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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A wonderful representation of the power of magic to help everyone - wherever they are on their journey - weave the life of their dreams The spells work in conjunction with the moon as the book guides you to creating your highest life. This book is for everyone who dreams big, and is willing to go within to magic those creations into their reality. - Rachel Willis ‘The Psychic CEO’, Founder of Radio Lightworker and Editor of Lightworker Magazine
I love this book! Ursula strips off her logical, left-brained, hypnotherapists cloak to reveal some deeply personal insights into how moon magic and psychic skills have become a part of her life. The fact she truly bares her soul, including her insecurities and foibles, makes the book all the more authentic. The Source can help anyone uncover the natural magic inherent in everyday life, and to find their true purpose. - Katy Evans, editor of Soul & Spirit
Amidst the ocean of MBS or esoteric books available, only very few stand out as authentic and worthwhile, let alone enjoyable to read. This one doesn't stand out, it jumps out. Its highly accomplished author demonstrates a near-perfect balance between the intellectual and intuitive, the academic and arcane. I recommend it highly: it'll plug you into a rare stream of most eloquently channeled wisdom. - Barefoot Doctor
This remarkable story shows how Ursula learns to move beyond wondering whether she should medicate herself to the possibility of actually listening to what Mother Shipton is telling her. In opening up her belief system to the bizarre and the unlikely Ursula learns far more than she had ever expected and is led from a world that can be measured and explained into a world of bizarre and extraordinary magic that she then seeks to share with us all - Isabel Losada, Author of Battersea Park to Enlightenment and For Tibet with Love
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
This book will stay with you at a fundamental level. It opens us all to the possibility of magic and transformation - Lesley Sharpe
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
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.