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"Bring us back, O Divine One / Into Thy Luminous Heartbeat." This is the end of Wendy Victor's poem that best summarizes the central focus within this beautiful, thoughtful and inspiring book. Its contents invite the reader to connect to the female energy, presence, passion and power yearning to be re-membered!
How can one connect to what has been forgotten and even deliberately erased from the history of humanity? The author has proceeded on a personal quest to explore the missing links that have made our world into the combative, frequently lost world recorded in both history and daily news around the world. Interestingly, the writer delineates how this denial of the female light and presence began with the invention of the written word.
As men began to record the previously oral accounts of the past, they experienced a power that led them to prominence. Women's place? Silence, silence over the centuries because these strong females knew they retained through their oral sharing the knowledge and wisdom of Sophia, the Australian Aborigine traditions celebrating the female in the divine, the pride and silently held fertility rites in Africa and so much more.
A different time, however, has arisen in our present understanding. In three potent and revealing parts, Wendy Victor explores, questions and celebrates the story of female thought, spirituality and action in the past that is to guide the female and the male's understanding of women in today's world.
The text is printed on beautiful paper and embellished with the painted illustrations of Dora Frost in the "Genesis Garden" section. A unique, special read, The Luminous Heartbeat will move every reader to raise questions, seek further answers, ponder the essential reality behind the research, examine one's own place in this significant examination, and desire to share this small but meaningful text with many other readers!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on August 3, 2008