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Year of jubilee : a guidebook for women reinventing their lives
Dyer, Mary Heron.
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First edition.
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Corvallis, Or. : Dandelion Seed Press, [1999]

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249 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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BF637.C4 D94 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Just as she turned fifty, Mary Heron Dyer was fired from her social services job. As she anxiously pondered her future, she remembered reading that every fiftieth year the ancient Israelites gave up day-to-day routine and lived on stored abundance. The Year of Jubilee. She decided to claim her own Year of Jubilee, even though her only "stored abundance" was her passion for gardening -- and the belief that an unseen force would guide her.

Table of Contents

Kim Rosen
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introduction to Your Jubilee Yearp. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Poem: "In Impossible Darkness"p. xxv
Chapter I Charting a New Coursep. 1
Week 1 Losing the way: Woman overboardp. 5
Week 2 Luck is partially just being prepared: Luck is being prepared for opportunity when it comesp. 9
Week 3 Choosing passion: Treehousep. 13
Week 4 What really matters: "Soul Purpose"p. 17
Chapter II Gambling on Lifep. 21
Week 1 There's lots of everything: The bounty of seeds, The bursting of blossomsp. 25
Week 2 Seeing with new eyes: Daily breadp. 29
Week 3 Trusting God's timing: Every day it gets a little closer, Year of Jubilee endp. 33
Week 4 The leap of faith: Goodbye to thunder mugs!p. 37
Chapter III Self-Limiting Thoughtp. 41
Week 1 Negative self-talk: The limits of adventure, I can't make it Crawlersp. 45
Week 2 Boxing in the world: Arborvitae, "I'd rather be in Philadelphia..."p. 51
Week 3 Thinking in new ways: Paper bag, "Baby steps, baby steps", Quantum stumblep. 55
Week 4 It's never too late!: You can too teach an old dog new tricks!, The new world is here, maryherondyer@proaxis.comp. 59
Chapter IV Self-Nurture and Supportp. 63
Week 1 Breaking down fences: "Open Sesame"p. 67
Week 2 Me First!: Soils, "Leibig's Law of the Minimum", "I will arise and go now..."p. 71
Week 3 No woman is an island: "The Bean Trees"p. 75
Week 4 Allowing in "warm fuzzies": "A Cloud of Witnesses"p. 79
Chapter V Constant Creationp. 83
Week 1 Metaphysics 101: The etherp. 87
Week 2 Manifesting takes time: Psychic sunflowers - I, Psychic sunflowers - II, Psychic sunflowers - IIIp. 91
Week 3 "But how could this happen to me?": Here, kitty, kitty!p. 95
Week 4 Believing is seeing: It's a truck!p. 99
Chapter VI Embracing Chaosp. 103
Week 1 All who wander are not lost: Far from the hobbit-holep. 107
Week 2 Getting stuck: Off day, The doldrumsp. 111
Week 3 Loss is inevitable: Laid bare, Fire and floodp. 115
Week 4 Confusion or adventure?: Chaos or kaleidoscope?p. 119
Chapter VII Joy in the Present Momentp. 123
Week 1 Becoming empty, becoming ready: The burning bowlp. 127
Week 2 The future is just a dream: "I have an appointment with spring", "Only so many mornings..."p. 129
Week 3 Play, play, play!: Putting joy first, "I will be the gladdest thing under the sun", "Shut up and dance!"p. 133
Week 4 The sacredness of daily life: Pure joy, A gardener's prayer beads, Practicing the presence [presents/present], The importance of llamas (and lamas) in the cityp. 137
Chapter VIII Surviving Changep. 143
Week 1 Deep roots, deep faith: Windthrow, "...her leaf shall be green"p. 147
Week 2 Trust in the moment: Into the new dawnp. 151
Week 3 Keep moving, even if it isn't in a straight line: Hitting the wall, Two steps at a timep. 155
Week 4 All roads lead home: "Two Visions of Equal Force"p. 159
Chapter IX It's My Life!p. 163
Week 1 Housecleaning: "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle..."p. 167
Week 2 The strength in me: Winter landscapep. 171
Week 3 Separations: D-Day, We have achieved liftoff!p. 173
Week 4 New name: No more a.k.a.p. 177
Chapter X Self-Sufficiencyp. 181
Week 1 Who are you?: Hestia, Self-employed, I get paid for this?, Not another referral!p. 185
Week 2 A picture emerges: Weave, weavep. 191
Week 3 Money and financial security: "Argue for your limits, and sure enough, they're yours", In the zone, A CD doesn't always play musicp. 195
Week 4 Connecting to center: The floodgates of heaven - I, The floodgates of heaven - IIp. 199
Chapter XI Burning Throughp. 203
Week 1 Crashing or creating?: Burning out or burning through?p. 207
Week 2 New self-images: You learn fast for a girl, "When I am an old lady, I shall wear purple..."p. 211
Week 3 Satisfaction from within: Generic honey, From banquet to bouquetp. 215
Week 4 Integration: "The Chambered Nautilus"p. 219
Chapter XII The Sheer Inevitability of Wingsp. 223
Week 1 Wing buds: Gifts upon the shore, Icarusp. 227
Week 2 First flight: I was Cleopatra in another incarnation, Godp. 231
Week 3 Liftoff: What is the meaning of life?, "We're remembering, we're awakening", Those without visible means of support...p. 235
Week 4 Godself achieved: "All manner of thing shall be well", Easter Sundayp. 239
Afterwordp. 243
Bibliographyp. 245
About the Authorp. 248
About Dandelion Seed Pressp. 249