‘From Mud to Lotus’

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A new book by Dr. Pratibha Eastwood, the compelling true-life story of one woman’s spiritual journey from 1940s Palestine to 1960s California and beyond.

From Mud to LotusFrom Mud to Lotus:
I Meant to Behave, but There Were Too Many Other Options

by Dr. Pratibha Eastwood
Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
ISBN 978-1-6480-4436-6
472 pages, paperback
Order from memoir-frommudtolotus.com

This compelling, inspiring story of a woman’s coming-of-age is set in three significant eras of war-torn Palestine turned Israel, to the tumultuous 60’s in California, and the spiritual journey that followed.

Looking at her life, a successful psychologist unearths her secrets of childhood evolution into the present. The book is divided into three parts: Motherland Palestine/Israel; Fatherland – living in America; The journey home – the spiritual journey.


From Mud to Lotus is a real page-turner that takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of such epic proportions that one almost forgets it’s not fiction. A great read that is reminiscent of the lineage of Anais Nin, it champions tireless and daring explorations of what it means to be culturally, spiritually, and sexually free.”

— Sunny Massad, author of Untherapy

“This book will draw you in from the beginning. An insecure, fearful, lonely and neglected child in the mud of Israel becomes a hippie in America, a PhD in psychology, a sannyasin in India. She experiments with drugs and therapies and ends up with Osho Rajneesh for a while. From that commune, her adventures take her all over Asia, to the Himalayas, Australia, and back the US. In the end, she comes full circle to reconcile with her estranged parents, having grown into a lotus blossom blessed with Freedom, Trust, and Forgiveness. A great read!”

— Roshani Shay Curtis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Western Oregon University

“Powerful and thought-provoking. . .  Pratibha’s nuanced, richly descriptive writing introduced me to places and faces I’ll never forget. Such a vividly engaging story. It touched me deeply.”

— Lizbeth Hartz, author of Angel Hero: Murder in Hawai’i: A True Story

About the Author

A native of Israel, Dr. Pratibha Eastwood traveled extensively around the world before moving to Hawaii in 1983. Dr. Eastwood is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and taught in the California State at Sacramento’s counseling department while providing various workshops to the community, including trauma healing, holistic health, and meditation. A Jungian and Sandplay therapist, Eastwood currently runs a successful private practice. She authored two prior publications: Nine Windows to Wholeness and a play called Aging Is Not For Sissies. memoir-frommudtolotus.com

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