This week author and filmmaker Marie-Rose Phan-Lê returns to Healthy You. Born a child of the Vietnam war, Marie-Rose finds peace by exploring the spiritual traditions and healing practices of various cultures. Moved by the knowledge that sacred traditions all over the world are disappearing with the passing of community elders who had kept these traditions alive, Phan-Lê traveled to Peru, Hawaii, Vietnam, Nepal, India and China to document local healing practices, in hopes of preserving some of this ancient wisdom. In her new memoir, Talking Story: One Woman’s Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions, she details the archetypal heroine’s journey that she underwent and the self-discoveries that eventually led her to re-evaluate her life’s purpose and become a healer herself.
Talking Story, the book, is based on Phan-Lê’s award-winning documentary film Talking Story, invites readers to journey with Phan-Lê as she explores some of the richest spiritual traditions in the world, witnessing different forms of shamanism, spirit channeling, plant medicine, and divination. The book allows readers to enter into a world that most people will never have the opportunity to explore, by offering an intimate experience of ancient healing traditions and the profound events leading to Phan-Lê’s personal transformation as the journey progressed.
“Talking Story is the extraordinary journey of an unwitting heroine, whose adventure is a testament that the greatest exploration we will ever make is traversing our inner landscape. Such an expedition requires unflinching surrender and a courageous heart. Marie-Rose bravely and fiercely exemplifies both.”
—Dr. Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, National Geographic Explorer and Awardwinning filmmaker of Then There Were None