New book examines the shift from an ancient female-centric world to a imbalanced left-brain, male-defined society and its role in the oppression of women and environmental abuse worldwide.
In “Stampede of the Natives, Linguistic Tracks Unveiling the Loss of the Mystical Kundalini,” Barbara Redzisz uses her own personal experience along with years of research into the very roots of language to explore both the little understood kundalini experience and the shift to an imbalanced, left-brain-oriented and male-defined societal structure. Redzisz posits that devaluation of the feminine has resulted in abusive practices, such as human trafficking, and extends even to the body of Mother Earth through environmental misuse and exploitation.
When she had her own ecstatic kundalini experience at the feet of the late female guru Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, Redzisz swept aside mystical considerations and began to explore the largely misunderstood kundalini experience. She proposes that the ecstatic and pleasurable experience first arose as a natural anesthetic during the last stages of childbirth in ancient times as a result of the rapid birthing breath. The experience of borderline trance and breathless ecstasy awakened fearlessness, leadership, prophecy and healing within the birthing mother, Redzisz says, and the book outlines her journey of discovery regarding how that ancient mother-based experience was suppressed and mystified.
After studying phonetics and linguistics while earning her master’s degree in speech and communication from Columbia University and experiencing the kundalini herself, Redzisz set out to find the source of the ancient, destructive shift to left-brained, male centrality. She realized the only potsherds remaining from that prehistoric time were the basic sounds of language. In “Stampede of the Natives,” she presents conclusions from her more than 30 years of research, which she calls Original Sound Discovery. Redzisz traces the source of the shapes and sounds of the Western alphabet and illustrates her proposal that their roots lie in the features on the face of the individual mother and of the Earth. She reveals the hidden linguistic tracks that traverse the fabric of many languages, discovering parallels within an overlooked history when “her story” became “heresy.”
“The women’s movement was beginning to expose us to a parallel, if neglected reality. It came out of a prehistoric time when there was mother centrality,” she writes. “It was to those ancient sounds of language that I had to turn to find a way back into what I began to perceive as humanity’s almost hidden mother centered prehistory.” Redzisz calls for repairing ourselves by pairing up the over developed left (male) brain hemisphere once again with the right (female) hemisphere to create balance.
“Stampede of the Natives,” published by Peppertree Press, is available through wholesale distribution outlets, such as Ingram, Baker and Taylor, and Books in Print, as well as online at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.booksamillion.com and www.peppertreepublishing.com. More information is available at www.BarbaraHammerstein.com.
About the Author:
Barbara Redzisz was born in Warsaw, Poland, and immigrated to the United States as a small child. While singing in Broadway shows, she earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Hunter College in New York City, and subsequently, received her master’s degree in speech and communication from Columbia University. Her theatrical career spanned the golden age of musical theatre in the late 1950s and early 1960s when she performed with luminaries like Bette Davis and Phil Silvers. She hosted her own radio show on WRVR-FM, and is the author of three other books, including “Cinderella after the Ball,” which details her life in the theatre and her marriage to, and divorce from, Jimmy Hammerstein, who was the son of Oscar Hammerstein II.
Peppertree Press * September 2013 * ISBN 978-1-61493-152-2 * $19.95 * Softcover * 293 pages