Dancing in the Flames by Marion Woodman

In our yearning to be perfect, we have mistaken perfection for wholeness.

We think we cannot love ourselves until we and others meet some external standard. Depression, anxiety—in fact, most neuroses and compulsions—are ultimately a defense against loving our¬ selves without condition.

We are afraid to look at the damp, dark, ugly yet exquisite roots of being that stretch deep into our survival chakra. We are fearful of finding that the spirit is not there, that our Home is empty, even as our outer home is empty.

Yet it is in that place of survival, where the dark mother has been^ abandoned, that spirit longs to be embodied so that the whole body may become light. Ego wants to be the god of our own idealized projection; spirit wants to be incarnated in our humanity where it can grow in wisdom

The sixth chakra is related to the higher, spiritual, realms of perception, namely, to the form of the Divine that the soul seeks.

In patriarchal monotheism, the Divine is widely perceived as Creator, Dispenser of Truth, Law Giver, Ruler of Humanity.

He is the “beyond” of ego consciousness, who must be interpreted by the theologians, who claim to know what he wants.

In his most benign form, this God is a superego figure that espouses civilization over anarchy, love over hate, peace over war.

At his worst, he dictates carnage in order to preserve his “kingdom.” Such a God-image may function to keep an individual or culture in check, but it cannot bring about the transformation of consciousness. – Marion Woodman, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness, Para 65-66