Conscious Femininity by Marion Woodman

It seems to me that to receive a penis there has to be a really profound sense of who you are, in order to allow yourself to be penetrated by another human being. A woman has to have a real sense of her own presence to surrender into full orgasm because she is entering into an altered state of consciousness. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 119

I think the fear of surrender in the anorexic epitomizes the fear of the feminine and that’s the feminine in men as well. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 119

That’s real love-making, where you experience the wholeness within yourself through the person you love. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 119

I don’t know any other way to live now. My dreams provide the rudder for my life. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 109

My work is to find my own authenticity and then to surrender that to a higher purpose, which I call Sophia/Christ. I don’t know any other way to live now. My dreams provide the rudder for my life. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 109

I think the future of our planet depends on human beings discovering their own light, becoming conscious of the universe as one soul. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 138

 By sheer synchronicity a friend gave me the telephone number of a Jungian analyst by the name of E.A. Bennet. I stepped into his office and knew I had found the teacher I had been looking for. I stayed with him for a year, ran out of money, then went home and taught school for three more years. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 110

The real change came in my own hotel room during a severe sickness with high fever. I had lost consciousness. When I came to, my body was on the floor and my soul was on the ceiling. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 113

Peay: How long did you struggle with anorexia?

Woodman: Well, I would say, in its worst form, about six years. It was all part of being efficient and organized and wanting to was the longing for God. I. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 113

But I don’t think it’s euphoria I’m looking for now. Euphoria is false. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 114

The high that comes from being anorexic, the weightless feeling that came from dancing and not eating, was a false euphoria. It was a death trip. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 114

I think God is that too. “Embodied consciousness” is my own phrase, reached through fifteen years of hard work. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 114

I had to come to God the other way around. I had to go through the body to find the Goddess. To me the feminine side of God is consciousness in matter. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 114

The wisdom in the body; the light in the cells; the subtle body. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 114

For me, that subtle body within my physical body is the receiver that can receive that transcendent experience of the divine. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 114

The body sends messages from the unconscious just as dreams send messages. I think eating disorders are related to a problem with the mother. Mother is related to nourishment, cherishing, sweetness food is a metaphor for mother. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 115

I am convinced that the feminine is making her way into our culture through the back door; one of those back door routes is through eating Disorders. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 115

When you’re really following the analysand’s dreams in an eating disorder, you begin to see that an eating disorder is a religious problem. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 117

The feminine isn’t interested in being at the top: she’s dedicated to life in the moment, she takes time to look at trees and flowers; she takes time to build depth relationships, takes time to be carried by that other force that trusts that there’s inherent meaning to this life. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 116

It seems to me that obesity and anorexia are two sides of one coin. The binger and the anorexic are the extremes. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 116

The anorexic is going for Light she dreams everything white. The thing that’s after her in her dreams is white, sterile, Luciferian light. Whereas the binger is trapped in darkness. Concretized matter is pulling her down.  Her body is dark, opaque, unconscious matter. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 116

Whatever the culture wants, they will be sweet and complacent and all the time hate themselves for not being who they are. They are often raging inside. The anger has concretized on the body.  The fat body is the rebel against the thin, collective ideal. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 116

The anorexic, however, is into spirit.

The hardest thing in dealing with anorexics is that once they start to eat they don’t experience that spiritual intensity so vibrantly. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 116

The images are pictures of the soul and we use those as the bridge between psyche and body. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 118

The body gives us metaphorical images and messages from the unconscious in the same way dreams do, we just haven’t been taught to interpret those messages.  ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 118

The point is we are flesh and blood and often we don’t experience the reality of a psychic image until we feel it in our body. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 118

Some people are anorexic because it’s stylish. But real anorexics genuinely forget to eat, or simply can’t. ~Marion Woodman, Conscious Femininity, Page 119