Holding the Tension of the Opposites

An eminent Jungian analyst and author investigates the “shadow” side of divine nature.



Embracing the Light and Dark Sides of Divine Consciousness

Life's great challenge, Marion Woodman says on Holding the Tension of the Opposites, is in developing an integration between the spirit and the body. From this integration there arises a divine "tension," allowing for a new consciousness to unfold.

Why is this integration so difficult? On Holding the Tension of the Opposites, Woodman shows how the Western religious traditions have split spirit from matter at the expense of what Jung described as our “shadow” side. How this shadow side is historically connected to goddess worship (the Latin word for "mother" is mater, the root word for "matter") is just one of the insights that Woodman offers on this unique, live presentation.

"Night is as precious as day," she says. By uniting both sides of the unconscious, we attune to those around us, and to the energy within the earth itself.

Topics include:

  • A fresh examination of the Garden of Eden myth
  • Why addicts yearn to transcend this earth
  • The crucifix as a symbol for holding the tension between light and dark
  • The dream archetype of the wolf
  • The Black Madonna as the manifestation of God in Matter



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Marion Woodman is a great writer Review by Mandala


I look forward to listening to this as I need it for a paper that I am writing. (Posted on March 17, 2016)

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Although I'm just getting into the material, so far it is a great addition to my personal development materials and I couldn't be happier with my choice to purchase it. One thing about Sounds True that I love is the quality, variety, and convenience they consistently have to offer for personal/spiritual development. At this point, they're almost becoming a utility in my household given how much goodness we find here! (Posted on September 9, 2014)

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Review for Holding the Tension of the Opposites Review by Julia Joseph


This is an excellent, thoughtful, eloquent and deliberate conversation with a powerful seer of Truth. Marion Woodman speaks from the center of her being and cuts to the quick of the innate conflict of being human and how marrying seemlngly opposing energies creates an entirely new, third energy filled with possibility and Life. (Posted on March 5, 2012)

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Audio Download

Contents 1 Audio download (45 minutes)
Filetypes M4A, MP3, PDF
Date Published April 01, 2007
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-024-8
Product Code AW00138W