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The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound [Kindle Edition]

Dielle Ciesco
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Book Description

It isn’t every day that one meets a goddess, let alone a Matrika or being that presides over the sounds of language. It is said such deities can bring us complete liberation. Will that prove true for a struggling vocalist named Wrenne when a mysterious woman appears and offers to help her find her True Voice? This beguiling and eccentric teacher guides us all on a deep and powerful journey through 10 mystical gates of sound, sharing great insights, secrets, and profound wisdom about the power of letters, words, and our very own voice to transform the world around us. This isn’t standard knowledge; this is a gift for our times, taking the reader into the very heart of sonic revelations.


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"As I was reading The Unknown Mother, I wondered how many are even ready for a book of this magnitude....The power of sound and speech has the ability to heal, to shape destinies and to take us to a higher level. Our own repressed emotions block our expression and Dielle's magical tale takes us on a journey to free ourselves."  - Brenda Seright Williams, Sophie Magazine, Dec. 2012

Dielle Ciesco has magically tapped into the sacred shamanic voice that resides deep in the heart of all creation. Matrina, the Unknown Mother, reminds us that sound and words have the power to heal what ails humanity when we are willing to surrender to the Great Mystery. As the creator of Shamanic Breathwork Journeys, I believe that Matrina must have been whispering her wisdom in my ears these many years while I slept! --Linda Star Wolf

About the Author

Dielle Ciesco, creator of Shamanic Voice Work, lives in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her at TheVoiceofLife.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780996314
  • Publisher: Roundfire Books (January 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AZV102Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful words, and beyond words January 16, 2013
Format:Paperback
Dielle Ciesco has written a marvelous book on a hugely important (but often overlooked) issue -- the power of sound, words, our voice. It is filled with wit, wisdom, and heart. As someone who used to stutter and is challenged to find my voice and convey my message, I am so moved with what she has done here. She has opened up the beauty of our voice, and placed it in a far broader perspective, that of the spiritual. Many do not realize the link between sound and Spirit, and Ciesco does that superbly. She writes, "Are we in harmony with the Great Sound? Do we breed forgiveness or hatred with the words we speak? Do we give form to self-pity and blame or to maturity and wisdom? Do we relinquish our masterpiece to our reasoning minds, ignoring the awkward thud that deflates our spirit? Do we allow the voices of others to influence our melody with fear or with hope? What are the consequences to our choices? Someone is always listening. What are you saying?"

The book is fiction and kind of reminiscent of Richard Bach's Illusions, which is also about an eccentric mentor and filled with deep truth. As I was reading it, I found myself trying out the experiences of the central character, as if the book was a non-fiction manual. I love the idea that "language is a form of food and that we're feeding all day long, every day of the week." This book has really opened my eyes to the effect that sound has in my environment, even the sound of my own thoughts, and on my experience of reality. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Walk with the Goddess of Sound January 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
This author presents a magical story, with a lively goddess, the Unknown Mother, Matrina. She shows up to teach a vocalist (and the reader) about the power of sound. She details many facts about the energy of the throat chakra, as well as the energy of letters, words, and our unique, individual voices. More importantly, Matrina, the servant of Sacred Sound, challenges each of us to grow in our awareness of the spiritual impact of every utterance we make.
In addition to this delightful goddess scenario, there are many practical tips and exercises for one to better utilize this healing modality. The benefits of chanting, toning and using our own inner knowing are simply amazing - not to mention the power in silence. One sentence at the end of the book sums it up for me: "Sound is a palace in which God resides." Wow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Wisdom of Listening to your WORDS February 14, 2013
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The next book in my eclectic pile was by a local author, Dielle Ciesco. I actually had the opportunity to read a preliminary chapter of The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound and anxiously awaited the opportunity to read the entire book. Oh, the amazing lessons it holds and the perfect timing in our universe for its release. As we turned into 2013, we walked fully into the consciousness of communication and the importance of hearing the words we speak every day, in all situations, to everyone we come in contact with.

As we follow Spiritual Guide Matrina leads Ciesco, our story teller and at times reluctant and rebellious student, through a new consciousness of our words and all vocal sounds we utter, in addition to listening to the sounds of the world around us. This title, sat me up a bit straighter in listening to my personal vocabulary, causing me to tune in with a new ear. As the tale brings to light, "...there's no single correct method that's right all the time. The `best' method is the one that honors your intuition." My intuition has been to walk as gently as I can on Earth Mother, honoring all that I come in contact with and be positive and gentle to the extent I can without dishonoring my core. I look more closely and that core these days. "The mother explained to her open-mouthed daughter that the voice is known as Echo, but truly it is the Voice of life. `Life is a mirror of our thoughts words and deeds. If you want to have a friend, be one. If you want compassion, give it. If you desire others to be patient and respectful of you, give your patience and respect to them. This is the law.'"

As soon as I finished reading my copy, I purchased five more to gift to friends!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Journey June 19, 2013
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This book was fascinating. I had no idea there was so much to know and glean from sound.
Dielle takes us on a journey guided by the all-knowing Matrina, a journey to heal and to understand.
At first it's an introduction to sounds, voice and words. During the beginning of the book I found myself thinking back to the birth of my second son. I remember leaning against my bedroom wall and swaying through a contraction and making a deep, low moan. My midwife said: "That is a very helpful, healing sound." After reading The Unknown Mother, I have a much better comprehension of what she meant.
Matrina's teaching goes deeper as the book progresses and the point becomes to open up to a way of being in the world that uses our gifts help us awaken.
The format is fun: a guidebook told in novel form with clever banter woven in with life-changing lessons.
I very much enjoyed this window into Dielle's experience and wisdom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The House You Live In May 30, 2013
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"The words you speak become the house you live in."

Hafiz, the fourteenth century Persian mystic and poet spoke these words centuries ago and Dielle Ciesco illuminates them beautifully in her book, The Unknown Mother. Not only is this a wonderful book for people who use their voice as singers and vocalists, but for all of us who wish you speak our truths and find our authentic voice.

It's been said that sometimes fiction is the best way to tell the truth and Ciesco has told the truth in this imaginative novel. It moves along nicely and held my interest through to the end. I copied much of it into my journal and am utilizing many of the practices she describes for finding and authenticating my voice as a writer.

Thank you, Dielle Ciesco for adding to the great river of voices speaking truth in our troubled world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The majesty of the mystery of words
Words are wonderful things. So simple. Yet when we start to look at what words mean and how they achieve meaning, they slip into a mystery. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. C. Morison
4.0 out of 5 stars A Work of Harmony!
The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound is a timely contribution to the growing library of magical books that are being published at the moment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary M.V.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enthusiastic at all about this one.
This book, in tone and vocabulary, appears to be geared to the YA reader, especially given cultural references such as Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and Schoolhouse Rock used to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Debra S Philippon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I am still reading, but LOVING this book! Highly recommended for anyone interested in Sound Healing, singing, vocal work. Awesome!
Published 13 months ago by Shawn O. Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for finding your inner voice.
Rather than your average "How To Book," Dielle takes the reader on a journey that makes the exercises and meditations entertaining as well as worthwhile. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maewyn le Fey
5.0 out of 5 stars DEEP IMPACT
BEING A FRIEND OF THE AUTHOR, DIELLE, I NATURALLY WANTED TO READ THIS BOOK. I AM SO GLAD I DID.
HAD MY READING BEEN A RESULT OF FINDING "THE UNKNOWN MOTHER BY CHANCE, AT A... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Maya
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great and Powerful Journey to the world of sound
This is a great and powerful journey into the world of sound -- by a masterful long time practitioner of toning and voice training. Read more
Published 22 months ago by huntravel
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to savor
The Unknown Mother was my book of choice on a weekend getaway into the mountains.
I just wanted to thank-you for writing such a great book..... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Edwina Nearhood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Journey
I love this book, it takes me through so many journeys in my mind and consciousness, asking me to step deeper into Self. Read more
Published on February 19, 2013 by Gary Chambers
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More About the Author

Dielle Ciesco specializes in the transformational power of the voice to heal and connect us with our own Divinity. She is passionate about every Voice, be it the one we use everyday to communicate, the ones we hear inside our heads, the silent voice of wisdom, voices raised in song, or the ones that call us to awaken. The creator of Vocal Toning Meditation, Shamanic Voicework, and Toning for Peace, she is a featured improvisational vocalist on the TLC series with Visionary Music, creators of DNA Activation music, as well as on the Bliss of Being with Richard Shulman and the Pure Heart Ensemble. With over 18 years experience as a performer, teacher and healing facilitator, Dielle blends her experiences in vocal toning, sacred sound, meditation, Toltec & Bon shamanism, multidimensional music, Reiki Tummo, coaching, and teaching to assist clients in discovering a deeper connection to their inner truth and wisdom. She teaches workshops, writes, sings, makes art, and works one-on-one with clients. She lives in Southwest France.

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