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I'm passionate about memoir writing as an agent for radical social change.
Particularly memoirs written by women.
Women's voices have been suppressed by the patriarchy for the past 4,000 years* and at this point in our planet's history—a time of global climate change, a global pandemic, and war—we are in desperate need of cultural change: it is time to swing the pendulum back towards honoring the energies of the Divine Feminine and our Mother Earth.
These are some of the themes explored in the yet-to-be published book:
THE RISING OF THE DIVINE FEMININE AND THE BUDDHIST MONKS ACROSS THE ROAD: A Memoir
(To read sample chapters of this book, and to subscribe to the Rising of the Divine Feminine Newsletter please click on the Substack link in the writing portfolio below.)
I'm also the author of The Mini Book of Mindfulness (Running Press/Hachette, 2016).
The central questions infusing my writing are:
HOW DOES ONE TRANSMUTE ADVERSITY INTO SPIRITUAL GROWTH?
HOW DOES A WOMAN LIVING IN A PATRIARCHAL CULTURE, LIVE THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AS A SPIRITUAL BEING (without getting hung up on religious dogma)?
My own spiritual yearning for mystical unity, along with eschewing what I observe in religious institutions—crumbling patriarchal hierarchies, dogma, hypocrisy, deadly earnestness, judgmental attitudes—inspired me to read deeply.
The most significant influences in the awakening of consciousness within me include the work of:
- interfaith minister, Reverend Doctor Stephanie Rutt
- Tosha Silver, astrologer and author of 'Outrageous Openness: Letting the Divine Take the Lead,' and 'It's Not Your Money'
- Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chodron
- shamanic practitioner Sandra Ingerman
- vulnerability and shame researcher Brené Brown
- Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn
- spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle
- Anne Baring, PhD, Oxford scholar and Jungian analyst*
For two-years (2012-2014) in the Tree of Life interfaith seminary program, I studied the world’s faith traditions in addition to another life-changing element: committing to two years of a daily spiritual practice.
Through my own direct experience of mystical unity I have been made aware of the deep wisdom available in ALL faith traditions.
From the spiritual traditions of our earliest indigenous cultures including Shamanism, the Dreamtime of the Australian Aborigines, and Native American Indian spirituality; to Hinduism—the oldest religion with a recorded written text, and third largest religion on the planet—to the Abrahamic traditions including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, (as well as the Baháʼí Faith, and other smaller religions) to Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, and more: I’ve come to understand how EACH RELIGION IS A LANGUAGE.
And EACH LANGUAGE USES STORIES TO CONVEY SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES.
And the STORIES from all the patriarchal and hierarchical religions, have created conditions that mainly benefit white males.
And the voices of human beings who are not white males, have been suppressed and dismissed for thousands of years.
The oldest, indigenous faith traditions have never ceased honoring the Divine Feminine and Mother Earth—perhaps the reason why the patriarchy made every effort to stamp out the indigenous faith traditions.
Now more than ever we’re at a point in the evolution of human consciousness, where we desperately need to recognize, honor, appreciate, and value the DIVINE FEMININE and MOTHER EARTH.
My intention is for my writing and stories to embody this energy of mindfulness and speak to your inner divinity, also known as the awakening consciousness within you.
The evolution of human consciousness is at a point where we all need to honor BOTH our own Inner Patriarchs in addition to our Inner Matriarchs so that we may move forward as a human species in harmony. ✨🌟💖🙏🕊️
Born and raised in Australia, for twenty years (from her early twenties to her early forties) Camilla worked in the publishing industry while living in Greenwich Village, New York City with her American husband Jamie Jones.
In 2011, after Jamie recovered from cancer, they both quit their jobs in Manhattan and moved to TreeTops, a decades-old log cabin in the woods of Southern New Hampshire.
Three and a half years later, in December 2014, a Thai Forest Buddhist monastery happened to take root on 250 acres of land across the road, bringing much loved Buddhist principles, ideas, and practices into the local community: http://forestmonastery.org/
Camilla has also worked as a memoir writing coach, and taught 'Writing Personal Essay and Memoir as a Spiritual Practice' through Tree of Life Interfaith Temple, where she was also a spiritual guide for the interfaith seminary program.
Jamie creates hand-crafted maple syrup, and connects with his own spirituality in nature and through friendships with our Buddhist monk neighbors.
Please enjoy my offerings below 🙏💖🕊