My guest today is Dr. Jean Benedict Raffa, an author and expert in Jungian psychology. Jean has lived two lives, the second of which began with a dream in midlife, leading her to follow a deep need to be herself. Her work and books are an effort to help others do the same. Jean’s latest book, and winner of the Nautilus Award, is titled The Soul’s Twin’s: Emancipate Your Feminine and Masculine Archetypes. The book offers a guide through masculine and feminine archetypes for those who desire greater self-fulfillment and freedom to be themselves, and who wish to activate new archetypes of loving relationships within themselves and others. Jean is a kind, intelligent, fun person and I learned a lot from her and I really enjoyed our conversation. I hope you enjoy it as well.
In our conversation, we discussed masculine and feminine archetypes, archetypes as basic structures, Hero myths, mythology and the gods, being true to our souls, owning your power, analyzing yourself with mythology, everyone has a myth that connects with them, gender and archetypes, culture reinforcing archetypes, the psyche continuum, organized religion, American literalism, Hell, growth and suffering, starting a whole new story, death of the old, growing into the truths of your soul, ten years of agony, baptism by fire, a dark night of the soul, growth without suffering, dreams, the Lone Ranger, Tonto, mediatrix, archetypes, church, dreamwork, and the strengths of the feminine, conditioning, true souls, balance, yin-yang, innerwork, enlightened beings, our souls potential, the literal dogmas of cultures schools businesses and families, and self-knowledge and the shadow, accepting the good and bad and transcending it anyways, helping ourselves create a new story, and virtue and the middle path.
Guest Name: Dr. Jean Benedict Raffa
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