The feminine mystic is one who gathers the pain of the world into her arms and transmutes it with "wild mercy"--a merging of fierce courage with the unstoppable forces of forgiveness, compassion, and love. And she is needed now more than ever.
"Women across cultural boundaries are rising with our echoing yes in response to the collective call to step up and repair the broken world," writes Mirabai Starr. "We are rooting ourselves in our resounding no in the face of injustice to our fellow human beings and our Mother Earth." With Wild Mercy, Starr inspires you to awaken your own inner mystic as you immerse yourself in the guidance of sages such as Teresa of Ávila, Mary Magdalene, Hildegard of Bingen, the ecstatic poet Mirabai, and the Sufi saint Rabia Basri; join with the archetypal energies of figures like Kuan Yin, Tara, Kali, Sophia, and the Shekinah; and find the light to guide your own journey of spiritual awakening and service in the world.
Mirabai Starr teaches philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico, and is the author of new translations of Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross and The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila. She lives in Taos.
"An exquisite and inspiring book that reveals the great heart and wisdom of the feminine." --Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center, and author of Standing at the Edge
"What I love most about all of Mirabai Starr's work, including the magical new Wild Mercy, is that she writes with such joyful energy about all facets of spirituality, through a passionately feminine lens. She writes about truth, her gravest loss and most profound resurrections, infinite joy, and the stillness at the center of all things. In Wild Mercy, she turns her encyclopedic knowledge of all wisdom traditions and rituals to the women mystics and saints she so loves and lives by, to Mother Earth, to the mothers of all ages and genders who have nourished and guided and comforted us, and given us life, joy, the deepest healing, and a lot of light to see by." --Anne Lamott, author of Hallelujah Anyway and Help Thanks Wow
"What a compilation of great women. Mirabai Starr has done a beautiful job of bringing forth the power of the feminine. It couldn't be a more pertinent time in our country to publish this important illuminating material. The prose simply sings." --Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones and Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home
"In a time when we sorely need the depth and sensitivity of the feminine, Mirabai Starr guides us through the lineage of female mystics in a way that is personal, universal, and useful. I urge men to read this book as well as women, for Wild Mercy will open the more enduring qualities we need to begin to repair the world." --Mark Nepo, author of More Together Than Alone and The Book of Awakening
"Wild Mercy is a celebration of wisdom wherever it is found. It is an ongoing and ever-evolving conversation that includes everyone and excludes no one. Above all, it is a celebration of a long litany of courageous women who always had wisdom to share but for too long were ignored. We are all the better for Mirabai's work." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love
"The Great Mother is a Mystery . . . known only through surrender. Surrender only happens through Grace. Mirabai Starr leads us deep into the radiance of the many ways the Goddess reveals herself, illuminating our Path back home." --Krishna Das, Kirtan master and author of Chants of a Lifetime and Flow of Grace