• Motherhood

  • Facing and Finding Yourself
  • By: Lisa Marchiano
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Motherhood is the true hero's journey - which is to say that it can be as harrowing as it is joyful, and enlightening as it is exhausting. For Jungian psychoanalyst Lisa Marchiano, this journey is not just an adventure of diaper bags and parent-teacher conferences, but one of intense self-discovery.

In Motherhood, Marchiano draws from a deep well of Jungian analysis and symbolic research to present a collection of fairytales, myths, and fables that evoke the spiritual arc of raising a child from infancy through adulthood.

Divided into three major segments similar to the stages of a hero's initiatory journey, (Descent, Sojourn, and Return), Motherhood charts how events like pregnancy, the calamities of childhood, and the empty-nest experience are all parts of an odyssey to which every mother receives an invitation. Here, Marchiano emphasizes that when you take up that invitation, it will lead to an adventure into the wild frontier of your own soul. And once you return from this inner journey, you'll possess the treasured knowledge need to clarify your values, embrace your disowned parts, and claim the mantle of motherhood in the full bloom of your empowerment.

©2021 Lisa Marchiano (P)2021 Tantor

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Incredible. Validating. Insightful.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It touched my heart. It validated my experience. It piqued my interest. It gave me insight and it gave me hope.

I bought a hard copy to lend to friends. It’s just such a sweet, touching book. I want every mom to get a chance to read it.

The layout of this book reminds me of Women Who Run with the Wolves in that it uses fairytales to bring insight to whatever is being discussed. I loved the questions for introspection at the end of each chapter.

The one thing that took getting used to is that I am very familiar with the authors voice from her podcast and I had to get used to another person reading this book. The reader is great, though, so I was able to come to acceptance.

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Thank you, Lisa.

This book is profound and life giving. Both for me personally and also as a Marriage and Family Therapist. For the record, I’m a 37 year old man without children. I found much of the book directly applicable to myself. Both the adult me and little inner child me was touched and challenged. Certainly it helped me understand motherhood for the many mothers in my life to a depth that I’d never imagined before. And finally as a clinician it’s been quite helpful. I don’t think there’s ever been another book I’ve recommended so frequently in my whole time practicing.
Thanks.

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Beautiful

I wanted my sisters to read this. It really cracked open some brand new thought processes of childhood, relationships and my own mothering. Loved it

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loved this

I loved this. I screen my hardback buying here and I will be buying and gifting this.

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Inspiring and encouraging

As a psychotherapist and mother, I found this book both personally and professionally enriching. Every chapter validates my experience in ways I’ve never encountered before. It is thought-provoking, insightful, and reminds me of the journey I’ve walked and am yet to walk. I am so grateful for this treasure, and hope to impart it on my own daughter one day.

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loved it a different look at motherhood and changes mothers go through or have you been gone through

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I am grateful that i found this book

Beautifully written about patterns in our psyke Women can be facing by being mothers. The author lead me through the book with her warm understanding of herself, the subject and, it felt, me and every mother. The shadow aspects of mothering was beautifully woven into the text and explained by using stories and fairytales. The text is smooth and easy to understand - even if English is not my first language. I feel this book is an important contribution to give value to mothering.

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A wonderful book for all mothers. I gained so much perspective from this read. It is a book that feels encouraging rather than adding to more mom guilt.

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Excellent book

Loved listening to this during my pregnancy and during the first few months of my first child’s life. I will return to this again and again as a source and guide.

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Deeper Motherhood

As a professional with a 3-year-old and lots of new emotional territory to navigate, I desperately needed a deep psychological dig into motherhood. Lisa Marchiano, who also co-hosts the podcast This Jungian Life, is the perfect guide through the beautiful but often bewildering and harrowing path of motherhood. Because she is a Jungian analyst and herself a mother, she is the mentor I have longed for but didn’t know how to find. So many resources for parents focus on the “joys of motherhood” and the more practical aspects like health and discipline. Lisa’s book captures motherhood as an ultimate hero’s journey, using fairytales and folktales to mine the psychological depths of the self as mother, but first as individual.

Xe Sands reads Lisa’s book as though she were a friend speaking it to you while you both rest in comfy armchairs with a mugs of tea in hand.

Who should read this book? Everyone, but especially parents looking for thoughtful, well-written personal development while parenting.

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  • 09-23-22

Beautiful & empowering

I am about to give birth to my first child & this book has filled me with excitement & empowerment for the adventure ahead. Thank you!

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  • Janine
  • 08-25-22

Amazing!!

A must read for everyone who is a mother! No matter if your children are still infants or all grown up. Lisa is presenting different aspects of the experience of being a mother through the analysis of fairytales. Beautifully read, a wonderful book I shall be returning to for a second read soon!

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  • Sinead
  • 08-17-22

Just amazing

So beautiful. Probably the best book I’ve ever read / listened to about self development and spiritual meaning in life. Really the perfect antidote if you have any struggles related to motherhood.

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  • Hanna-Jade Browne
  • 08-16-22

Beautiful

This audio book was a great resource for me after I had given birth. I listened for hours while breastfeeding and caring for my baby it brought great wisdom to my heart and helped me to process the feelings of moving from maiden to mother

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  • Ewa
  • 05-16-22

Beautiful!

Wonderful book that allowed me to reflect on relationship with my children and myself ❤️
Highly recommend

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  • Monica Kelly
  • 03-18-22

An real gem of a book

I love how she weaved fairy tales with real life experiences. The use of rich imagery and messages about how motherhood transforms us is effectively and relatable. The narrator is excellent, it is through her voice that the book comes alive.
I will be waiting for her next book.

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  • alexandra
  • 03-10-22

Stunning book. Everyone who has mothered should read

I love everything about this book. I am very grateful for it. Absolutely work of genius on everything Motherhood. I was on my guard, worried that the emphasis on symbols and fairytale was going to be American white only, excluding worldwide stories, symbols and experience. I was relieved it didn’t feel like that to me. Lisa Marchiano spoke to me of things I badly needed to hear. Thank you

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  • zoe barber scott
  • 10-10-21

Superb book

This book is amazing and not just for Mother’s
I think men could learn a lot from this book too. It one of those books that I will listen too again and again. I’ve just taken so much from it, it really makes you reflect on things and has given me some real aha moments
Thank you Lisa Marchiano

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  • Siobhán Carroll
  • 09-20-21

brilliant listen for mothers

absolutely loved this book! a great, self-reflective read for mothers of children of all ages but particularly helpful for me as a mother of a toddler, just when all my buttons are starting to be pushed. I'm grateful to have these insights in my toolbox! and i loved the fairytales and how applicable they are all to the situations discussed in the book. I've just bought three hard copies to give to friends aa gifts, and will buy more copies come Christmas I'd say! loved it!! thank you Lisa!

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  • Josephine
  • 09-12-21

yes, yes and yes!

This book has been so validating, so comforting, so understanding...
Relationships with my kids, especially my daughters are here, explained through fairy tales, personal stories, references to the author's clients and Lisa's total honesty... I cannot endorse the content enough. I feel relieved about my mothering for the first time in my life. I had 3 children, all have moved on to their own lives. My 2 daughters have daughters of their own and the book illuminated so much. I did okay!!! I can say that with a smile and true conviction after reading Motherhood.

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  • Carly Parry
  • 09-28-21

Transformative and reaffirming

Thank you Lisa. This book took me on a profound and whimsical journey. As a mother since age 16, the book reaffirmed what my heart and intuition know to be true. Just the ‘noise’ of what had become my life’s construction had dimmed this innate knowing.
The fairytales and stories are having such an impact on how I look at life. I’m actively looking underneath things to find more meaning and truth. I had a few moments reading it that actually activated numinous experiences for me. Wow!
I stumbled upon the book entirely new to Jungian psychology; now I can’t get enough. Thank you Lisa xx

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  • Sarah
  • 08-10-21

this book is a journey, one worth taking!!

I really loved this book, I feel like I healed as the book went on. I feel like I can breathe easier, like a weight has been lifted from my chest. This book is a gift to all mother's, going deep, in true Jungian style ! a work of art the way it has been put together, weaving the shadow work through along with the fairy tales and the real life examples. I'll be referring to this book over the years to come