Lynn V. Andrews takes the reader with her as she goes on inward journeys with the help of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and relates the stories of others.
Join her as she is initiated into the Sisterhood and creates her own shield, which will show her the nature of her spiritual path (Spirit Woman). Follow her to the Yucatan, where the medicine wheel leads her, and she is faced with the terrifying reality of the butterfly tree (Jaguar Woman). Enter the Dreamtime with her, where she emerges in medieval England as Catherine, and encounters the Grandmother, who offers to show Andrews how to make her life one of goodness, power, adventure, and love (The Woman of Wyrrd).
Not all these stories describe the author's own spiritual experiences. Meet Sin Corazön, an initiate into the Sisterhood, whose husband abandons her. She nearly succumbs to her inner dark power and unleashes her rage on men and the Sisterhood (Dark Sister). Andrews also writes about the elder women of the Sisterhood: their loves, their lives, their losses (Tree of Dreams).
Andrews shows us how to channel our own spiritual and intellectual energy and balance the need for love with the desire for power (Love and Power). She takes the reader on numerous spiritual journeys that inevitably uplift.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Lynn Andrews is the author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Medicine Woman and Jaguar Woman. A preeminent teacher in the field of personal development and spirituality, she is the founder of the Lynn Andrews Center for Sacred Arts and Training.
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There are only two ways to live your life.
The Essence of Love
One is as though nothing is a miracle,
the other is as though everything is a miracle.
The Power of Love: Four Women
I have three special women friends whom I have known since high school, and for me our relationship models the true essence of love. We are able to be both challenging and supportive of one another, because of the deep trust and sense of acceptance we have experienced together over the years.
One summer, the four of us decided to take a short vacation together in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The trees and flowers were in bloom, and we sat outside on the patio under a bright blue umbrella at the La Posada Hotel. We were happy to be together, away from work and all our responsibilities. Over the years, our time together has become one of soul searching, a time when we each receive female support, understanding, and a real sharing of the changes in our lives and of the choices we have made since our school days. We have all gone in different directions. I have become an author and a healer. Patricia is one of the biggest actors' agents in Hollywood, much to her surprise. Jan is a mother and wife of a man who owns a plumbing company Gwen is a lawyer.
As we sat at La Posada, sipping our iced teas and looking at one another, each of us observed the others' wonderful faces and contemplated the map of time and experience that had been written across our expressions and bodies.
Finally, I said, "You know, I am so proud to know the three of you. You have each done such wonderful things with your lives."
Gwenburst into tears. We were surprised by her emotion. I put my arm around her, since I was sitting next to her, and inquired, "Honey, what did I say?"
She blew her nose into a tissue and took a deep breath. "Well, you know, I am making more money than I dreamed I ever would. It never occurred to me that I was going to be a successful lawyer. I became a lawyer because I was interested in law, because I loved what it meant to uphold what is right and to punish what is wrong. I wanted to help, somehow, to make this society moral. I wanted to mirror that by fighting for what has integrity and vision, in the best way that I could. But it never occurred to me that I would be so busy that I would lose myself in this stressful workaday world. I have dated very interesting men in these past ten years, but I never could give up my work enough to be married to any of them. Now that I'm nearing my fifties, I wonder what I've done, and that's why I'm crying."
She cried some more into her Kleenex, really stressed.
"Gwen, are you frightened in some way?" I asked.
"I guess I feel like a little girl, in a way, in a fifty-year-oldwoman's body, and I wonder if the party has gone on without me, as if everyone else was invited and I was left at home. Maybe by working so hard toward what I thought my goal was, I missed marriage, I missed having children. Oh, my God, I don't know what I've done."
"But it's never too late," Jan said, reaching her hand across the table. "My father died when my mother was forty, and she didn't remarry until she was in her late fifties. You can always adopt children. You don't necessarily have to have children."
"I know," Gwen said, "I've thought about that. But you know, now I don't know how to do it. I don't know how to put myself out there, even to attract someone to become married. I honestly don't know how." With this, she started to cry some more. My heart went out to her.
"Gwen, I understand so well what you're saying," I said. "I've been married twice now. I have my beautiful daughter, whom I couldn't continue my life without, and yet I find myself in a similar position. I'm very driven. I don't do anything without my mind flying off in all directions, spinning off new ways to create activities that will help people. I seem driven to accomplish, over and over again. It's funny, because the people who work for me often say that they feel like they're running after a freight train and can never quite catch it. I suppose that's true. What's happened to me, Gwen, though I don't see this happening to you, is that my body is now rebelling. My body is saying, 'Hey, you need to slow down! You need to pay attention to your personal life."
I looked around at the others. "What about the rest of you? Have you felt this as well?"
Jan nodded. "You know, one would think that because I chose to be married, be a householder, and have children, that I have devoted myself to my personal life. And yet, in the first fifteen years of their lives, my three children took over my life, and I gave it to them. I thought this was what I should do, and it was what I wanted to do. Frankly, I look at the three of you, and I wish with all my heart and soul that I had a profession that was mine. I lived through my husband, in a way My husband is a powerful man. He owns a plumbing company He started out as just a plumber. How could we know he was going to be as successful as he became! But I helped him get there, and he acknowledges me for that. I don't see my husband very much really He's gone a great deal of the time. We have companies all over the country.
"At this point I wonder what I'm living for. My life has always involved nurturing. My role was to take care of everyone, and now I realize that I don't know how to take care of myself. I know my husband loves me, but he takes care of me mostly in terms of material things. I regret that I have never achieved any landmark accomplishment. Each one of you has left your mark on the world. if I died tomorrow, my family would miss me, and that would be about it."
We were all in shock at her statement. We had never imagined she felt this way.
"I'm stunned, Jan, because I always thought you were so happy," I said.
"It isn't that I'm not happy," Jan said. "It's that I'm not fulfilled. There's a lack of balance in here somehow. I have had love in my life, but, you know, I haven't found my power."
"In my work," I said, smiling at her, "one of the things I always talk about with the women and the men who work with me is the importance of an act of power. An act of power is an expression in the world of your true essence. If you don't have an act of power, you can never really see who you are. I think your act of power, Jan, has been your nurturing ability. It gave you an extraordinary mirror through your happy children and your prosperous life. Now that mirror is changing for you; you've...
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