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.