Standing By Trees, Women, And Girls with Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.


Program Description

Trees are our essential partners in life on this planet. Not only are they indispensable to our well-being, they are sacred. Bolen’s thwarted efforts to save a magnificent Monterey Pine tree in her yard to those who wanted to have a better view, moved her to look at the anatomy and physiology of trees as well as the archetypal and sacred symbols they represent. Bolen also makes the connection between the oppression of women and girls and the devastation of forests by man. Bolen believes, “If this world was a good place for children and women it would be a hugely different world.” She encourages us to find the cause that has our name on it. According to Bolen, we can do this by applying the following criteria: 1) does it have personal meaning for us? 2) is it fun? and, 3) is it motivated by love? Of the third one she says, “Sometimes it looks like outrage, because what you love is being cut down, or trashed. But the motivation is that you love the principle, or the person, or the animal, or the life, or the planet, or the idea. You are motivated by love, not by revenge, not by ego, not by the kinds of things that diminish you, as you travel the path. This is a path with heart.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, a past board member of the Ms. Foundation for Women and the International Transpersonal Association. She was a recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award”, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She was in two acclaimed documentaries, the Academy-Award winning anti-nuclear proliferation film Women—For America, For the World, and the Canadian Film Board’s Goddess Remembered. The Millionth Circle Initiative was inspired by her book and led to her involvement at the UN. She is the initiator and the leading advocate for a UN 5th World Conference on Women, which was supported by the Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly on March 8, 2012.

Her books include:

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Topics explored in this dialogue include:

  • How Easter Island is a metaphor for our planet
  • What is the ecology of a tree and how it supports all life on the planet
  • What is the mystical quality of trees
  • Who is the nature deprived generation
  • What are the different priorities women bring to the peace table
  • What is the vision for a UN sponsored 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW)
  • What are the three criteria which help us recognize the cause that has our name on it

Host: Justine Willis Toms             Interview Date: 1/26/2011                          Program Number: 3395 


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