Romani Gypsy shamanism has been practiced in Britain and Europe
for hundreds of years, but the lives of the Gypsies remain a mystery.
In fact, Gypsies are the living practitioners of Britains
own shamanic tradition, the inheritors of a deeply enriching and
healing craft which combines power, passion, light-heartedness and
of magic and sorcery, much of it the very stuff of our childhood
fairy tales. Patrick Jasper Lee in We Borrow
the Earth offers an Intimate Portrait of the Gypsy
Shamanic Tradition and Culture. Published by Thorsons, 2000.
If you like to knit but need some inspiration, look no further.
Deborah Bergman has combined her two passions of writing and knitting
in an unusual and delightful collection of beautifully told classic
myths of goddesses. She has interwoven them with appealing projects
and knitting instructions that really go back to basics. Her new
book, The Knitting Goddess Finding the Heart
and Soul of Knitting Through Instruction, Projects and Stories,
is charmingly illustrated by Jenny Rideout. The step-by-step drawings
of knitting technique are so well done that even a complete beginner
would be able to follow them. Those in Oregons fiber community
will recognize Deborah as one of their own. The Knitting Goddess
is published by Hyperion, New York.
It is so refreshing to read a book on
healing that is not pushing a particular approach as the answer
to all your problems. On the contrary, Petrene Soames recognizes
that our individual needs are all so different that there is no
single answer. Instead, in her book, The Essence of Self-Healing,
to be published by Fleet Street Publications in the Spring, Petrene
recommends looking into a variety of different pathways and
then starting your own healing process with whatever feels right
for you at the time. Petrene has written this book against
a rich and varied background as a healer, speaker and leading authority
in healing and self-awareness. She has been successfully helping
others achieve their personal potential for more than 20 years.
She describes her book as a wake-up
call and the central theme is that the practice of self-healing
is the start of a new lifestyle; one in which you can simply choose
to take back your power and heal. Anything is possible, but
we need first to discover, examine and let go of all within us that
says it is not
. Now is the time to believe in yourself and
let the magic be!
Marc Baraschs new book, Healing Dreams: Exploring
the Dreams That Can Change Your Life, gently persuades us
that when we dream, we are in fact making a soul journey. It puts
an adventurous spin on going to sleep at night. He shows how listening
to the guidance available in ones dreams can help us to reconcile
our own contradictions, heal old wounds and open our consciousness
to the wonders of the universe. Dreamwork just might be our greatest
hope for finding wholeness. Healing Dreams is published by Riverhead/PutnamPenguin.