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Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom: The Feminine Face of Awakening [Paperback]

Rita Marie Robinson
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28 Sep 2007
"The Extraordinary Wisdom of Ordinary Women" is a collection of intimate, heartfelt conversations with women spiritual teachers who live and look like ordinary people. They have kids, husbands, jobs, and bills to pay. What makes them extraordinary is that each woman has awakened to her true nature. And while that sounds like enlightenment, it doesn't look like the old stereotype of transcendence, detachment, and bliss. Quite the contrary. This is the feminine half of the spiritual journey - bringing it down to earth and embracing all of what it means to be human. These real life stories show by practical example what it means to be fully awake and fully engaged, to meet the world without resistance - even and especially when it's not easy - whether it's death, divorce or illness. The invitation is explicit..."if these ordinary women can be fully awake and fully human, why not me, why not you? And why not now."

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (28 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846940680
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846940682
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the past 30 years women have emerged into the forefront of the spiritual life in the West, and the interviews in this book reflect a new generation of clear-eyed women teachers and sages. Stephan Bodian, author of the best-selling Meditation for Dummies, former editor of Yoga Journal This will become a milestone in female spirituality. Not only does it recount the fascinating and intimate stories of twelve 'ordinary' women in their search for peace and self knowledge, the author engages the reader with her own quest through her integrity, vulnerability and courage. Beautifully written with captivating honesty, this unique book will become an inspiration for both men and women alike, also looking for the essence of who they truly are. Paula Marvelly, author of Teachers of One, Living Advaita Have you ever wanted to have coffee with your therapist or spiritual teacher? Have you ever wanted to ask questions like, "What happens when you're really pissed off?" This book is like that. Except better, because Rita Marie Robinson always seems to know just the right question to ask to make the whole journey utterly, magnificently human. Plus, her own journey in writing the book is equally fascinating, and she spins that yarn for you as both a wonderful writer and your close friend. Simply put, "Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom" is one of those books to savor, underline like crazy, and then age with gracefully until its dog-eared pages no longer need to remind you that you're already Home. Raphael Cushnir, author of How Now: 100 Ways to Celebrate the Present Moment This is a book that gives us the permission to be ourselves, the simple wonder of whom we really are. Here are clues to the great human mystery, the secret that is within each of us waiting to be lived. There is nothing to search for, just the challenge to be awake, to be present in each ordinary, extraordinary moment. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Ph.D., Sufi teacher and author of Awakening the World It is with tremendous enthusiasm that I recommend this book to you. It is an exquisite pointer to the vast field of women who have realized the highest spiritual truths and are speaking out to bring their wisdom to the table so that we may benefit from their labors of love. Rita Marie Robinson is a gifted writer. This is a visionary book to be cherished for the intimate glimpses it provides us into the lives of women who point the way to how we can live a life of enlightened living in the midst of ordinary circumstances. Richard C. Miller, PhD, author of Yoga Nidra. Just under the radar, a profound shift is happening in human consciousness. More and more people are waking up from the trance of separation, realizing their essential Oneness. Even more important, we are seeing an unprecedented shift in how that awakening is being embodied: for the first time we are witnessing a spirituality that is a balance of the divine masculine and feminine: embodied, heartful, interconnected and profoundly honest. This book is a vibrant living testimony of this new spirituality: it is a celebration of the return of the Goddess. Rita Marie Robinson has done us all a great service: she has given a voice to the hope for a saner and more balanced humanity. This is essential reading. Arjuna Ardagh, author of The Translucent Revolution, Founder of the Living Essence Foundation.

About the Author

Like many of her generation, Rita Marie Robinson has been on a lifelong search. Looking for the answer outside herself, she explored many paths--from the occult to shamanism, to Buddhism and New Thought Churches. As an ordinary woman herself, Rita brings the reader along as she meets the remarkable women who change her life. In this book, she shares her struggles and her fears as she slowly realizes what the teachers are urging her to embrace: you are that which you seek. Rita has practiced psychotherapy in Santa Barbara, Santa Fe and Telluride, Colorado where she currently lives on a peaceful mountaintop with her long term partner and dog.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Read - Highly Recommended 10 Jan 2008
I found this to be one of those life-changing books. It's easy to read and very accessible, with each woman describing her awakening in a slightly different way. This was helpful, as some resonated with me more than others. I feel that I shall return to it many times and have given it to all my friends. For those who are drawn to Advaita - this is a wonderful taster and opening and helped me to feel and sense what these women were describing. Although an easy read - it is also - for me - a profound and consciousness changing book. There is no chilly detachment to be found here - it's about awakening to the truth of who we are and always have been and then living as a more fully embodied human being.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read 7 Dec 2007
Here is an outpouring and sharing of how a number of ordinary women found spiritual peace after coping with depression, broken relationships, illness and bereavement.

Their way may not be your way, but read, weep,laugh and cry as you identify with their life challenges and their discoveries about themselves. It may just help you get your life into perspective, for what they have found you can find too. Like all, our journeys continue and the route is ours to make. An inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Read 30 Jan 2008
This is a truly inspirational read. A wonderful collection of experiences, this beautifully illustrates that there are as many paths to enlightenment as there are human beings on the planet! I particularly enjoyed the author's insights and could really get a sense of how life-changing the experience of writing this book was for her, which made it all the more compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching book about women teachers in Advaita 2 Nov 2013
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I loved this book. It was very interesting to read about the women teachers that appear in this book that is really a series of interviews. I enjoyed reading about women being in the role of the great teacher and at the same time the writer choses an approach that makes ordinary women of these enlightened beings. Of course a book always tells you more about the writer then about the subject especially a subject like this that is so personal in many ways.

I loved reading the book. The only thing I missed was some interviews with women teachers from another tradition.
In between the writer describes her own process in meeting these enlightening women. I liked that a lot too. IT somehow puts the stories of the interviewed women in perspective and I as a meditator myself feel more connected to the book.
I felt that a bit of the magic of the women in the book jumped off the page and met my being, that's why I gave 5 stars to this book. It gave me an experience!
Thank you Rita MAy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 30 May 2012
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Great to read a book about true 'girl power' - acknowledging and celebrating the feminine qualities of enlightenment that women so naturally embody and are such an important complement to the more commonly acknowledged masculine, transcendent side.
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