Author and poet Barbara Schmitz offers a heartful, funny, and deeply moving “spiritual
autobiography” that brings the reader along on each stage of her fervent inner quest
for mystical experience.
Beginning with a Catholic girlhood in Nebraska, she graduates to an unlikely apprenticeship
with Allen Ginsberg at the Naropa Institute; a dedicated transcendental meditation
practice; and finally to thirty years of joys and struggles with a Sufi teacher (Shahabuddin
Less) with whom she travels to Bali, Turkey, India, Kashmir, and the Holy Land.
Incisive as lightning—the meaning of her Sufi name, Vajra—her questions and yearnings
are our own, and she doesn't let God, her teacher, or herself off the hook.
PRAISE FOR PATH OF LIGHTNING
April 22, 2013 GoodReads review by A.E. Stueve”
"... an honest, unwavering description of Schmitz’s journey to spiritual fulfillment.
... From her early beginnings as a scared Catholic girl praying for death so she
could go to heaven, to a middle-aged woman searching for answers to questions most
of us don’t bother to ask, Schmitz takes her readers on a journey that is enlightening,
heartening, and eye opening...” Read the Full Review.
October 28, 2012 A Word’s Worth Review:
“This is an unusual book written in a highly accessible style by a highly enlightened
person . . . Path of Lightning is filled with illuminating flashes that will attract
readers interested in further developing their spiritual growth.” Read the Full Review.
“Schmitz endeavors to understand ‘the mystery and beauty of being alive.’ I name
her the Queen of Constancy for her devotion to meditation and never letting up or
giving up on her spiritual journey. Enjoy the rich trip.”
—NATALIE GOLDBERG, author of Writing Down the Bones, Long Quiet Highway, and The
“In Path of Lightning, this captivating writer shares the story of her spiritual
journey from a Catholic girlhood to various forms of illumination. Her path is filled
with both yearning and acceptance, drama and banality. Along the way, she meets a
vast array of spiritual seekers from Sufi leaders to Allen Ginsberg. She does this
while living in the small, remote town of Norfolk, Nebraska. Barbara is both ordinary
and extraordinary. She is one of those wonderful people who can hear the music of
the moon. In this book, she shares the music with us.”
—MARY PIPHER, author of Reviving Ophelia and Seeking Peace
Sundown at Faith Regional (2021): In Sundown at Faith Regional, Barbara Schmitz offers
Heart Medicine which “drops the pain body”—an invitation to let go to the rhythms
of her love songs to life. (6"x9" paperback, 130 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-76-2 $20).