December 2010
Volume 10 Number 12
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Sacred Heart of Mary
by Marie Summerwood

Sacred Heart of Mary
by Marie Summerwood

 

I - My Relationship with Mary

Sometimes, stories about life begin with death. Sadly, my mother lost her first child full term. She slipped and fell, started bleeding but the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck and the medical help was just not enough. Kris Galli • fine art It was a heartbreaking event in her life of
course, and on top of that, the doctors told her that her Rh negative blood might well prevent her from having any children that would survive.

So when my brother was born a year later, she was completely
thrilled. And two years later when she became pregnant again, she
prayed to Mary for a girl, promised that if she had a girl she would name her after Her.

So I was born Marie, for Mary, and my middle name is Anne for Mary’s mother. When I was confirmed, my mother encouraged me to take Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin. I will always bless my mother for starting me out with a trilogy of sacred women to help me hold my life. Of course
I noticed this trilogy not at all until the age of forty, when I began to reclaim the truth of sacredness in my life.

My mother always told me that Mary loved me. But really, i was unable
to find Mary or to exercise good ways to call Her energy to me or to
make a place for Her energy within me. The religion I grew up in said
that as a female, I had to bear some of the guilt for our having been
thrown out of the Garden of Eden.

I remember as a child how Mary was spoken of mostly as an intermediary.
I have reframed this and today believe that Mary is an intermediary
to the recognition of women’s sacredness. Through the essence of what I
call Mary, I feel a softening and an opening to wisdom about my own
sacredness. Give me sight that I may see she walks with snakes. We walk
with snakes.

In my early forties I began to encounter Mary consciously. I was
attending a workshop on death and dying at The Wise Woman Center.
During the workshop we traveled in a trance state to the doorway
between Life and Death. My experience, like many others’ in the group,
was that the doorway looked suspended, with no walls on either side.

That realization felt gloriously liberating but there was more to
discover. What an unexpected surprise to find Mary standing next to
the door in my own trance experience! In that moment I understood
that She had been watching over me my whole life, had always been
there. And that she will be there at my death. It felt downright
liberating. A few months after that I was waiting in a hospital while
my father underwent heart surgery. The family went to the hospital
chapel to wait and I silently called to Mary. I asked her to stand
with me at that doorway in case my father passed through it. It made
me feel more secure, that I could keep watch.

Since that workshop, I have come to see that Mary shows up when we call
Her. For me the most healing way to call Mary is with music. Chant
is the form I generally use, as it is simple and easy to remember.

Easy to let the repetition become a deepening meditation, wonderful to
feel the spiral move around every time the chant begins anew. For so
many years people have been singing and chanting to Mary. The
recalled energy that is Her is real. It so often feels to me that Her
response is palpable. I wrote this chant to celebrate the
conversation.

Call me everyday, Mother, call me everyday
Call me everyday, Mother, call me everyday
Call me everyday, Mother, call me everyday
Call me everyday, Mother, call me everyday
Daughter, daughter, I will call you,
Call you everyday, I will call you.
Daughter, daughter, I will call you,
Call you everyday, I will call you.

by Marie Summerwood
Women's Sacred Chants

Marie Summerwood is a voice for the earth, and for the women of the earth.

Through the Wild Heart of Mary;
Teachings of the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary and the Herbs
and Foods Associated With Them

by Gail Faith Edwards
382 pp. Softcover. Through the Wild Heart of Mary; Teachings of the 20 Mysteries of the Rosary and the Herbs and Foods Associated with Them is richly illustrated with original watercolors, drawings and photographs.

It presents a historical perspective on women's spirituality, an exploration of the roots and evolution of devotion to Mary, and a study of the herbs and foods long associated with the mysteries of the rosary. Its strong Mediterranean flair is inspired by the vibrant culture, customs and diet of the indigenous people of the Apennine mountains of Southern Italy, the author's ancestral homeland.

Price: $19.95

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MUSIC by MARIE SUMMERWOOD

Step into the River CD by Marie SummerwoodStep into the River CD
Years go by. More chants, deeper relationship with the sacred – in Her form as Isis, Medusa, Kwan Yin, Venus – nourishes me.

Chanting is a strong meditation. By myself, with others or with a CD. A wonderful practice that grounds and strengthens me. My gratitude is great. I am particularly grateful to the women of Descant of the Goddess, who gave generously of themselves and their resources to create this CD.

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Memories from the Lost Pines:A Labyrinth of Chants with Marie SummerwoodMemories from the Lost Pines
A Labyrinth of Chants with Marie Summerwood

These chants were written in Bastrop Texas at a workshop called "Chantwriting for Goddesswomen". Marie Summerwood, musical artist and teacher of women's sacred music, led the day during which each of the 14 women present wrote her own chant.

Listen to some sound clips:
Turns Again -mp3
Remember, Surrender -mp3
She Who Holds -mp3

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She Walks With Snakes - Women's Sacred Chants CDWomen's Sacred Chants - She Walks With Snakes
These chants were created to help Marie on her own journey, and to reclaim recognition of the inherent sacredness of women's powers of creation and nourishment, sexuality and old age.

Please chant with us and blessed be the lives of all women.

17 chants - 1 hour - Produced by Marie Summerwood.

Vocalists: Cherie Ackerson, Debra Lee Gertz, Lois Needham, Lisa Renaud, Carol Resnick, Radell Roberts, Marie Summerwood.

Musicians: Lisa Davis, Suzanne Jerrett, Amy Jerrett

Listen to some sound clips:
I Honor What Is Sacred -mp3
She Walks With Snakes -mp3
Open Until Then -mp3

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Its Time - Goddess Chants CD
Susun Weed's
"It's Time"

Wise Woman Center 25th Anniversary Celebration CD
featuring MARIE SUMMERWOOD & other women artists with
18 Wise Woman songs and chants
visit www.goddesschants.com to hear these songs, read lyrics, learn about the artists.

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