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The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul

by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
with Foreword by Sandra Ingerman

This book has been deliberately shared with men and women of all walks of life and different parts of the world. Here are some of their responses, kept in their entirety.

The endorsements are from: a baker, a farmer, a dancer, a poet, a painter, authors, a doctor, minister, Jungian analyst, healer, zen teacher, and more...

They belong to the story of life reclaiming its mystery.

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“Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee presents us with a clear picture of the Feminine which is now essential to building a new vision and value for our dear planet earth.”

—Marion Woodman, Ph.D., Jungian Analyst and author
www.mwoodmanfoundation.org

“... taps into what may be the most important message of our time—the need for the re-emergence of the feminine. As he so beautifully recounts, only through the Divine Feminine can the world, now so desperately wounded and degraded, begin to heal and transform itself. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee explains what our role is in this process, how we can bring the masculine and feminine into greater balance and bridge the unreal divide between spirit and matter. It is a collective enterprise, and we all must be engaged in restoring the feminine to her rightful place. Llewellyn’s narrative explains so much of what we intuitively know but what so few can articulate as well.... One of the most inspiring spiritual books of our day and a must read for all those seeking to understand the global transformation now underway.”

Dena Merriam, Founder and Convener of
The Global Peace Initiative for Women

“This book is the work of an alchemist—a vitally important contribution to the Great Work of rescuing the human soul from the darkness that currently shrouds it. In this dangerous transitional time, where ignorance, confusion and cruelty abound, its theme of the need for us to recover and comprehend the Feminine is of absolute and urgent relevance. Few people are able to define and evoke the Feminine in the way that Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee does; in poetic and beautiful prose, he speaks directly from his soul to ours, acting as advocate for the longing of the anima mundi, the World Soul, to be welcomed once again into our lives and our culture. He knows that this is the time of humanity’s awakening: each one of us participates in the mystery of the light hidden within us and within all nature that is being awakened. For exploring this mystery so directly and deeply and with such insight, he deserves our deepest gratitude. Women and men alike will welcome and treasure this book.”

Anne Baring, co-author, The Myth of the Goddess:
Evolution of an Image
and author of the forthcoming book,
The Dream of the Cosmos: A Quest for the Soul,
www.annebaring.com

“... the sort of book that offers its readers new eyes. Vaughan-Lee’s profound yet easily accessible exposition of the Divine Feminine will appeal to anyone who yearns for greater wholeness in life. A beautiful formula for the healing of a world which has developed masculine principle competency to the point of self extinction.”

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and
My Grandfather’s Blessings; Clinical Professor of Family and
Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine, and founder and director
of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal,
www.rachelremen.com

“I am fascinated by the realm of the soul and how many windows there are into it. I am also fascinated by the various forms of clay that our mother earth offers us through which we can commune with her. To me, the contemplation of how grains of wheat, ground into powder that are turned into clay and then, miraculously, transform into loaves of bread is a wondrous, iconic journey. For this reason, I grasp and appreciate this deeply thoughtful message of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. He calls us all, each in our own way, to contemplate the Divine Feminine, to encounter the realm of Sophia, and thus discover the nature of our souls and Knowledge of the Truth that passes all understanding.”

Peter Reinhart, author of The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
and Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise as Method and Metaphor
peterreinhart.typepad.com

“This beautiful book celebrates our interconnectedness in Her eternal web of life.”

Meinrad Craighead, artist, scholar, and visionary
www.meinradcraighead.com

“This book is very perceptive, deeply moving and calling us all to attention! We have lived long in a world dominated by the role of the masculine consciousness—trenchant, linear, centered in acquisition.... The divine feminine is that ocean of a ‘transforming power’ that can turn into gold the mixed alloy of humanity, it is time to come forward into the arena of the world’s life—and play a part. Sri Aurobindo, the great visionary of modern India, rightly says, ‘It is only the woman who can link the new world with the old.’”

Aster Patel, Governing Board, Auroville, India
www.auroville.org

“This book contains an important message for our time. It is an inspirational text to awaken the reader to the alchemical mystery of the Soul of the World (Anima Mundi)—an important aspect of the Divine Feminine and the mysteries of Sophia. This alive and accessible work deserves a wide readership.”

Robert Powell, Ph.D., Co-Founder of the Sophia Foundation of North America,
author The Sophia Teachings (book and tapes) and
The Mystery, Biography, and Destiny of Mary Magdalene

“If being of service to Life—to our beloved, wounded planet and all creation—is the central task of our time, this book is a lighthouse on that journey. It is a luminous, wise, inspiring and generous book, magical and serene. An invitation into, and open door toward, a new way of being, lived in true collaboration and interconnectedness with the Oneness of all Life. Reading this gives an experience of remembrance, redemption, direction, and renewal—a kind of north star for our souls. I couldn’t recommend it more highly and will carry it as a compass, with gratitude, to help guide the way ahead.”

Jenepher Stowell, Director, Retreat Center, Commonweal


“… shares with us a key to our times. In this book he says that in order to return to balance we must reclaim ourselves and our relationship with the deep feminine. He reminds us that our First Nation Peoples have a way of life that is centered in the sacredness of life and the interconnectedness of it all. Our elders tell us that when the Mother of All Creation is fully present then all is in balance. It is time for us to call her home… and begin our dialogue with The First Grandmother that dreamed it all. As Grandmother Agnes, spokesperson for the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, says, ‘This is a time when we must take the most important journey of all—that fourteen inches from our head to our heart!!’”

Jyoti, Ambassador for the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers,
and Spiritual Director of the Center for Sacred Studies

“In this profound work, I experienced scintillating beacons of light which my heart recognizes as the spiral of Oneness.... This is a guidebook as well as a celebration of remembering.... a guide to the secrets that we will want to know in our hearts as we embrace and transform energies of the shifts to come that include the difficult as well as the sublime.”

Dr. Marj Britt, Senior Minister, Unity of Tustin, California

“… these writings touch the essential commitment needed now to heal the feminine and move beyond patriarchal wounding without rancor or bitterness. Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s voice calls to us both intimately and with forceful clarity to deeply engage in the nurturance of life. His message for women is a wake-up call...”

Myosho Virginia Matthews, Zen buddhist nun, mother, dancer

“Vaughan-Lee has listened deeply and transcribed for us so we can awaken to the true feminine, which so urgently needs to be understood and embodied at this time in human history.”

Lama Palden, Sukhasiddhi Foundation, www.sukhasiddhi.org

“This beautiful book brought tears to my eyes.... If only a fraction of the women on our planet were to realize and put into practice what Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee teaches here, what a different and better world we would inhabit. His words articulate so powerfully the journey unique to women, and the one women must take if our world is to heal into a new reality. I know the deep yearning in the feminine soul to live out its potential.... This is a book capable of changing not only lives, but the world we live in. I cannot imagine a more powerful and timely book.”

Roberta Guillory, founder of the Red Shoes, a center for personal and spiritual growth in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, devoted to the support
and empowerment of women since 1999
www.theredshoes.org

“As I surrendered to the compelling rhythm of The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul, I felt something stirring deep within me. Within every kernel of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s wisdom there is a seed of new possibility... and another seed within and yet an-other. As a woman, I experienced a profound wave of relief to be finally seen and validated by the masculine for the ancient wisdom I have carried in my DNA. As one of the many beings of light called to service during this crucial time of global transformation, I found myself re-energized by this message of clarity and hope. And as a spiritual pilgrim on the path to oneness, I felt a deep relaxation as I glimpsed my place within an intricate yet profoundly simple sacred pattern. Yes! Now is the time to allow the healing energy of the divine feminine to lead humanity back into balance and wholeness.”

Kathlyn Schaaf, Co-Founder, Gather the Women
www.katheschaaf.com

The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul not only speaks of the feminine, but to the feminine. I found myself reading this book very slowly. Sometimes after only one or two lines, I would instinctively put the book down, be still and listen. The truth of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s words would resound in my body—a felt sense, which would vibrate down to my cells. I was taken to the essence of feminine knowing.”

Dale Genge, Faculty Member,
The Marion Woodman Foundation

“Attempting to express the beauty and magic of this book with words feels rather inauthentic and only skims the surface of what is a rich experience of the great warmth of connection. My words do not convey the deep feelings evoked—feelings that gently embraced me and opened up a dimension of receptivity, lightness and the very presence of the Feminine. I literally felt the sustaining nourishment of the energies of creation. All day I have been working in the masculine mode of getting things done and at the end of the day to melt my mind into the nurturing embrace of creation was nothing short of magical. I end up with nothing but gratefulness to Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.”

Nancy Roof, Founding Editor, Kosmos Journal

“... a powerful reminder of the deeper knowledge and wisdom that operates in the world.... beautifully articulates that which in so many ways is so difficult to articulate. Vaughan-Lee’s insight into the power of the feminine, the urgency of bringing her more firmly into the world, and the recognition of what is at stake if we do not embrace her, are powerful arguments for all of us to not only hear, but to assimilate into our work and daily practice.... The book yet again reminded me that it is only through a renewed understanding of life’s wholeness that we will we be able to heal our planet and our world.... A necessary and important reminder to us all to listen and be open to this reality.”

Ellen Friedman, Executive Vice President, Tides Foundation

“The idea that the world may be a ‘communion of subjects’ rather than a mechanical ‘collection of objects,’ is still difficult for many members of the scientific community to accept. Our science is still deeply rooted in the mechanistic philosophies of the 16th and 17th centuries. However a growing number of innovative scientists and philosophers have begun to make a case for a more feminine, ecological view.... I suspect everyone interested in exploring how we must now learn to live in our new world, a world in which we know that ‘everything is connected to everything else’ will find something inspiring and productive in this book.”

Frederick Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture,
and President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

“At this time, any healing will require accessing the creativity and the joy inherent in knowing that the birth of new images is possible. As Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee explains in The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul, the masculine and feminine are beginning to understand how to hold the tension necessary to create the space needed for this to occur. This book nurtures our ability to listen from within our hearts and restores the dignity and value of feminine wisdom, and points to what is possible when imagination leads.”

Elizabeth Schreiber, M.A. and Sand-play Therapist

“This is a necessary book and a brave one. Rejecting the anger and blame that have marred so much feminist thought, Vaughan-Lee yet maintains that balance can only be restored in the world by the intervention of an active feminine spiritual energy.... Over and over, Vaughan-Lee has been forced to use words that once belonged to the sacred, but are now stained and degraded by their constant deployment in books written to help people to enhance their egos, bank balances, or their power over others. Yet its message is not diminished. Vaughan-Lee has set out to change the way we think.“

Kerry Hardie, author of four collections of poetry, including
The Silence Came Close, and two novels, including The Bird Woman
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“Spiritual teachers are common, great ones are few, and visionaries are rare. Here, the reader journeys on Vaughan-Lee’s vision of the divine feminine principle, and the urgency for us to access the wisdom brought forth by it in order to bring healing to a world so deeply in need. Through his vision, we are able to access our own vision of how we, too, can participate in this healing.... Vaughan-Lee brings forth a perspective that is unique to someone who is both a scholar and mystic.”

Mariana Caplan, Ph.D., author of Eyes Wide Open:
Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path
and Halfway Up
the Mountain: the Error of Premature Claims to Enlightenment,
www.realspirituality.com