Going underground: into the world of the alienated child

If you were ever under any illusion about alienation, I dare you to read this and still think the same! either click on Karen Woodall or view original to read whole article!

Karen Woodall

First real day of sunshine and I am thinking about the way in which we survive cycle after cycle, the downward spiral into winter and the way in the myth of persephone in the underworld plays itself out in our lives over and over and over again.  Born as we are, in a cylical world, none of us can avoid the reality of life, death and separation from our loved ones.  Demeter lamented as  her daughter Persephone was taken from her by Hades,the god of the underworld, in a story of abduction, reconciliation and regeneration.  In the Persephone myth, there is the foretelling of spring, renewal and reunification.  For the alienated child and family, none of this normal and natural renewal is allowed to occur and so the world becomes frozen in time as the child disappears, deep into the underworld, where the family they have rejected cannot follow.  As…

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