Membranes of Hope: a new book gifted to me by my great-grandmother, the Strega

In 2005, in a shamanic journey, I met my great-grandmother, the Strega in a cave where she was busy crafting something which I could not, at first see. After repeated visits I was finally able to determine that what she was crafting was something that I call “Wombs with Wings.” It took me fifteen years to understand the meaning of this image. My new book, Membranes of Hope: A Guide to the Spiritual Boundaries that Keep Lifesystems Healthy from the Personal to the Cosmic, tells the story of that discovery and also offers the teachings that she wanted me and therefore, you, to have.

Wombs with Wings

Wombs with Wings

Red and porous, with healthy veins and wings of joy, pulsing with the rhythm of life.

When I finally saw what she was doing, I felt my own womb jump. It began to pulse, Now, fifteen years later, I am finally beginning to understand what this image means, what she is doing, why it is important, and that she wants me to do this as well. The wombs are the membranes and the membranes are in need of healing. The wings are for ascension – an overused but essential word. Ascension – meaning literally “going up,” moving to the next level. It can even simply mean to evolve rather than devolve, strengthen rather than dissipate or fall apart, flourish rather than self-destruct, and thrive rather than merely survive. And it can only happen when the membranes are strong.” ~Membranes of Hope

Resized Final Book Parts

Membranes of Hope explains the basic concept of the membranes, the bioenergetic boundaries that contain, inform and protect lifesystems, and instructs and guides the reader in how they may contribute to their care. The book includes rituals to carry out  for each fractal layer of the membrane: personal, family, village, earth and cosmic and offers shrines to build to further participate in this work. Also included are stories set in communities whose membranes are intact. 

This book has been written for people already on a medicine path, those who are just beginning, or those who simply want to be of service to their community and the Earth in some way. The reader may enter into the rituals and work offered at whatever level they wish and with whatever degree of commitment they choose.

The membrane is a permeable boundary with intelligence and discernment that allows in or keeps out that which it senses is appropriate for the lifesystems within it. Spiritual, etheric, or bioenergetic membranes encase and enclose lifesystems, from the cells in our bodies to the cosmos around us. They contain, protect, and inform our personal souls, families, villages, the Earth, and extend out into the universe. 

The role of the spirit worker has always been to tend to, support, and keep these membranes strong and supple so that what is held within them not only survives but thrives. 

In this book, Theresa C. Dintino defines this revolutionary concept and offers the reader tools to learn how to engage in this work at any level they wish to participate. 

There is no better time for this book and the work that flows out of it. Join the movement to care for and repair the membranes at their many levels to restore and maintain health in the lifesystems of the planet. 

I look forward to continuing this journey with you. You may buy the book from me personally at or from Amazon.

Classes in 2022

Theresa will run two 5 part Membranes of Hope Classes in 2022 beginning in April. One is in person and one is online. Click here to learn more about the online classClick here to learn more about the in person class.

~Theresa C Dintino 2020

Theresa C. Dintino. Sketch by Mia Szarvas @humanswhoinspire
Theresa C. Dintino. Sketch by Mia Szarvas @humanswhoinspire

Theresa C. Dintino is the author of eight books and serves as a guide and spiritual mentor to many. While attempting to reclaim and restore her ancestral medicine lineage, the Italian Strega tradition, Dintino was surprised to be “claimed” by the West African Dagara tradition of stick divination. Honored by this invitation, Dintino pursued it, and in 2011 was initiated into this potent form of divination. Besides her family and daughter, this turned out to be the greatest gift of her life. 

Stick divination helped Dintino find her way back to her own lineage and enables her to help others find and restore theirs. This beautiful practice of Dagara stick divination continues to offer countless gifts. In multiple divination sessions, Dintino was taught about the spiritual membranes that protect, nurture, and inform lifesystems.

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