A Menopausal Note
Leslie Kenton (from her book Passage to Power)
“The radical and fundamental changes which take place in a woman’s life around the time of menopause are not signs of pathology but rather a call to adventure, signaling the beginning of a woman’s archetypal heroine’s journey to her core.
Some time travel is useful here: “What would you write to yourself as you are now, from your 80- year old being”? Interesting for sure! What would you change? Time to move, time to create, time to reconnect?
For some, this midlife transition marks a shifted consciousness and a drawing into new energies, an increased spiritual awareness and the need to turn inwards; to develop an inner wisdom and to
contribute to the world in a new way.
Others could fight against the natural passage of time and experience dis-ease along the way. The malaise however could be the arrival of new things, a re-awakening with the energy to sustain it.
Many of my clients have found that learning how to tap into the wisdom of their experience and self- knowledge become the building blocks or stepping stones to this next stage-of-life journey. Strategising, goal setting, divergent exploration and time to think are cornerstones of managing this transition so that in these mature years, Life can be even richer and can provide new vigour and joie de vivre for the years to come.
When a woman makes this journey, she discovers that menopause is not only a time for grieving over past mistakes and irredeemable losses, it is also a time of rejoicing. It is a time to regenerate
and rejuvenate our bodies using a combination of ancient principles and leading-edge science.
Most of all, menopause is a time of celebration, that our creativity is no longer bound to our obligations as a member of the human race to propagate the species. Often for the first time in her life, a woman’s creativity can be set free for use in whatever way the whispers of her soul dictate”.
And Carl Jung speaks to this when he posits:
“All the great and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble…. They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This ‘outgrowth’ proved on further investigation to require a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the patient’s horizon, and through the broadening of his or her outlook, the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded when confronted with a new and stronger life urge”.
There is indeed a freshness and a different type of freedom to explore those many interests, ‘still on hold’. There is a joy in this which may be harnessed into a richness; It may be a time of rounded wholeness - it’s a new coming of age!
And as per Jung, an option is to transcend the metaphysical, begin unravelling a new consciousness, and perhaps start ‘see things’ for the first time.
It would be delightful to explore, what can be a wonderfully liberating transition with you.