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Wild Mercy

Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics
Paperback Book
Sounds True
April, 2019
$23.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Our world has suffered the abuses of an unbalanced masculine rule for thousands of years—but the feminine is rising.

Seeds of feminine wisdom that have been quietly germinating underground are now breaking through the surface. Women everywhere are rising to the collective call to step up and repair our broken Earth. And we are activating a paradigm shift such as the world has never seen.

With Wild Mercy, Mirabai shares the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of the feminine mystic across cultural boundaries and throughout history. From saints and sages, to goddesses and archetypal energies, to contemporary teachers and seekers—you’ll meet women who blazed a path that will illuminate your own. Each chapter explores a different facet of feminine mysticism through a tapestry of teachings, reflections, and stories, along with a practice for integrating the chapter’s themes into your own life. As you journey through these pages, you’ll explore:

  • Taking refuge in contemplative practice with St. Teresa of Avila and the Shekinah
  • Longing, embodiment, and union as the heart of feminine spiritual practice with the Hindu poet Mirabai and Mary Magdalene
  • Your relationship with the Earth, motherhood in all its forms, and a loving call to action alongside Gaia and Ix Chel
  • Community and the web of life with Indra, the Beguines, and female prophets throughout history
  • Wild, playful, and compassionate mercy with Tara and Kuan Yin
  • Finding joy in creativity and the arts with Saraswati and Chiyo-ni
  • More inspiration from archetypal goddesses and amazing women past and present—Julian of Norwich, the Sufi saint Rabia, Pachamama, Sophia, Old Spider Woman, Hildegard of Bingen, Demeter, Kali, and more.

It is my hope that you, like I, will find yourself shining from the luminous mirror of these wisdom beings… That you will forge living relationships with them as our ancestors and guides, draw on their power, embody their essential qualities.

Both men and women can drink here, for Wild Mercy will open the more enduring qualities we need to begin to repair the world. Juicy. Poetic. Real. Let this book open you to the mystery of what it means to be fully alive and know love.

Publisher’s Description: 
The feminine mystic is one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with "wild mercy"a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love. And she is needed now more than ever.

"Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world," writes Mirabai Starr. "We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of injustice to our fellow human beings and our Mother Earth." With Wild Mercy, Starr inspires you to awaken your own inner mystic as you immerse yourself in the guidance of sages such as Teresa of vila, Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen, the ecstatic poet Mirabai, and the Sufi saint Rabia Basri; join with the archetypal energies of figures like Kuan Yin, Tara, Kali, Sophia, and the Shekinah; and find the light to guide your own journey of spiritual awakening and service in the world.

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