Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom by Rita Marie Robinson, is a collection of intimate, heartfelt conversations with female spiritual teachers who live and look like ordinary people. They have kids, husbands, jobs, and bills to pay. What makes them extraordinary is that each woman has awakened to her true nature. And while that sounds like enlightenment, it doesn’t look like the old stereotype of transcendence, detachment, and bliss. Quite the contrary.
This is the feminine half of the spiritual journey—bringing it down to earth and embracing all of what it means to be human. These real-life stories show by practical example what it means to be fully awake and fully engaged, to meet the world without resistance—even and especially when it’s not easy—whether it’s death, divorce or illness. The invitation is explicit… “if these ordinary women can be fully awake and fully human, why not me, why not you? And why not now?” Author Rita Marie Robinson interviewed a number of female spiritual teachers, including Marlies Cocheret de la Morinière, Chameli Ardagh, Muni Fluss, Gangaji, Francie Halderman, Dorothy Hunt, Catherine Ingram, Annette Knopp, Sharon Landrith, Karen McPhee, Neelam, and Pamela Wilson, incorporating those conversations in this look at the feminine face of the spiritual journey.
A while back I seemed to hit a brick wall – both health-wise, emotionally and spiritually. I needed someone with deep empathy, sensitivity, skill and spiritual presence to help pull me through. Marlies is that someone. She combines clear-seeing intuition, openness, tenderness and power. I find that when I work with her, whichever of these qualities that are needed in the moment just flow through her and this allows powerful healing/spiritual deepening to occur.
Not only do I experience these gifts during my sessions but I am also beginning to more deeply access my own trust and intuition which is allowing me to move forward powerfully on my own as well.