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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Sacred Vagina: My Portal into the Soul by F. Sam Gleason is the author's inner mythic quest to become conscious of who he is, and he looks at the sacred vagina as the key symbol for the radical opening of his heart. This is the story of his awakened soul that gave birth to his authentic self, the saga of his challenging midlife transition, and transformation. The author shares the metamorphosis of his soul, hoping readers will be able to discover some of the gifts buried in their souls. The thread of dependency runs through the book beginning with his symbiotic attachment to his family, and he uses the symbol of the umbilical cord to depict his attachments to five women during his adulthood.
The memoir is honest, well-expressed, and personal and the author speaks about various topics such as marriage, divorce, remarriage, romantic love, suffering and transformation, Jung and the divine feminine, midlife crisis, men's anger, wisdom and truth of the soul, unearthing one's authentic self and other interesting themes. F. Sam Gleason speaks of the influence of Carl Jung's philosophy on him and how Jung's map of the soul has helped him experience and understand the shadow, the anima, and the self as parts of himself. The memoir chronicles the most important details of his inner and outer life, expressions, feelings, thoughts, and nighttime dreams that will help readers understand his deeper aspects. The Sacred Vagina knits together the author's healing, spirituality, self-discovery, and psychology in a fascinating way, keeping readers glued till the end. His psycho-spiritual transformation will motivate many readers who find themselves in similar situations. The glossary at the end of the book is helpful to understand the terminology used in the book.