|Hear more from this leader in feminine spirituality in this New Spirit Journal interview with Carol Ryan.|
Sara Avant Stover knows a thing or two about the Divine Feminine.
The author of The Book of SHE: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power, Stover survived bulimia, anorexia, and a cancer diagnosis on her own journey to deeply understanding the feminine soul.
Women’s struggles are the doorway to their own Heroine’s Journey, Stover said.
“Nothing is wrong with you. You’re not a failure. This is a tremendous opportunity,” she said. “I hope this book can help you understand how.”
Stover’s own struggle with an unhappy childhood and living life much faster-paced than her natural rhythm contributed to her diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer just as she was graduating from Barnard College in New York City.
Her doctor said the only thing she could do about it was come back every few months. She refused to believe him. It changed her life.
“From there something opened, a flow opened, a flow of my life, that has led me where I am today,” she said.
She ended up teaching in Thailand, meeting healers and realigning with the rhythms of nature and her female body. She learned meditation, began teaching yoga, and traveled the world leading retreats for women.
She returned to the United States seven years ago to write her first book, The Way of the Happy Woman. As she finished that book, she encountered the presence of Mary Magdalene the night before a big public-speaking presentation.
“I got into bed and turned out light and I started to hear something on the patio outside. I sensed a woman come through the window and instantaneously to be in bed with me, holding me and soothing me. Even though I had never met her before, something deep inside me knew who she was,” Stover said. “She said to me, ‘You are my daughter. You are here to do my work and I will support you.’”
Stover went on to develop a relationship with Mary Magdalene, communicating in meditation and prayer. She reconsidered her spirituality, which was based at the time on more masculine traditions.
On a silent retreat, brainstorming what would become The Book of SHE, she struggled to piece together complex elements of the story she wanted to tell. In a short meditation before bed, inspiration struck.
“I was impregnated by the book. That’s the best word I can describe it,” she recalled. “I just started sobbing with gratitude, that I was chosen to be the mother of this beautiful being. And I was also terrified. Because while my heart understood it, I also knew it was going to be a long journey to actually process that through my mind and to the page in a way other women could relate to.”
Mary Magdalene teaches modern women how to embrace their feminine power, Stover said.
“I think she’s coming back now to re-infuse this world with the sense of love as power,” Stover said, “and to show us a new path as women, where we can be really confident and competent and we can be sensual.”
For more on Stover and The Book of SHE, listen to the full interview above.
Sara Avant Stover’s The Book of SHE: Your Heroine’s Journey into the Heart of Feminine Power is now available in bookstores and Amazon.com. Sara also hosts SHE Talks, featuring interviews with women leaders on their Heroine’s Journeys.