WORDS FOR WILD WOMEN: Root to Crown Revelations by J Lei D opens with an invitation that’s hard to resist, for those who find themselves drawn to the title of this book are likely people who may glean value from its wild-women-focused pages. Structured to address the most commonly known chakras, various prompts are offered, and lined blank pages appear at the conclusion of each segment to facilitate audience participation (i.e. reflecting/journaling/note-taking) which, the author asserts, is intended to activate the reader’s energy centers as they consider what ideas within the text might personally have to offer. Readers are encouraged to view and treat themselves as a work of art regardless of individual background or religious affiliation, and the concept of learning to know what healthy self-love looks like is stressed throughout.
Gorgeously vivid graphic illustrations reminiscent of magical-infused divination cards feature wild women a-bloom at the beginning of each chakra chapter. Emphasizing ‘I have’ at the root chakra and then moving on to ‘I desire,’ ‘I can,’ ‘I love,’ etc., pre-reading meditative preparation at the start of each chapter is encouraged in order to reach “a revolutionary resonance with the revelations” one is about to receive. (Yes, playful alliterations abound.) Space is given for readers to revisit and reflect upon what each revelation received might mean specifically for them. Still, some may find that this volume rambles on quite a bit, at times seeming more extraneous than inspirational as it flits from tales of the author’s feelings about killing a spider to actions of the famous Countess Erzsebet Bathory who bathed in the blood of virgins hoping to stave off aging. There are long-winded discourses imagining going for a motorbike ride, for instance, only to have an alien space craft land on top of one’s bike, crushing it, but never mind, the alien happens to speak English and needs help figuring out his/her craft’s complex course-plotting system though the narrator has never seen one of these before (and continuing on like this for 5 full disjointed pages). In addition, certain readers may find a number of proffered thoughts objectionable. For example, animal-loving environmentalists may hold quite a different opinion regarding ideas like: “As heartless as spider killing may be, feeling at ease and safe once fear is banished is worth the destruction,” wondering: is this really what wild women believe and hold true? The text requires more thorough spell-checking: admiring accolades to Johnny Depp consistently misspell the actor’s name, for instance. And a hyperlinked Table of Contents would be useful for ease of navigation.
J Lei D’s WORDS FOR WILD WOMEN: Root to Crown Revelations can at times seem more jumble than medley, but within the mix are ideas, stories, lyrical wordplay and glorious illustrations likely to appeal to readers willing to forage for possibilities of spiritual gold.
~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader