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Talking Story: One Woman's Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions Paperback – December 2, 2014
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“Nothing is more important for human survival than the preservation of shamanic wisdom and our turning to it for radical healing and radical inspiration. This brave, brilliantly written and exhilarating book by a gifted spiritual pioneer will show you why.”
—Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism and Radical Passion
“Marie-Rose Phan-Lê is a brilliant storyteller. Talking Story is a powerful book infused with beautiful transmissions of knowledge she received from healers around the world. It is touching how these healers trusted Marie-Rose so she could share with us what it means to be a shaman, medium, and healer.”
—Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
“Many dismiss traditional healing as being unscientific or superstitious, while others overly romanticize these healing modalities dismissing much that modern medicine has to offer. The value of Marie-Rose Phan-Lê’s perspective is that her feet are planted in both the modern and traditional worldviews. Talking Story is a wonderful bridge that spans across many cultures presenting an expanded view of healing and wellbeing.”
—Phil Borges, documentary photographer/filmmaker of Enduring Spirit, Tibet: Culture On The Edge and CRAZYWISE
“Marie-Rose Phan-Lê is a gifted writer and storyteller with inimitable style. In Talking Story she brings to life ancient cultures, traditional wisdom, and the healing arts solely to bring awareness in the hearts of all. She shows that beyond the threshold of analytical sciences is a world waiting to be explored and experienced, that we can immensely benefit from. I am sure this book will enrich many a soul seeking truth beyond the veil.”
—Baba Shuddhaanandaa Brahmachari, author of Making Your Mind Your Best
“This beautifully written, magical book is an engaging, honest and often funny recounting of the author’s epic journey to document spiritual healing traditions that are in danger of dying out of memory. The story is also an intimate one as author Marie-Rose reluctantly chooses to face her own fears and thus discovers the heart of what it truly means to be a healer, then and now.”
—Robin Rose Bennett, herbalist, author of The Gift of Healing Herbs and Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living
“Talking Story is the extraordinary journey of an unwitting heroine, whose adventure is a testament that the greatest exploration we will ever make is traversing our inner landscape. Such an expedition requires unflinching surrender and a courageous heart. Marie-Rose bravely and fiercely exemplifies both.”
—Dr. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, National Geographic Explorer and award-winning filmmaker of Then There Were None
"Phan-Lê’s prose is measured, concise, and unfussy, and she writes introspective and perceptible insights about connecting the experiences of her extraordinary journey to her ordinary life."
About the Author
MARIE-ROSE PHAN-LÊ is the founder and president of Healing Planet Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of healing and spiritual traditions through media. She is the writer, director, and producer of the award-winning documentary film Talking Story, the companion to the book.
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The author who is Vietnamese by birth, but who came to the United States when she was young, also has a gift for healing but has been unsure of her capacities. Through this journey we see her develop her gift and watch her go through some powerful experiences, some a bit scary as she did not understand what was happening to her. Each of the healers welcomed what she was trying to accomplish, thus allowing her to film, so that their traditions would be preserved for future generations. They also quite often would help her understand her gifts.
I loved in her acknowledgments the one to her mother that says: “I would like to express my love and gratitude to mom for starting me down this path of living the mundane while reaching for the heavens.” and the one to the healers: “I am forever grateful to all the healers who left us with breadcrumbs to follow and signpost to point the way home.”
This story will stick with me for a long time as will the people she encounters on this journey.
The author's emotions, and experiences are laid bare in a genuine self searching adventure which reveals her own healing talents & gifts, which have lain dormant in a state of denial & disbelief. ( sort of in the strain of Keanu "Who Me ?!?" Reeves ) Along with the LBC (Lucky Bastards' Club) they forge forward in a trek to some of the world's most remote ( & some not so much ) Areas to document healing traditions in danger of being lost forever. The "characters" are all likable & genuine & surely add to the readers' appetite for more. I have not seen the film yet, but it is surely on my list, as a visual record of the travels now seems more enticing.
My only non raving take on this book is the final "epiphany" that the author experiences. After all the years of journey to Sacred lands meeting enlightened Holy Healers, the big revelation is to not be self centered & selfish ! ?? !!! Really? While the quest, her mission is very noble, I was expecting something,.....well a little deeper. Now I can see the difficulty of a cultural transition, and some revelations & truth are in fact many times simple, and hidden from our observation & grasp, deafened by the perpetual cacophony around us, & in our heads. When that clears there is certainly something more.
Over all this is a very enjoyable read & adventure, & the author displays great courage & strength, and the true value of her work is immeasurable !!! "Talking Story" is a masterpiece of adventure, self discovery & enlightenment !! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!
The author has a wonderful way of getting to the sweetness in the people she encounters. What a gift!
Marie-Rose Phan-Le, thank you for sharing your amazing journey!