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Godmother: An Unexpected Journey, Perfect Timing, and Small Miracles

Godmother: An Unexpected Journey, Perfect Timing, and Small Miracles

by Odile Atthalin


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Odile Atthalin was a young woman from a prominent, bourgeois family in Paris when she decided to leave home in search of meaning. All she knew was that she wanted to go East; but once she had separated from France and committed to creating a new life for herself, opportunities fell into place.

After years of travels around the world, including a life-changing four years in an Indian ashram, Atthalin settled in Berkeley, CA, where she found all she needed: her first real home; a godson with special needs to nurture, to whom she became a devoted godmother; and a subculture of seekers, writers, guides, healers, artists, and spiritual creatives—a diverse tribe in which she could fit and finally felt she belonged.

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ISBN-13: 9781631521720
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Odile Atthalin was born in Paris, France in 1936 to a patriarchal bourgeois family, the eldest of six children. After surviving the German Nazi Occupation in Normandy and the loss of a baby sibling, she witnessed D-Day and the liberation of her village by the American tanks. She majored in comparative literature at the Sorbonne and studied American Literature at Barnard College on a Fulbright Scholarship. Back in France she completed an M.A in Clinical Psychology. In 1969, she left for India, and kept traveling until 1983. Since 1988, she has maintained a private practice in Berkeley. In 1996, as a Senior Rosen Method Teacher, she founded the Rosen Method Open Center, a school to train Rosen Method Bodywork and Movement practitioners and teachers in the US and in Europe. In 1987, she became a godmother to a baby boy with special needs and became very involved in raising him. Atthalin loves reading and writing, in French and English. She finds great joy in meditation, yoga, Qi Gong, singing, hiking, dancing, and leading a weekly Movement class done to all kinds of good music.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 France, My Noel Story, Winter 1943 13

Chapter 2 Participation Mystique, Initiation to Spiritual Life at Age Seven 23

Chapter 3 Le Débarquement, D-day in Normandy, 1944 33

Chapter 4 Dr. Rosen, My First Healing Experience 36

Chapter 5 My Personal Odyssey, Years of Searching Around the World 45

Chapter 6 My Mother's Death, Paris 1986 57

Chapter 7 Meeting Newborn Gaby; Berkeley for Good 64

Chapter 8 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Meditation 69

Chapter 9 Divine Intervention 74

Chapter 10 Becoming a Godmother 79

Chapter 11 My Doctor Rosen, Forty Years Later 86

Chapter 12 I Am Your Brother 90

Chapter 13 Gaby's Healers, Role Models 96

Chapter 14 Listening to Lake Temescal 112

Chapter 15 Playful Sunday with Gaby 117

Chapter 16 Zak and Gaby in Paris 126

Chapter 17 Gaby, Maillot Jaune 133

Chapter 18 Low Tide at Agate Beach, Bolinas 137

Chapter 19 Full Moon Gazing in Bali 146

Chapter 20 I Don't Want to Lose a Second One; Hawaii 154

Chapter 21 At the Meher Spiritual Center, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 159

Chapter 22 Music Medicine 167

Chapter 23 Discovering a New Opera Tenor 180

Chapter 24 My Opera Music Initiation as a Teenager 190

Chapter 25 BA Senior Recital 198

Chapter 26 MA Final Recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music 209

Chapter 27 Looking Back, March 2014 219

Epilogue A Small Miracle, May 2015 223

Acknowledgments 227

About the Author 229

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