The Return of King Arthur: completing the quest for wholeness Hardback £25 Includes P+P UK only
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The Return of King Arthur: Completing the quest for wholeness, inner strength and self-knowledge uses the legends of King Arthur and the quest for the Grail chalice to trace both the individual path to wholeness and the emergence of a new paradigm of collective leadership in today's society.
Intriguingly, neither story of King Arthur or the grail quest is complete but trails off, leaving a scent of prophecy in the air. It is now up to us to complete the quest, and fulfill the promise of Arthur’s return, only this time as a collective. A new condition of collective sovereignty, empowered by the emergence of the feminine, of the healed heart in all of us.
""The Grail Myth is probably the last great offering of the collective unconscious and is the most pertinent of all its treasures. We are in the midst of this great story, all of us agonizing from the fisher king wound, driven to find the Grail Castle, tugging at the sword maddeningly stuck in the stone. The find the modern relevance of this story is to set one instantly on his own intimate search.
Diana Durham does masterful work in bringing this jewel of the western world into just such relevance; she makes it possible to begin ones own grail quest in terms understandable for our present mentality.”
- Robert A Johnson D. Hum.
Author of He, She, Inner Work, We, Owning Your Own Shadow
“The Return of King Arthur is an outstanding and important reminder that the two entwined stories (the Grail quest and the King Arthur story) are more than relevant to solving modern problems. It also demonstrates how multiple individual paths can come together to determine the nature of collective destiny.”
Author of The Four-Fold Way and Signs of Life
'When the sword is thrown into the lake, it marks the end of the time when we located authority in some one else. And so it also marks the end of our dependency upon those leaders who wielded that sword on our behalf, who played the role of spiritual mentor for us. But more than this, I believe it also marks the transition from leadership being held by one lone patriarch to a time when leadership is held collectively.
In the end no one person organized our network back into coherence. It happened, and is still happening, spontaneously as bit by bit, almost one by one, different individuals have emerged out of the waters of chaos and confusion, having sufficiently completed the internal, individual work which the spiritual quest entails. The leadership of the network has been reconfigured collectively, so that a small grouping share the leadership. Moreover, the nature of that leadership is no longer that of spiritual parent to child, but of peer to peer. And we find ourselves forming not so much a physical community anymore, but what might be called a field of oneness, an experience, still new, of functioning as different aspects of the one consciousness.
The Grail is found in the legends, and finding the Grail symbolizes not only the individual experience of open-hearted connection to spiritual source in oneself, but also the emergence of the possibility of collective leadership. When Arthur throws that sword into the lake, a woman's hand reaches up to take it. A new opportunity has been fertilized: a new union between masculine and feminine, and the emergence of an era of collective sovereignty. When we talk about the rise of the feminine we are describing a crucial aspect of this new era. Obviously this new possibility has been emerging for sometime in the form of the Suffragettes and the women's' movement. Closely allied with the struggle for equal rights for women was the Civil Rights movement in the States. Leadership has been rising up from the grassroots, bringing immense changes and balancing out some of the injustices of society's myopic structures. Collective leadership implies both the roundness of the Chalice cup - without hierarchy, containing all - the feminine; and the absoluteness of the sword, the element of individual responsibility required for true leadership - the masculine.'