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Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit

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“I was divinely introduced to Queen Afua in January of 2019. I was clouded and confused as to what was my real power in the feminine. With following her program I learned what real food does to my body temple, how I can heal myself and create a peaceful life after Grief and Loss. Queen has assisted me in healing and connecting deeper into my soul. I will forever be grateful for one of my master teachers, my spiritual Mother. She is a gift from the most high.”—Lauren London

“This book was one of the first that helped me start practices as a young woman that focused on my body and spirit as one.”—Jada Pinkett Smith

“Queen Afua channeled a seminal work in wellness when she birthed Sacred Woman. This book is a gift that weaves us back to our roots and grounds us in a new vision for optimal well-being. Deep bow to our queen.”—Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow

“Queen Afua, through Sacred Woman, will bring you back home to your sacred femininity. Get ready to take your power sacred back.”—Lalah Delia, author of Vibrate Higher Daily: Live Your Power

Sacred Woman flings open the gates of understanding the feminine essence. It is the return of the soul force to women.”—Jewel Pookrum, MD, PhD (Sunut Arit)

“Queen Afua is an extraordinary healer, teacher, mother, and keeper of our legacy. Through Sacred Woman, she has given us the sacred tools we need to live our lives in this new century.”—Hazelle Goodman, actress

Sacred Woman offers profound wisdom to all who seek healing and transformation. Queen Afua is a national treasure.”—Bob Law, author, radio personality, and vice president of WWRL

From the Back Cover

Queen Afua is a nationally renowned herbalist, natural health expert, and dedicated healer of women’s bodies and women’s souls who practices a uniquely Afrocentric spirituality. Her classic bestseller, “Heal Thyself, forever changed the way African Americans practice holistic health. Now, with “Sacred Woman, she takes us on a transforming journey of physical and ancestral healing that will restore the magnificence of our spirits through sacred initiation.
Queen Afua begins by helping us to discover our unique “womb-an-ness”-and to honor the womb as the center of our consciousness and creativity, giving us a twenty-one-day program for womb purification and spirit rejuvenation. Then Queen Afua summons us to enter the Nine Gateways of Initiation, where she blesses us with the exact tools we need to bring our beings into true harmony with the earth and the cosmos. Through extraordinary meditations, affirmations, and rituals rooted in ncient Egyptian temple teachings, Queen Afua teaches us how to love and rejoice in our bodies by spiritualizing the words we speak; the foods we eat; the spaces we live and work in; the beauty we create in our lives; the healing energy we transmit to self and others; the relationships we nurture; the service we offer; and the transcendent woman spirit we manifest.
With love, wisdom, and passion, Queen Afua guides us to accept our mission and our mantle as Sacred Women-to heal ourselves, the generations of women in our families, our communities, and our world.

About the Author

Queen Afua has more than forty years of experience as a holistic health practitioner and wellness coach. A pioneer in the green foods movement, Queen Afua is the author of six bestselling books, creator of the Heal Thyself product line, founder of Sacred Woman Rites of Passage Program, and CEO of the Queen Afua Wellness Institute. She has devoted her life to fighting diseases by teaching people how to understand and utilize the power of food, self-care, and holistic healthy choices as an empowering lifestyle. Queen Afua has inspired more than a million women, men, and children throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe with her workshops, books, products, and presentations.

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C H A P T E R 1



My people are the Elders of the earth. They are the originators of what
is commonly known as “Greek philosophy,” which is actually the ancient
Khamitic (Egyptian) way of life. “Khamit” refers to the original Nubian
Maatian culture of the Hapi (Nile) Valley Afrakans. The spelling of
“Af-ra- ka” literally means “flesh [af] and soul [ka] of the hidden Sun
[ra].” The more common spelling, “Africa,” comes from the Arabic word
firk or frik, which means separate, divide, or conquer. Like “Africa,”
“Egypt” is a name imposed on ancient Khamit by foreigners. The Khamitic
people are the spiritual heads, teachers, motivators, and guides of the
planet ordained by NTR, the One Most High Creator.

The people of ancient Khamit had much to share thousands of years ago.
We descendants and perpetuators of that sacred tradition have much to
share today. The hotep (peaceful) ways and original holistic nature of
the Khamitic people is a model that, if properly adapted, has the
ability to save Planet Earth from mass destruction. It is this path,
this way of life, that has so deeply inspired me and become the root of
my life’s work.

The ancient ways of the Khamitic people can teach all people how to
become truly humane again. The Khamitic Masters came to this realization
by purifying their lives. Today, as we purify our own lives, we grow
closer to our divine selves, and this transformation can bring us to a
state of constant bliss, peace, and wellness.

Sacred Woman is the entranceway I offer into that state of
enlightenment. Following the path of body/mind/spirit purification can
bring us to the place where we will be touched by and united with the
great-great-great-grandparents of the earth–the Ancestors.

My Ancestors learned how to combine and unite the elements of earth,
air, fire, water, and spirit, and they continue to teach us their
methods through the carvings and inscriptions on their temple walls.
They bring us the gift of the laying on of hands through the efforts of
Ast (Isis) and her sister Nebt-Het (Nephthys) to restore life to the
broken body of Asar (Osiris), who became a symbol of resurrection for
all humanity.

Contrary to popular belief and ignorance, my Ancestors, the Black people
of the Black land of the Nile Valley, did not worship many gods and
goddesses. My Afrakan Ancestors viewed NTR, the Creator, as the
undifferentiated One/All-Divine from which all life emanates. However,
NTR has many wondrous divine attributes, and all of these
manifestations–the NTRU–are aspects of Its wholeness. Consider, for a
moment, such divine emanations as Maat, the aspect of balance, harmony,
truth, law, righteousness, and reciprocity; Het-Hru (Hathor), the aspect
of divine love and beauty; and Nefer Atum, the Sacred Lotus,
representing the highest ascension and unlimited potential. Heru (Horus)
the falcon represents victory, the aspect that we can call upon to fly
above all obstacles; Tehuti (Thoth) embodies the aspect of divine
intelligence, and so on.

The Khamites, my ancestors, believed that within the heavenly realm the
presence of the Divine is reflected in the balanced worship of NTR–the
Mother/Father Creator, where both aspects in One are given equal
respect. By contrast, most present-day Western religions recog-nize only
the male priest and worship only a male God in a heaven of male angels.
In the ancient Afrakan spiritual tradition, there is deep respect for
the Mother Creator and the female priestess as well as for the Father
Creator and the male priest.

The Khamites lived the philosophy of Maat (harmony) and had respect,
reverence, and honor for NTR and Its divine manifestation in man and
woman and all Nature. They saw Nature and their environment as an
expression of NTR, and an inspiration for self-healing–from which my
“Heal Thyself ” philosophy comes.

The Khamites used the element of water for purification rites through
baptisms, fasting, and enemas. They used the element of earth in the
form of healing foods, herbology, and aromatherapy to purify and
rejuvenate the Body Temple.

My Ancestors used the element of air– breath–through what was called
Ari Ankh Ka, now known as Hatha Yoga. The various sacred movements and
poses that have been depicted on the walls of temples and pyramids were
carved by my people thousands of years ago. Their records have outlasted
man-made misinterpretations and outlived the libraries burned by
foreigners who could not comprehend or appreciate the spiritual heights
and advancement of my people.

To be recharged and purified, my people used the element of fire in
rituals based on the powerful rays of Atn-Ra (the Sun), which blazed
over the vast desert of Khamit. They used fire foods to cleanse, such as
radishes, leeks, onions, and cayenne. They burned frankincense and
myrrh, cinnamon and other spices, herbs, and essential oils and used
them to smudge their bodies to destroy negative spiritual entities
attracted to the Body Temple.

Today, we only need to look to the source of this knowledge as presented
in the Forty-two Laws of Maat.

I will not do wrong.
I will not steal.
I will not act with violence.
I will not kill.
I will not act unjustly.
I will not
cause pain.
I will not waste food.
I will not lie.
I will not desecrate
holy places.
I will not speak evil.
I will not abuse my sexuality.
I will not cause the shedding of tears.
I will not sow seeds of regret.
I will not be an aggressor.
I will not act guilefully.
I will not lay waste the plowed land.
I will not bear false witness.
I will not set my mouth in motion against any person.
I will not be wrathful and angry except for a just cause.
I will not copulate with a man’s wife.
I will not copulate with a woman’s husband.
I will not pollute myself.
I will not cause terror.
I will not pollute the earth.
I will not speak in anger.
I will not turn from words of right and truth.
I will not utter curses.
I will not initiate a quarrel.
I will not be excitable or contentious.
I will not prejudge.
I will not be an eavesdropper.
I will not speak overmuch.
I will not commit treason against my Ancestors.
I will not waste water.
I will not do evil.
I will not be arrogant.
I will not blaspheme NTR, the One Most High.
I will not commit fraud.
I will not mistreat children.
I will not mistreat animals.
I will not defraud
temple offerings.
I will not plunder the dead.

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Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ Random House Publishing Group; 9/30/01 edition (October 30, 2001)

Language ‏

‎ English

Paperback ‏

‎ 496 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 0345434862

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-0345434869

Item Weight ‏

‎ 1.28 pounds

Dimensions ‏

‎ 7.31 x 1 x 9.15 inches

10 reviews for Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit

  1. Zorina Hart

    Such a Great Offering! 💜🌠Sacred Women is such a great offering to humanities people. This is one of those books that you want to take your time with and pass down along the generational bloodline not just for the Women, but the men and children the same. The wisdom, guidance and ancestral antiquity of the book will have you sighing with emotions of release, gratitude, love, appreciation and practical tools to really help whole your life in the direction of your highest good. Queen Afua is such a blissing to our generation and all of her offerings are timeless, necessary and crucial to have in our wellness arsenal of healing what no longer serves us with love. I have two copies of this book. The original and the expanded version. It’s a must have book to keep close to you. Eons of Knowledge and Sacred information.

  2. Meagan

    Paid for a new book but found this on page 4 ?It’s one a few dollars difference but it’s the principle.

  3. Keeth West

    THE PERFECT GIFT ❤️Just receiving this amazing book that was recommended as the perfect gift. The book came in perfect condition with no pages missing or upside down from what I seen from other reviews which definitely worried me as I had to look it over. I’ll definitely be ordering more copies to give to all the amazing women in my life. Thank you Queen Afua 👑❤️ and the Amazon team 👍🏾

  4. Emilee

    “Encyclopedia for Women”This reminds me of an “encyclopedia” because it has different information compiled into one resource. Womb health, beauty, digestive health, mediation, rituals, relationships and so much more. I expected a different type of book but regardless it has a lot of good information. It’s bigger than I thought and I will mostly reach for it when I have a specific thing I want to “heal” or work on. Still happy with my purchase since I had been eyeing it for a while.

  5. Mrs Jones

    Haven’t read yet but was recommended by 3 people now lolEverything about the book was in great condition had absolutely no problems with that!

  6. Shadenise Jackson

    AMAZINGI’ve tried to upload pictures of the book but unfortunately it’s not working. But this book is a must-have and a great tool for healing your body spiritually and physically. The girls that get it get it.

  7. Journey_K

    Reader beware, this book might challenge your assumptions…I really enjoyed this book. This is my first Afrocentric homeopathic healing book. I usually read websites and books about medicinal herbal remedies. I garden. I eat a mostly plant based diet. I am a black woman. I do yoga. Etc. So, some of the information in the book I’ve heard about in passing. Without this book I wouldn’t have the courage to incorporate many of the author’s suggestions into my life. The suggestions would just get filed in the back of my mind like, “yeah, I should add Epsom salts to my bath or drops of lavender oil”.I must admit that some of this book was a bit of a joke to me. I understand that everyone comes from differing educational backgrounds and lifestyles but I found it surprising for women to lack knowledge of their monthly menstrual cycle. I was also almost offended by one or two statements in the book about history… but hey, facts are facts and just because I am ‘over’ history doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.What I didn’t really love was the ritualistic nature of the entire book. I can’t imagine doing all that the author suggests. I don’t think I could go to work if I followed her guidelines. I added post its after post its to the book. There are so many teas, food ideas, relaxation ideas, suggested healing remedies (for ailments I don’t even have! LOL) that I know this book is invaluable. What I finally realized is that, like Christianity and segments of the Bible—this book is like a full manual to a lifestyle and (somewhat?) religious way of thinking. When I first opened the book I had no idea what the Khamit/Khamitic ways of thinking had to do with self-healing. By the end of the book I found myself carefully reading those sections. They are interesting.I am not a regular churchgoer, but I fully believe in a higher power and accept his/her guidance in my life. Queen Afua’s higher power has multiple parts- Maat, Het-Hru, Nefer Atum, Heru, and Tehuti. This might bother a reader that comes from another religious tradition. It doesn’t bother me because I recognize that religion is a choice and the assumption of Christian belief that many American’s have is often just blind acceptance of a forced culture. Few examine their faith. I respect Queen Afua’s examination and explanation of how the tenets of her faith can lead to a womens’ self-healing. I wish other traditions did so. Many in the United States, as it is a supposed Christian nation, could benefit from such an examination instead of blind dependence on medical doctors, pills, and the health care system as our gods.I understand that this book is meant to be an all inclusive guide but… I just don’t think I am on a path to becoming a sacred woman as laid out by Queen Afua. My final thought was… “this is so much work…” I am open to introspection, self-care, self-healing, and meditation but not exactly ready to set up my own altar… but I thought about it… hard.

  8. Norbert Küzmös

    2 starsFor me personally it was not exactly what I was looking for. There are a loads of information in the book about ancient women, medical histories, lot of numbers. I wanted the writer help me awaken something, which is already within in me. I wanted this book to help to increase my femininity. It is more like an interesting book about woman history. I did not feel connected with the writer, which usually I feel with this kind of books. The book came in perfect condition, the delivery was fast.

  9. D. Lovell

    Updated and expanded practical tool for main areas of lifeTo gain benefit you need to work with this book in practical terms. Follow practices, take herbs use oils meditate move cleanse fast and pray.It’s been updated since I first had it 12 years ago with extra info. The book is great tool for learning and healing and anyone on their journey willing to put in the work can receive benefits.Only issue is as of 2021 kindle book is not updated to match physical book. Nor can you purchase the updated version in kindle. The links in kindle book are no longer clicking to a page. So I had to purchased the hard copy a second time to get update. So would ask that kindle version is updated.Otherwise great book for WOC.Thanks for your dedication Queen.

  10. Christine

    Not the right versionThe book that was delivered to me is not as described… I am after the 2020 version…. not the 2000 version so I am returning this

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