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Body of Wisdom:
Women’s Spiritual Power and How it Serves

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A chakra in our breasts that emits spiritual nourishment into life…  a secret substance in our bodies to heal the earth… a direct connection from our wombs to the creative center of the universe….

In Body of Wisdom, Hilary Hart identifies nine hidden powers alive in women’s bodies and instincts, waiting to be used in contemporary challenges such as the creation of community, healing of the earth, and the restoration of life’s spiritual nature. Based on interviews with the world’s most visionary spiritual teachers and women’s dreams and experiences, Body of Wisdom ushers in a new spirituality in which the body and the shared body of the earth are known as a seat of mystical power and women take responsibility for spiritual work that only they can do.

With: Dorothy Atalla, Elizabeth Frediani, Sandra Ingerman, Larry Merculieff, Sobonfu Somé, Guan-Cheng Sun, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, and Pamela Wilson.

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"Hart (The Unknown She) explores how women’s bodies are uniquely spiritual vehicles. Drawing on spiritual teachers, visionaries, and healers from diverse traditions, she establishes nine spiritual abilities that are integrated into women’s bodies and energy systems: longing, appreciating beauty, synchronizing with the Earth, receiving, nourishing, purifying, recognizing life’s sacredness, knowing all life as community, and working with creative space. She argues that these “powers” lie hidden in most women, and stresses the need for women to become conscious of their powers so they can regenerate their communities. As in her previous book, Hart relies heavily on women’s mystical experiences and dreams. She grounds her work in the everyday realities of women, and is at her best when expounding on the spiritual nature of menstruating and breastfeeding. However, the book is also profoundly esoteric. Hart writes that “the Grandmothers,” a group of women who claim to serve the Divine Mother, were “willing to contribute to [her] book” and she quotes them. The arcane nature of the book won’t appeal to everyone, but students of mysticism and women seeking a more embodied spiritual practice will likely treasure it." (Apr. 26)
– Publishers Weekly

"In Body of Wisdom, Hilary Hart gathers the wisdom teachings of a diverse tribe of seers and healers, grounded by her own clear and generous voice, to guide women in reclaiming our forgotten power. At last, the ancient esoteric teachings are made available and accessible, our deepest shadow revealed to be our most radiant gift. This book is an act of peacemaking, a healing tincture for repairing the world."

— Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

"I want every woman I know and love to connect as I did with the tender and powerful message of Body of Wisdom. This is not merely a treatise about the deep and glorious possibilities of women’s spiritual nature, it is an immersion in the shared longing of our hearts. An encounter like this is both rare and completely natural. Call your women friends together and study this book with them. It is a genuine gift, and a living prayer."

— Regina Sara Ryan, Author of The Woman Awake: Feminine Wisdom for Spiritual Life

"Body of Wisdom is every bit as thoughtful, and as richly multi-layered as its title suggests.  Has it never occurred to you that longing might actually be a power? It hadn’t to me either, but now I’m a believer – a believer in Hilary Hart, in her “cloud of witnesses” (teachers, healers, shamans . . .), and in the tremendous surge of remembrance she believes is awakening now – as it absolutely must, for life depends upon it  -- in women everywhere."

— Carol Lee Flinders, Ph.D, author of At the Root of This Longing and Rebalancing the World.

"Body of Wisdom acknowledges the power of women and how we can serve each other and the world. I encourage you to read this book often and do the exercises to wake up the wisdom found within all aspects of ourselves: emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically."

— Kris Steinnes, Founder of Women of Wisdom Foundation and author of Women of Wisdom, Empowering the Dreams and Experiences of Women.

"Body of Wisdom is a must read for any woman who values and longs to embody self, earth and spirit!  It is a unique and satisfying journey, rich with poetry, meditations, exercises (not rules) and lots of spiritual guidance to help each of us evolve. Hilary Hart reminds us that women are the bearers of children, nurturers of soul, and promised guardians of the earth. We have the wisdom, energy and unique power to return wholeness, sacredness, integrity and love to all of existence."

— Joyce Kovelman PhD., author of Once Upon a Soul