I'm reading Joan Tollifson's books in date order – just take a look at the reviews!

I’m reading Joan’s books in date order – just take a look at the reviews they got by clicking on these links;

http://www.joantollifson.com/book-nothing-to-grasp.html (2012)

http://www.joantollifson.com/book-painting-the-sidewalk-with-water.html (2010)

http://www.joantollifson.com/book-awake-in-the-heartland.html (2003)

http://www.joantollifson.com/books-bare-bones-meditation.html (1996)

Joan is the author of 
1 Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life (1996), 
2 Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is (2003),
3 Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality (2010),
4 Nothing to Grasp (2012).

A fifth book that explores aging, dying and waking up is in the works and will hopefully be finished and available one day soon.

How do these 3 speak to each other – The Maid of Heaven, The Return of the Feminine & Mythos & Logos

How and in what ways do these three speak to each other;

1 Karen Armstrong’ writing and videos on ‘Mythos & Logos’

2 Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s – ‘The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul’

Chapter One of ‘The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul’ by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is HERE – https://goldensufi.org/book_toc_chap_feminine.html

There is also an excerpt from the final chapter of the book, “Working with Oneness” The Contribution of the Feminine by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee – HERE – http://www.workingwithoneness.org/articles/working-oneness

3 Baha’i writings on The Divine Feminine and on ‘The Maid of Heaven’.

A whole list of resources is HERE – http://bahai-library.com/search/?gq=maid+o+heaven&sa=+Go+

You might like to make a first inroad with ‘Female Representations of the Holy Spirit in Bahá’í and Christian writings and their implications for gender roles’ – by Lil Abdo Osborn – HERE – http://bahai-library.com/abdo_female_holy-spirit

NB This post is presented as a question because it is quite a big project – you can make a start if you want by looking at the three sets of resources as listed above!


‘The Return of the Feminine and the World Soul’ on Amazon –

Toni Packer, Joan Tollifson’s teacher – some short extracts, reviews and quotes

See HERE for excerpts & reviews re Toni Packer, Joan Tollifson’s teacher –


Awareness cannot be taught, and when it is present it has no context. All contexts are created by thought and are therefore corruptible by thought. Awareness simply throws light on what is, without any separation whatsoever.


Life is a vast, unknowable movement of wholeness with no one separate from it and nothing outside of it.


Sitting quietly, doing nothing, not knowing what is next and not concerned with what was or what may be next, a new mind is operating that is not connected with the conditioned past and yet perceives and understands the whole mechanism of conditioning. It is the unmasking of the self that is nothing but masks – images, memories of past experiences, fears, hopes, and the ceaseless demand to be something or become somebody.


The emergence and blossoming of understanding, love, and intelligence has nothing to do with any tradition, no matter how ancient or impressive-it has nothing to do with time. It happens on its own when a human being questions, wonders, inquires, listens, and looks without getting stuck in fear, pleasure, and pain. When self-concern is quiet, in abeyance, heaven and earth are open.


What are we when there is no one doing anything, no one attaining anything, no place to go? There is no place to go. The whole foundation is already here in each one of us. It is the same in all of us. There is only one foundation, which is presence, wholeness, boundless love.


We are human beings, not ‘students’ and ‘teacher,’ coming together and questioning, looking together, not having made up our minds about what we’re looking at, but starting afresh.


In truth we are not separate from each other or from the world, from the whole earth, the sun or moon or billions of stars, not separate from the entire universe. Listening silently in quiet wonderment, without knowing anything, there is just one mysteriously palpitating aliveness.


The solution of the problem lies in seeing it—in the seeing, without wanting a solution, or dissolution—just seeing what’s there. . . .


The ‘Oscars’ for spiritually literate films (movies) by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

The ‘Spirituality & Practice’ site created by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat is a great site for looking at reviews of books and films/movies and the Arts.

Their ‘Oscars’ for 2015-6