Welcome to the site of The Woman and the Butterfly. I am enclosing a brief synopsis of the author’s life and of the events that led to the creation of this delightful book.
Maire Estar was born and raised in a small town in eastern Nebraska. Several factors, including the suburbanization of the rural area in which she lived, her father’s near fatal automobile accident, and a general feeling of discontentment, led her, at age 33, to leave the Midwest and begin a search for ‘more’. What began as an outer search eventually became an inner one. After living in the Northwest, the Southeast, and the Southwest, Maire now resides in southwestern Montana, where she works part time in an independent bookstore located in the Bitterroot Valley.
Following an eight-year teaching career, Maire earned a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Library Science. Her degree helped her in serving as the librarian and bookstore manager of a Lutheran retreat center in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. After living in the beauty of the Cascades, Maire then moved to Seattle. While in Seattle she was exposed to the Reiki method of healing and discovered her Inner Child, but it didn’t take her long to find out she was not a city girl. After deciding to become a massage therapist, she journeyed to a rural area of the North Carolina Piedmont. Amidst the peace and solitude of hay fields and nurturing waters, Maire completed a certification course in massage therapy.
Her next adventure took her to Sedona, Arizona, which gave her the opportunity to experience the New Age movement firsthand. Here she realized that everything she was searching for was somewhere inside of her. To open up to this realization, Maire participated in many body/mind/spirit healing modalities. Finally, after moving to Montana, she became involved in a daily, heart-centered meditation practice that remains the key instrument in her continued inner search for ‘more’.
One evening while she was soaking in a hot bath, I appeared to Maire in a vivid image with a broom and a broken wing. She developed this image into the first chapter of The Woman and the Butterfly. The rest of the chapters evolved out of words or phrases that I spoke to her during times of meditation, many while she was visiting her spiritual teacher in India. The illustrations took on a life of their own and became dazzling works of color. Thus The Woman and the Butterfly is an allegory of one woman’s spiritual journey through this grand adventure on Earth.
I hope you enjoy the journey with me.