Grandmothers Counsel the World

Women Elders Offer Their Vision for Our Planet

Author: Carol Schaefer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834824175

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 160

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We are thirteen indigenous grandmothers. . . . We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth, the atrocities of war, the global scourge of poverty, the prevailing culture of materialism, the epidemics that threaten the health of the Earth’s peoples, and with the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, believe that our ancestral ways of prayer, peacemaking, and healing are vitally needed today. . . . We believe that the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. In some Native American societies, tribal leaders consulted a council of grandmothers before making any major decisions that would affect the whole community. What if we consulted our wise women elders about the problems facing our global community today? This book presents the insights and guidance of thirteen indigenous grandmothers from five continents, many of whom are living legends among their own peoples. The Grandmothers offer wisdom on such timely issues as nurturing our families; cultivating physical and mental health; and confronting violence, war, and poverty. Also included are the reflections of Western women elders, including Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Carol Moseley Brown.

Me and Mine

The Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa

Author: Louise Udall

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 0816533431

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

View: 4451

An energetic Hopi woman emerges from a traditional family background to embrace the more conventional way of life in American today. Enchanting and enlightening—a rare piece of primary source anthropology.

The Other Mother

A Woman's Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption

Author: Carol Schaefer

Publisher: Soho PressInc

ISBN: 9780939149759

Category: Fiction

Page: 295

View: 2250

The courageous story of a mother who surrenders her child for adoption and searches for him 19 years later. "As compelling as any novel, Schaefer's account will have readers turning pages as she tells of her search for the son she didn't raise and of his love for the mother he didn't know".--Booklist.

Readings in Ecology and Feminist Theology

Author: Mary Heather MacKinnon,Moni McIntyre

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781556127625

Category: Religion

Page: 397

View: 1147

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Change at Hand

Balancing Your Energy Through Palmistry, Chakras & Mudras

Author: Sandra Kynes

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738715700

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 219

View: 8251

We hold an extraordinary power in our hands--the power to change, heal, and grow into our fullest potential. By focusing your intention and directing energy with your hands, you can deepen your self-understanding and manifest positive change to create a happier, more healthful life. Popular author Sandra Kynes invites you to experience a unique and transformative blend of energy work that combines the wisdom of palmistry with the power of the elements. Discover new, invigorating ways to activate and direct life force energy for healing and enlightenment with easy techniques and activities involving palmistry, chakras, meditations, and mudras (specific hand positions). Identify your elemental archetype for a better understanding of your personality and life path Interpret your palm's shape, your Heart and Life lines, your finger lengths, and more to discover and spark your innate potential Use crystals to open your hand chakras and bring your elemental energy into balance Bringing together aspects of Reiki, traditional Chinese healing methods, meditation, and a progressive form of energy work, Change at Hand is an inspiring and powerful guide that will help you find your inner path, experience greater health and wellness, and evolve into your true self.

Sacred Seed

Author: Global Peace Initiative of Women (Gpiw),Vandana Shiva

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781890350635

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 144

View: 682

Inspired by physicist and environmental leader Dr. Vandana Shiva, this collection of essays draw on the wisdom of ancient and modern traditions to remind readers of the profound sacredness of the seed—how in its purity, it is the source and renewal of all of life. For centuries the planting of the seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul. Yet, modern culture has begun to lose an appreciation of the primal meaning of the seed. Tenderly created from original writings of mystics, shamans, monastics, and priests, and featuring vibrant photos, this book bears witness that the Earth is alive, and establishes that only by working together with the earth—with its wonder and mystery—can we help in its healing and regeneration and once again bring meaning back into the world. The book includes contributions from His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, H. H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Swami Veda Bharati, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Chief Tamale Bwoya, Blu Greenberg, and others.

A Call to Power

The Grandmothers Speak

Author: Sharon McErlane

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780978846800

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 178

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In September 1996, a group of elderly women who call themselves "The Great Council of the Grandmothers" appeared to the author as she was walking her dog. These wise women who represent all cultures and races of humanity revealed to her their mission: "Earth has suffered too long from an excess of yang and insufficient yin." They said, "we have come to correct this." Desperate times call for something new. As humans stand at the edge of the precipice, the winds of change blasting our backs, the universe throws us a lifeline. Help has appeared before us in the form of wise old women, the Great Council of the Grandmothers. "The present imbalance of energy on Earth has placed all life in danger," the Grandmothers declare. "It is time to return to balance, and for this, WOMEN MUST LEAD. Women must be empowered. This is why we have come." The Grandmothers have come at this crucial time to awaken the presence of the deep feminine, to bring men and women and all life back into harmony. A Call to Power is the story of the author?s encounters with these wise women and the powerful and important message that they bring.

Goddesses in World Culture

Author: Patricia Monaghan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313354656

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 933

View: 1588

This collection of accessible essays relates the stories of individual goddesses from around the world, exploring their roles in the cultures from which they came, their histories and status today, and the controversies surrounding them. * 63 essays cover more than 100 goddesses and goddess-like figures from world culture, with volumes organized by geographic area * Many original translations of prayers, sagas, and other sources not otherwise readily available in English * 60 illustrations include ethnographic photographs, depictions of ancient artifacts, and original artwork * An extensive list of bibliography of sources about the figure and culture discussed accompanies each essay


Medicine Woman of the Crows

Author: Frank Bird Linderman

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803280250

Category: Social Science

Page: 148

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Pretty-shield, the legendary medicine woman of the Crows, remembered what life was like on the Plains when the buffalo were still plentiful. A powerful healer who was forceful, astute, and compassionate, Pretty-shield experienced many changes as her formerly mobile people were forced to come to terms with reservation life in the late nineteenth century. ø Pretty-shield told her story to Frank Linderman through an interpreter and using sign language. The lives, responsibilities, and aspirations of Crow women are vividly brought to life in these pages as Pretty-shield recounts her life on the Plains of long ago. She speaks of the simple games and dolls of an Indian childhood and the work of the girls and women?setting up the lodges, dressing the skins, picking berries, digging roots, and cooking. Through her eyes we come to understand courtship, marriage, childbirth and the care of babies, medicine-dreams, the care of the sick, and other facets of Crow womanhood. Alma Snell and Becky Matthews provide a new preface to this edition.

Transformation Now!

Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change

Author: AnaLouise Keating

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252095111

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 9464

In this lively, thought-provoking study, AnaLouise Keating writes in the traditions of radical U.S. women-of-color feminist/womanist thought and queer studies, inviting us to transform how we think about identity, difference, social justice and social change, metaphysics, reading, and teaching. Through detailed investigations of women of color theories and writings, indigenous thought, and her own personal and pedagogical experiences, Keating develops transformative modes of engagement that move through oppositional approaches to embrace interconnectivity as a framework for identity formation, theorizing, social change, and the possibility of planetary citizenship. Speaking to many dimensions of contemporary scholarship, activism, and social justice work, Transformation Now! calls for and enacts innovative, radically inclusionary ways of reading, teaching, and communicating.

The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe

Goddesses, Sacred Women and the Origins of Western Culture

Author: Sharon Paice MacLeod

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786471387

Category: Religion

Page: 252

View: 2942

"This book is an exploration of the spiritual traditions of ancient Europe, focusing on the numinous presence of the divine feminine in Russia, Central Europe, France, Britain, Ireland and the northern regions. The book shows how the power of European goddesses and holy women evolved through the ages"--

Women, Spirituality, and Transformative Leadership

Where Grace Meets Power

Author: Kathe Schaaf,Kay Lindahl,Kathleen S. Hurty, PhD,Guo Cheen

Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing

ISBN: 1594733139

Category: Religion

Page: 269

View: 4962

Presents essays that explore leadership and spirituality in order to inspire women, regardless of their spiritual tradition, to unite and become spiritual leaders.

Spiritual Ecology

The Cry of the Earth

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh,John Stanley,David Loy,Mary Evelyn Tucker,John Grim,Wendell Berry,Winona LaDuke,Vandana Shiva,Susan Murphy,Satish Kumar,Joanna Macy,Geneen Marie Haugen,Jules Cashford,Bill Plotkin,Sandra Ingerman,Pir Zia Inayat-Khan,Richard Rohr,Thomas Berry

Publisher: The Golden Sufi Center

ISBN: 189035046X

Category: Religion

Page: 280

View: 5114

The Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh was asked what we need to do to save our world. "What we most need to do," he replied, "is to hear within us the sound of the earth crying.” Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced—its accelerating climate change, species depletion, pollution and acidification of the oceans. A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation, and how this affects our relationship to the environment. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis. This is vital and necessary if we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance.


Author: Sharon McErlane

Publisher: Netsource Distribution

ISBN: 9780978846824

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 214

View: 8634

We are bombarded by so much change that many today live with chronic stress. Accelerated change assaults our nervous system and makes us long for a place to rest. Fortunately for us, underneath all the storms of life lies the Net of Light. What scientists call the Cosmic Web cradles everything--including us-in its comforting embrace, reminding us that we are not insignificant, separate entities, but are an intrinsic part of the fabric of life that supports our planet. This Net or Web holds us, penetrates the cells of our bodies, and reaches throughout the cosmos. "This is the Net of Light," the Grandmothers say, "that will hold the earth during the times of change that are upon you." Held in this Net of Love and Light, we can also hold one another and our beloved planet. Here is a place to rest.


Spirit Brooding on Brooding Spirit

Author: Ellen Fremedon

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826412775

Category: Religion

Page: 112

View: 5294

A meditation on the world of living beings and on the corresponding world of wind and air in which life is situated and nourished. In brief, reflective passages, at once inspirational, informative, and lyrical, Ellen Fremedon guides the reader into contemplating the web and network of the spirit described in Genesis as "the mighty wind that swept over the waters," and described in John as the wind "that blows wherever it please.">

Star Mounds

Legacy of a Native American Mystery

Author: Ross Hamilton

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 158394446X

Category: History

Page: 310

View: 2553

"An illustrated, full-color, multidisciplinary tour through the now-hidden 'Glastonbury zodiac' of North America--the ancient monuments of the Ohio Valley--this book will appeal to readers interested in indigenous American culture, its mysteries, and its sophisticated knowledge of astronomy, geometry, and architecture"--Provided by publisher.

The Land Remembers

The Story of a Farm and Its People

Author: Ben Logan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780976145059

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 286

View: 4380

This classic American memoir is about a farm and its people, of a boyhood on a southwestern Wisconsin hilltop world in the 1930s. Ben Logan grew up on Seldom Seen Farm with his three brothers, father, mother, and hired hand Lyle--"the fifth Logan boy.” The boys discussed and argued and joked over the events around their farm, marked the seasons by the demands of the land, tested each other and themselves, and grew up learning timeless lessons. This paperback edition features Logan's never-before-published afterword that traces the Logan land to an earlier time, bringing the story full circle to the farm and its people.

The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers

Your Sacred Path to Discovering the Gifts, Talents, and Abilities of the Feminin

Author: Jamie Sams

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062507567

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

View: 3105

Offers a visionary guide to self-knowledge, revealing the mysteries of the ancient female oral tradition.

Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Substantially Revised)

Author: Lester R. Brown

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393337197

Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 1518

Citing new understandings about fossil fuels as well as an emergence of what the author terms an "energy economy" of renewable technologies, a revised report explores how daily life is likely to be affected by a dramatic shift in investment practices toward sustainable energy sources. Simultaneous.