by Virginia Swain published by Xlibris in August 2004. Endorsed
by Elise Boulding, Ph.D., Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and Bernie
Siegel, MD., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles.
Mantle of Roses: A Woman's Journey Home to Peace
back on my life through the lens of consciousness into the development
of my inner voice, I found a speaking Presence that guided me to
recount my story as a peacemaker, mediator and Reconciliation Leader.
I offer my reflections for a post September 11 world
am an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences. My story begins
in 1979 when I felt a leading I couldn't ignore. My prompting was
a vocational call to wholeness, balance and peace. During this process,
I found my life's work, marriage after many years alone, reconciliation
with friends and family. Additionally, I found a perspective on
what death is, and a sense of my own worth and contribution to society.
This book is about hope that comes from having the power over my
life that resulted in my own transformation. I discovered that my
understanding of true power comes from having the self-confidence
and trust in my relationship with God.
I have a certainty of what I am being led to do with my life, I
understand now how I can make a difference in the world."
From the Introduction: A Mantle of Roses:
A Woman's Journey Home to Peace
have much to learn from each other about how we have traveled-and
sometimes travailed-through our life journeys. Virginia Swain's
story of her own development through time as a peacemaker and a
compassionate human being will be inspiring and helpful to many.
Her sense of calling is very strong and rightly guided. I have been
very interested in how Virginia's innovative approach to leadership
and peacebuilding in highly stressful conflicts has risen from her
life journey. The Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program
and Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service are important contributions
to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
for the Children of the World (2001-2010)."
Boulding, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College; Former Secretary-General,
International Peace Research Association, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
admire your courage and willingness to choose a path of healing."
Siegel, MD., Founder, Exceptional Cancer Patients and Author,
Love, Medicine and Miracles and Prescriptions for Living.
the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader accompanied
by journaling pages:
you had an experience of darkness which broke you open?
you ever had a sense of Love intervening in your life —
either through a spiritual experience or a human presence in comfort?
you then accepted its invitation to a deeper experience of life?
you able to live your life not needing to know the answers to
your questions, considering life as the question?
an example of how you discovered that what you were most reactive
against in someone else was really inside yourself.
you every despaired that one person cannot make a difference?
you ever had faith that you could indeed influence the world for
can you go back to the Sacred for nurturing and sustenance in
times of darkness and despair?
will you create out of the rubble of Ground Zero?
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