A dynamic blend of history, science, psychology, dreams, and visions, Deborah DeNicola’s memoir is a compelling account of self-discovery that is provocative and humble. A poet, dream analyst, and college professor DeNicola writes about her struggle to live in the ordinary world of academia while honouring the competing call of the creative and the spiritual.
DeNicola’s memoir shows her range of intellectual pursuits and spiritual experiences as she battles an inner war between depressive cynicism and faith and shares her lifelong search to heal the trauma of her father’s tragic death when she was a teenager. Struggles between cynicism and faith, depression and hope, independence and attachment, creativity and financial security in the midst of spiritual searching, motherhood, teaching and writing are inextricably woven into the fabric of her story. Sharing the process of her awakening and how dreams and visions guide her, DeNicola stirs readers to listen courageously to their own inner voices.
Her visionary quest takes her to the American West, Israel, and Southern France. Along the way, she weaves together references from the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the story of Mary Magdalene, medieval history, the Templar Knights, the Black Madonnas, String Theory and quantum physics to find the repeated linkage between divinity and humanity.
“A great book for both women & men who are on the path of Spiritual Growth”
I purchased this book based on a recommendation of a friend who is a famous teacher, healer and author. I started reading it and my husband asked for a book to read that was a good story. I had only read the first two chapters and my intuition told me to pass it to him. The first night he started reading it, he said this is a chick book, but I want to give it a chance…..he never put it down until he was done. He loved the story and said it affirmed for him, as a male that he needs to be more in touch with his feminine energy. He told me he spent most of his life pushing it away because he never wanted to come across weak. Since he has read this book, he has become kinder and more in touch with allowing this energy, instead of denying it’s existence. It has helped our relationship tremendously, because he doesn’t need to project and deny this part of himself. He realized that by not accepting this part of himself, he was not being the best man he could be. I am in awe that the honesty & truth that Deborah has written about her life, has affected him on such a deep level. I think the more we as women accept our Divine Feminine and stand in the power of it, the less afraid men will be of claiming theirs. I am 1/3 of the way through the book and I really love her story. I am so grateful that Deborah had the courage to share her personal story with the world in such a detailed, thoughtful, honest, loving way. A lot of what she has written, I too have experienced and it affirms for me, that I am first and foremost a “Spiritual being having a human experience”. I suggest this book to anyone who is on their own journey of self discovery to read this, female or male….it will bless you in so many wonderful ways. We are all connected and at the center we are all LOVE! Enjoy <3 I plan to come back with my update, when I am finished reading this wonderful truth story.