The Source threads together two stories. The first that of Ursula Sontheil, sometimes known as Mother Shipton, the 16th-century Yorkshire prophetess and healer who was burnt at the stake but whose spirit survived captive in a cave in North Yorkshire. She would have been trapped for ever but for the cave's extraordinary power: objects left in the cave are turned to stone by the action of the lime-suffused waters from a nearby well. Mother Shipton used the powers of the waters to live again through the needs of those who came to the cave and called on her for healing. Each gift turned to stone by the waters lit another spark of life within her. Through the centuries many came for her help, enough for their needs to free her spirit to leave the cave and live again.
The second story is that of another Ursula, Ursula James, a modern-day healer of minds. Mother Shipton shaped her childhood and, when she was ready to listen, came to her again when she was an adult and gave her the means to make magic happen. Through Mother Shipton's prophecies and spells, Ursula James transformed her own life and taught her that magic must be shared or it is diminished, so she passes this knowledge on to others. As the magic began to grow it took on a life of its own and spread around the world.
The Source is a book that comes out of time and is of this time. It is only now, after the world of commerce has been in freefall, that we are ready to listen and respond to Sister Moon and to heal Mother Earth. Each chapter has a ritual, rite or journey, to guide the reader on their path to the source of their own power. Part fable, part spell-book, The Source has true magic woven through it for those who read it well.
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This one doesn't just stand out, it jumps out. I recommend it highly - Barefoot Doctor
The writing is pure inspiration and the teachings are straight from the divine - Glenn Harrold - The UK's bestselling self-help audio author
An intriguing book combining mystical wisdom with down to earth good advice - Sheila Hancock
This book will stay with you at a fundamental level. It opens us all to the possibility of magic and transformation - Lesley Sharpe
A special manual for happiness that I'll definitely keep at hand now. Ursula's story is amazing, and her writing this book, brave - Georgia Byng – Author of Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
I love this book! - Katy Evans, editor of Soul & Spririt magazine
Not in a long while have I been so blown away by a book and The Source certainly did this with gusto! - Kindred Spirit
A great read for anyone wanting guidance on finding their true purpose - Emma Lintern, Mind Body Spirit Show
Unpretentious with a large dose of humour - Pagan Dawn magazine
I predict The Source will be on everybody's lips, bookshelves and conscience for many years to come - Jeni Barnett, BBC Radio London
Weaving the web between mind and heart, myth and magic ,Ursula has created a sacred marriage uniting the two worlds as one. Spell binding - Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, The Highland Seer, bestselling and award-winning author of The Heart of all Knowing
The book is amazing ... It has the steel core and clear honesty that sets it entirely apart. Ursula's fans are in for a huge shock - Geraldine Beskin, owner of Atlantis, the UK's oldest Occult bookstore
Life is measured by the moments, reading The Source was one of them - Anna Anka, Model, Actress, Author and star of Swedish Hollywood Wives
The Source is an inspiring book that demystifies magic, putting it in the reach of many. It describes a journey of empowerment and how those who are prepared to draw close to their inner source can go on that journey too. - Vivianne Crowley PhD author of Wicca: The Old Religion in the Modern World
Very engagingly written and a great story - Diana Cooper - the 'Angel Lady'
An inspirational book that brings ancient wisdom into the modern world but in a wonderfully uncomplicated way - Mark Ayling - sculptor of Terry Pratchett's Discworld figures
An unexpected and compelling account relevant to every reader. The Source is a unique literary experience - Carrie Britton, producer of BBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'
Ursula opens her heart to the world in an inspiring story artfully interwoven with a practical guide to unlocking the magic that dwells within your own heart. Read, enjoy and connect to the Source that will make your dreams come true - Phyllis Curott, attorney, priestess and author of the international bestseller Book of Shadows
Ursula James The Source blends ancient myth and magic together with personal growth in the modern world in a unique and readable way that was too exciting for me to put down until finished. I believe we need to bring magic back into today’s world to empower us to create change in ourselves and society. I for one will be practicising the meditations and rituals that I found in Ursula’s compelling book. Lynne Franks, author of The SEED Handbook, the feminine way to create business. - Lynne Franks
The book is the most honestly written book on Magick and how to bring magic into your life that I have EVER read, and I've read many... This book claims to 'heal your life and make your life special'. It succeeds where others fail. Why? Because this is written with heart not money in mind. This is truly a written masterpiece, and one I will treasure…With or without a global recession, the price of this book is the best money you will ever spend on a therapy session - The Witch Inside
Ursula James is one of the leading hypnotherapy practitioners and teachers in the UK, lecturing at eleven medical schools including Oxford and Cambridge. She is a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Oxford University Medical School and Honorary Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Ursula is Patron of Anxiety UK and also the National Centre of Domestic Violence, as well as Chair of the Medical School Hypnosis Association, and she is actively involved in research into the affects of altered states of consciousness. Ursula is currently conducting her own PhD research in the fields of biomedical science and psychology.