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The Heroine's Journey (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Juni 1990

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"Though the book is rich with examples drawn from myths and Jungian psychology, it is surprisingly easy to read. The journey requires serious, often frightening, wandering before one's true identity and power are known. Like the journey Murdock describes, there are no cheap, easy lessons. There are many rich, rewarding lessons, but these are gained only through integrity, courage, and the willingness to meet challenge with all the resources one can muster."—Creation

"Murdock's personal journey will surely speak to many women, but I hope also to those men willing to hear these newly awakened female voices—and of the feminine in their own souls."—Utne Reader

"Combining personal experience and painstaking erudition, Maureen Murdock's The Heroine's Journey shares with us the essence of the female journey. A fine, warm, and insightful book."—Carol Pearson, author of The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By

"The Heroine's Journey offers a map of the feminine healing process. Murdock writes in a clear and compassionate voice which draws inspiration from her experiences as a mother, artist, and therapist and from the collective wisdom of the community of women on the path of the goddess. This book speaks to each woman who longs for a spiritually alive feminine self, one who is actively engaged in the world, and who embraces the masculine principle as a mirror of herself. The Heroine's Journey guides the reader in reweaving the threads of her life story into a mantle of empowerment for herself, for other women, and for Gaia, the Planet Herself."—Patrice Wynne, author of The Womanspirit Sourcebook and co-founder of the Gaia Bookstore and Catalogue Company

"Maureen Murdock's important book on the heroine's journey contains a wealth of insight that is of great value to contemporary Western women. It explores a rich territory of the feminine psyche and opens an understanding of female development that relates not only to personal transformation but cultural transformation as well."—Joan Halifax, President of the Ojai Foundation

"A great roadmap for the changing landscapes of women's lives. It's assuring, rich in personal stories, and leads us securely to the Goddess."—Z. Budapest, author of The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries and The Grandmother of Time


Joseph Campbell, arguably the greatest mythologist of our time, was certainly one of our greatest storytellers. Hero's Journey recounts his own quest and conveys the excitement of his life-long exploration of our mythic traditions, which he called 'the one great story of mankind'. This lyrical book interweaves conversations with Campbell and some of the people he inspired, including poet Robert Bly, anthropologist Angeles Arrien, filmmaker David Kennard, musician John Densmore, and others.

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Back in the 80's one of my favorite books on the inner journey was Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces. The problem with it, though, was that it was written from a male perspective. With The Heroine's Journey I am now at the end of my search for a book on the hero archetype from a feminine perspective. Although this book is not exactly Jungian in its approach, the author clearly seems to have been influenced by Jung's legacy of searching for mythic themes in our individual psyches. Thus, she writes of the archetype of the Journey, and all its symbolism, as it applies to the feminine psyche. But she goes beyond that and explores some of the modern social issues that have been quite troubling for many women. For instance, in the chapter "The Illusory Boon of Success," she touches upon how many of us, in striving to fulfill our dream of making an impact on the world, often end up buying into aspects of the male-dominated business culture that don't really benefit us as women. She then describes the process of building into our work and personal lives values that do benefit us, as well as others. Her chapter on "Initiation and Descent to the Goddess" is very helpful in showing how we can use loss and grief to become more strong and whole. There are so many issues and themes explored in this book that it really demands at least a couple of readings. This book has given me so much to think about, and has helped me clarify my thoughts on many different issues pertaining to myself as a woman and as a spiritual being--I am very grateful to Maureen Murdock for writing it.
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While reading this book, I was happy to have many experiences which were synchronisticly tied with what I was reading. I.e. reading on Grandmother spider and having 2 such wonderful creatures greet me in the strangest of places. (One lived in a limo, (whom I spied as I was driven home) which I would not allow the driver to kill. Coming to terms with the anger I felt with my mother by finally piecing together some of my grandmother's behavior and her treatment of my own mother and what made her "react" to me in the way she did when I was a child. I think that there is a bit of magic here for all women bounded and gagged to their mothers who are struggling to finally grow up from under the apron and the cross. While it was similar to "Meeting the Madwoman" by Linda Leonard Schierse for it did stressed a process by which to come to peace within yourself, it did not have a lot of the psychologial jargon that Linda Schierse's books generally have. So that I would consider this book easier reading for those women who want the facts without too much sauce.
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Buch wurde geliefert wie beschrieben und ist auch in dem beschriebenem Zustand. Gelesen habe ich es noch nicht deswegen kann ich hier zum Inhalt nichts sagen.
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According to the information on the order page, this book was supposed to be in "good" condition. But many pages are heavily highlighted - in some cases it's not possible to read the text.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen For writing your female protagonist and peering into your own soul. 14. August 2015
Von JL - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I am currently writing a book with a female protagonist and read "The Heroine's Journey" to aid me with character building. I assumed it would be the female version of Joseph Cambell's "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" and the beautifully structured "The Writer's Journey".... both of which discuss the hero (masculine) journey and I have already aligned my plot and archetypes to these.

Turns out, The Heroine's Journey was written by a therapist and even though it DOES relatively parallel the hero's journey as well as go over how radically different the journey is for a female, it is written more for the modern woman and her journey through her own life. Seriously... I had to hold back tears through the first quarter as I realized how much of my childhood experiences with my mother(s) and father(s) and our culture has shaped me.

Then it went on showing me how my masculine journey to gain my CPA by working full time, going to grad school full time, and have a long distance relationship would inevitably lead to mental and physical burnout (which it did) as I tried to numb my pain with alcohol, anti-depressants, and sleeping pills so I could just get through this s***. Then my next masculine journey that resulted in total physical collapse (my 1.5 year illness that nearly made me kill myself) since I didn't learn my lesson the first time and refused to take care of myself because I had to keep up with everyone!

Now I have been going through cycles of healing and getting a grip on who I am over the past year.

So yeah. That book outlined my life so far. Damn good book. Dragged in places. Was a bit new agey for my tastes... but damn.

Now I need to outline it to my protaganist's life... So, here is a bit of the conclusion if you want to know what the Heroine's journey is:

“Today’s heroine must utilize the sword of discernment to cut away the bonds that hold her to the past and to find out what serves her soul’s purpose. She must release resentment toward the mother, put aside blame and idolization of the father, and find the courage to face her own darkness. Her shadow is hers to name and embrace. Woman illumines these dark, shadowy spaces within her through the practice of meditation, art, poetry, play, ritual, relationship, and digging in the earth."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen As a society, we need the hero and heroine for the sexes to truly be equal! 17. Februar 2015
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In Patriarchal Relationships, there is always a dominate and submissive.-Excerpt from The Heroine's Journey-Maureen Murdock touches upon the enormous task of going down into the abyss to transform into wholeness.

The hero's journey has been told throughout history that the hero's father is absent from the hero's life. The same sex parent has the most influence in a child's life.

In the heroine's journey, the mother figure is the most important. However, there is not that much written about the heroine's journey. All we have are tales of Cinderella, Snow White and they are dealing with stepmothers and sisters. As a society, we don't want to accept there are mothers and sisters who are just as cruel. In real life, the women who endure such cruelty become the caretakers for their elderly parents and who in society have been labeled; Old Maids. But, we are living in the twenty-first century and the caretakers can overcome their fate by an enormous amount of self-knowledge! Then they can use their positive father role model and be effective in the world...the servant becomes the heroine!

Of course, this process takes years of uncovering shame and doubt. The "Good Person" becomes a whole person. They are free from outside influence.

The Heroine and Hero's Journey is about transforming one's self into a whole person, linking together the personality with the intangible soul, creating; The Self

The message in The Heroine's Journey is NOT dated but so overlooked in our society.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Heroine's Journey Fills a Void on the Stages of a Woman's Journey 12. Februar 2017
Von Linnea Tanner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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One of the reasons that I read, "The Heroine's Journey," by Maureen Murdock is there is a void on what stages a women must take to reach fulfillment. Based on the rich symbolism of mythology, Joseph Campbell created the hero's journey that many authors have adopted to use as a model in their stories. Although mythology is rich with stories about women, the feminine aspects of intuition, nurturing, and creativity have been downplayed in our modern society. Success is primarily measured in terms of masculine attributes.

Maureen Murdock, working as a therapist, created the steps in a heroine's journey to help women integrate both their masculine and feminine sides. One of the quotes that I love from the book is, "The heroine must become a spiritual warrior." Only when a woman can merge both her masculine and feminine aspects of herself will she reach fulfillment. That is when a woman not only serves the needs of others but can value and be responsive to her own needs as well. This is definitely a book worth reading. It is thought-provoking and can be used by storytellers whose main protagonist is a female.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Would be even more wonderful as an updated version 12. Juli 2013
Von Christine Locke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I started quoting this book before I finished reading it. That's pretty much an indication that it's an important one for me. If you write women's fiction and you haven't read this book, read it. If you write about women and you haven't read this book, read it. I'm having a reaction that I've heard others have when they "discover" Joseph Campbell's work for the first time: how did I not know about this book sooner? It's especially strange for me that I wrote a master's thesis in the 90's about the mother role in British lit and somehow I never came across this text. Ah well, I've read it now, and I'll be going back to it. In fact, I have a feeling that as I complete re-writes on my current project I'll be revisiting this text a lot.

The only complaint I have about The Heroine's Journey is that it's dated. Just like the thesis I wrote in 1995 is not what I would have to say, now, about the mother role in our society, I wish we could have an updated edition of The Heroine's Journey. We have a beautiful updated version of Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey (which is were I read about Murdock's work), so how about a similar edition for The Heroine? I'm just saying....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen New ideas in an old book 30. Oktober 2015
Von Lucinda Sage-Midgorden - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Though this book is twenty or more years old, it still has relevant ideas about women and our role in society. We continue to struggle along the heroine's journey, though in recent years it seems our efforts are actually accomplishing a shift in perception.

This book takes the reader on the heroine's journey and shows her how to reclaim lost or broken parts of herself. Any man who reads it can gain insight into the differences between his struggles and that of the women in his life.

I recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to understand how men and women can work together to make the world a better place to live.
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