The Book of SHE: Your Heroine's Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power
Sara Avant Stover
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Women face many challenging transitions on the pilgrimage from girlhood through womanhood: menses, love and heartbreak, motherhood, menopause. Devoid of a central narrative, these rites of passage too often happen in shame and secrecy, leaving women doubting their personal power and self-worth. Bestselling author and founder of The Way of the Happy Woman®, Sara Avant Stover saw how women erroneously viewed these initiations as “curses” and sought to present a new model that reflected the power and wisdom unique to the feminine path.
The Book of SHE celebrates all that it means to be a woman, from mythological underpinnings to the cycles of our day-to-day lives. Drawing on archetypes including Mary Magdalene, the Dark Goddess, and Green Tara, Stover will guide you on a journey home to psychological wholeness, personal empowerment, and, ultimately, full feminine spiritual Awakening. Brimming with mystery and magic, this provocative book makes ancient wisdom and healing practices accessible to every woman who is ready to revel in her full femininity — the dark and the light — through joyfully becoming the heroine of her own life.
conductor, when we touch any part of our skin to the earth, free electrons — the most powerful antioxidants available — flow from the earth into our bodies. Clinical studies have shown grounding experiments to cause beneficial changes in heart rate, decreased skin resistance, and decreased levels of inflammation.3 Earthing also helps to placate us emotionally and mentally by shifting our nervous system out of a stress response and into its parasympathetic, or “rest and digest,” mode. Just as
I did — mine coming more from my throat, hers coming more from the earth. “Let’s keep going like this together, okay?” she invited. “See if you can let go of your mind here. Just stay with the sound.” I’ve done this before. I know I have. Many times. I know how to do this. I do. I really do. It just takes one dive, and then I’ll be there, on the other side of my fear, on the other side of what my mind has to say about all of this. I curled my knees into my chest, and Diana placed one hand on
malady common to their sex.”1 The Catholic Church still prohibits the ordination of women, and one of the reasons cited is that a menstruating priestess would “pollute” the altar.2 Sadly, we all still carry many of these judgments about our own cycles today. They persist in tampon and pad commercials: “Now you can be the same every day of the month.” We’re urged to hide and deny our cycles. No wonder we see them as a nuisance. To heal this, let’s recognize the division and explore an alternate
before speaking, or trying to find the middle way. PMS doesn’t know how to compromise. Nor does she want to. She wants to be allowed to be wild and wrathful, however unskillful. She wants to be seen in the full glory of her power — without being judged as “hormonal.” PMS knows how to bite, fight for what she wants, and throw your inner nice girl under the bus. This dominant goody-two-shoes persona fades when the wheel of your monthly cycle dips into the dark side. In her place emerges the
started. Without delay, rise up to meet your life. The only way to do it wrong is to not do it. Align with your beautiful future that wants you to partner with it. Be deeply purposeful and intentional, attending to every little detail. Make it just the way you want it. As you go, rest with the knowing that it’s okay to proceed at your own pace — always. The external world often makes us feel such a sense of urgency, leaving us anxious, fearful of lagging behind, and overwhelmed. From that state,