"I was born in Paris, France and my first book of poetry was published there. After traveling around the world with Redmond and Mardiah Gleeson for a year, my husband Charles and I settled in Aspen, Colorado where I began writing in English. After seven years, Charles, our two daughters and I moved to the Mendocino Coast where we lived in a cabin on an old mill site in the redwood forest. Our son was born there and I helped start a Waldorf school for children scattered in that isolated area. Eventually Charles built a house in the forest closer to Mendocino. I helped with the finishing work and did the landscaping while writing articles and short stories for local and regional publications as well as French magazines. I also participated in numerous poetry series and radio shows.
My poetry and short stories appeared in poetry reviews, magazines and anthologies all over the country. Two books of poetry were published by local presses, later a book about Subud, a collection of adventure stories, and a memoir about postwar France." - Lydia Riantee Rand
MANY FACES OF SUBUD
This book is the result of the collaborative effort of three women who have been in Subud for decades. It compiles testimonies of members from all over the world, on different topics. The central feature of Subud is the latihan, or spiritual exercise, held for half an hour, two or three times a week. Through the latihan people renew their contact with the Great Life Force, becoming aware of latent powers residing in all of humankind. Subud has little doctrinal teaching except for the belief in divine power and higher centers of consciousness. The implication is that people practicing the latihan align themselves with those higher centers. To purchase Lydias book, you can click here.
Riantees poet reading on Zoomuse from Friday, 28 August 2020: