A Mythic Sisterhood

The Goddess Way to Courage, Clarity & Grace
By Lianne Escher, MSW

About the Author

As a psychotherapist, I’ve had a diverse practice spanning more than 30 years. I earned my Masters Degree in Social Work from Smith College, followed by developing and teaching a course in human sexuality at Yale. Today, I conduct workshops on goddess power, female spirituality, and the psychology of Carl Jung. I particularly enjoy facilitating groups at Rockrimmon, my retreat deep in the woods of CT. To refresh my perspective, I travel and study with the world’s foremost teachers and healers.

Having seen how the goddesses cause chaos at our Crossroads and then mentor us into our next phase, I’ve written a book, A Mythic Sisterhood - The Goddess Way to Courage, Clarity and Grace. The book is soon to be published, but first I wanted to get the word out, and would truly appreciate some feedback on my ideas.

In case you’re wondering about my challenges, well, we all have them. My early life in Westport, way before it became a jewel in the necklace on CT’s shoreline, seemed normal enough with two motley younger brothers. And there was a cross between a fortune-teller and a medicine woman who I absolutely adored. She provided stability in a household led by glamorous misbegotten parents bemused by the trappings of alcohol and womanizing.

The opportunities to fall into the Underworld are endless – at school, during marriage, childbearing, divorce, work and career, sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. At each juncture a different goddess came to my rescue, suggested I shift some old patterns and beliefs while laying down new templates to explore other aspects of my personal power.

I thank: Artemis for sass and my renegade spirit (I raced sports cars in college), Aphrodite for sex appeal (enough said), Persephone for resilience (I eventually climbed out of the lost and found drawer), Demeter for knowing how to nurture family, friends and clients, Hera for holding onto some traditional values (how to handle difficult men), Athena for the guts and business savvy to succeed in my profession, and Hestia for teaching me how to stay centered while living my vision. I’m avid about my career, have intense curiosity, and an active Artemis nature.

They all continue to inspire me to explore various healing modalities with experts in many cultures: energy healing, past life regression, work with brain waves for deep relaxation, and dream interpretation to tap into the unconscious. I gave up on perfection long ago. I’d rather take risks, learn to laugh at my mistakes, explore my possibilities and become more whole. May a Goddess be with YOU!