A Journey of Self-Discovery: The Greek Goddess Psyche

 Goddess Psyche and Eros

Goddess Psyche and Eros

I recently read the myth of the Greek goddess Psyche on GoddessGift.com. If you're not familiar with it, I suggest clicking through and giving it a quick read on their site. At the end of the story, they write:

The myths of the Greek goddess Psyche exemplify a woman's search for authentic personal growth, a reminder that the integration of our experiences, however sad or frightening they may be, matures and transforms us, like the symbol of the butterfly emerging into the light from its dark cocoon.

I think we can all relate to that. For me, it offers an interesting parallel to my post-divorce journey of self-discovery, which I wrote about in my book Unbridled: A Memoir.

After my matrimonial cookie crumbled, I set off to Ireland to rediscover my ancestral roots, to face my fears, to find my independence and to reconnect myself with....me: my goals, my dreams, my passions. And, although at times I felt like I was being seriously challenged, much like the tests Aphrodite set forth for Psyche, I too emerged a much stronger, more mature, more integrated and more liberated woman.

In what ways does the story of the goddess Psyche resonate with you?

Photo: Antonio Canova's statue Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss in the Louvre, Paris; photo by -RejiK