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  • Jean Shinoda Bolen

I would like to share with you an article that was recently posted on the Feathered Pipe website that includes my memories from three decades of friendship with founder, India Super, and the importance of women's circles and trusting the path that leads to the inner work.

I share how I actually first heard about the Feathered Pipe Ranch as well as some mystical, near-disaster stories from some of my adventures with Indira. I think all my friends and followers will love to hear these heart-warming stories. Check them out at the link below!

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  • Jean Shinoda Bolen

Updated: Oct 9, 2022

When I got ready to move out of my office because I no longer needed it, I emptied my tall bookcases, two of which turned out to mostly contain multiple copies of foreign translations of my books. I usually got copies of each new translation over the past decades and stored them there.

I was touched and in wonder, when for the first time, I opened each one. found my name, usually figured out the title, country, and date.. There were more than eighty. Ten or more foreign editions were at home. I put a sticky note with the book title, city or country where it was published and put each one on the floor.

(Photo by Laura Stallone)

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  • Jean Shinoda Bolen

From what I have heard and observed, I believe that many women yearn to belong to a women’s circle.

During many years of being either a member or a leader of women’s circles, I thought about circles and how they worked. The Jungian analyst-psychiatrist in me saw both psychological depth and growth, and how circles got in trouble and what kept them trustworthy. The part of me that appreciates how beauty and truth are linked saw how ritual and ceremony tapped into the imagination and were a medium for creativity and spirituality.

I wrote The Millionth Circle to inspire women to form women’s circles, and for women whose current participation in them will now be seen in this larger context. It is my contribution to accelerating a process and a movement that has already begun. It depends upon a simple hypothesis, whose mechanism has been proposed and observed, and is one that can be intuitively and immediately grasped: When a critical number of people change how they think and behave, the culture does also, and a new era begins.

If you are inspired to form a circle or deepen one, then this little book will be a boon to you, and to the circle that is formed or influenced by you. You will also be contributing to an evolutionary change in human culture- because your circle will be one more circle on the way toward “the millionth circle.”

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