What if it really is as simple as changing our minds?
This is the central question of Nicole Schwab’s book, The Heart of the Labyrinth (Womancraft Publishing, 2014). This question paves the way for her eco-feminist approach to balancing the self and the environment. Schwab’s book is a parable as multilayered and complex as human nature, and it moves through the ages to probe the pure core of the self and the sustaining energy that connects all.
The Heart of the Labyrinth is a vital book, sending us deep into the self and the past to help us remember who we are, showing us how to reintegrate ourselves with nature through the elements of the divine feminine, so we can positively rebuild both our personal futures and the future of the planet. Schwab eloquently reminds us that in this time of social disconnect and planetary destruction, we each have the power to create reality, to change our minds. She reminds us of our potential to access the power of connection, nurture and life represented by the divine feminine, and she demonstrates that choosing this may be what saves us all in the end.
As Schwab probes the levels of deepest human thought and experience through the many connected lifetimes of her characters, she shows the wider view of human connection to Gaia, the planet, the life force, the divine feminine from which we spring and to which we return, over the endless millennia.
Schwab’s main character Maya moves through centuries and lifetimes remembering, an embodiment of the re-emerging memory of both her and our connection to the life force informing us all through divine feminine, and her and our ability to co-create the world through our thoughts, choices, and actions. This power is universal, shared by us all as today’s decisions will either ensure the ultimate survival of the planet or its destruction.
Schwab’s works moves through time and geography, putting us firmly where we are today, poised on the brink of infinitely sad and irreversible ecological disaster. She shows us the desecrated land sacrificed for oil and does not spare us the desecrated lives similarly destroyed. She shows us the ancient theological changes that shifted our focus from sustaining the planet to exploiting it, and she weaves stories within stories to inform readers of the stark reality we face with our very survival at risk. Schwab clarifies the potential of our collective actions, and their power to manifest a future of possibility instead of planetary doom.
The Heart of the Labyrinth brings us home to ourselves and the life force of the feminine residing within us all. In the heart of the labyrinth, we may change our minds from today’s disconnect and senseless destruction to build a better tomorrow of connection and life. Schwab’s book shows us we have the power to change our minds, that it really is that simple to choose life, and launch humanity upon its next step.
Schwab is currently at work adapting her book to a screen play. The movie is expected in 2019.
Mary Petiet is a reporter, writer and storyteller. She has been actively locally for many years in the growing local farm to table movement as a founding member of Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod, and as a regular contributor to Edible Cape Magazine. A graduate of the University of St. Andrews, Mary has been published in several anthologies, including Jesus, Muhammad and the Goddess, by The Girl God (February 2016), and Wildness: Voices of the Sacred Landscape, with Homebound Publications (June 2016). She has also published a selection of essays and articles in a variety of journals and magazines while working locally as a news reporter. Her book Minerva’s Owls is forthcoming in April 2017 with Homebound Publications. Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryPetiet/