Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

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Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Way It Is

King Arthur and the Witch

Author Unknown
 

Young King Arthur was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Arthur's youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Arthur would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.

The question: What do women really want?

Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Arthur, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch's proposition to have an answer by year's end. He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer. Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer. But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.

The last day of the year arrived and Arthur had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.

The old witch wanted to marry Sir Lancelot, the most noble of the Knights of the Round Table and Arthur's closest friend. Young Arthur was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewerage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.

He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden, but Lancelot, learning of the proposal, spoke with Arthur. He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Arthur's life and the preservation of the Round Table. Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Arthur's question thus:

"What a woman really wants"-she answered-"is to be in charge of her own life!"

Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Arthur's life would be spared. And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Arthur his freedom and Lancelot and the witch had a wonderful wedding. The honeymoon hour approached and Lancelot, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him! The most beautiful woman he had ever seen, lay before him on the bed. The astounded Lancelot asked what had happened?

The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.

Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day. . . or night?

Lancelot pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch? Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous, intimate moments?!

What would YOU do?

Noble Lancelot, knowing the answer the witch gave Arthur to his question, said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.

Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.

Now. . . what is the moral to this story?

The moral is. . . if you don't let a woman have her own way. . . things are going to get ugly.


George Demont Otis         San Pablo Bay

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis and seminal figure in the field of psychology, famously asked, "What do women want?", and was essentially clueless, if not oblivious, to any honest answer. As human beings, who doesn't want comfort, pleasure and happiness? Even closer to the truth, who doesn't yearn for real satisfaction, fulfillment, having a scintillating experience of really being alive, realizing their heart's desire and honoring their daimon or soul's calling?

Author Willard F. Harley, Jr in his book His Needs, Her Needs shares the following five key needs for females in committed intimate relationships: (1) affection; (2) conversation; (3) honesty and openness; (4) financial support; and (5) family commitment. Although women often have a challenging time in articulating their dearest heart's desire in their closest couple relationship, it certainly includes a deep intimacy characterized by a great friendship, mutual choice-making and a true honest partnership.

Since a women's life is imbued with the nuances, subtleties and dynamics of feelings and relationships from the earliest times, an authentic reply to what women want would be finding a springboard to embody and ensoul Love with their intimate mate, in their extended family and friendship circles, throughout their lives and ultimately the world. While some males may scoff, women affirmatively and intuitively know to aim high and realize their inner lives. Their artist's palette and canvas is the world's stage.

 
© Copyright 2013 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.
 
 


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