The Path of the Priestess: A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine

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A guide for personal exploration of the path to the divine feminine and the spiritual power of women.

? Reveals the essential role of women in creating and maintaining the psychic/energetic/emotional landscape of society.

? Explores feminine roles and the archetypal model of the Great Goddess from both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.

? Includes exercises, meditations, and visualizations drawn from ancient techniques to assist women with their spiritual awakening and ...

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Overview

A guide for personal exploration of the path to the divine feminine and the spiritual power of women.

• Reveals the essential role of women in creating and maintaining the psychic/energetic/emotional landscape of society.

• Explores feminine roles and the archetypal model of the Great Goddess from both Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.

• Includes exercises, meditations, and visualizations drawn from ancient techniques to assist women with their spiritual awakening and self-realization.

The Path of the Priestess takes readers on a journey deep into the heart of the feminine experience. It describes the author's years of first-hand experience in the ancient arts of Tantra, Dzogchen, and Indian and Egyptian temple dance and healing, as well as her research into the feminine principle in the mystic teachings of the Alchemists, Hebrew Kabbalists, and Christian Gnostics.

Beginning with an analysis of the basic issues and frustrations inherent in contemporary society's conditioning of and expectations for women, readers travel back in time to the age of the great temples, schools, and sacred societies in which women still held and transmitted the spiritual light that nourished all of civilization. Through its mythic and historic tales, descriptions of sacred ritual practices, and teachings on the Goddess traditions, The Path of the Priestess provides contemporary women with the means to enter this time-honored path. In keeping with the experientially based teaching methods of these traditions, it also offers exercises and visualizations designed to align women with the powerful, sensuous, and loving energies of the most profound feminine role model that shaped and preserved culture and society—the Great Goddess.

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Editorial Reviews

SageWoman Magazine
"Her knowledge of the Goddess is deep-felt and genuine. Her poetic Goddess imagery can be used for lifting your spirits and for drawing forth the joy of knowing the Divine Feminine in yourself."
Maya del Mar
"Rose is a masterful teacher and writer. . . . Reading this book can be a big step in reclaiming our feminine heritage."
Ellen Burstyn
"In this beautifully written book Sharron Rose shares her challenging journey between two diametrically opposed cultures: the ancient, spiritually dominated world of the East and the modern, technologically dominated world of the West. An intriguing tale of an American seeker on the spiritual path."
Penny Slinger Hills
"The Path of the Priestess provides both eloquent insights into the nature of Goddess energy and ways for the reader to realize it for themselves. Goddess consciousness is the evolutionary path of choice for the planet. I give The Path of the Priestess my highest endorsement."
Lesley Crossingham
"The Path of the Priestess takes us on a compelling journey deep into the heart of the feminine experience. It presents a glimpse of the essential and significant role of women as caretakers of the psychic, energetic, and emotional landscape of society. . . . surely this book will prove to be a landmark text in this ever-expanding journey of awakening."
Cerridwen Iris Shea
"The conversational tone make it an experience similar to curling up with a close friend with whom you've lost touch."
SageWoman magazine
". . . will raise the feminine power to the level of consciousness needed in the 21st century. Exploring the true nature of women's emotion, the visualizations and meditations are unique and imaginative, as well as effective."
Alberto Villoldo
"In this rich and fascinating book Sharron Rose evokes the connection between the Goddess and the luminous energy body in a way that is meaningful to modern readers. Through this process she reveals an ancient and sacred path toward healing ourselves and the world around us. A must read for anyone in the healing and performing arts."
Belinda Gore
"An inspiring read. Sharron Rose takes us on her spiritual journey, unveiling at every turn the presence of the Divine Feminine that has been hidden in this age of spiritual materialism, an age from which we are beginning to awaken."
Jean Houston
"Dancer, artist, philosopher, and spiritual adept, Sharron Rose is of the lineage of those bold and luminous women who take the journey to the Goddess wherever and to whomever it may lead. In this potent work Shakti power dances off each page. Here is the Goddess in her many forms, and in her masterful teachings. Here is living witness to the emergence of the light of the Divine Feminine after the long dark night of the patriarchy. Here, in vibrant words, is the transmission of the sacred current that would illumine our reality."
actor and writer Ellen Burstyn
"In this beautifully written book Sharron Rose shares her challenging journey between two diametrically opposed cultures: the ancient, spiritually dominated world of the East and the modern, technologically dominated world of the West. An intriguing tale of an American seeker on the spiritual path."
author of Sexual Secrets Penny Slinger Hills
"The Path of the Priestess provides both eloquent insights into the nature of Goddess energy and ways for the reader to realize it for themselves. Goddess consciousness is the evolutionary path of choice for the planet. I give The Path of the Priestess my highest endorsement."
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". . . will raise the feminine power to the level of consciousness needed in the 21st century. Exploring the true nature of women's emotion, the visualizations and meditations are unique and imaginative, as well as effective."

"The Path of the Priestess provides both eloquent insights into the nature of Goddess energy and ways for the reader to realize it for themselves. Goddess consciousness is the evolutionary path of choice for the planet. I give The Path of the Priestess my highest endorsement."

"The Path of the Priestess takes us on a compelling journey deep into the heart of the feminine experience. It presents a glimpse of the essential and significant role of women as caretakers of the psychic, energetic, and emotional landscape of society. . . . surely this book will prove to be a landmark text in this ever-expanding journey of awakening."

"An inspiring read. Sharron Rose takes us on her spiritual journey, unveiling at every turn the presence of the Divine Feminine that has been hidden in this age of spiritual materialism, an age from which we are beginning to awaken."

"Dancer, artist, philosopher, and spiritual adept, Sharron Rose is of the lineage of those bold and luminous women who take the journey to the Goddess wherever and to whomever it may lead. In this potent work Shakti power dances off each page. Here is the Goddess in her many forms, and in her masterful teachings. Here is living witness to the emergence of the light of the Divine Feminine after the long dark night of the patriarchy. Here, in vibrant words, is the transmission of the sacred current that would illumine our reality."

"Her knowledge of the Goddess is deep-felt and genuine. Her poetic Goddess imagery can be used for lifting your spirits and for drawing forth the joy of knowing the Divine Feminine in yourself."

"In this beautifully written book Sharron Rose shares her challenging journey between two diametrically opposed cultures: the ancient, spiritually dominated world of the East and the modern, technologically dominated world of the West. An intriguing tale of an American seeker on the spiritual path."

"In this rich and fascinating book Sharron Rose evokes the connection between the Goddess and the luminous energy body in a way that is meaningful to modern readers. Through this process she reveals an ancient and sacred path toward healing ourselves and the world around us. A must read for anyone in the healing and performing arts."

"Rose is a masterful teacher and writer. . . . Reading this book can be a big step in reclaiming our feminine heritage."

"The conversational tone make it an experience similar to curling up with a close friend with whom you've lost touch."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892819645
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,030,802
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharron Rose, an internationally acclaimed teacher, writer, and performer and Fulbright scholar in world mythology, religion, and sacred dance, has been investigating the wisdom of ancient cultures for the past twenty-five years. She lives in Los Olivos, California, with her husband and hermetic scholar, Jay Weidner.

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Preface
There is a sacred tread of light that runs throughout time and space, as we know it, the light of our divine inheritance. It is a continuum. It arises at the birth of creation and forms a sacred path from the divine into the denseness of matter and back again. As we descend from the fullness of this light, into the depths of the material world, this thread of light is always there to sustain us, the light of the Divine, our inner guide and pathway toward-union and illumination. It is the clear light of truth, virtue and integrity. It is that thread of spiritual awareness or essence that flows through all of our lives and incarnations leading us from the pure light of Divinity, along the path of emanation, to the path of return and reunion with the Primordial Source.
As women, as mothers, teachers and guides, as daughters of the Great Goddess, it is our sacred duty and privilege to hold this light in our hearts and carry it from generation to generation. This is our essential role as women. To hold the pure light of spirit in our hearts, to keep the lamp of inner freedom burning in the darkness, to nurture and protect this light whatever the cost and to transmit it's radiance, it's exquisite beauty to our men and children.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Part One
Mystic Quest: A Modern-day Odyssey to Discover the Mysteries of the Goddess and Her Sacred Realms of Light


1 The Call of the Goddess

2 The Dance of the Dakini

3 Opening the Mystic Eye

4 The Keepers of the Light

5 History and the Feminine Mysteries: Reflections on the Cycle of the Great Yuga
The Golden Age: The Age of Divinity
The Silver Age: The Age of Ritual
The Bronze Age: The Age of Doubt
The Iron Age: The Age of Chaos
The Time of Transition

Part Two
Awakening the Divine Feminine


6 Lifting the Veil from the Face of Modernity

The Feminist Rebellion, Mind Control, and the Cult of Consumerism
Our Modern Cultural Malaise
Spiritual Materialism and the Birth of the New Age
Reclaiming Our Sacred Heritage

7 Discovering Strength and Power

The Goddesses of Strength and Power
The Myth of Durga
The Energy Field of the Strong and Fiery Goddess
The Feminine Art of Emotional Expression
Expressions of Strength and Power

8 Exploring Sensuality
The Sensuous Goddesses
The Legend of Mandarava
The Energy Field of the Sensuous Goddess
The Art of Sensuality
Expressions of Sensuality

9 Experiencing Love and Compassion
The Goddesses of Love and Compassion
The Story of Tara
The Energy Field of the Peaceful Goddess
The Art of Love and Compassion
Expressions of Love and Compassion

Epilogue

Notes

Biblography

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