About the Book : Sister Jaguar’s Journey is the fiercely honest story of Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, who after spending 68 years looking for God in all the wrong places, finally found the peace and divine connection she was looking for in the Amazon rainforest. It all starts with a simple invitation to visit the Achuar community in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Here in this place, with these special people, using plant medicine, she was propelled onto a new path. Guided by the indigenous wisdom of Pachamama (Mother Earth), and the sacred rituals of the Achuar people, she confronts and lets go of her turbulent, abusive, angry past, ultimately discovering that her life’s purpose was not to be an American educator, author and nun but rather a compassionate human being. In many ways, Sister Jaguar’s Journey is the story of one nun s transformational passage from self-rejection to self-acceptance, and from self-blame to self-love. It is, perhaps, the journey of each of us as we search for peace in this life and beyond. The Achuar call her Hermana Otorango – Sister Jaguar, and so will you….
About the Authors : Sister Judy Bisignano, a Dominican nun, spent sixty-eight years looking for God in all the wrong places. A lifetime of prayer and public service as a fierce and renowned educator in Tucson, Arizona failed to bring her the peace and divine connection she had always sought.
SISTER JAGUAR’S JOURNEY (the film and the book) tells the story of her difficult childhood, and her attempt to avoid family life, marriage and motherhood by entering the convent, where she was met with an even more abusive situation. Ever the survivor, she worked with children and teenagers and founded two schools, yet when the school she started for the Mexican-American community in South Tucson was closed, she was forced to confront the devastating affects of her lifelong anger on her life, her work, and those around her.
Divine intervention presented herself in the form of Sandra Morse, a friend and professional communication philosopher, who with a simple invitation to visit the Achuar community in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, forever changed Sister Judy’s life. Launching her onto a path toward reconciliation with her turbulent, abusive, angry past, she eventually found peace and forgiveness through plant medicine in the Amazon rainforest. Yes, a Dominican nun drinking ayahuasca – and it changed everything. It was here in this moment, in this place, with these special people, that she found God, healing and forgiveness.
While sitting in a canoe on the Pastaza River, Sister Judy witnessed a black jaguar devour a white bird. To date, she is the only visitor “from the north” to encounter a black jaguar in the Achuar region. According to the local shaman, seeing the black jaguar was a good omen, one that empowered Sister Judy to experience a series of cultural, environmental and spiritual shifts that ultimately transformed her life.
Sister Jaguar’s Journey is the story of one nun’s transformational passage from self-rejection to self-acceptance; from self-blame to self-love. Perhaps it is also the journey of each of us as we search for peace in this life and beyond.
The Achuar call her “Hermana Otorango – Sister Jaguar,” and so will you.
My Say : Sister Jaguar’s Journey is told with humour throughout the tale where Sister Judy constantly gives thanks to those who have had an impact in her life. It’s an inspiring account of a woman’s life, who went through hell & back on more than one occasion before finding peace in Pachamama or Mother Earth, in the Ecuadorian rain forest. The sister spent 68 years searching for God only to finally find him in the Amazon rainforest. Sister Jaguar’s Journey by Sister Judy Bisignano is a biography that opens the door into Sister Judy’s life. Where we learn about the journey on her road to becoming a nun, and the many trials and tribulations she has had to face in life. Throughout her life, Sister Judy was hurt by abuse and depression and thoughts of committing suicide. She finally looked for help and the assistance of therapist Sandra Morse. I would personally recommend this book to everyone who is seeking peace in their lives.
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