In The Girl Who Played with Fire
, the second story of the Larsson trilogy, Lisbeth Salander, the protagonist, is shot by her father and buried by her half-brother. But at dawn, her hand rises from the grave. Stunning! Here it is: the rise of the wounded feminine despite patriarchy’s destructive violence.Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times
considers her attempted murder by a brutal father and her resurrection despite it, to be the resounding metaphor of our times: we are in a global crisis of an old order of the patriarchy that wants to maintain the status quo of wealth and power. Yet the feminine principle, so wounded by the violence against it, continues to rise up.
The wounded feminine principle refers to both women and men.
Women have come a long way since the 1960’s, but that really isn’t the whole story. In fact, the story is not even about women only. It is about men also. It is about something, in fact, beyond both men and women, and that is the rise of the wounded feminine soul energy that needs to be part and parcel of all of us. Why now? We are at a very important time, where there are huge psychic upheavals happening.
Right now life is still in patriarchal dominator mode. But this is not
about gender. Women can be daughters of a rigid patriarchal structure as much as men can be its sons. Likewise, men, as well as women, can carry the collaborative, partnership model that attends to the feminine, relational aspects of life.Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times
explores the rise of the wounded feminine principle, as well as its burials in relation to the environment, money, politics, and the media, with particular attention to the Larsson trilogy.
By addressing the rise of the wounded feminine, Quiet Wisdom in Loud Times
can help us face courageously the powers that be, while not collapsing into the indifference and apathy that define letting the patriarchy continue its violent way. This book elucidates how in relationship to one another and to the earth, the wounded feminine shall rise.
Dr. Kayta (Kathleen) Curzie Gajdos is a psychologist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has experience and training in the fields of alcohol and drug addictions, hypnosis, family therapy, Jungian theory, meditation and mindfulness, grief and trauma, EMDR, ETT, sandplay therapy, and dreamwork. Dr. Gajdos developed a practice in the Pittsburgh area, where she also wrote for the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic’s Family Therapy Newsletter. Dr. Gajdos has published in the American Psychological Association Bulletin, The Family Psychologist, and in the Swedenborgian publications, Chrysalis and The Messenger. Illness, Crisis and Loss has published her articles on intergenerational grief as well as on the compassion of Käthe Kollwitz and Mr. Rogers. She has taught at the graduate level at West Chester University and Wilmington University, and has supervised psychologists in training. Having served as field faculty for Vermont College of Norwich University and the Union Institute’s Center for Distance Learning, she most recently served as external faculty for Pacifica Graduate Institute. Living in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, Dr. Gajdos has been a columnist for the Chadds Ford Post and the Kennett Paper. Now, her Mind Matters column appears online in Chadds Ford Live. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Gajdos facilitates a grief support group, SAM (Survivors of Accident and Murder) for the Mental Health Association in Delaware. Active in disaster relief with the Red Cross and Medical Reserve Corps, she is the Disaster Resource Network coordinator for the Delaware Psychological Association. She participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts as a member of teams from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).