Lost in the Land of Oz

1793 WordsApr 26, 20028 Pages
"This book is about surviving as a spiritual orphan." "In "Lost in the Land of Oz", Madonna Kolbenschlag explores the way old societal myths, which are created from the metaphors in our life, are no longer useful in today's society. The author believes we need to embrace the ego archetype of the orphan, the most influential metaphor for the self, in order to become a whole and complete person. Madonna Kolbenschlag discusses how our society is particularly hostile towards women, resulting in an acute feeling of self-loathing, doubt, loneliness, and guilt. Today, women as the orphan feel a complete sense of powerlessness and abandonment, not only by everyone around her but also by God. Instead of suppressing our anxiety, Kolbenschlag…show more content…
To overcome our powerlessness, we must take a journey. "This journey is the key tour own wholeness and liberation, and ultimately that of the world."(p.87) The journey begins with the return to the cave, where the true self and the myths and beliefs that fractured it are found. (p.88) The cave experience is in reference to the story, "The Hunter Maiden," preceding the chapter. The story is about a girl who steps outside the boundaries conventionally set up for women. In doing so, she faces her demons and must retreat to the cave, where she confronts her fear and seizes her power. She emerges from the experience victorious, strong, and empowered. (pp.75-77) Only through confronting the emptiness and breaking down the defense mechanisms can power be reclaimed. "The cave experience begins with an encounter with the life experience in reverse." The anger is addressed first so that the love issues can be dealt with and, in doing this, the parental ghosts must be faced. This is important because if our parents did not satisfy our emotional needs, we enter in similarly unproductive relationships with the intention of working out the same issues. (p.90) Through this experience, women also recognize that the need for male approval originates from needing their fathers' approval and affection. (p.91) In using the "self-in-relation" model to view oneself, the real feminine self can be reclaimed. This model of selfhood says relationships can and will change, but

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