Hilary Hart was born and raised in New England and received BA and MA degrees in Philosophy from Yale University and the University of Colorado. She is a meditation guide and offers meditation workshops throughout the country. She was an invited participant to the United Nations' 2003 Global Peace Initiative for Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her first book, The Unknown She, Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness (Golden Sufi Center Publishing) is a survey of mystics from Sufi, Tibetan and Zen Buddhist, West African Shaman, and Lakota Sioux traditions exploring the presence of a feminine dimension of God. See hew websites www.hilaryhart.org and www.unknownshe.org.
This brave, wise, profound and beautifully written book will take you into the heart of the mysterious holiness of ordinary life. And your guide will not be Rumi or the Dalai Lama, but a plump, sad-eyed dog with bad breath. Anyone who has met the Beloved in an animal and who has glimpsed the extraordinary powers of love that animals share with and can awaken in us, will be heartened and inspired by this wonderful book. Andrew Harvey author of The Direct Path and The Return of the Mother. Writing with great honesty and integrity, Hilary maps out the highs and lows of the spiritual voyage in a way that will resonate with many readers. Throughout this book the central character is Pearlie, a not especially adorable hound, from whom Hilary learned not only love but also other profound truths of the inner spirit. Ani Tenzin Palmo, Tibetan Buddhist nun and author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake This is a wonderful story, the true fairy tale that is our life, where the teacher takes the form of an old dying dog, and where the disciple - who is our self - follows love into the radiant darkness of life's secret heart. In this autobiographical journey of the soul, Hilary has received the torch from her grand-teacher, Irena Tweedie. This book is great medicine for those who aspire to love. Shayka Fariha, leader of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi community of the U.S.