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women as healers, voices of vibrancy, being of service, emancipate women, empowering women, gifted healers, help heal the world, leaving your legacy, make your dreams come true, making a difference, women’s leadershipWomen as Healers: Voices of Vibrancy is Tami Briggs’ newest book. From Nebraska to the Netherlands, India to Iran, and Serbia to South Carolina (and many other U.S. states), the 31 women featured are all gifted healers. As they share their stories, they give us many insights on how to help heal the world. Some work for corporations and institutions; many of them are self-employed. They are from all walks of life, doing extraordinary things to help make our world a better place. In this book you will read about life-changing experiences from authors, artists, consultants, nurses, educators, leaders, and therapists – creators all.

Many of the contributing authors have suffered great tragedies and losses, yet they demonstrate to all of us resiliency and great strength. They are pioneers – powerful, spiritual and spirited. You will likely see yourself in many of these women’s heart-warming and touching stories. As they reflect on and share their journeys of healing, they model taking risks, beating the odds, being of great service, making significant differences in the world, and living their passions.

You will find these 31 vibrant women remarkable – truly inspirational, motivational, and encouraging. Both men and women have much to learn from them! They epitomize community and a strong support network, as they teach us about connecting – to our own hearts and to each other. They hold nothing back as they leave their beautiful legacies and exemplify this for you. The women in this book have found their voices of vibrancy and they invite you to do the same … it is time!

A CD of Tami’s solo harp compositions is included so you can relax as you read the book.

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  • Surrounded by Angels (4:08)
  • Reflections (6:32)

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What readers of Women as Healers have said…

“Each of these women has expressed beautifully their healing journeys. It gave me ideas on how to live my passion.”

“This is such an inspirational book and each story is so profound. Thank you for sharing it with the world – it is just what we need at this time.”

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Jackie Levin from Minneapolis, MN

I was on the bus from San Francisco heading north to Sebastopol, California, to the third of four retreats for the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) Co-Active Leadership Program. I was intently reading the assignment sheet describing the requirement for our final project.

“Look into the space of your community and your life and ask, “What’s missing? What is it that your heart cries out to contribute? What is the difference that you have been longing to make, the thing that you have been tolerating in the world?”

My heart fluttered as I realized my tentative plan was not “right.” I sighed, asking myself, “Now what?” My soul answered: “Jackie, you are here to help mentor the spirit and capability of African American boys.” Time … and my body … froze as I processed once again the whisper that came from somewhere deep inside. A flash of a second later I heard another voice (the “Hater”) and felt a foreboding presence that shouted: “Who do you think you are? YOU, a middle-aged, middle class white woman, have no right or ability to do this! You have absolutely no experience with urban youth. You are crazy to even imagine it!”

I felt paralyzed and breathless, yet a moment later I somehow, somewhere found the courage to stand strong and hear my truth:

“I am a visionary, a possibility thinker and a champion of the human spirit. That I know! That I can trust no matter what the circumstance!”

Deep down, I knew that healing comes when we are clear about who we are and can give our gifts freely. In that space, I connected with my calling, my soul’s work, and life purpose: To be who I AM, and do what I love in the place I belong. I realized that part of my journey was to inspire others to do the same.

During that third Leadership retreat, I created a vision for my final project – Project M.

Marlou Elsen from the Netherlands

“I lived the life that my mother lived and her mother lived.

Men made all the decisions.

We women counted for nothing.

No one ever called me by name.

I had been a daughter, a sister, a wife.

If someone came to the door and the men were away I said:

Nobody is home.”

This quote by a woman in India is a huge inspiration to me on how I want to live in my full power, including being involved in meaningful work where I make a difference.

At one point in my childhood in the Netherlands, I lived at a Catholic boarding school led by nuns. My father was the mayor in my home village. As a child, outside my home and at the boarding school, I was the daughter of the mayor, not “Marlou.” I was rebellious and searched for ways to follow my destiny instead of following the rules and regulations.

My mother has been an example and a model for me. When she was young, she could not attend high school; her father did not permit her to go because only boys were allowed to go to that school. She was meant to live her life as wife and mother. But that was not enough for her, so she studied at a later age. Eventually – married to my father and the mother of four children – she broke the social codes and accepted a job as a social worker.

The boarding school I attended was for girls only. The school system made me feel insecure, and I was unaware of my own potential. It took me a long time to realize I was smart!

Andrea Romeiser from the Ozarks, Missouri

What a journey this cancer experience has been! In total, I had 10 surgeries in 2 ½ years. During that time, I also experienced the loss of all my grandparents, my father’s heart attack and two strokes, and marriage counseling. Best of all, since my diagnosis, I have celebrated each daughter’s birthday six more times.

I was cured of cancer when all of it was finally removed, but I continue to heal. I have lost several friends to cancer and have more friends with a new diagnosis of cancer. One in three people will be affected by some type of cancer.

For this reason, I have been involved with Relay for Life (www.cancer.org). The Relay for Life celebrates those who have won the fight, remembers those who have lost the fight, and energizes us all to continue to fight back for our children’s future. The goal is that someday we will no longer have the word “cancer” in our vocabulary!

I helped initiate a Relay in my small hometown/county in rural Kansas (Rush County, population 3,600). We hold the 12-hour event from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. (this timing symbolizes the long night of the cancer journey). Teams “hold vigil” around-the-clock and around the track with 3,500 luminaries lighting the path in honor and in memory of those who have fought the fight against cancer. In 2008, Rush County was #10 in the United States in money raised per capita. In June, 2009, we raised almost $69,000; this was $15,650 more than in 2008! This is an example of the wonderful support and great love I have felt from this community. While small in population, Rush County is mighty in the fight against cancer!

Connie Fenty from Philadelphia, PA

The lives of Nancy and Arlene, though brief and troubled, became an inspiration for Carol to create a Healing Garden at the Bucks County Women’s Recovery center. The center is a residential facility providing services and housing for women who are committed to turning away from drugs and alcohol. While Nancy and Arlene had been residents there, Carol had grown fond of them and was saddened to hear that each had succumbed to their disease of addiction after leaving the safe shelter of the center.

Carol felt it was important to have a caring tribute present for the two women who struggled unsuccessfully to stay on the path of sobriety. She remembered that each had had a passion. One was an avid gardener and the other one had a walking practice. Carol decided that a labyrinth would be a perfect memorial to them, as well as providing a meditative and healing pathway for the center’s current residents.

At our first meeting, Carol and the residents decided the pattern best suited to their purposes was that of the Heart-Shaped Healing Labyrinth. On a Saturday morning a few weeks later, we had a busy workday and completed a template of the labyrinth by attaching rope to the ground with roofing nails, a sort of acupuncture for the earth. Pride was evident in the faces of the residents whose hands-on involvement had cooperatively created the special sacred space.

Collective awe was present as we ceremonially opened the labyrinth and were led in by the senior resident carrying a candle. The newest resident entered last carrying a Twelve Step book and reading from it when all had gathered in the center. Tears flowed when one of us noted that we totaled 12 women standing there in the middle of the concentric hearts of the labyrinth.

Those courageous women, each committed to healing her life, continued to work together during the next weeks to replace the rope lines with bricks and add plants, hand-made tiles, and sitting benches to their garden. They finished just in time for a public dedication.

On a cool and breezy summer evening, over forty people attended the event and walked the labyrinth. It was a tribute to its creators. When it was time to go, I was about to blow out the candle at the entrance in its crystal holder when I noticed there were two flames inside glowing side by side.

As we viewed what appeared to be a miracle, I heard Carol state from a deep well of knowing, “Nancy and Arlene are at peace.”

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Table of Contents



Introduction – Women as Healers Tami Briggs
A Spiritual Awakening in Nursing Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis
The Sacred Wheel of Peace® … A Place to Begin Eleanor Wiley
Dementia Care – A Journey from Pain to Passion Judy Berry
Heart-Shaped Healing Connie Fenty
Abide with Me Linda Rock
Every Ending has a Beginning Janie Delaney
Cooking up a Cure for Breast Cancer Andrea Romeiser
It’s All About Love Melinda Graham
Healing … the Most Natural Thing on Earth Carien Everwijn
Answering the Door When Death Delivered an
Ann Leach
The Worst and Best Week of My Life Jean Morrison
From Paper Nursing Cap to Gold Tassel Mortar Board Jamie Spikes
Stages of Life Marea Whitaker Bishop
Community is a Precious Gift Mary Leuci
Wisdom Comes in Small Packages Barb Schommer
A Chinese Lesson in Global Healing Mary Beth Lamb
Here Comes That Negro Doctor! Shashi Sharma
Love within Life Connie Nelson Ahlberg
Three Angels on a T-Shirt Cindy Bultena
Beauty with a Purpose Kay Casperson
Keeping the Watch: the Life of a Hospital Chaplain Helen O’Brien
Living in My Full Power Marlou Elsen
The Green Robe Mary Gish
The Noble Face of Caregiving Kari Berit
Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in Corporate America Mary Beth Schommer
Lavender and Daisies Cathi Lammert
From Obedient Employee to Empowered Entrepreneur Vera Knezevic
Project M: Daring to Dream … Making it Happen! Jackie Levin
A Journey of Gratitude Barb Schroeder
A Faith Break Rusty McDermott
Daughter of Royalty Kian Dwyer
Conclusion – Voices of Vibrancy Tami Briggs

Women as Healers

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