Review: When Spirit Calls – A Healing Odysey

When Spirit Calls –
A Healing Odyssey

Author: Joan Diver
Monkfish Book Publishing Company
2018
ISBN #978-1-939681-68-3

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Joan Diver was the first Executive Director of Boston’s Hyams Foundation, a position that she held for eighteen years, and for which she was recognized for her creative leadership in philanthropy and social justice. She and her husband Colin (Dean of Penn Law School, later to be President of Reed College) were featured in J. Anthony Lukas’ Pulitzer prize-winning book “Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the lives of Three American Families”.

This is an intensely personal story, revolving around personal growth, spiritual growth, the growth of a relationship, and the growth of a family. It is very detailed, with a good mix of family issues, personal issues (Diver suffered from intense back pain for many years), and both Joan and Colin Diver’s spiritual growth.

Even during the years that Diver served as Executive Director of the Hyams Foundation, she was following her spiritual path. Beginning with being a member of the congregation of preacher Howard Thurman (spiritual mentor to civil rights leaders), her spiritual life was important to her, and she followed where that path lead – even when she did not understand why. Speaking for those of us that grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, this was not an unusual thing. When we heard about a spiritual leader, we tried to see what they were all about. We have all been to lectures and retreats, sat on the floor listening to guru’s sitting in front of us on a raised dais. Diver’s journey is very much an East/West journey, as she visits gurus here in the U.S., in China, in India, and makes pilgrimages to Egyptian holy sites.

We are shown a world where spirit guides and unusual (out of body) experiences abound. It is all about being open to what we see, and what we hear. It is all about seeing where we are closed off as individuals, and about where we are blocking ourselves. It is about healing ourselves on all levels.

All the while Diver is dealing with a back that many times, and for long periods of time, is so excruciating that all she can do is lie down. The pain originates in the solar plexus, which is where the release and healing must occur. She deals with both Eastern and Western medicine, including past life regression and healing. Hers is an amazing story! I personally want to thank her for sharing the depth of her experiences, including the information that comes to her in her sessions, how it comes to her, the wisdom that comes from her teachers/guru’s, and in-depth detail of her surroundings/environment.

As a woman, I can appreciate her concern about how following her path might affect her marriage and her family. I loved the detail that she went into about her home(s), about social responsibilities (hers and her husband’s), and about the changes that they went through. She is transparent and honest in sharing her story (including the doubts that she has more than once along the way about whether she was doing the right thing).

Every reader will find their own version of personal growth through this story.

© June 2018 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibited without written permission.

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Review – Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck

Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck

Author: Roxi Sim Hermsen
Artist: Roxi Sim Hermsen
Game Crafter
2016

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The “Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck” is a 33 card deck presenting Joy and Sorrow meditations. Offering “a moment’s peace, a moment’s distraction, and a moment’s grace. The original art was created to help those dealing with the pain and trauma of loss. They were part of the process of healing for Roxi after the loss of her nine year old son, her mother’s passing, and the decline of her own health – all happening within a very short time of each other. Art therapy at its finest!

The divine feminine has a strong focus in this deck, as do the brilliant colors, and the literal language of the flowers.

This deck comes in two sizes – poker size, and jumbo. I am reviewing the poker size, which is a nice size for smaller hands. The cards are 2 ½” by 3 ½”, with linen card stock used (which I absolutely adore!). The card faces show brightly colored positive images, while the card back presents a guided meditation based on the card, as well as suggestions to the reader on encouraging their progress on their journey of healing.

The card box shows an image of the card Joy and Sorrow, with the back of the box presents information on the cards, and how to use them. It is suggested that they can be drawn randomly, spread out and chosen by color or name, or place them face up and choose the image that appeals to the reader. It is suggested that the reader first spend some time with the meditation, and then turn the card over immerse/lose themselves in the imagery and message. I would like to add that these cards can easily be used with ritual work, and as an “add on” to any type of oracular reading.

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The Story Teller

Featured in this card is an elaborately dressed Goddess. Her headdress connects her to the heavens, while her shoes connect her to the earth. She is telling us that change is coming, change that will require balance, dedication, strength, and focus. She has come to tell her story, while at the same time she encourages the reader to tell their story.

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Create

Here we see a garden of roses, and a lovely back yard tent. An artist sits before an easel, painting a small canvas. The reader is being advised to create, create, create – to create their own story, to create what they need to see.

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Sleep

Here the Sleeping Goddess rests, the moon seen through the window behind her. She has been forgotten over time, and will only awaken when enough of us remember, and take the time to honor her. The Sleeping Goddess offers encouragement, and permission to take the time to rest and recuperate.

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The Fountain

Here we see a secret garden, within whose walls stands the Fountain of the Goddess. The spirals on her body indicate the possibilities for growth. Healing waters overflow from the vessel she holds over her head. The Goddess knows and understands that she must nurture herself first so that she can provide for others. She knows that her garden will flourish when she does.

The concept behind the deck is that joy shared is doubled, and sorrow shared is halved. The deck is dedicated to Roxi’s lifetime friend Heather Sneddon, who is featured in the card friendship.

I love the fact that the cards are borderless, allowing the reader to enter them with ease. We all face joy in our life, and at times we will all face sorrow. The “Joy and Sorrow Oracle Deck” acts as a tool of empowerment to get us through the worst of times.

© August 2016 Bonnie Cehovet
Reproduction prohibitd without written consent from the author.