Body of Wisdom
Bringing together the dreams and experiences of women across the world with today's most visionary spiritual teachers.
A chakra in our breasts that emits spiritual nourishment into life… a secret substance in our bodies to heal the earth… a direct connection from our wombs to the creative center of the universe…
In Body of Wisdom, Hilary Hart identifies nine hidden powers alive in women’s bodies and instincts, waiting to be used in contemporary challenges such as the creation of community, healing of the earth, and the restoration of life’s spiritual nature. Based on interviews with the world’s most visionary spiritual teachers and on women's dreams and experiences, Body of Wisdom ushers in a new spirituality in which the body and the shared body of the earth are known as a seat of mystical power. In this new spirituality women take responsibility for the spiritual work that only they can do.
With: Dorothy Atalla, Elizabeth Frediani, Sandra Ingerman, Larry Merculieff, Sobonfu Somé, Guan-Cheng Sun, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, and Pamela Wilson.
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Body of Wisdom: Women's Spiritual Power and How it Serves by Hilary Hart shows us powers that are natural to women that are integrated into women's minds, hearts, bodies, and energy systems. Men can also work with these powers, however, women are uniquely connected to them. We are shown how we can connect to our inner wisdom and reclaim our powers. We ar shown how to live with the power that is natural to us. I feel that every woman should read this book so that they can reconnect to themselves and the world around them. I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from O-books in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion of it. ~ Lovetoread
Subtitled "Women's spiritual power and how it serves", this is the first of several books relating to Women's Mysteries that we have received recently. Coincidence? I don't think so. Written primarily for women, Hilary explores the spiritual dimensions within our own physicality, and I would recommend it as something that most women should read, although I found it challenging and in some ways infuriating. The challenge is good, it helps one define one's position regarding the subject. The author quotes extensively from womens' dreamwork and life experiences, which I found interesting as illuminating key points, but rather too subjective at times. This is not to criticise the work as a whole, because questions raised within the book are things we should all consider. There are a series of exercises which I was pleased to see placed together at the end of the book rather than at the end of each chapter; this enables the reader to take in the book as a whole first before choosing to work on a particular aspect and rendering the book more harmonious, more beautiful. ~ Inner Light, Volume 34 No 3
Hart (The Unknown She) explores how women’s bodies are uniquely spiritual vehicles. Drawing on spiritual teachers, visionaries, and healers from diverse traditions, she establishes nine spiritual abilities that are integrated into women’s bodies and energy systems: longing, appreciating beauty, synchronizing with the Earth, receiving, nourishing, purifying, recognizing life’s sacredness, knowing all life as community, and working with creative space. She argues that these “powers” lie hidden in most women, and stresses the need for women to become conscious of their powers so they can regenerate their communities. As in her previous book, Hart relies heavily on women’s mystical experiences and dreams. She grounds her work in the everyday realities of women, and is at her best when expounding on the spiritual nature of menstruating and breastfeeding. However, the book is also profoundly esoteric. Hart writes that “the Grandmothers,” a group of women who claim to serve the Divine Mother, were “willing to contribute to [her] book” and she quotes them. The arcane nature of the book won’t appeal to everyone, but students of mysticism and women seeking a more embodied spiritual practice will likely treasure it. ~ Publishers Weekly
In Body of Wisdom, Hilary Hart gathers the wisdom teachings of a diverse tribe of seers and healers, grounded by her own clear and generous voice, to guide women in reclaiming our forgotten power. At last, the ancient esoteric teachings are made available and accessible, our deepest shadow revealed to be our most radiant gift. This book is an act of peacemaking, a healing tincture for repairing the world. ~ Mirabai Starr, Author of "God of Love"
I want every woman I know and love to connect as I did with the tender and powerful message of this book. This is not merely a treatise about the deep and glorious possibilities of womens spiritual nature, it is an immersion in the shared longing of our hearts. An encounter like this is both rare and completely natural. Call your women friends together and study this book with them. It is a genuine gift, and a living prayer. ~ Regina Sara Ryan, Author of The Woman Awake:Feminine Wisdom for Spiritual Life
Body of Wisdom acknowledges the power of women and what we as a gender can do to serve each other and the world. I encourage you to read this book often and do the exercises to wake up the wisdom found within all aspects of ourselves: emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. ~ Kris Steinnes, Founder of Women of Wisdom Foundation and author of Women of Wisdom: Empowering the Dreams and Experiences of Women