Everyone needs a hero. Someone who dares to challenge the social norms, someone who can carry the torch, to shine a light to lead the way. Someone we can emulate perhaps, but most of all someone we empathise and identify with. Someone we can relate to and go, I could do that, or in some respects, that's me. I am not suggesting that the writer Thea is a hero. I leave that determination to you. In some respects she is an everywoman that I think most every woman can relate to.
My introduction to this author came when I discovered her blogs on myspace. I found her commentaries about her life to be deep and insightful. She reminded me of me, except better in some respects. I liked Jungian concepts, but found Jung difficult to read. She could assimilate it easily, and write about it articulately. I also love myth and fairytale, but felt that women are not particularly well treated in mythology. She loves to run long distances. Me not so much. I was curious about what kind of book she would write from her female perspective.
She writes of her journey, how becoming a woman was an event not a process, in the way a close friend might discuss it with you, with endearing vulnerability and a rare honesty about her sticking points, and has a tremendous natural writing style. And her journey takes us on an Odyssey, illuminated by Greek Myth, Jungian psychology, and using Jungian insight she unpacks stories she identifies with such as the Armless Maiden, which was covered in a seminar I attended on storytelling.
Such stories have more levels than I even realised.
She tells the story of Persephone, Demeter, and Artemis, and how this archetypal pattern described in Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives
plays out in her own family dynamic. She speaks of the inner alchemy, the nigreda, the other two elements,and finding the inner gold. It also details some of her romantic adventures.
She tells the story of a woman who lacking financial resources somehow finds a way to travel the world, from Manchester to India, Greece, Rome, New York, Colorado even managing to get her book self published, and changes her name. It seems fitting that her marathon journey will take her to Greece to that original place where marathons began.
About two years ago my sister handed me the book Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
. She raved about how good it was. It struck me as superficial even though it was well written, the tone somewhat narcissistic, which may explain why although it was a huge bestseller it got such mixed reviews on Amazon.
I consider Running into myself to be a far better book, and in fact am buying additional copies for two of my sisters, one of whom has just completed a marathon and the other one who likes metaphysical books. So, if you're into memoir, metaphor, psychology or metaphysics, I think this you will love this book. I read a lot, and this is one of the best I have read in a long time. Even if you're not you may still want to run with it. You will undoutedly find some inspiration between the covers.
If you wish to explore further I also bought two additional books by an author mentioned in the book Gods in Everyman - A New Psychology of Men's Lives & Loves
, and Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women's Lives
, both great books about archetypes, and how we can identify our own stregths and weaknesses, through these characters in Greek Mythology.
I hope you found this helfpul.