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From Now to Now Paperback – March 18, 2011
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"Endearing, sensitive and precious, this book will open eyes, and tear asunder illusions." --Dr. Zaida Rivene, Naturopathic Physician
"A jewel of a book - a gift to the world. When I read From Now to Now, I couldn't put the book down. This journey from the desperation of war-time Germany, and the beginning of a young girl's harsh indoctrination into patriarchy, through the seeking-sixties, spiritual questing and personal transformation, leads to the author's arrival as a talented artist and teacher of a wisdom born of deep experience. As much as this is a magnificent telling of life richly explored, it is even more a valuable historical document, and a philosophical treatise capturing the essence of the convergence of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions." --Julianne Murray, Ph.D., Communications Professor, Oregon Institute of Technology
"Contact with Marlis, in person or through her art or literary works is expanding for everyone, and very healing for many." --Leonard Orr, Founder of the Rebirthing Movement
"Marlis is a very talented woman who walks her own path in her own unique way, challenging the rules as she goes!" --Amorah Quan Yin, Founder of Pleiadian Lightwork - Dolphin Star Temple
"Marlis' art brings life and zest into my home - a reflection of the amazing person she is." --Eric Berglund, International Recording Artist and Healer
About the Author
Marlis Jermutus, also known simply as Ma (short for Malerin, the German word for painter), was born in the West German town of Wesel in 1942. She began her professional career as an artist in 1970. Marlis began an artistic journey shared by her contemporaries, German artists Rigo and her neighbor in the Neiderrhein region, Joseph Beuys. These artists chose to transform the experience of the suffering and oppression of war through the healing freedom of artistic expression. Beuys believed there was a "science of freedom" in art. Marlis sought that science through a combination of Eastern art and philosophy, and in new writings in Western thought, especially the work of physicist and systems theorist Fritjof Capra. Marlis developed an artistic style that succeeds in expressing her intuitive inner vision in a form once described by a reviewer as "Calligraphic Landscapes." Marlis was a founding member of Germany's national artist's union BBK (Niederrhein 1971) and the artist's collective Kuenstlergruppe Egal (Berlin 1987). She was the artistic director for the five day World Religion Festival commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, The Power of Vision (Berlin-Potsdam 1991). Since 1970, she has exhibited her paintings in Europe and America. Marlis also plays tamboura for the music group Starseed.
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It takes courage and compassion not only to live such a life, but to share it so openly with the world at large. Because of the tremendous challenges many people are facing now, those who have already found a way to navigate the rapids of privation, abuse, imprisonment, sexuality, relationship, and continuous change are like scouts letting us know it can be done. Marlis demonstrates, through her ability to live in the moment, that we can safely plunge into life, embracing whatever it may bring us. What it takes, her story shows, is an unremitting commitment to love, creativity and freedom.
I highly recommend this book as an inside look at the life and times of a spiritual and cultural pioneer.
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For people who are interested in the german dilema, the german bravery; the read is educational and entertaining.
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After reading it the third time I am still surprised about how much i can still learn of the book! A must read for everyone.