Anne Baring; values and inspiration

I’ve been thinking about values today and I made a lucky find. I was reading The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul by Anne Baring. And I found a wonderful quote on the feminine values we seem to have lost, or to be newly re-discovering.

Anne has long been an inspiration for me. Many years ago I discovered the book she wrote with Andrew Harvey; The Mystic Vision: Daily encounters with the divine. It was tucked away in a pile of second hand books. Now 88, Anne travelled widely in India and the Far East during the 1950s, before training and practising as a Jungian analyst. The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul is a summary of her life work. The ground of all her work has been a deep interest in the spiritual, mythological, shamanic and artistic traditions of different cultures.

The Quote

Anyway here is the quote on values:

“The soul and the feminine archetype in their deepest sense have always carried the values of the heart; the values that honour wisdom, justice, compassion and the desire to help and heal”

Later she talks about our loss of the feminine and the instinctive knowledge of the whole unity of things, reverence for the interconnected aspects of life, trust in the power of the imagination and the faculty of intuition. Recovery of what we have lost will mean relating to life with participation rather than dominance and control. Dominance and control are leading to what in effect is the crime of ecocide and the destruction of our environment, ourselves and life on this earth.

Along with Anne I’m beginning to think about values at a later stage in my own life and in the world as it is now. Like everyone else, I have a lot more thinking to do.

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