heal-from-Within.com to let me know you’re coming.