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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.

Tyr – Tuesday Is His Day

Tyr
Tyr losing his hand

Tyr ( or Tiw) was the god of single combat, law and justice in Norse mythology. And our Tuesday is named after him. This Norse god was immensely brave and he is often associated with Mars, the Roman god of war. In Latin countries Tuesday are named for Mars – hence Mardi in French. In the Greek world, Tuesday (the day of the week of the Fall of Constantinople) is considered an unlucky day.

Tyr had only one hand. He was the god brave enough to put a leash on the gruesome Fenrir wolf.  That was how he lost his hand. Only Tyr could feed Fenrir by hand when the wolf was young. After the Norn sisters prophesied that the Fenrir Wolf would start Ragnarok – the twilight of the Norse gods –  Odin, the father of Tyr, was saddened. So, the gods wished to put a leash on Fenrir to control him. Tyr put his hand into the wolf’s mouth to keep him quiet, while the others put on the leash. But Tyr didn’t remove his hand quickly enough. When Fenrir realised he was bound he bit down hard. At Ragnarok, the legend says, Fenrir broke free and did indeed swallow Odin.

Other mythical deities associated with Tuesdays include Ares, the Morrighan, and other gods of battle and glory.  In ancient lore, red gemstones like rubies and garnets come into play on Tuesdays, as do herbs and plants such as thistles, holly, coneflowers, and cactus. You’ll notice there are all sharp, prickly plants! But it is interesting that Tuesdays are also associated with marriage.

Wendy writes career guides as Wendy Smith and fiction as Wendy Mason. Wendy is a life and career coach, as well being a writer and poet. You can find her Amazon page at this link and her biography here.

Night, night – my poem of Remembrance 2018

I have a new poem on my Dreaming in Purple and Grey poetry site. It is written in remembrance for the 100 years’ anniversary of the First World War armistice.  You can find it at this link.

I wanted this poem to sound like a nursery rhyme despite the gruesomeness. For us growing up in the fifties, the First World War was not very far away. My Grandad was a wagonner when the war began. He was called up with his horses. My Mum could remember those horses being dressed in horse ribbons to be paraded through the village before they made their journey to France. Grandad drove a water wagon at the start of the war and a water truck by the end. I don’t know what happened to the horses. I know he lost a brother and, I believe, a brother-in-law, on the Somme. All they told us kids about his experiences in the war was about the lack of clean clothing. And,how each night in the trenches, Grandad and the other soldiers would kill the lice in their vests by running a candle flame up the seams. Each night Grandad would send us to bed with the words, night, night, sleep tight, mind the bed bugs don’t bite. For me as a young child, the memory of killing lice and the poem got mixed up.

Sunday Reflection – Just Listening

There’s a new post on my Lifestyle blog, Your Happiness Factor. It describes how to meditate on sound.
Your Happiness Factor: Sunday Reflection – Just Listening:   When you think about it, it seems strange that so many people use sound to help them sleep. Surely most people prefer silence. But d…

 

Wendy Smith is a  Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career. She helps people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

You can find Wendy’s books on Amazon at this link

Happiness is When the Cat Purrs

Happiness – a new post from me on my lifestyle blog; Your Happiness Factor.

Here it is,  Happiness is When the Cat Purrs 

Wendy Smith is a  Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career. She helps people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

Contemplating not Ruminating

Contemplating Not Ruminating – there’s a new post on my lifestyle blog, Your Happiness Factor, at this link.

Saturday Reflection – Contemplating Not Ruminating.

It talks about the difference between contemplating and ruminating and how ruminating is often a sign of stress.

Stress is a very common experience. Often, I work with clients who feel stressed. Learning how to bring themselves wholly into the present helps them a great deal. In this other post on Your Happiness Factor I explain what I teach them.

Feeling stressed? Learn to be present!

Coaching can help when you feel stressed. If you are thinking about coaching, I would love to talk to you. You can book a free discussion  here.

In the meantime I wish you a very happy weekend

Wendy Smith is a  Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career. She helps people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

You can find Wendy’s books on Amazon at this link

Advice to New Leaders

There’s a new post on my Career and Life Coaching Blog with advice for new leaders.

New leaders – leadership is about creating positive change in a group or organization to achieve some long-term objective. It involves having a vision, setting goals and knowing how to move  the organization and its people towards them. The key skill for new leaders is learn how to best use your resources. And that includes  your people and using their talents to get you to where you need to be.

You can find the rest of the post at this link

Wendy Smith is a  Life Coach helping you find fresh perspectives on your life including your career. She helps people lead happier lives and feel more fulfilled. Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book a FREE coaching session with Wendy or find out more at this link

You can find Wendy’s books on Amazon at this link