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A Widow’s Awakening – Unpacking the Ultimate Mystery

By Kara Post-Kennedy

“The author understands above all that grief plays tricks with the mind and that as sentient beings we are always seeking meaning; even in tragedy, even in the senseless.”

– Kara Post Kennedy

Here is a detailed and insightful book review of A Widow’s Awakening:

Death is the ultimate mystery; while we can understand the mechanics of biological, physical death, it is hard for any of us to fathom the ongoing journey of the soul without its corporeal suit.  Religions try to explain it in a way our brains can comprehend, people who share “after-life” experiences hope to shed some light for the curious, but no one truly knows, once the body has expired, what this energy and intelligence and love we have accumulated during our lifetime does next.

In “A Widow’s Awakening”, Maryanne Pope grapples with all of this through the transformative lens of profound grief; when her husband and “soul mate” was killed in a freak workplace accident at the age of 32, her life was turned upside down and inside out so catastrophically that she had no choice but to dive into the ocean of pain and confusion to try to make sense of her enormous loss.  Or if not “sense”, at least find meaning.

This fictionalized account of her story is by turns raw and gangly and then elegant and profound.  She leaves her ego at the door and just lays it out bare—she is not precious with herself and gives the reader the whole spectrum of her response, from grandiose delusions to suicidal despair.  The rollercoaster ride of early grief is accounted for with complete candor; her unflinching approach makes for a compelling, although sometimes uncomfortable, tale…

Please click here to read entire review.

To order a copy, please visit BHC Press.

published in Achieving Your Dreams, Dreams/Goals, Inspiration, Intuition, Spirituality by Maryanne | August 14, 2018 | 6 Comments

Awakening the Divine Feminine – Villa Eyrie Photo Shoot

 

Women in white, taking a break between events

“It’s a perfect moment to quietly meditate on the cosmic Great Mother who can inspire us all; the divine feminine Spirit of nurturance, known as The Goddess, so revered in ancient times and being rediscovered by women today.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

You just never know where you’re going to end up on a Friday afternoon

A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from Barbara Edie (I have blogged about Barb before). She was wondering if I would be interested in participating in an afternoon photo shoot at the oh-so-lovely Villa Eyrie Resort (near Mill Bay) where she and her colleague, Mischelle vanTheil, would be hosting an afternoon workshop – prior to their upcoming 4-day retreat, Awakening Your Feminine Divine (Aug 27 to 30).

The purpose of the afternoon would be to lead the participants in several mini-workshops (a sampling of the retreat) – and while we were partaking in these activities, professional photographers would be snapping photos, to use for promoting the retreat.

I e-mailed Barb back immediately with a resounding, “Yes!”

The afternoon was a delight. I had the opportunity to reconnect with some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile, as well as to get to know a few new fabulous women – all the while participating in some very creative workshops that really got me thinking about what it means to ‘awaken one’s Divine Feminine.’

I suspect this means different things to to different people but I must say the timing of the photo shoot – a month before the release of my book, A Widow’s Awakening, as a novel by BHC Press – was interesting. As you may know, my story is very much about the spiritual awakening I experienced after John’s sudden death, including strong links to the Divine Feminine.

I would love to hear what ‘awakening the Divine Feminine’ means to you.

At the end of the photo shoot, we were all treated to an exquisite dinner at the hotel. The view was stunning!

Here are a few more photos from our delightfully Divine afternoon:

Splash of colour with Juan de Fuca strait in background

 

Maryanne & Jantina

 

Maryanne & Susan

 

The stunning view from the dining room, of the Juan de Fuca strait

About the Retreat

If you are interested in learning more about the Awakening Your Divine Feminine Retreat at Villa Eyrie, from Aug 27th to Aug 30th, 2018, here is the link for further information. I wish I could attend myself but I have previous commitments.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

– Anon

Other blogs by Maryanne about Barb Edie

Teaching Kids & Touching Lives – Mothering in the Broader Perspective

Impossible Dreams – Bringing Your Vision to Life

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.

A Widow’s Awakening Novel Coming Sept 13th…pre-order at BHC Press

 

 

Wisdom of Sundays Book Contest

 

 “We have what we need to fulfill our destiny. But I do think that we have to bring it out. And you can’t bring it out being against yourself.”

– Joel Osteen

Attention Book Lovers 🙂 

I have been meaning to pick up a copy of Oprah Winfrey’s recent book, The Wisdom of Sundays; Life-Changing Thoughts from Super Soul Conversations, for several months.  When I was in Ashland, Oregon a few weeks ago, I finally bought the book. It is excellent!

Here are a few snippets from the book that resonated with me:

“Every right decision I’ve ever made has come from listening to my gut. Every wrong decision was a result of me dismissing the small, still voice within me.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Everything comes up so it can be healed.”

– Gabrielle Bernstein

“If you’re in a situation that is pressing on you…ask empowering questions. The Universe will answer these questions in a language and in a way that you can understand. There will be inter-prompting, there will be intuitive hits, nudges, signs, symbols, dreams. It’ll come in the language of the individual soul and heart.”

– Michael Bernard Beckwith

“You’re never angry for the reason you think you are.”

– Iyanla Vanzant

“When you acknowledge and are grateful for whatever you have, it allows more to be drawn to you and changes the way you experience life.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Trade your expectation for appreciation. Your whole life changes in that moment.”

– Tony Robbins

“Are you substituting busyness and all the chaos that goes along with busyness for being effective?”

– Bishop T.D. Jakes

Win a copy of The Wisdom of Sundays

If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book, here is the question to answer – and then your name will be entered into the draw:

What is a favourite quote, saying, spiritual belief or idea that resonates with YOU?

As an example, one of my favourite quotes is by John O’Donohue in his book, Anam Cara: “Your soul knows the geography of your destiny.”

Please e-mail us your answer by Fri Apr 27th.

Contest is open to WWOW subscribers only.

If you are not a WWOW subscriber but would like to be, please click here to sign up to receive the WWOW (Weekly Words of Wisdom) e-mail every Wed. As a thank you for subscribing, you will receive a copy of Maryanne Pope’s short & saucy e-book, Dive Into this Chicago Deep Dish; Ten Bite-Sized Tips for a Yummier Slice of Life.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions & Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund.