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This is the inspiring true story of an extraordinary and courageous woman growing up in Scotland in the 1950s. Chris's father works hard at forcing his tomboy daughter to be a proper lady, but her attempts to fit in any kind of box are unsuccessful. Finding herself most at home as a barefoot hippie, Chris drops out of university, takes drugs, practices free love, and participates in anti-establishment demonstrations. Always questioning and ...
This is the inspiring true story of an extraordinary and courageous woman growing up in Scotland in the 1950s. Chris's father works hard at forcing his tomboy daughter to be a proper lady, but her attempts to fit in any kind of box are unsuccessful. Finding herself most at home as a barefoot hippie, Chris drops out of university, takes drugs, practices free love, and participates in anti-establishment demonstrations. Always questioning and searching, she tries on many personas, working in mechanics, farming and carpentry, living alone in remote places, and coming out as a lesbian. Healing work that revolves around her sexuality and her relationships opens her to unconditional love, while her profound bond with nature enables her to get in touch with a peace that stems from inside. As she gets older, her habitual anger gives way to compassion.
Finally, dabbling in mysticism and miracles, she has a startling awakening that presents her with some remarkable answers.
A truth-teller and an intrepid explorer, Chris travels through outer and inner worlds alike, facing her fears and finding love, with many varied and exciting adventures along the way. Her story will touch your heart and open your mind.
Mikaya Heart is the author of a book on lesbianism, a book on orgasm, and a book on shamanism, as well as a variety of articles. She utilizes shamanic methods to help people access the vastness of being, and is always deeply delighted when her clients perceive their own magnificence. Since kitesurfing is her greatest passion, she has become the woman who follows the wind, making her home wherever she finds joy.
Posted August 14, 2010
My Sweet Wild Dance takes the reader on a very personal trip through the life of Mikaya Heart. In a series of vignettes she talks about her life growing up in Scotland and her experiences traveling around the world. Her story includes humorous adventures, family conflict and traumatic encounters with other people. As she grows out of childhood, she wanders from country to country taking life-threatening risks and abandoning lovers like used tissues. She examines numerous religions, meditative styles and philosophies in a search to discover who she is, why she carries such anger inside and whether or not she can ever experience inner peace and love.
Much of this book is very interesting. The stories of Heart's childhood and travels are told in an engaging manner, although there are enough instances of child abuse to make the reader uncomfortable. The process she went through to discover her sexuality will strike a chord with many readers. It's when she gets involved in mysticism, shamanism and other philosophies that the book begins to lose its focus. She drifts from one idea to another and ends up mixing them into a belief system that works for her.
My Sweet Wild Dance is about a woman who is seeking freedom for herself, internally and externally. A journey like this can result in liberation of a person from the constraints of society or provide excuses for treating other people badly. The reader will have to decide which has occurred, but in either case Heart shows bravery in putting her story into print.
Posted February 27, 2012
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