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The Untold Story of Sita with Dena Merriam

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Can a retelling of an old story help us find our way back to harmony?  In her latest book, Dena Merriam takes a new look at the classic Ramayana by tearing away the patriarchal lens through which the story is traditionally viewed an telling the story from the point of view of Sita. Sita is a beloved figure throughout Southeast Asia, but the message of her life extends beyond these audiences and bears universal import. This is particularly relevant for the modern age, when a new understanding of feminine wisdom and leadership is needed as we face an unprecedented ecological crisis. Join the conversation!

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Dena_Merriam_184035871.jpgDena Merriam is the Founder and Convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW), bringing spiritual resources to address critical global challenges, such as conflict, social justice, and ecological scarring of the earth. Over the years she has worked to bring greater gender balance and balance between the Abrahamic- and Dharma-based religious traditions for a more inclusive interfaith movement. Merriam served as Vice Chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the United Nation in New York in the year 2000. She subsequently convened a meeting of religious and spiritual women leaders at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, and from that gathering founded the Global Peace Initiative of Women in 2002. Among GPIW’s many programs is the organization of a session on the inner dimensions of climate change at the annual UN Climate Summits. In 2008, Ms. Merriam was one of the founding members of the Contemplative Alliance, which later became a program of GPIW, to explore how meditation and contemplative practices are reshaping the spiritual landscape of our societies. For over 40 years, Dena Merriam has been a devotee of Paramahansa Yogananda, a practitioner of Kriya Yoga meditation, and a student of the great texts of the Vedic tradition. Ms. Merriam received her Master’s Degree from Columbia University in sacred literature, and she has since served on the boards of such prestigious organizations as: the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions; the Interfaith Center of New York; The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy; the Manitou Foundation; the All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva); and the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan. As well, she was an advisor to the board of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, and in 2014 she received the Niwano Peace Prize for her interfaith peace efforts. She is the author of My Journey Through Time: A Spiritual Memoir of Life, Death and Rebirth and—just published in 2019—The Untold Story of Sita: An Empowering Tale for Our Time. 

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About Lisa Campion:

Lisa Campion is a psychic and energy healer with 30 years experience. Lisa incorporates body centered counseling into her psychic readings and is also adept in many kinds of healing techniques, including Reiki and Full Spectrum Healing. Lisa's specialty is working with emerging psychic, empaths and healers so that they can fully step into their life's purpose since she passionately believes that the world needs all the healers that it can get.

Lisa has been teaching Reiki for 18 years and has trained hundreds of Reiki students. She also teaches psychic development classes of all levels. Lisa is the Dean of Students and a lead teacher at the Rhys Thomas Institute, which is a world famous energy medicine school and a powerful personal transformation program.

Lisa enjoys writing her own blog, in which she frequently cracks herself up and delights in sharing that with others. She is also the author of the upcoming book, "Reiki For Psychics and Empaths."