The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transfromation

The Hero and the Goddess: The Odyssey as Pathway to Personal Transfromation


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Internationally acclaimed for her groundbreaking United Nations and UNICEF leadership training, and for her founding role in the Human Potentials Movement, bestselling author Dr. Jean Houston has guided thousands of people from across the globe on a transformative journey in search of their ‘essential selves’. Now, in her latest release, The Hero and the Goddess, Houston invites you to embark with her on her most important journey yet, a provocative exploration of antiquity’s greatest epic, Homer’s The Odyssey. The Hero and the Goddess reveals the timeless power of myth to liberate the psyche. In this engaging journey with the Odyssey’s immortal archetypes the reader truly becomes the hero of old and the goddess divine. With provocative exercises accompanying each chapter, Houston brings Odysseus’s mythic quest to life. Tailored for the individual as well as for group study, The Hero and the Goddess connects the seeker to the ageless wisdom embodied in archetypal figures, those venerable beings dwelling in us all.

By becoming the cunning warrior, the goddess protector, a faithful mother, and endearing son, we meet with the honest reflections of our deepest yearnings and betrayals, our subconscious feelings of loss and grief. Awaiting the champion who stays true is that of the newly ‘awakened self’. And although the mythic journey begins in you, these great archetypes most reveal the transcendent revelation of ‘oneness’, the impetus for a higher global consciousness. This transformative journey brings resurrection and healing to those who dare to embark on the path of The Hero and the Goddess. Set sail and be discovered as the Athena and Odysseus within, welcomed home to join again the “Divine Beloved of the Soul”.


“Jean Houston teaches the teachers. Her Mythic Life has been an epic unfoldment, a blessing to each of us who seeks in her story the deeper archetypes that animate our own. Houston herself is a force of nature.’’
Marianne Williamson

Jean Houston is the foremost mythologist and guide to human development alive today. In The Hero and the Goddess, she invites us into the journey of Odysseus not just as a Great Story, but as a living archetype that can guide us in discovering our own greatest potential. This book is a classic that any person interested in the human journey will want to read and reread.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Your Soul's Compass

Jean Houston is the greatest authority in the world on how we can harness the archetypal domain of gods and goddesses for personal transformation. If you want to be able to do extraordinary things read this book.
Deepak Chopra, author of Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment