The myth of Psyche is one of them.
Psyche is a mortal woman who wants to find her estranged husband, Eros, God of Love and son of Aphrodite. Aphrodite, whose jealous fit led to their meeting and falling in love in the first place, holds the key to their being reunited: it often happens that whatever has wounded us is instrumental in our healing.
To become who she is – to accomplish all that she is meant to – Psyche needs to not only love and nurture and care and connect, she also must learn to sort through and prioritize her possibilities, obtain power without selling her soul, keep her eyes on her prize, and say no.
May I now share with you Mallika Sundaramurthy‘s original Myth of Psyche illustrations?
Task 1: Sort the seeds – Sift through and prioritize possibilities
Task 2: Gather the fleece — Get things done
Task 3: Fill the flask — Accomplish a goal
Task 4: Fill a box with beauty ointment — Learn to say no
Which of these four tasks is most difficult for you?
What can we learn from the men in our lives as we complete our hero's journey?
What can men learn from us?
If you think these images are as wonderful as I do, please take a moment to let Mallika know. She may even be willing to sell a print to you — I know I'm going to want one.
All images are copyright by Mallika Sundaramurthy and Whitney Johnson, 2008.
P.S. Mallika is the artist who designed my pOstcard for the Oprah contest last year. It's fabulous, isn't it?