The Path of the Priestess Book

The Path of the Priestess Book

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The Path of the Priestess: A Guidebook for Awakening the Divine Feminine by Sharron Rose

A guide for personal exploration of the path of the Divine Feminine and the spiritual power of women, this book is an excellent compendium to the Awakening the Divine Feminine video series.

The Path of the Priestess takes readers on a compelling journey deep into the heart of the feminine experience, presenting a rare glimpse of the essential and significant role of women as caretakers of the psychic-energetic-emotional landscape of society. It is based upon the author's years of first-hand experience in the ancient arts of Tantra, Dzogchen, Indian and Egyptian Temple Dance and Healing, as well as her research into the feminine principle in the mystic teachings of the Alchemists, Hebrew Kabbalists and Christian Gnostics.

Through its mythic and historic tales, thought-provoking analysis of contemporary society's conditioning of women, descriptions of sacred ritual practices and teachings on the Goddess traditions, The Path of the Priestess provides contemporary women with the means to enter this time-honored path. In keeping with the experientially based teaching methods of these traditions, it also offers exercises and visualizations designed to align them with the powerful, sensuous and loving energies of the most profound feminine role model that shaped and preserved culture and society - the Great Goddess.

Details

Binding:  Paperback
Length:  304 pages
Publisher:  Inner Traditions; Original edition (January 8, 2003)
Language:  English
ISBN-10:  0892819642
ISBN-13:  978-0892819645

"Rose is a masterful teacher and writer. . . . Reading this book can be a big step in reclaiming our feminine heritage." (Maya del Mar, Maya Del Mar's Daykeeper Journal, July 2003)

"In this beautifully written book Sharron Rose shares her challenging journey between two diametrically opposed cultures: the ancient, spiritually dominated world of the East and the modern, technologically dominated world of the West. An intriguing tale of an American seeker on the spiritual path." (Ellen Burstyn, actor and writer)

"In this rich and fascinating book Sharron Rose evokes the connection between the Goddess and the luminous energy body in a way that is meaningful to modern readers. Through this process she reveals an ancient and sacred path toward healing ourselves and the world around us. A must read for anyone in the healing and performing arts." (Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., author of Shaman, Healer, Sage)

"An inspiring read. Sharron Rose takes us on her spiritual journey, unveiling at every turn the presence of the Divine Feminine that has been hidden in this age of spiritual materialism, an age from which we are beginning to awaken." (Belinda Gore, Ph.D., president of The Cuyamungue Institute and author of Ecstatic Body Postures: An)

"Dancer, artist, philosopher, and spiritual adept, Sharron Rose is of the lineage of those bold and luminous women who take the journey to the Goddess wherever and to whomever it may lead. In this potent work Shakti power dances off each page. Here is the Goddess in her many forms, and in her masterful teachings. Here is living witness to the emergence of the light of the Divine Feminine after the long dark night of the patriarchy. Here, in vibrant words, is the transmission of the sacred current that would illumine our reality." (Jean Houston, Ph.D, author of A Mythic Life and Jump Time)

"The Path of the Priestess provides both eloquent insights into the nature of Goddess energy and ways for the reader to realize it for themselves. Goddess consciousness is the evolutionary path of choice for the planet. I give The Path of the Priestess my highest endorsement." (Penny Slinger Hills, author of Sexual Secrets)

"Her knowledge of the Goddess is deep-felt and genuine. Her poetic Goddess imagery can be used for lifting your spirits and for drawing forth the joy of knowing the Divine Feminine in yourself." (SageWoman magazine)

"The Path of the Priestess takes us on a compelling journey deep into the heart of the feminine experience. It presents a glimpse of the essential and significant role of women as caretakers of the psychic, energetic, and emotional landscape of society. . . . surely this book will prove to be a landmark text in this ever-expanding journey of awakening." (Lesley Crossingham, New Dawn, Nov-Dec 2006)

"The conversational tone make it an experience similar to curling up with a close friend with whom you've lost touch." (Cerridwen Iris Shea, SageWoman, December-March 2004, No.63)

". . . will raise the feminine power to the level of consciousness needed in the 21st century. Exploring the true nature of women's emotion, the visualizations and meditations are unique and imaginative, as well as effective." (SageWoman magazine)

“In this beautifully written book Sharron Rose shares her challenging journey between two diametrically opposed cultures--the ancient, spiritually dominated world of the East and the modern, technologically dominated world of the West. An intriguing tale of an American seeker on the spiritual path.” --Ellen Burstyn, actor and writer 

“In this rich and fascinating book Sharron Rose evokes the connection between the Goddess and the luminous energy body in a way that is meaningful to modern readers. Through this process she reveals an ancient and sacred path toward healing ourselves and the world around us. A must-read for anyone in the healing and performing arts.” --Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., author of Shaman, Healer, Sage 

“An inspiring read. Sharron Rose takes us on her spiritual journey, unveiling at every turn the presence of the Divine Feminine that has been hidden in this age of spiritual materialism, an age from which we are beginning to awaken.” --Belinda Gore, Ph.D., president of The Cuyamungue Institute and author of Ecstatic Body Postures: An Alternate Reality Workbook 

“Dancer, artist, philosopher, and spiritual adept, Sharron Rose is of the lineage of those bold and luminous women who take the journey to the Goddess wherever and to whomever it may lead. In this potent work Shakti power dances off each page. Here is the Goddess in her many forms, and in her masterful teachings. Here is living witness to the emergence of the light of the Divine Feminine after the long dark night of the patriarchy. Here, in vibrant words, is the transmission of the sacred current that would illumine our reality.” --Jean Houston, Ph.D, author of A Mythic Life and Jump Time 

“The Path of the Priestess provides both eloquent insights into the nature of Goddess energy and ways for the reader to realize it for themselves. Goddess consciousness is the evolutionary path of choice for the planet. I give The Path of the Priestess my highest endorsement.” --Penny Slinger Hills, author of Sexual Secrets 

The Path of the Priestess takes readers on a compelling journey deep into the heart of the feminine experience, presenting a rare glimpse of the essential and significant role of women as caretakers of the psychic, energetic, and emotional landscape of society. Author Sharron Rose draws on her years of experience with the ancient arts of tantra, Dzogchen, and Indian and Egyptian temple dance and healing, as well as her understanding of the mystic teachings of the alchemists, Hebrew Kabbalists, and Christian Gnostics. Through thought-provoking analysis of contemporary society’s conditioning of women, descriptions of sacred ritual practices, and teachings on the Goddess traditions, The Path of the Priestess provides contemporary women with the means to walk this time-honored path. Included are specific exercises and visualizations designed to align women with the most powerful and profound feminine role model--the Great Goddess. 

SHARRON ROSE, an internationally acclaimed teacher, writer, and performer and Fulbright scholar in world mythology, religion, and sacred dance, has been investigating the wisdom of ancient cultures for the past twenty-five years. She lives in Los Olivos, California, with her husband and hermetic scholar, Jay Weidner.

Excerpt—from the Preface 

     There is a sacred tread of light that runs throughout time and space, as we know it, the light of our divine inheritance.  It is a continuum. It arises at the birth of creation and forms a sacred path from the divine into the denseness of matter and back again. As we descend from the fullness of this light, into the depths of the material world, this thread of light is always there to sustain us, the light of the Divine, our inner guide and pathway toward-union and illumination. It is the clear light of truth, virtue and integrity.  It is that thread of spiritual awareness or essence that flows through all of our lives and incarnations leading us from the pure light of Divinity, along the path of emanation, to the path of return and reunion with the Primordial Source.  

     As women, as mothers, teachers and guides, as daughters of the Great Goddess, it is our sacred duty and privilege to hold this light in our hearts and carry it from generation to generation. This is our essential role as women. To hold the pure light of spirit in our hearts, to keep the lamp of inner freedom burning in the darkness, to nurture and protect this light whatever the cost and to transmit it's radiance, it's exquisite beauty to our men and children. 

Sharron Rose, M.A. Ed., is a true renaissance woman. A filmmaker, choreographer, composer, author, teacher and performer, she has spent the past thirty years working in the fields of education and the arts to investigate, integrate, and impart the knowledge and wisdom of ancient and traditional cultures throughout the world.

Trained from childhood in the classical western arts of ballet, opera and theatre, after receiving a diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Education from George Washington University, she became a member of New York City's vital dance/theatre/performance art scene.

From 1983-1988, with the assistance of a Professional Development Grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies, and a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, she began extensive research into the art, culture and spiritual traditions of North India. During this time she became the first American disciple of early Bollywood film star and renowned classical Indian dancer, Sitara Devi and was initiated into a sacred tradition of the ancient feminine yogic arts. Since that time, she has consistently sought out other remnants of these symbolic teachings in the ancient traditions of Egypt, Tibet, Kabbalah and Gnosticism.

Due to her knowledge and expertise in these traditions, as well as her ability to assist in developing programs to foster harmonious dialogue between people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, from 1992-97 she created multicultural arts-in-education programs for Arts Horizons and Lotus Fine Arts in New York, as well as Young Audiences of America. Sharron has lectured and performed in numerous universities and for cultural organizations and museums throughout the world. In addition, she has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts.

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