I write to create a bond with aging women, cause strong emotional responses in them and to enrich their lives and my own. Gifts from the Universe:A Boomer Woman’s Wisdom is a book not just to read, but a book to feel. Stories are the oldest teaching tool human beings have. They are a record of our joys and heartbreaks, challenges and mistakes, insights and gifts. A journal is a private, personal workspace for one to work out the relationships that bring meaning, aliveness, creativity, and laughter. I have sketched my truth with a courageous heart and with seven decades of life experience I have a lot of compelling stories to tell.
I begin the book at an all time low in my life emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. Writing with unflinching, sometimes excruciating honesty, humor, and without hiding my mistakes or abnormalities, I excavate my former life. This includes familial estrangement, rape, breast cancer, and poverty among many other private dilemmas. Determined to transform my quality of life, I discover “Six Essential Habits” necessary for healing a woman’s heart, mind, body and soul and to foster meaning, peace and fresh adventure in later life.
This book is grounded in my belief and experience that fears, desires and personal traumas, when examined and expressed are of universal significance.
Gifts from the Universe: A Boomer Woman’s Wisdom is designed for repeated use by any of the 36.44 million female baby boomers in America today. More than any external fix, women long for internal wisdom about how to age with grace.
Since the nature of the universe is expansion and contraction then change is inevitable and everything is impermanent. The game of human life is the evolvement of one’s soul. To do that one has to own each event that occurs in their life, crack open their heart and wrestle with the truth of it. This will alchemize one’s barriers to love and connection to all that is and leads to an experience of luminessence .
I write to bond with aging women, cause strong responses and to enrich their lives and my own.
This coming year is the time for the fearless boomer woman to reconnect with and live her sacred feminine; to learn how to hold the contradictions of a world in which our instinctual oneness is greatly diminished. Now is the time for us to ask masculine consciousness and our rational world to confront the pain from the loss of the divine, primal oneness. Women must return to and embrace the natural balance of opposites.
I proffer that the human body can be returned to health in the face of practically any negative experience. In living our lives we inevitably have episodes of trauma, or an accident, illness or surgery. The resulting pain may persist daily, or disappear but re-occur sometime later. Our culture predominately teaches us to seek medical care or to push past the pain, get over it and get on with our life. But what our body really wants is compassion.
The key to healing our body anywhere, inside or out, resides principally in our willingness to enter into relationship with the affected area – literally to befriend it. From research conducted at both Harvard and Tufts University it is scientific fact that your body cells hold the memory of the occurrence and that your brain, when signaled, will naturally send curative biochemicals to trigger the healing process.
When my back “went out” as a teen I learned that I was born with an extra lumbar vertebrae partially fused to my sacrum. In my 40’s, I had a uterine fibroid the size of a grapefruit, then developed hypertension in my 50’s and breast cancer at 69. By employing, at varying times, the practices of yoga poses, breathing, visualization, vocal resonance, deep tissue work, light affinity, directed awareness, movement re-education, diet and acupuncture, in each case, I have restored my body to health and pain-free strength and flexibility.
THE TRUTH IS:
In our body is our life journey
a record of all that we have seen and done
In our cells are the memories of all our joys and heartbreaks
and all of our mistakes as well as wise insights
If you give up an addiction and achieve sobriety you must pick up a spiritual journey. If you do not, your heart will not heal and you will never touch the essence of your soul. Remaining unfulfilled as a human here, the desire to escape this life will ride right along side you.
ALCHEMY OF SOUL
by Lee Irwin
“[In our culture] The feminine logos is remarkably absent and often dismissed as superficial or irrelevant. The integration of the feminine into fully human models of maturity will require a complete re-writing of most traditional institutions and the recasting of traditional teachings will require the full and articulate presence of a woman’s voice… and no doubt emergent voice of women as spiritual teachers…[we need] a conscious integration of male and female symbolism…”
“The intersection of the one with the many is based in a rich diversity that fosters life. To understand this it is necessary to experience directly the fullness and complexity of unveiled, invisible worlds…the feminine voice in the realization of this potential will provide a connective fabric of ideas and concepts woven around themes of mutual respect and an ethic of nurturance…and world-embracing concern…”
“As we each carry within us masculine and feminine tendencies and attitudes, the alchemy of soul seeks to harmonize those characteristics. The alchemy of soul is an individualized practice that requires study, investigation, analysis, imaginative visioning and a genuine respect and concern for others. Each person must take up the work, and out of the resources of the past and present undertake the task of inner transformation…you supply the answers and direction for your own growth. There is no submission but there is sublimation, distillation, even pulverization, all of which require you to dismantle and deconstruct your illusions and inflated or deflated self views…An inner authority, inner teacher [develops] that has a quality of authenticity that stands its own ground respectfully and guides you toward the realization of [your] potential and the good you offer others”.