Truth, Meaning & Purpose 9 THE LUMINOUS NUN The Call 19 Magical? Or Miracle? 28 The High Priestess 33 Mysterious Birds & Signs 43 I Find My Hierophant 52 The Waka Taua 61 A Date With Destiny 71 The Show That Never Ends 80 You're On The Wrong Road! 90 The Sun Reappears 97 Completing The Circle 107 Acknowledgements 109
This is a series of books selected and edited by Keith Hill in which New Zealand writers recount their extraordinary spiritual experiences. All four authors have previously been finalists in the Ashton Wylie Awards, New Zealand's premiere prize for distinguished writing in the genre of Mind, Body, Spirit. The Awards' past finalists include acclaimed writers Karl Stead, Sue Reidy and Bryan Walpert. Winners include Lloyd Geering, Joy Cowley and the series' editor, Keith Hill. Each writer recounts experiences that are not spiritual in a traditional religious sense, but instead reflect the diversity of New Zealanders' approach to spirituality. These include mystical perceptions, out of body experiences, feelings of being one with reality, visions of waka taua, interactions with taniwha and nature spirits, encounters with Maori ancestors, and psychic perceptions. "These are experiences," Keith Hill observes, "that, as a culture, we don't often discuss in public. I'm excited by the diversity offered by these books. They're well-written and entertaining reads, and I hope they will also stimulate wider consideration of what spirituality involves for us in Aotearoa New Zealand today."
Kerryn Levy is passionate about writing, painting and all things spiritual. Since studying at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, she has been painting for more than twenty years. Kerryn has exhibited widely in New Zealand and oversees galleries, and has also worked as a freelance illustrator for numerous publications, including Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and The Sydney Morning Herald. Wishing to share her spiritual experiences in writing, Kerryn's first completed manuscript was selected as a finalist in the Unpublished Manuscript category of New Zealand's Ashton Wylie Awards for work in the genre of mind, body and spirit. Kerryn has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and a Master of Management from the University of Auckland. Her Masters thesis explored symbols, a topic that continues to fascinate her. She has adult twin boys and lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband.
"A conversion to Catholicism was just the beginning of an extensive spiritual search by author, Kerryn Levy. In her elegantly crafted memoir, she employs Tarot cards as symbols which manifest in her spiritual and mystical practices. The Luminous Nun is a compelling and inspirational read which will open minds and doors." Joan Rosier-Jones, novelist, playwright, non-fiction writer, teacher