Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, born to parents who migrated from rural Louisiana at the start of WWII, she has walked through many different doors spiritually and academically. She has a PhD; she's a Zen Roshi; and she's also a poet and author. Essentially, she's a Seer in which she has woven herself into various frameworks to ultimately bring forth her visionary work. Zenju has embraced the active role of Seer, in watching for obstacles to awareness, despite the loss of such a role in the American culture. Her transmissions come through her books The Deepest Peace, Sanctuary, The Way of Tenderness and the Black Angel Cards: 36 Oracles and Messages for Divining Your Life, her first visionary experience. She also teaches from her experience of African and Native American indigenous ceremony and her own awakening on the intersection of spirituality and systemic oppression.