Womansoul

Womansoul

by Carole A. Rayburn
     
 

As a path of meaning seeking, healing, and transformation, spirituality is becoming more prominent in our society. Historically, women have been the custodians of their families' spiritual domain. This book advances the concept of Woman Soul, a gender-specific way of embracing spirituality. WomanSoul discusses the personal and professional impact of

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As a path of meaning seeking, healing, and transformation, spirituality is becoming more prominent in our society. Historically, women have been the custodians of their families' spiritual domain. This book advances the concept of Woman Soul, a gender-specific way of embracing spirituality. WomanSoul discusses the personal and professional impact of spirituality in the lives of women from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. It examines the psychological, multicultural, and personal expressions of female spirituality. More specifically, the essays collected here look at the impact of women's spirituality on identity, healing, and transformation across the lifecourse. WomanSoul focuses on how females express spirituality from their diverse backgrounds and situated realities. It cuts across ethnic identities, culture, and a multitude of spiritual experiences, such as Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Goddess, Native American, and Agnosticism.

As women tend to experience sacredness in a gender-specific manner, they frequently place more emphasis on spirituality than on religiousness. Seen as a freeing force by most women, spirituality is most often perceived to be more gender-fair, culturally liberating, and less restrictive than many religious denominations. Both informative and inspirational, WomanSoul is written by psychologists who understand the implications of spirituality on the lives of women and the people around them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900313351098
Publisher:
Abc-Clio Information Services
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Edition description:
NE

Table of Contents

Pt. I History of Women and a Spiritual Life 1

Ch. 1 Worldviews and Women's Spirituality Eileen Eppig Eppig, Eileen 3

Ch. 2 The Goddess Has Returned! Darlene Prestbo Prestbo, Darlene Hazel Staats-Westover Staats-Westover, Hazel 19

Ch. 3 The Saving Grace of Spirituality: Restoring Hope, Vitality, and Creative Joy Carole A. Rayburn Rayburn, Carole A. 39

Ch. 4 Women, Science, and Spirituality Kathleen Reedy Reedy, Kathleen 57

Pt. II The Healing Power of Spiritual Expression 69

Ch. 5 My "Friendship" with Women Saints as a Source of Spirituality Oliva M. Espin Espin, Oliva M. 71

Ch. 6 Illuminating the Black Madonna: A Healing Journey Lillian Comas-Diaz Comas-Diaz, Lillian 85

Ch. 7 View of Women, Spirituality, and Tibetan Buddhism Renate Wewerka Wewerka, Renate 97

Ch. 8 American Indian Women and Spirituality Rose L. Weahkee Weahkee, Rose L. 107

Ch. 9 Spirituality and Resilience of Filipinos Asuncion Miteria Austria Austria, Asuncion Miteria 119

Pt. III Individual Journeys 127

Ch. 10 Stepping Stones in a Full Life Jane Simon Simon, Jane 129

Ch. 11 Spirituality: An Eclectic Force in Life Aphrodite Clamar Clamar, Aphrodite 139

Ch. 12 Living Kabbalah Marcella Bakur Weiner Weiner, Marcella Bakur 143

Ch. 13 African American Women, Religion, and Oppression: The Use and Abuse of Spiritual Beliefs Beverly Greene Greene, Beverly 153

Ch. 14 Colors of the Invisible: Sufi Healing Janet Pfunder Pfunder, Janet 167

Ch. 15 Journeying in Twilight: Agnosticism and Spirituality Mary Anne Siderits Siderits, Mary Anne 179

Ch. 16 A Quiet Soul Listens to Her: Women, Spirituality, and Psychology Mary Banks Gregerson Gregerson, Mary Banks 193

Pt. IVApplications to Mental Health Practice 207

Ch. 17 Hindu Indian Spirituality, Female Identity, and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Pratyusha Tummala-Narra Tummala-Narra, Pratyusha 209

Ch. 18 Spiritual Awareness in Life and Psychotherapy Lisa Miller Miller, Lisa 221

Ch. 19 Strange Attractors or Hand of God: A Spiritual Journey Lee Richmond Richmond, Lee 237

Ch. 20 Voicing My Own Gospel: Stories of Spirituality from Young Women Guerda Nicolas Nicolas, Guerda Angela M. DeSilva DeSilva, Angela M. Maria Coutinho Coutinho, Maria Kimberly Prater Prater, Kimberly 247

Pt. V Conclusions 259

A WomanSoul Quest Carole A. Rayburn Rayburn, Carole A. Lillian Comas-Diaz Comas-Diaz, Lillian 261

Index 267

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