By Suzanne Zahrt Murphy.
Review of A Book of Ceremonies and Spiritual Energies
Thereof by MariJo Moore (rENEGADE pLANETS pUBLISHING, 2012). by Suzanne Zahrt Murphy
In a land
that cherishes “big,” we could be fooled to think that the slenderness of this
book, written by a woman who is Cherokee, Dutch, and Irish, about personal
spiritual ceremonies, is of minor significance.
In fact, it
is quite significant. MariJo has identified a need, and, with much concern and
wisdom and energy, she has brought forth this little book with the blessing of
the late Vine Deloria Jr., and others who have followed her work. She tells us
why we need ceremony:
Ceremony is a necessary act to obtain or regain balance
with the Spiritual Energies of the universe. The purpose of ceremony is to
integrate: to merge one with all of humankind as well as the realm of the
ancestors, to blend one with all of creation.”
Moore's work has always had a spiritual source. Her first books, centered upon
nature, gave us small yet powerful inspiration found from her visits to the
desert, her kinship with crows, her relationship to trees. In these books, her
Native American ancestry and knowledge of the circle of life reminds us to accept
all creatures, and that we are only a part of the totality of life.
relationship to our spirituality is an always present theme in all of her work,
Woman with Backward Eyes –
a book of short stories; The Diamond Doorknob,
in which a mixed blood woman discovers her need to develop and love herself
before she can accept the love of others . . . . See the rest of this review at this link:
Suzanne Zahrt Murphy is a writer, artist, and nurse
educator. She is of Cherokee, German, Swedish and Scottish heritage and resides
in Albuquerque, NM. Her forthcoming book is titled As
We Tumble on Your Plain.