Reclaiming the Soul of Healing
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Medicine Woman voices a deep yearning for a broader vision of what it means to be human than our current paradigm allows for, calling on an ancient archetype of healing, Medicine Woman, to re-vision how we can navigate sickness and harness its transformational powers in order to heal.
Medicine Woman is the eagerly-awaited sister book to Nautilus Silver-Award-Winning Burning Woman from Amazon bestselling author, Lucy H. Pearce.
This audacious questioning of the current medical system’s ability to deal with the modern epidemic of chronic illness combines a raw personal memoir of sickness and healing, woven through with voices of dozens of other long-term sick women of the world and a feminine cultural critique that digs deep into the roots of patriarchal medicine. Pearce takes us from its ancient Greek roots, through the influences of the enlightenment and Christianity, the wholesale destruction of the wise woman tradition and western colonial destruction of native medicines to the current technocratic, capitalist model of medicine.
Medicine Woman asks the uncomfortable questions that our culture refuses to face:
- Why chronic illness, mental health issues, medical prescriptions and costs are rising exponentially
- Why women are the major sufferers of the modern epidemic of auto-immune conditions
- Why women are twice as likely to be medicated for depression
- Why women tend to be taken less seriously by medical professionals
The book is packed with dozens of healing arts exercises and hundreds of medicine questions to help integrate body and mind in the healing process. Like Burning Woman, this book promises initiation by transmission, reconnecting us directly with the soul of healing.
"This is Lucy Pearce's opus – a body of work which requires a lifetime of preparation to garner this kind of courage that boldly sets raw truth free. In doing so her words unshackle others too. Medicine Woman is a clarion call in a world where we are needing to heal generational wounds, to own where we have been complicit so we can make room for the collective rise that seeks another way forward."
—ALisa Starkweather, founder of the Red Tent Temple Movement
"Lucy Pearce is a luminous voice in global change – a voice that calls out for a return to balance of the feminine and masculine energies to heal the very world all beings depend upon to continue existing – preferably thriving. Medicine Woman is needed wake up words in a world gone numb."
—Paula Youmell, RN, Wise Woman Nurse, author of Hands on Health and Weaving Healing Wisdom
"Lucy Pearce writes with a blazing mix of passion and vulnerability as she boldly explores the complexities of health issues facing contemporary women. This hard-hitting narrative exposes the undeniable bias that shapes modern medicine and keeps women sick. Pearce gives voice to the silent epidemic of invisible illness. Her revelations are cataclysmic. With an unwavering commitment to healing, and through harnessing the primal creative power of the feminine, this book offers real hope to those who suffer. Medicine Woman heralds the reclaiming of our innate power to heal ourselves. This deeply personal work offers all women the opportunity to take full responsibility for our lives and thrive."
—Teresa Maria Bilowus, woman, mother, author, mentor and founder of the ‘Voices From The Red Tent' project
"In Medicine Woman, Lucy H. Pearce continues her invaluable work of reawakening the Sacred Feminine and connecting women to their inherent wisdom. Pulling back the curtain on the male-dominated medical model of the current era, Pearce reveals the systematic and intentional suppression of feminine knowledge and intuition, and in doing so invites modern women to reclaim their own healing journey. The Medicine Woman archetype is needed in our culture now more than ever as women awaken to the healing power and potential that lies within each of us."
—Amy Bammel Wilding, author of Wild & Wise: Sacred Feminine Meditations for Women's Circles and Personal Awakening