Seven Sisters: Messages from Aboriginal Australia

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Sun Dogs Creations, Sep 24, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 108 pages
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For fans of NPR's On Being, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim, Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, and Paul Coelho.

According to Australia's ancient cultures, all creatures and things emerged from the Dreamtime. The Dreaming is not just a collection of lore or a long-ago time; it is a living energy that flows constantly through the universe. It is then and now, divine and human, spirit and law. Because the spiritual energy is as vibrant today as ever, these ancient stories show us how to survive in a harsh world and how to thrive in our souls.

In the pages of this self-help book are inspirational stories packed with motivational quotes geared toward self-improvement. Each Aboriginal story, retold for a modern audience, is enhanced with an essay from award-winning author Laine Cunningham. Our modern perspectives on love and friendship, illness and joy, life and the afterlife can be enriched with this ancient knowledge.

In The Dance, readers are inspired to follow their dreams while staying balanced in their lives. Trickery and Seven Sisters address love, friendship, self-esteem, personal development, and women’s power. Other stories demonstrate the law of attraction, the mind-body-spirit or mind-body-soul connection, and how to heal feelings and emotions.

Open this book and take your own journey through the eternal Dreamtime. Every turn of the page will develop motivational thoughts, inspiration, and true joy. Discover that the ancient connection to god/goddess/the divine still resonates in your soul. Discover your own truth.

For fans of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, This is Me by Chrissy Metz, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop, I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk, Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven, and Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus. 

Excerpts from this book have been published in spiritual, literary, and inspirational magazines and newsletters, and have been honored with a women’s inspiration award.

Laine Cunningham’s understanding of Aboriginal culture began during a six-month solo journey through the Australian Outback. The same visions that drew her into the red desert also told her that she would die there. A miraculous connection to divine energy saved her life and launched her along the path she follows to this day.

"The fact that Laine Cunningham spent six long months on her own in the Australian outback before writing this book gave a rich authenticity to her voice as she shared from her abundantly full, and talented, heart."

Leah Griffith, Award-winning Author Cosette's Tribe

"Loved it! The traditional Aboriginal stories are fascinating reads. From reading Laine's book, it's easy to feel the sacredness in the Aboriginal culture. I hadn't felt this moved by Aboriginal spirituality since viewing Oprah Winfrey's visit to Australia's Uluru rock." Virginia Lathan 

"Well written and highly informative, Seven Sisters was even better than I'd hoped." C Laney, Author, Lessons from the Cockpit 

"Ever since Laine's first book on Australia, The Family Made of Dust, I have waited anxiously for her next creative work. Seven Sisters molded a deeper understanding of the indigenous concept of 'Dreamtime.' Laine has delicately represented a series of spiritual perspectives leading us to the core of the Aboriginal heart. With her insight, she must have been a native medicine woman in a previous life." Dale Stacy, Author, Diamond in the Rough 

"An intriguing look at the culture of Australia told through a rich oral history and passed down through the ages. The stories they tell are their way of explaining many mysteries of the universe and of life." Mary Blowers, Book Review Blog 

"As a teacher I can see this book being great for many audiences. I personally enjoyed the stories as a nice afternoon pleasure read. I can see the book as a whole being used with older children to help them learn to analyze text and younger children to help teach important life lessons." Robin Perron, Teacher 

"Seven Sisters is comprised of unique stories that have been passed down from generation to generation among the Australian Aborigines. The stories offer insights into another culture, each with a life lesson, and the author adds her own insights to each story." Shaman Elizabeth, Author with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies 

"I thought this book would be a quick read, but I found myself lingering, absorbing the message of each story before moving on to the next. I found this book to be both entertaining and informative, one I will probably reread quite a few times." Dena Harris, Award-winning Author, Who Moved My Mouse? 


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User Review  - jeanie0510 - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. It is an interesting mixture of fiction, fable, spirituality, and gender studies. I would recommend it to anyone interested in any of these genres. I'm glad I was chosen to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lewie - LibraryThing

Cunningham's work Seven Sisters is a collection of oral tales of life lessons from the Dreamtime of the Aboriginal Australians. The stories are told and then the author gives the reader her take on it ... Read full review


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About the author (2010)

 Laine's work has won multiple national awards, including the Hackney Literary Award and the James Jones Literary Society fellowship. In past years, the Hackney Award was received by Horton Foote and William Styron, placing Laine in the ranks of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. 

She is the author of three novels: The Family Made of Dust, Beloved, and Reparation. All three integrate the folktales of traditional cultures into contemporary novels touched with magical realism.