The Dancing Animal Woman

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The Dancing Animal Woman
A Celebration of Life

By Anne Hillman

Anne Hillman gathers up the skeins of love and grief, the creative and the destructive, and weaves the story of a woman at the end of the twentieth century into the blazing story of the universe. We discover, along with the dancing animal woman, that we are no longer lonely: we belong: not just to our gender, our race, our nation, or any other memberships by which we define ourselves, but to life itself. This is a state of healing that the author calls integrity; and in this potentially life-altering book, we discover how our personal journeys contribute to the spectacular dance that is the evolving story of the human race.

From the Foreword by Brian Swimme:

The Dancing Animal Woman is an explicit expression of a major shift in cultural awareness. It documents the journey in consciousness that is, as the author celebrates, a shift from one form of humanity to another. Anne Hillman has become one of the primal cosmological voices of our time.


Thomas Berry, Ph.D., Author, The Dream of the Earth:

Anne Hillman evokes the mutual reverence, the mystical bonding needed between human beings and the natural world. Right on target.

Richard Moss MD., Author, The Mandala of Being, The Second Miracle, and The Black Butterfly:

Today at 30,000 feet en route to New York from Seattle, I have had a truly exhilarating encounter with Anne Hillman’s manuscript, The Dancing Animal Woman. What she says is vital stuff that we collectively must hear now and in many voices. Her voice, however, is particularly important because it is that of the mature woman, not the, voice of a scientist or politician. Her logic comes from her womb, from the children she has born, from the love she’s shared, the men she has supported and taught. It is the voice of the woman who engaged the male-oriented role demands, succeeded, lost herself and returned, scouting new territories in herself, and now, for others. Anne’s story will illumine the way for many.

Willis Harman, Ph.D., Founder, Institute of Noetic Sciences, author, Higher Creativity, Global Mind Change:
Sometimes prose is poetry. That is what I felt when reading Anne Hillman’s beautiful account of her own journey through her body to herself. It is poetry in the deeper sense of pointing to a deep knowing which cannot be directly described in words. Tagore said, “It is by merging our will with the world-dharma that we become truly free.” This is Anne’s chronicle of how she discovered that, aided by some nudging from the universe when she faltered. A deeply feminine story, it is a treasury of wisdom for man and woman alike.

M.C. Richards, Ph.D., Potter, poet, author, Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person:
Exciting. Impressive. From its opening image of the cracked seed to the emergence of the wild soul of the dancing animal woman, the whole work is an ongoing explosion, an evolving like that of the original fireball, which contained within it all that we have become. The transformation it teaches is meant to awaken and fire the energies of the reader, liberate us from cultural patterning and bring us home to our primal creativity. Anne Hillman invites us to embody more fully the nonverbal languages of body and psyche, shared with other forms of life. Personal and cosmic story, social history, poetry and dissolving time unfold before our eyes and imagination to birth a deeper belonging in the universal communion where nothing, and no one, is left out.

Matthew Fox, Ph.D., Author, The Reinvention of Work
Entering this book is an adventure in the Spirit.

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