the Ordinary Women of Extraordinary Wisdom
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of my life was about getting love,
there was so much longing for love.
Then to realize that that's what I'm made of,
that love is right here. Wow. It was a very simple realization and an
experience of this big love.
Chameli was born in 1971 in
Norway. She came to America in 2001 and has since been co-teaching
“The Deeper Love” seminars with her husband, Arjuna.
She is the founder of “The Temple Group Network,” an
international network of women’s groups, and is passionately
involved in the exploration of a more feminine-influenced
spirituality. She is the author of Come Closer: Spiritual
Awakening for the Feminine Heart, and co-author of The Temple
Group Manual—Guidelines and Feminine Spiritual Practices.
that we're asleep,
we insist that we don't know,
we insist that enlightenment lies outside of us,
and so we are always denying all of who we are.
Muni was born in Virginia in
1954. She lived in Europe and Africa as a child, returning to the
U.S. in her teenage years. She moved to California during her early
20’s where she met her husband and had her two children. Muni now
resides with her family in the mountains of British Columbia after
emigrating to Canada in 1994.
the secret I really have to offer—
that we all can just be people,
and this is more extraordinary than any of us can know.
There is something huge in just being truly human.
Gangaji, born in 1942 as Toni
Roberson, grew up in Mississippi. Gangaji was asked by Papaji to
give satsang in 1990 and has since traveled all over the
world offering her invitation to peace and fulfillment. She is the
author of The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True
Radiance, You Are THAT! Vol. I and II and
Freedom and Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender. She recently
moved to Ashland, Oregon where she lives with her partner of 30
years, Eli Jaxon-Bear.
wanted to know how
how in the
nitty-gritty, the business world,
parenting, relationships, in all aspects,
Francie was born in California
in 1963, the youngest of five children. She grew up in Kentucky in
what she describes as a blue collar family. Trained as a nurse, she
now works in a pain management practice in Philadelphia. She was
asked by Pamela Wilson to give satsang in 2003.
we are is a mystery.
Everything is both an invitation to and an expression of that mystery.
There’s nothing that isn’t That.
It’s all That. This is That.
Dorothy was born in 1943, has
practiced psychotherapy since 1965 and is the founder of the San
Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is a teacher
in the spiritual lineage of Adyashanti, serves as Spiritual Director
of Moon Mountain Sangha, Inc. and is the author of Only This!
Dorothy is also the editor of Love: A Fruit Always in Season,
and a contributing author to both The Sacred Mirror: Non-Dual
Wisdom and Psychotherapy, and Listening from the Heart of
Silence: Non-Dual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2. Dorothy
lives with her husband in San Francisco; she’s a mother and a
It was a
release of madness or obsession with the story of my life,
my history, what was missing, what should be,
what might have been, all of those things.
It was a release of that internal demand
to make things better for myself.
And in its place was a deep appreciation for being alive
without asking for anything else.
Catherine, born in
1952 in Virginia, is the author of
In the Footsteps of Gandhi
(Parallax Press) and
Putnam) and a novel called A Crack in Everything
(Diamond Books, 2006). Since 1992, she has led Dharma Dialogues and
silent retreats and currently offers her work throughout the U.S.,
Europe, and Australia. Formerly a journalist for twelve years, she
specialized in issues of consciousness and activism and presently
writes the Life Advice column for Alternatives journal
in the Pacific Northwest. Catherine is also founder and President
of Living Dharma, an educational non-profit foundation dedicated to
principles of dharma in both silence and action.
feminine principle is also about the evoking of beauty.
“She” is always present when someone decorates a house,
creates harmony or art. It is an overflow of the radiance of our hearts
and the need to bring that out.
It is the reflection that says “everything is sacred.”
Annette was born in 1965 in
Germany. After circling the globe, she now splits her time between
Costa Rica and upstate New York where she lives with her partner
Stephan. Annette travels worldwide, hosting Circles of Presence,
her term instead of satsang, and Women’s Circles.
there's still a thread that says
the “me” is going to get it,
the “me” is going to wake up.
And it just isn't true.
It actually wakes up
of the “me.”
Sharon was born in 1947 in a
little town in Kansas. She was asked by Adyashanti to give
satsang in 2003. Sharon lives in Crestone, Colorado with her
husband and practices as a medical intuitive. She has two children
and two grandchildren.
aspects of our human nature
are not only welcomed, but celebrated.
It’s enough of “just surviving,”
it’s time to dance!
Karen was born in 1962 in Nova
Scotia. For the past five years, Karen has been inspiring a growing
number of people with her teachings of The Power of Now and
sharing the essence and wisdom of her personal experience of living
the awakened life. Karen lives in Calgary where she shares her
current message of fully claiming one’s inner teacher and relying on
the truth and wisdom within.
Marlies Cocheret de la Moriniére
passion, to shake everybody's booty,
to wake you up! Especially women.
Women need to take their seat.
They need to come into their power
or else nothing is going to change here.
Marlies was born in Amsterdam in
1959. Now living in Santa Cruz, California, she offers satsang
for both women and co-ed groups. She also teaches sexual healing
women’s retreats. Marlies is trained as psychologist/counselor and
in Hakomi, body-centered psychotherapy.
need to wake up,
you don't need to be enlightened,
you don't need to be anything,
because you already are!
Neelam was born in Poland in
1963. Her passion for t’ai chi took her to Germany and then to
America. In 1994, she traveled to India to be with Papaji—and to
realize the truth of who she was. In 1996, Papaji gave his blessing
to Neelam to offer Satsang. In 2003, she moved to Hotchkiss,
Colorado where she is living and starting a community. She travels
extensively giving Satsang to small groups throughout Europe, India,
and the States.
these warm, fuzzy welcoming tendencies.
Each expression of being—sorrow or joy, regret or remorse—everything
just wants to come sit with us.
Who we are is the heart of hearts.
Pamela was born in San Francisco in
1954. She taught the Sedona method for six years and then discovered
Advaita with Robert Adams. Pamela had her recognition with Neelam in
1997 and started offering satsang shortly afterwards. She
currently lives in Santa Fe with her dog Honey when she isn’t on the
road giving satsang in Europe, Central America, Canada and the
More Ordinary Women with Extraordinary
This ‘waking-up’ is
happening all over the country, the world, and right in our backyard.
Here are a few more examples of this growing phenomenon, women whom I
met and for various reasons, could not be included in the book.
is a disciple of Mata Amritatandamayi (Ammachi). She spent 9 years
living with Amma in her ashram in South India. With Amma’s blessing she
then lived for 2 years at Ramana Maharshi’s ashram. Joi was invited to
start giving satsang by Pamela Wilson and with Amma’s instruction, she
offers satsang weekly in her town of Ridgway, Colorado.
recognized the truth of being
in 1998 when she entered the room where Isaac Shapiro was offering
Satsang. Since then her life has been a celebration of the love affair
with now. Originally from Germany, she now lives in Byron Bay,
Australia when not traveling the world with Isaac, offering Meetings
in Truth. She is available to all who are interested.
offers unraveling services to individuals and groups. Her carefully
knitted illusory self was unraveled with the guidance provided by two
enlightened masters, one being Eckhart Tolle. Her gatherings ~ Meetings
in Stillness ~ are devoted to spiritual realization ~ being our True
Self. While grounded in Eckhart’s teachings from the many years spent
closely in his presence and with his blessing, Moni teaches from direct
experience of realization and what it is to embody and live this
presence. Recently she teamed up with her partner Tomas Stubbs, who had
been sharing the Truth in Europe when they met. They delight in holding
meetings together in Vancouver, BC where they live and in other parts of
Canada, USA, UK, France & Spain.
is a consultant, retreat leader, counselor, writer, poet
and mother whose passion is the recognition of our deepest being and its
embodiment, which she calls Living as Love. She holds an M.A.
Naropa University in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. Jeannie leads
groups, retreats and works with people privately to support the
unfolding of Love in everyday life, work, and play. She mediates, sings
to, teases and flirts with the Divine in each for no other reason than
it's her nature and joy. Jeannie is available locally in Taos and in
various locations around the country.