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Love at Dancing Leaves: a Tantra Memoir Paperback – October 15, 2010
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About the Author
Madhuri MacCrae was born in 1952 in Southern California, and grew up in a messy, shabby house overflowing with books and children. She studied poetry and dance at UC Riverside, then at seventeen hitchhiked away - with some food stamps, her little sister, and no money - to look for a better place to be. Serendipity took her to Europe, and later her sister's invitation took her to India, where she lived for nearly thirty years. She meditated and worked at the Osho Commune in Poona, exploring life in all its extremes and vagaries, and reveling in the wild joyful dance that permeates that place. By and by she began teaching intuitive reading and dreamwork, women's groups and more...and traveled five continents to do this work. She is an intuitive jewelrywallah, artist, and indefatigable scribbler. She has been motorbiking in the Himalayas, exorcising ghosts in Hamburg and Japan, Strip-O-Gramming in California, digging house foundations in Oregon, reading chakras in the Arctic, and cooking Mexican food in London. She has had poetry and articles published in many periodicals. Her first book, Impassioned Cows by Moonlight, was published in 1974 in New York. Her second, With Open Hands: a Psychic Palmreading Workshop, was published on the internet in 2000. She lives in a not-quite-flat Midwestern state with a nice man and a very entitled old cat.
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Madhuri is exploring tantra with the most unlikely of partners, a southern man raised in the Bible belt of America. For you non Americans, this is the most rigid, stuck, blind, Christian, and intolerant area of the country. With humor and love she documents her inner journey, baring her soul through the ups and downs of a relationship and everyday life - bringing it all home to herself again and again. Using her rather phenomenal psychic gifts to explore her own interiority; Madhuri's life is her mirror.
Fun and funny, with lots of tantra insights and techniques, and wonderful recipes to boot, `Love At Dancing Leaves' is definitely a seekers guide to finding the mystery within ordinary everyday life.
He is stalwart Neil, a conservative man from Missouri, who responded to her on-line relationship search posting. They corresponded. He flew to Switzerland to meet her. They dated, and then he changed both of their lives when he took her home to Missouri. She would cook, clean, introduce him to Tantra Yoga, and get him to dance.
The main narration begins from there, along with back stories from her life to establish a context for what she is about, where she came from, and present her prodigious spiritual skills. To appreciate those skills, one has to, if needed, suspend disbelief you readers might have about Chakras, and the reading of same. She can read someone's Chakras almost as easily as one reads a menu. Once you have done that, her story proceeds seamlessly.
She explains Tantra in a way that is crystal clear and understandable, especially as it relates to the love affair that has arisen between Neil and her. She fearlessly describes intimate details of their sensuality and sexuality in their many Tantric sessions, with painstaking clarity and honesty.
Throughout the telling of the main story lines, there is a continual stream of asides, apt phrases, and wise commentary that engages me. The main thing that I have taken away from this book is how well the words are chosen to tell all the stories.
She is a great Story Teller, and that has carried me along.
Amido Goodnight, RN, BSN
It's not the kind of book I would usually read, but I am so glad I did!!