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Jean Shinoda Bolen, Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World

| November / December 2005

What do Gloria Steinem and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have in common? They're both listening to an urgent message from Mother Earth, as are a host of others (listed below) who are singing the praises of Jean Shinoda Bolen's latest book, Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World. Bolen is a Jungian psychologist best known for her works Goddesses in Everywoman and The Tao of Psychology. In Urgent Message, she cites a broad array of sources, including Jungian archetypes and recent brain science, to makes the case that women are uniquely suited to healing the world. Here's a brief introduction to a few of her ideas.

These people think this book rocks!
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Isabel Allende
Terry Tempest Williams
The Right Reverend William E. Swing
Gerald G. Jampolsky
Riane Eisler
Sue Monk Kidd
Marilyn Fowler
Robert Muller
Gloria Feldt
Alice Walker
Patricia Smith Melton
Marianne Williamson

Woman have a biological advantage . . .

Bolen gathers years of scientific research in support of her point. Two examples: One UCLA study found that instead of coping with stress via the 'fight or flight' response, women turn to a 'tend and befriend' approach, seeking contact and support. Other studies suggest that the corpus callosum, a structure responsible for communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which is said to improve verbal skills, is significantly larger in women's brains than men's.

Social epidemics create change . . .

Citing Malcolm Gladwell, Bolen points out that rapid change frequently takes us by surprise when an idea reaches its 'tipping point.' She draws on Rupert Sheldrake's morphic field theory to suggest that women's circles could fuel the tipping point.

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