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A Mother's Courage to Awaken: Hope and Inspiration from My Daughter's Journey in the Afterlife (Shamanism, Death, Resurrection)

A Mother's Courage to Awaken: Hope and Inspiration from My Daughter's Journey in the Afterlife (Shamanism, Death, Resurrection)

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Ancient Methods of Healing Bring You Closer to the Other Side

“Dr. Paula Petry shares her extremely personal and fascinating journey in A Mother's Courage to Awaken, a book that, regardless of your personal experiences or beliefs, is bound to resonate with some aspect of your life.” ­– Gloria Estefan

A Mother's Courage to Awaken tells a story about the love and loss of a child―and the healing quest it initiated. On her search for inner peace, professor Paula Petry, PhD looks to re-emerging ancient methods that nurture positive emotional health, mental wellness, and spiritual well-being.

A story about death and resurrection. What does this mean? To nurture a life? And what if that life is your own? When Dr. Petry loses her daughter Alexandra, she looks for ways to connect with loved ones in the afterlife. Along her journey, she encounters a literal and figurative resurrection, a transcendence of time and space, and a life transformed beyond whatever was imagined possible.

Emotional health and mental wellness from the other side. A Mother’s Courage to Awaken confronts grief, love, and loss with holistic practices and alternative health medicine. Inside, you’ll find healing modalities outside of traditional medicine like sound healing, plant medicine, Akashic Records, shamanism, acupuncture, and healing mantras. With these ancient methods and different forms of energy medicine, join Dr. Petry to:

  • Re-discover the power of prayer, intention, and the imagination
  • Re-direct our thoughts to what we want rather than what we don’t want
  • Relinquish the illusion of control


A Mother's Courage to Awaken speaks to women wishing to awaken to their inner truth and power, and readers of Many Lives, Many Masters; Proof of Heaven; Journey of Souls; or What Dreams Have Come.

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  • Paula Petry PhD

    Dr. Paula Petry’s passion to help women discover their own path, inner strength, and truth began 35 years ago with the birth of her daughter, Alexandra; born with a developmental disability. The lack of adequate healthcare and skilled providers convinced Paula to pave a new path not only for her daughter but for many others; Paula formed what is now one of the strongest community-based parent advocacy organizations in the country.

    She went on to bring her knowledge and dedication to family empowerment to her faculty position at a renowned medical school — for over a decade developing and teaching curricula that helped prepare pediatricians and other disciplines to work with parents and their children with special health care needs.

    Alexandra's death at age twelve brought great loss, suffering, as well as a spiritual awakening. On her journey to healing, Paula studied energy medicine, sound healing, and expressive arts which she now blends together for women in retreats, on-line courses, and individual shamanic energy medicine sessions.

    Awakening to one's own divinity and truth is central to her Medicine Wheel & Me™ curriculum that she licenses to elementary and middle schools.

    Paula resides in Upstate, NY; she is a co-owner of the Light of Heart Sanctuary located in Sharon Springs, NY.

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