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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Portal to Peace Foreword

I had wanted to put a significant quote as a foreword to Portal to Peace but lost this detail as life got busy. As a writer, I never know how inspiration will hit. In the past, when I've received a download of information for a story, I've found the work affirmed by visual art, music, or profound words of wisdom in oral or written context. During the crafting process, I keep these pearls nearby. While I wrote Portal to Peace, the following excerpt was thumb tacked to my bulletin board. Now I'll copy it below for visitors to contemplate.

It is only by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble
there lies your treasure.
The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.
--Joseph Campbell

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