Down the Deep Well: How Motherhood Transforms Us explores how the demands of raising children can be a vital part of the journey to wholeness. Lively, intelligent, and sometimes intensely personal, Down the Deep Well examines mothering from a unique vantage point – the psychological growth of the mother herself. Whether we are considering motherhood, managing new motherhood, parenting a difficult adolescent, or reflecting on our relationship with an adult child, this book offers a serious opportunity for self-reflection and real growth.
Making use of the age-old wisdom of fairy tales and myths, the book weaves a rich tapestry of a mother’s psychological world. Drawing on my clinical work with dozens of mothers, biographical examples of notable women who were also mothers, as well as my own experience, I explore how motherhood deepens a woman’s self-understanding and connects her with her inner wellspring.
When we face the challenges that parenting children poses with consciousness and curiosity about our inner lives, mothering can be a crucible of personal growth. Down the Deep Well encourages mothers to claim the personal transformation that being a parent can kindle.
If part of the point of life is to be made larger by our experience so that we know more of ourselves, motherhood provides a rich arena for self-understanding. Mothering is one of life’s great opportunities to submit to the fires of transformation. Down the Deep Well will help mothers claim mothering – the dark times and the light – as part of their initiation into their own depths.
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