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Falling Out of Grace: Meditations on loss, healing and wisdom

“Falling Out of Grace received a quality paperback and the 2004 best book review from the American bookseller association.”

When African spiritual teacher Sobonfu Some underwent a major transformation in her life, the widely respected mentor found herself “fallen out of grace” with her family, students, and community. In an effort to understand this situation, her students more than ever became her teachers. And through them, she learned that losses and failures are a natural, even necessary, part of being human.

Some brings this universal law to her third book, where she addresses ways to respond to disappointment in oneself and others with strength, creativity, and faith. Focusing on seven principal arenas of life – romantic, spiritual, familial, professional, political, communal, and mortal – she describes how individuals can approach and respond to inherent challenges in each.

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The Spirit of Intimacy: Ancient African Teachings in the Ways of Relationships

Sobonfu generously applies the subtle knowledge from her West African culture to this one. Simply and beautifully, she reveals the role of spirit in every marriage, friendship, relationship, and community. She shares ancient ways to make our intimate lives more fulfilling and secure and offers powerful insights into the “illusion of romance,” divorce, and loss.

Her important and fascinating lessons from the heart include the sacred meaning of pleasure, preparing a ritual space for intimacy, and the connection between sex and spirituality. Her ideas are intuitively persuasive, provocative, and healing–and supported by sound practical advice, along with specific rituals and ceremonies based on those used for thousands of years.

With this book, the spiritual insights of indigenous Africa take their place alongside those of native America, ancient Europe, and Asia as important influences on Western readers.

This book has been translated into German, Swedish, French and Portuguese.
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Welcoming Spirit Home: Ancient African Teachings to Celebrate Children and Community

In this elegantly packaged book, Sobonfu Somé shows how today’s parents can learn from the Dagara tribe’s teachings and explains why children are considered the soul of every Dagara village. And how each child, in the African view of things, is valuable and irreplaceable. Along with elders, they are the VIPs of tribal life.

In order to illustrate just what this means, Somé outlines nine rituals connected with the incoming soul of a child enacted during preconception, pregnancy, the birth process, and afterwards. These rituals accent the child’s purpose and his or her meaningful role in the context of the community.

After reading Welcoming Spirit Home, you’ll want to give more attention and intention to the celebration of your children’s birth, growth, and role in the larger community. Ritual, on these pages, is the sacred path to what Somé calls “continuous prayer.”

“This is a teacher who can help us put together so many things that our modern Western World has broken,” — Alice Walker, Author of The Color Purple.
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Women’s Wisdom From the Heart Of Africa

For the first time, Sobonfu shares the essential principles and practices of African feminine wisdom in a complete audio learning course.

In 12 intimate sessions, listeners will learn universally applicable teachings to claim their unique gift; engage their dreams; honor transitions; reclaim their ancestral lineage; identify power places in nature & in their body; & open the gateways to intimacy.

Highlights include:

• 7 hours of rituals, reflection, and stories to immerse yourself in the traditions of the Dagara tribe and expand any spiritual practice.
• Use ritual to discover “power places” in nature—and in your body
• Form a council of women to initiate growth and change in your community
• Leadership as seen through the eyes of Dagara women: a different way of using your power
• How to create a shrine in your home to call in the divine
• Your unfiltered intuition: a guide you can always trust
• Call in the “spirits of the elements” to create balance and harmony
• Reclaim your ancestral lineage to learn who you are and what are your greatest strengths
• How to use grief and mourning to restore, renew, & regenerate your spirit.

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What Babies Want DVD

What Babies Want – Award Winning Documentary

What Babies Want is an award winning documentary film (DVD, 58 minutes) that explores the profoundly important and sacred opportunity we have in bringing children into the world.

Filled with captivating stories and infused with Noah Wyle’s warmth as narrator, the film demonstrates how life patterns are established at birth and before. The documentary includes groundbreaking information on early development as well as appearances by the real experts: babies and families.
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