Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy

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E-Book:  From Nebraska to the Netherlands, Indiana to Iran, and Serbia to South Carolina, the 31 women featured in Tami Briggs’ newest book are all gifted healers. They are authors, artists, consultants, nurses, educators, leaders and therapists – creators all. They are pioneers – powerful, spiritual and spirited. As they reflect on and share their journeys of healing, they model taking risks, beating the odds, being of great service, making significant differences in the world and living their passions. The women in this book have found their voices of vibrancy and they invite you to do the same.

CD Download:  An album of downloads of Tami’s solo harp compositions is available for you to relax as you read the book. Total Time – 59:00 minutes.

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E-Book Download – Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy e-book by Tami Briggs:

It is an inspirational, uplifting e-book featuring 31 gifted healers from around the world. They share their stories of empowerment, wisdom and life learning; it is a “must read” if you are interested in the power and resiliency of the human spirit.

These women, from all walks of life, are doing extraordinary things to help make our world a better place. They are authors, artists, consultants, nurses, educators, leaders and therapists. From Nebraska to the Netherlands, Indiana to Iran, and Serbia to South Carolina (and many other U.S. states), they are pioneers – powerful, spiritual and spirited.

As they reflect on and share their journeys of healing, they model taking risks, beating the odds, being of great service, making significant differences in the world, and living their passions. You will find these 31 vibrant women remarkable – both men and women have much to learn from them!

They epitomize community and a strong support network, as they teach us about connecting – to our own hearts and to each other. They hold nothing back as they leave their beautiful legacies and exemplify this for you. They have found their “voices of vibrancy” and they invite you to do the same … it is time!

Table of Contents

CHAPTER TITLES AUTHOR
Introduction – Women as Healers Tami Briggs
A Spiritual Awakening in Nursing Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis
The Sacred Wheel of Peace® … A Place to Begin Eleanor Wiley
Dementia Care – A Journey from Pain to Passion Judy Berry
Heart-Shaped Healing Connie Fenty
Abide with Me Linda Rock
Every Ending has a Beginning Janie Delaney
Cooking up a Cure for Breast Cancer Andrea Romeiser
It’s All About Love Melinda Graham
Healing … the Most Natural Thing on Earth Carien Everwijn
Answering the Door When Death Delivered an Opportunity Ann Leach
The Worst and Best Week of My Life Jean Morrison
From Paper Nursing Cap to Gold Tassel Mortar Board Jamie Spikes
Stages of Life Marea Bishop
Community is a Precious Gift Mary Leuci
Wisdom Comes in Small Packages Barb Schommer
A Chinese Lesson in Global Healing Mary Beth Lamb
Here Comes That Negro Doctor! Shashi Sharma
Love within Life Connie Nelson Ahlberg
Three Angels on a T-Shirt Cindy Bultena
Beauty with a Purpose Kay Casperson
Keeping the Watch: the Life of a Hospital Chaplain Helen O’Brien
Living in My Full Power Marlou Elsen
The Green Robe Mary Gish
The Noble Face of Caregiving Kari Berit
Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in Corporate America Mary Beth Schommer
Lavender and Daisies Cathi Lammert
From Obedient Employee to Empowered Entrepreneur Vera Knezevic
Project M: Daring to Dream … Making it Happen! Jackie Levin
A Journey of Gratitude Barb Schroeder
A Faith Break Rusty McDermott
Daughter of Royalty Kian Dwyer
Conclusion – Voices of Vibrancy Tami Briggs

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What readers of Women as Healers have said…

Tami Briggs has compiled a moving, thoughtful and touching series of portraits of women who have given their lives to caring for and healing others. Through their own voices, each contributor to Women as Healers recounts a special story about her personal journey as a caregiver. As I read about each of the women I laughed with them, cried with them and wished I had the opportunity to meet each and everyone of them.”

Without any doubt, this is a very special and unique book that should be on all of our must-read lists.”

Each of these women has expressed beautifully their healing journeys. It gave me ideas on how to live my passion.”

This is such an inspirational book and each story is so profound. Thank you for sharing it with the world – it is just what we need at this time.”

I knew there were women out there who have accomplished wonderful things in the face of adversity, but I had never met one. I am thrilled to read Women as Healers and get to know some of the stories.”

After reading a couple of the stories in Women as Healers, I felt encouraged to try to re-connect with a voice student of mine from 15 years ago … I found her via Facebook and I was thrilled to find out that she has used her music in healing ways. I am so grateful for having read this book.”

Please tell the editor that her book is touching and encouraging women, offering hope and direction, and giving them a sense of purpose.”

Excerpts from Women as Healers:

Jackie Levin from Minneapolis, MN

I was on the bus from San Francisco heading north to Sebastopol, California, to the third of four retreats for the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Co-Active Leadership Program. I was intently reading the assignment sheet describing the requirement for our final project.

“Look into the space of your community and your life and ask, ‘What’s missing? What is it that your heart cries out to contribute? What is the difference that you have been longing to make, the thing that you have been tolerating in the world?’”

My heart fluttered as I realized my tentative plan was not “right.” I sighed, asking myself, “Now what?” My soul answered: “Jackie, you are here to help mentor the spirit and capability of African American boys.” Time … and my body … froze as I processed once again the whisper that came from somewhere deep inside. A flash of a second later I heard another voice (the “Hater”) and felt a foreboding presence that shouted: “Who do you think you are? YOU, a middle-aged, middle class white woman, have no right or ability to do this! You have absolutely no experience with urban youth. You are crazy to even imagine it!”

I felt paralyzed and breathless, yet a moment later I somehow, somewhere found the courage to stand strong and hear my truth:

“I am a visionary, a possibility thinker and a champion of the human spirit. That I know! That I can trust no matter what the circumstance!”

Deep down, I knew that healing comes when we are clear about who we are and can give our gifts freely. In that space, I connected with my calling, my soul’s work, and life purpose: To be who I am and do what I love in the place I belong. I realized that part of my journey was to inspire others to do the same. During that third Leadership retreat, I created a vision for my final project – Project M.

Marlou Elsen from the Netherlands

“I lived the life that my mother lived and her mother lived.
Men made all the decisions.
We women counted for nothing.
No one ever called me by name.
I had been a daughter, a sister, a wife.
If someone came to the door and the men were away I said:
Nobody is home.”

This quote by a woman in India is a huge inspiration to me on how I want to live in my full power, including being involved in meaningful work where I make a difference.

At one point in my childhood in the Netherlands, I lived at a Catholic boarding school led by nuns. My father was the mayor in my home village. As a child, outside my home and at the boarding school, I was the daughter of the mayor, not “Marlou.” I was rebellious and searched for ways to follow my destiny instead of following the rules and regulations.

My mother has been an example and a model for me. When she was young, she could not attend high school; her father did not permit her to go because only boys were allowed to go to that school. She was meant to live her life as wife and mother. But that was not enough for her, so she studied at a later age. Eventually – married to my father and the mother of four children – she broke the social codes and accepted a job as a social worker.

The boarding school I attended was for girls only. The school system made me feel insecure, and I was unaware of my own potential. It took me a long time to realize I was smart!

Andrea Romeiser from the Ozarks, Missouri

What a journey this cancer experience has been! In total, I had 10 surgeries in 2+ years. During that time, I also experienced the loss of all my grandparents, my father’s heart attack and two strokes, and marriage counseling. Best of all, since my diagnosis, I have celebrated each daughter’s birthday six more times.

I was cured of cancer when all of it was finally removed, but I continue to heal. I have lost several friends to cancer and have more friends with a new diagnosis of cancer. One in three people will be affected by some type of cancer.

For this reason, I have been involved with Relay for Life (www.cancer.org). The Relay for Life celebrates those who have won the fight, remembers those who have lost the fight, and energizes us all to continue to fight back for our children’s future. The goal is that someday we will no longer have the word “cancer” in our vocabulary!

I helped initiate a Relay in my small hometown/county in rural Kansas (Rush County, population 3,600). We hold the 12-hour event from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (this timing symbolizes the long night of the cancer journey). Teams “hold vigil” around-the-clock and around the track with 3,500 luminaries lighting the path in honor and in memory of those who have fought the fight against cancer. In 2008, Rush County was #10 in the United States in money raised per capita. In June 2009, we raised almost $69,000; this is $15,650 more than in 2008! This is an example of the wonderful support and great love I have felt from this community. While small in population, Rush County is mighty in the fight against cancer!

Connie Fenty from Philadelphia, PA

The lives of Nancy and Arlene, though brief and troubled, became an inspiration for Carol to create a Healing Garden at the Bucks County Women’s Recovery Center. The center is a residential facility providing services and housing for women who are committed to turning away from drugs and alcohol. While Nancy and Arlene had been residents there, Carol had grown fond of them and was saddened to hear that each had succumbed to their disease of addiction after leaving the safe shelter of the center.

Carol felt it was important to have a caring tribute for the two women who struggled unsuccessfully to stay on the path of sobriety. She remembered that each had had a passion. One was an avid gardener and the other one had a walking practice. Carol decided that a labyrinth would be a perfect memorial to them, as well as providing a meditative and healing pathway for the center’s current residents.

At our first meeting, Carol and the residents decided the pattern best suited to their purposes was that of the Heart-Shaped Healing Labyrinth. On a Saturday morning a few weeks later, we had a busy workday and completed a template of the labyrinth by attaching rope to the ground with roofing nails, a sort of acupuncture for the earth. Pride was evident in the faces of the residents whose hands-on involvement had cooperatively created the special sacred space.

Collective awe was present as we ceremonially opened the labyrinth and were led in by the senior resident caring a candle. The newest resident entered last carrying a Twelve Step book and reading from it when all had gathered in the center. Tears flowed when one of us noted that we totaled 12 women standing there in the middle of the concentric hearts of the labyrinth.

Those courageous women, each committed to healing her life, continued to work together during the next weeks to replace the rope lines with bricks and add plants, hand-made tiles, and sitting benches to their garden. They finished just in time for a public dedication.

On a cool and breezy summer evening, over 40 people attended the event and walked the labyrinth. It was a tribute to its creators. When it was time to go, I was about to blow out the candle at the entrance in its crystal holder when I noticed there were two flames inside glowing side by side.

As we viewed what appeared to be a miracle, I heard Carol state from a deep well of knowing, “Nancy and Arlene are at peace.”


CD Download:

This CD download lets you enjoy Tami’s solo harp compositions as you relax and read the book.

Total Time – 59:00 minutes.

Playlist: Women as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy

Download Inspired by Love (5:39) – LISTEN
Download Red Roses (3:19) – LISTEN
Download Soul’s Longing (3:53) – LISTEN
Download Angelic Whispers (7:40) – LISTEN
Download Opening to Hope (3:36)
Download Remembering You (5:14) – LISTEN
Download Anam Cara: Soul Friend (4:06)
Download I Know Where I’m Going (5:47)
Download Stepping Stones (5:01)
Download Transitions (3:49)
Download Surrounded by Angels (4:08)
Download Reflections (6:32) – LISTEN

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