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Shakkai: Woman of the Sacred Garden Hardcover – August, 1992


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From Publishers Weekly

In this addition to the author's Sisters of the Shield series, Agnes Whistling Elk and Ruby Plenty Chiefs, the native American teachers who guided Andrews's explorations of her past lives, aid her journey into a future lifetime. Andrews ( The Woman of Wyrrd ) describes herself as a young Japanese meeting with an elderly woman named Shakkai, a teacher who shows her the "captured garden," which has the power to heal souls and the earth through its feminine energy. This movement into other dimensions occurs in the process of "double dreaming," by which one can project oneself "into a time span of experience different from . . . present reality." This New Age narrative, slipping between present and future settings and heavy with symbolism, will please readers who share Andrews's spiritual orientation.
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From Kirkus Reviews

In a bizarre addition to her Sisters of the Shield series (The Woman of Wyrrd, 1990, etc.), Andrews recounts her ``spiritual'' adventures in a future life as a young Japanese woman, an acolyte of Shakkai, keeper of the sacred gardens--an image of nature, its healing power, and the inner female life. Encouraged by her longtime spiritual guides, the indefatigable Cree women Agnes Whistling Elk and Ruby Plenty Chiefs, Andrews ``double dreams'' herself back and forth between her cabin in Manitoba and a Japanese countryside. In Japan, through Shakkai, she meets a demonic ``tea master'' who is jealous of her writing, and acquires a hu, a gourd resembling Agnes's ``celestial rattle''--a symbol of inner power, the ``uterus of all life,'' a ``universal womb'' that rather lewdly resembles a phallus. She also acquires a samurai lover who is about to decapitate her at both the beginning and end of the book--a brutal and totally mysterious action that, like their coupling, her vomiting, and her eating beef jerky and sharing a Coke and a sandwich with a couple of sorcerers, seems to contradict the spirituality, beauty, and peace she claims to have derived from her experience. Indeed, whatever Andrews's enlightenment consisted of, it did not include the power of speech: the stilted dialogue, the ``pigeon'' English of her various teachers, the clich‚s in which they express their message--all recall at best the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Without illumination or even casual connection, Andrews's odyssey comes off more like a psychotic episode than a spiritual journey, displaying apparent dissociation, dislocation, a disordered sense of time, hallucinations, and an inability--or at least unwillingness--to distinguish fantasy from reality. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (August 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060167114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060167110
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Andrews is the author of 19 books and workbooks chronicling her amazing adventures into the world of spirit, the real life worlds of her native teachers and their profound wisdom of ancient spiritual worlds, including New York Times and internationally best-selling Medicine Woman series.

International speaker and spiritual leader, teacher, healer; writing teacher; noted authority on achieving personal power and architect of the "act of power."

Founder of 4-year "Mystery School" and graduate program; Joshua Tree Gathering and Hawaii Retreat; www.lynnandrews.com, offering Online Courses and Sacred Forum; International Councils of the Whistling Elk.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 1999
Format: Paperback
I first read this book several years ago, and was so intrigued by some of the ideas within it that I kept it on my shelf. I just moved into a new home that has a garden, and I'm rereading Shakkai to get some insights on how to go about planning a garden that would be a true spiritual haven for me.
What I totally missed in the first reading was the correspondence between human relationships and the human/natural world relationship. I was approaching my garden with a sense of respect, but now I have an even deeper understanding that the garden is about the relationships between the plants (and amongst them) and myself. I have only read a couple of Andrews books, but the parallels between this future life story and what I know of her current life experiences is shocking and yet comforting.
I now see myself as the center of my universe, surrounding by relationships with people that cross the bounds of time, and by relationships with all of the physical objects around me. My vision for my garden now is to create a place that reflects my inner peace and self understanding, more than it is about gardening books and landscape architecture.
Thank you, Lynn, for an outstanding new experience of my own life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Marx on August 29, 2012
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Lynn writes of her personal experiences and this time Lynn journeyed into her future. While journeying she learns and relates back to us how the good and bad in all of us is important. We should learn to accept each other as we see them in order to learn how to live with all types of spirits and experience because they are all necessary lessons. Keeping ones self in alignment and balanced no matter what the situation wether it be in love or working with an evil spirit. Keeping our own balance is the way to process through any situation.

BREATHE

Dawn
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. F. Pranger on February 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
This was my favorite of Lynn Andrews autobiographical books, besides her book Dark Sister. In this book Shakkai, she explores a future lifetime in terms of what she learned, so that she can apply it to her present situation as Lynn. The book steps into a completely different culture, with totally different values and beliefs. For those who have read the books in succession, the man who becomes the lover of the main character (Lynn in the future) is actually her spirit guide Windhorse, who we met in Windhorse Woman, and he is also the young wizard she fell in love with in the past in The Women of Wyrrd. He is a samurai, and the two have a profound connection. Life and death are thoroughly explored here, as is being in the present moment, through the energetic teachings of the mentor Shakkai, who teaches a method of creating the inner life in miniature, as a personal power object. The teachings Shakkai gives Lynn in the future in terms of respect of the earth, Nature as a living organism that has it's own message and a power that can be cooperated with are truly interesting, and worth reading this book solely for that understanding, or grasp of creating a garden with a distinct purpose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melony A. Roberts on July 17, 2010
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Another facet to Lynn's evolution as a spiritual teacher. I enjoyed this one, too.
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