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Motherline

  • By: Sharon M. Abbey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Motherline is a term that was first used by Naomi Lowinsky, a Jungian psychologist, to describe the process of reclaiming aspects of the feminine self that have been lost, forgotten, or repressed. It is a central organizing principle in the psyche of women, involving a surge of feeling of the oneness of body and soul that goes beyond words to provide a sense of both mortality and immortality.

As women come to understand their life stories as part of the motherline, they become grounded in their own feminine nature and reclaim carnal knowledge of their own bodies and blood mysteries. The motherline provides a life-cycle perspective as well as knowledge of ancestors who shared the same struggles in different historical times. Lowkinsky points out that finding ...

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