The Future That Brought Her Here: Memoir of a Call to Awaken

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Nicolas-Hays, Inc., Apr 1, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 368 pages

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 honoring 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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Wrinkle in Time
7
2 Black Truck
15
DecisionMaking Through a Dream
31
4 In the Lake of the Bed
41
5 Awakening to Ascension
55
6 Welcome to the Light Body
61
7 Good News
69
17 The Oracle of the Body
207
18 The Gnostic Mary
221
19 Women Clothed by the Sun
237
20 The Giver of Forms
249
21 The Mandorla
261
22 Roots of the Goddess
271
23 Marys Mountain
281
24 Resident Madonnas
291

8 In the Holotropics
83
9 ThirdEye Views
97
10 Burning Down the House
109
11 Intersecting Worlds
127
12 The Worlds Veil
135
13 Spirit Rules
155
14 My Holy Land
167
15 The Gift of Tears
179
16 Rocky Mountain High
195
25 Vezelay
299
26 Dijon
307
27 Paris and Chartres
317
28 Handstand
329
Reality Show
343
Bibliography
351
Poetry by Deborah DeNicola
357
Permissions
359
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About the author (2009)

Deborah DeNicola holds a MFA and has taught in the Graduate Creative Arts and Learning Program for Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. The recipient of several awards and fellowships including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, she is the author of Inside Light, Where Divinity Begins and three earlier poetry collections. She edited the anthology Orpheus & Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology, from the University Press of New England. She currently teaches off her Web site.

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