"What is spirituality? What does being spiritual mean? For many people, spirituality means feeling at one with that which we call the divine. But when I think of the divine I . . . think of our own most evolved qualities: our profound human capacity for empathy, for love, our striving for justice, our hunger for beauty, our yearning to create. I think being spiritual means being ethical and, in the true sense of the word, moral." ~ Riane Eisler

Spirituality, Empathy, & Compassion

While spirituality is something intensely personal, it also demands from us a participation in our larger human community. How can we be spiritual people and turn a blind eye to the suffering of others?

In a world where spirituality often means destructive cults or entrenched religions based on strict and unfeeling dogma. Riane Eisler offers a vision of spirituality that cherishes our humanity instead of denying it. A sane approach to achieving the spiritual fulfillment we all strive for. A way of connecting to ourselves and the world instead of cutting ourselves off. It is an approach that is well overdue and offers hope for the future of our species.

Spirituality, Empathy, & Compassion

Eisler's book on precisely this topic is entitled Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body.

Read selected excerpts from Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body in.

"This is Riane Eisler’s most stunning, far-reaching, and practical gift -- both to readers and for a world that must change or perish." ~ Gloria Steinem

"Sacred Pleasure . . . isn't just about the oppression and suppression of women and the damage that has been done to women. Dr. Eisler also addresses the harm inflicted on males who are forced to uphold the imbalanced, patriarchal, often violent, dominator system. This imposed dominator system has left our intimate relationships, to say the least, fractured." ~ Mary Preiser Potts

Interviews, Speeches, Articles, & Books

Listen to, watch, or read about Riane Eisler's ideas on spirituality which underpin much of her work.

Empathy and Compassion with Riane Eisler

This excerpt is from Link TV’s Global Spirit program "Oneness: The Big Picture."

Human Yearning for Caring Connection

In this video, Dr. Eisler makes the argument that our yearning for our connection is not only spiritually based (as reflected by the concept of “Oneness”), but also a visceral, biologically-related factor of human and intra-species relations.

Empathy and Compassion with Riane Eisler

The Goddess Coloring Book

by Craig Coss

Images, myths, histories, and mysteries of eighteen goddesses from around the world. A fun way to connect with the divine feminine, these brush & ink illustrations derived from ancient and traditional images invite you to look deeply, ask questions, and uncover new understandings as you color. An adventure for teens and adults.

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Foremothers of the Women’s Spirituality Movement Elders and Visionaries

Edited by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble

In the early ‘70s, women began researching ancient worldwide Goddess-based cultures and to create circles of women’s ritual. This seeming explosion of creative religious expression on the part of contemporary Western women is the thematic focus of this book; the 33 chapters are the individual stories of the movement’s founders, including Riane Eisler, in their own words.

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Women of Wisdom: Empowering the Dreams and Spirit of Women

Edited by Kris Steinnes, with Foreword by Jean Houston

Women of Wisdom features spiritual, academic and artistic contributions from professionals and lay people who share their experience of being women and celebrate the power of the feminine spirit. In addition to writings by the author and founder of Women of Wisdom, Kris Steinnes, contributors include best-selling authors Riane Eisler, Jean Houston, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Marion Woodman, Isabel Allende, Angeles Arrien, Judith Orloff, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Frances Moore Lapp, Brooke Medicine-Eagle, and Nicki Scully.

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In Sweet Company: Conversations with Extraordinary Women about Living a Spiritual Life

Edited by Margaret Wolff

In Sweet Company takes readers on a spiritual odyssey into the hearts and minds of some of the most influential women of our time — Riane Eisler, Olympia Dukakis, Sister Helen Prejean, Zainab Salbi, Margaret Wheatley, Katherine Dunham, Reverend Lauren Artress, Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitsch, Sri Daya Mata, Rabbi Laura Geller, Le Ly Hayslip, Miriam Polster, Alma Flor Ada, and Gail Williamson. For all these women, their spiritual life nourishes them and serves as a dependable compass for decision making.

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The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV)

For efforts of religious leaders and faith communities to end traditions of violence and domination, see the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (SAIV).