She Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine Soul by Erica RossShe Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine Soul by Erica Ross

She Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine Soul

byErica Ross

Paperback | September 22, 2018

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She Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine Soul

She Reflects is a love letter and a call to action to anyone identifying with, or wishing to know, the feminine soul, to live life with more curiosity, creativity, compassion and courage. The author, Erica Ross, a dancer, artist, DJ and teacher who has followed her wild heart, creative impulses and freedom-loving spirit around the globe since the early 70s, invites us to journey through eight turns of a sacred spiral - a transformative and healing process of softening, listening, daring, shedding and celebrating. At each turn, Erica reflects on her own life and asks us to do the same through her personal stories (from the Hippie Trail of the 70s, to NYC’s early disco/house scene, to the magic of Bali in the 80s, to the present) reflections, best practices, goddess mythology, original artwork and music playlists (hosted at www.EricaRoss.com/playlists). The book, along with its accompanying She Reflects Journal & Colouring Book, is what Erica calls “living proof that pain, loss and vulnerability can (and will) be transformed into art, creativity and healing.”

The Eight Turns are:

  • Listen
  • Follow Your Impulse  
  • The Partner Dance  
  • Collective Joy  
  • The Magic of Letting Go  
  • Touch the Wild
  • Return to Self  
  • Share Your Light  

“Part adventure tale, part guidebook, part meandering jazz that takes us where we need to go, She Reflects mirrors the lightness and darkness of being human. Drawing on her own experience as dancer, teacher, and an embodiment of the Sacred Feminine, Erica Ross invites us to live it all: the mess and the magnificence; the poetry and the power; the stillness and the dance.” - Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House, author of the bestseller, The Invitation

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Cover Art/Design & Graphics/Photographs: Erica Ross

Distribution: www.ericaross.com and all major online distributors

Published by: In Our Words Inc.

Author photo credit: Vanya Laporte

 

ISBN: 978-1-926926-95-7   She Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine Soul (pbk)

ISBN: 978-1-926926-97-1   She Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine Soul (ebook)

 

Bio:

Erica Ross is a left-handed extrovert, wanderer, and lover and maker of beautiful things and sacred spaces. Growing up in a home of dance, art, love and activism, and with over 40 years in the creative, healing and spiritual arts, Erica offers the wisdom of her life experience as a dancer, artist, DJ, group facilitator, trainer and mother. Erica has followed her wild heart, creative impulses and freedom-loving spirit around the globe since the early 70s, making homes in Canada, the USA, Indonesia and Wales. For the last 20 years she’s dedicated herself to the liberation and healing of the feminine soul; to come home to, and fall in love with, ourselves and each other through her award-winning practice, Dance Our Way Home, plus her facilitator and expressive arts trainings, workshops, retreats and programs (locally, internationally and virtually). Dance Our Way Home is a magical brew of ecstatic dance and sisterhood rooted in divine feminine and earth-based spirituality and teachings, love and creativity.

Erica is the mother of a grown daughter, and lives with her partner in Toronto where she creates art. Wherever she is, Erica finds magic and friends, sees life as a sacred experiment, and practices keeping her heart open, regardless. This is her first book.

Erica Ross is a left-handed extrovert, wanderer, and lover and maker of beautiful things and sacred spaces. Growing up in a home of dance, art, love and activism, and with over 40 years in the creative, healing and spiritual arts, Erica offers the wisdom of her life experience as a dancer, artist, DJ, group facilitator, trainer and mot...
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Title:She Reflects: A Spiral Journey for the Feminine SoulFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 22, 2018Publisher:ConsignmentLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926926951

ISBN - 13:9781926926957

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Inspiration She Reflects is a beautiful creation that tells the story of Erica Ross, intertwined with thoughtful exercises to help the reader connect with their feminine soul in deepening spiral phases. You can feel the radiance of Erica's soul and she helps you find it within yourself. I met Erica in 2014. Prior to this book's creation, or perhaps while it was quietly churning within her, Erica visited me in my dreams a number of times offering counsel, rescue and support - always in a role of uplifting guidance. She Reflects is a must-read for anyone ready for guidance in connecting deeper with their soul.
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not giving this away now! Well in full confession, I bought this wonderful book for a gift for a dear friend and in diving into it over a cup of tea I decided to keep it for myself! Taking time to pause and reflect with Erica's targeted questions and stories is a real treat. A gift we all need.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect guidebook for your inner wisdom As women in this society, we are taught to disown and ignore our inner desires and wisdom. It takes a lifetime of unlearning to find that place within us that holds the answers, that provides that which we most need to live our lives fulfilled and in service as we are meant to be. Erica Ross's book serves as the perfect guide to find our way back to our inner wisdom. It is perfect for women of all ages and all walks of life. It weaves together adventures, teachings, goddess mythology, playlists, art and practices, designed to be used alone or with the She Reflects Journal & Colouring Book. I found this book inspiring, uplifting, and a place where I can rest and reclaim my feminine nature. Highly recommend to any woman looking for more creativity, freedom and ease in her life.
Date published: 2019-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Speaks to my own journey As a woman whose life has also followed the Spiral Path rather than a linear one Erica's book is so validating, uplifting and inspiring! I love the multi-dimensional aspects of the book from the storytelling to the daily practices to the playlists to the illustrations! There is so much to this book to LOVE!
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Erica shares her enlightened wisdom Clearly written from a place of compassion, She Reflects embraces everyone, at once inspiring and encouraging us to be the best we can be. I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. In the sacred context which Erica presents her wisdom, empowerment of the feminine principle can only be a good thing. I found I had to bring some creative imagining to some parts, such as listening to my yoni. Listening for signs and synchronicities was highly relatable for me. And it was great fun reading out loud to my partner Erica’s naked accounts of her fascinating adventures. Her courage and love is contagious.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiration for the Heart & Soul Erica Ross is a unique journeyer, creator, mother, friend, partner, dancer, author, and lover of life. She has distilled her 60+ years of love wisdom into this astounding book and its companion colouring book. Erica carefully and compellingly weaves stories about her life, goddess mythology, dance exercises, self reflective exercises, wonderful music playlists, images and insight into this delicious and heartful read. She shows in the most Erica way how following one's own prompts, intuition, and path leads us to the rich garden of our highest humanity.
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A soul journey Erica is a gifted and inspiring guide on the journey into the feminine soul. I am only part way into She Reflects and I'm hooked! Following the journal exercises, with a cup of tea at hand, I feel my heart opening, making discoveries about my authentic self that I had kept hidden away for years. I am blossoming. Thank you, Erica!!
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A riveting companion for my feminine soul! Brava Erica! Your sacred brew of wild and tender stories, reflections and practices, mixed with your exquisite artwork and oh so amazing dance sets, is a riveting companion for my feminine soul to keep returning to again and again!
Date published: 2019-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Juicy! She Reflects is full of fabulous resources and beautiful practices based on Erica’s many years of experience in the creative, healing and spiritual arts. It invites curiosity, courage, compassion, creativity, self-love and self-care. I LOVE the work that Erica shares with the world. This book is full of beauty and inspiration!
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! A wonderful part memoir and part workbook, a beautiful creative way to learn and remember who we are as women. Loved the practices and stories shared, thank you Erica for putting this out in the world for women to get back to themselves!
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A magical journey! I love this book! Only part way through "She Reflects" and I'm hooked! With Erica's guidance I'm going deep into myself, to a place of soul, discovering unrecognized qualities and the courage to reclaim them. I am blossoming. I feel validated and loved. Thank you, Erica!
Date published: 2019-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So many great stories, so many helpful practices Erica Ross is a living, breathing heart chakra. Her book She Reflects features over 60 practices, stories and experiences based on a lifetime in the creative, healing and spiritual arts. She even includes playlists! Her adventurous life as a dancer, DJ, artist, world traveller, group facilitator and mother spill out on the pages as wisdom gained and shared for our benefit. Designed to awaken curiosity, courage, compassion, creativity, self-love and self-care, this book is clearly a gift of love to all of us. A ray of sunshine on a dark day, it's my spiritual caffeine.
Date published: 2019-03-15

Table of Contents

Homage to Mariam   /   8

Introduction   /   12

Playlists: Uzume   /   20              

Amaterasu   /   21  

First Turn: Listen   /   23

  • Story: Soul Speaks   /   24
  • Reflections   /   29
  • Practices:   /   32 - 55  
  • Playlist: Slow Dance   /   56

Second Turn: Follow Your Impulse   /   57 

  • Story: Part 1. Mr. Pudding Shop   /  58, Part 2. Burkas, Barbers and Borders   /  67
  • Reflections   /   71
  • Practices:   /   73 - 93  
  • Playlist: Follow Your Impulse   /   94

Third Turn: The Partner Dance   /   95

  • Story: Part 1. The Set Up   /  96, Part 2. The Dance   /  102, Part 3. The Healing   /  109
  • Reflections   /   112
  • Practices:   /   115 - 143
  • Playlists: Opening to Love   /  144  &  Partner Dance   /  145  &  Moving On   /  146

Fourth Turn: Collective Joy   /   147      

  • Story: Saturday Night Fever   /   148
  • Reflections   /   152
  • Practices:   /   155 - 171  
  • Playlist: Collective Joy   /   172

Fifth Turn: The Magic of Letting Go   /   173

  • Story: Mama Ocean   /   174
  • Reflections   /   180
  • Practices:   /   183 - 198  
  • Playlist: Shake it Loose   /   199

Sixth Turn: Touch the Wild   /    201

  • Story: Spreading My Wings   /   202
  • Reflections   /   208
  • Practices:   /   212 - 234
  • Playlist: Touch the Wild   /   235

Seventh Turn: Return to Self   /   237  

  • Story: Into the Soup   /  238
  • Reflections   /   243
  • Practices:   /   246 - 266
  • Playlist: Return to Love   /   267

Eighth Turn: Share Your Light   /   269  

  • Story: She is My Prayer   /   270
  • Reflections   /   276
  • Practices:   /   278 - 295
  • Playlist: Share Your Light   /   296

Epilogue: Holding it All   /   297 

Playlist: Holding it All   /   300

Index of Practices   /   301  

Other Women’s Voices   /   303 

In Praise of Juli   /   305

More Gratitude   /   306   

About the Author   /   307 

Editorial Reviews

“Part adventure tale, part guidebook, part meandering jazz that takes us where we need to go, She Reflects mirrors the lightness and darkness of being human. Drawing on her own experience as dancer, teacher, and an embodiment of the Sacred Feminine, Erica Ross invites us to live it all: the mess and the magnificence; the poetry and the power; the stillness and the dance.” - Oriah "Mountain Dreamer" House, author of the bestseller, The Invitation “She Reflects is a gift from a wise woman who has journeyed into the depths of her own soul and across the globe. Offered with a rare and warm kindness, Erica masterfully weaves memoir with inclusive resources, practices and stunning artwork as a mythological and practical road map to evoke the creative feminine (a source of love and nurturance for all, regardless of gender or sex) and expand our capacity to reflect, heal and be clear mirrors for others.” - Nan Keyser, Psychotherapist and Co-Creatrix of Dance Our Way Home “Brava, Erica! Your sacred brew of wild and tender stories, reflections and practices, mixed with your exquisite artwork and oh so amazing dance sets, is a riveting companion for my feminine soul to keep returning to again and again.” - Deborah Brodey, Sound Healer / Yoga Teacher, Creatrix of Radical Nourishment “I’ve already reserved a spot for this book in my collection of top 5 resources. Erica’s offerings are tried, tested and true. I completely recommend diving in! May this book move and inspire your heart, body and soul to further explore, heal and transform the rich landscape of your feminine soul.” - Elisa Hatton, Life Coach / Consultant, Creatrix of Tortuga Life Coaching