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Press Release: Urgent Message from Mother Gather the Women, Save the World

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Urgent Message from Mother
Gather the Women, Save the World
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.

In Jean Bolen’s poetic polemic, Urgent Message from Mother (Conari Press, September 2005), she explores both the psychological and the scientific aspects of women as leaders together. She begins with a Jungian examination of the barren Fisher King whose wound can only be healed by the Holy Grail; emphasizing the idea of the Holy Grail archetype as “every woman’s secret” and the transformative power of the sacred feminine – the Goddess, Gaia, Earth Mother. Bolen then moves to Rupert Sheldrake’s “Theory of Morphic Resonance,” which describes how societies and even species can undergo rapid evolution when they reach a tipping point. She explains “we learned that women gathering together in groups and telling the truth of their lives can actually change the world.”

Bolen points to a fascinating UCLA study proving that women react to stress differently than their male counterparts. Instead of the “fight or flight” reaction, women have a “tend and befriend” response as a result of an increase in oxytocin, the maternal bonding hormone. While men become more adrenalized and aggressive, women nurture and protect – biologically. From this and other compelling evidence Bolen makes a strongly convincing case that now is the time for women to lead – to fiercely protect all that we love.

Urgent Message from Mother offers a unique combination of visionary thinking and practical how-to and is Jean Shinoda Bolen’s most activist work to-date. Written in a lyrical language that inspires, this book seeks to galvanize the still untapped power of women coming together to change our world.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is an internationally known author, speaker and workshop leader who draws from spiritual, feminist, Jungian, medical, and personal wellsprings of experience. She is a Jungian analyst, psychiatrist and clinical professor at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, and is the author of The Tao of Psychology; Goddesses in Everywoman; Gods in Everyman. Ring of Power; Crossing to Avalon; Close to the Bone; The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine and most recently Urgent Message From Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World.

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Advance Praise: Close to the Bone Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey

Close to the Bone

Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey
10th Anniversary Revised Edition
Jean Shinoda Bolen

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“This book is a staff on which to lean as we ourselves walk or are called upon to help others walk into the valley of the shadow of death.”
—Alice Walker

“This is the book I needed when my daughter was sick. It would have helped me through it, like a map of the underworld. Myths, stories, prayer, touching, visualization, rituals, and especially love are some of the tools and wisdom that this extraordinary book gives us. Thank you, Jean.”
—Isabel Allende

“Jean Shinoda Bolen moves far beyond ordinary notions of medicine, treatment, and even suffering to place illness within a human framework. When you are sick, read pages from this book to be reminded that you and your illness are full of soul.”
—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul

“If you or a person close to you have a catastrophic illness, this is one of the most wise and helpful books you could ever read.”
—Lawrence LeShan, author of Cancer as a Turning Point

“This book can be a companion to anyone in physical or mental pain or crisis.”
—Louise L. Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life

“Beautifully written…Anyone affected by a serious illness will find Close to the Bone a wise and warm companion.”
—New Age Journal

“Simple and straightforward…this book probes beneath, urging the reader to plumb the depths and then return to the surface.”
—Houston Chronicle

“Practical and accessible…The author conveys well to her readers her sense of the immeasurable gift that is each life and all life, and they can be grateful to her and with her for this.”
—New Mexican

“This combination of the spiritual with the pragmatic will be helpful and even reassuring both to those facing death, particularly those with a catastrophic illness such as AIDS, and their caregivers and companions.”
—Oregonian

“Jean Shinoda Bolen has created a poetic rhythm that will uplift the spirit and soul. This is a deep, powerful, and gentle book, in which Dr. Bolen masterfully discusses the search for meaning as well as the power of prayer and angels.”
—Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., Founder,
Center for Attitudinal Healing

“Should be required reading in medical schools and by anyone who wants to understand how illness can be a midwife that helps the soul to emerge.”
—Natural Health Magazine

“Dr. Bolen sees with an insightful eye into the true meaning of healing. A compelling and compassionate book!”
—Marion Woodman, co-author of Dancing in the Flames

“For those who yearn for a deeper meaning to disease and death, Close to the Bone is a healing breath that will be a tremendous comfort.”
—Hugh and Gayle Prather, authors of Spiritual Parenting

“Richly Probing…A skillful assemblage of views on the harrowing experience of physical illness and mental dissociation from which we can and may emerge with a new clarity about who we are and what we want our lives to be.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The great teacher is our mortality. Let this book be a guide to your feelings and enlightenment. There are no exceptions, we are all mortal. Accept that—read this book and live a fuller, healthier, more meaningful life.”
—Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles

“A finely polished mirror for the healing heart and body. An important statement of theories and practices which have aided many in the course of their illness and recovery.”
—Stephen Levine, author of Who Dies?

“Thought-provoking and optimistic.”
—Booklist

“Immensely readable and revealing…this book is a godsend.”
—Patricia Holt, The San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

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Press Release: Close to the Bone Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey

Close to the Bone

Life-Threatening Illness as a Soul Journey
10th Anniversary Revised Edition
Jean Shinoda Bolen

Contact: Bonni Hamilton,
Director of Marketing x1112
bhamilton@redwheelweiser.com
Skye Wentworth, Publicist x1110
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It is terrifying to be healthy one moment, and then to suddenly find there is a malignancy that could kill you, a sudden loss of consciousness, waking up in the I.C.U. after a heart attack, or any other close call, when something is so wrong that nothing will ever be the same. In Close to the Bone (Conari Press, April 2007), Bolen recognizes that a life-threatening illness is a crisis for both body and soul, that it can be a wake-up call or a turning point.

A serious illness has the impact of a stone hitting the still surface of a lake, sending concentric rings of disturbance out, as feelings, thoughts, and reactions radiate out from this center. It impacts relationships, it stirs the depths of others, it potentially brings the patient and those who are affected “close to the bone,” into the proximity of the soul. Soul questions arise about the meaning of life when the mind is ill or the body is ailing. Healing and recovery may depend as much or more upon a deepening of relationships and connection to one’s own soul and spiritual life, as on medical or psychiatric expertise.

Most people don’t see a connection between what ails the body and their soul’s need for authenticity, love, and purpose. Bolen affirms that the price of going into the realm of confusion, facing the fear of death and shadow, is worth the reward of spiritual growth. The outcome depends upon paying attention, becoming conscious of what truly matters, and acting upon what we know to save our life or to heal our relationships and our soul.

Close to the Bone is meant to help and heal, to make people less afraid, and to encourage them to trust the wisdom they have inside – what they know in their bones.

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the recipient of the Institute for Health and Healing’s “Pioneers in Art, Science, and the Soul of Healing Award.” Close to the Bone grew out of her involvement with Healing Journeys: Cancer as a Turning Point conferences, the initial Planetree project, and her private practice. She is an internationally known lecturer and a best-selling author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine and Urgent Message from Mother. She resides in Marin County, California, and you can find her online at www.jeanbolen.com.