Memoirs of the Soul by Nan Phifer, Jane Tompkins


Memoirs of the Soul teaches readers how to write about the times of wonder in their lives, the sources of their strength, their creativity, resilience and moments of personal transformation. Unlike traditional memoir writing, which focuses on retelling the events of one’s life, this book will help readers recognize and explore the spiritual aspects of themselves—their inner lives, their creativity and resilience. Although the word “spiritual” means different things to different people, Phifer associates it with times when readers have experienced particular states of grace, mercy, compassion, reverence, awe and intuitive knowing—a connection to someone or something.

Designed to be used by groups in a classroom setting as well as by individuals, Memoirs of the Soul leads readers through a process of self-exploration, resulting in a personal document to be shared with loved ones or published for all to enjoy.Nan Phifer has taught memoir-writing workshops and creative writing throughout the Northwest. The author of Writing Your Life: Developing Skills Through Life Story Writing and Writing for the Workplace, Phifer currently teaches a workshop entitled “Writing the Spiritual Memoir” through the Lane Literary Guild. She was Associate Director of the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon.

She lives in Eugene, Oregon. “Books on memoir writing and spirituality are big sellers, especially among women and older readers. Some of the biggest sales in recent years have been racked up by books that reflect a uniquely contemporary search for…a personal spirituality.” —Publishers Weekly “Today, more than ever before…vast numbers of people are eager to spill the most minute details of their lives. For most, there is a desire to create a permanent record of their experiences and leave a legacy for their family.” —Time

Library Journal

Most of us have at some point mused about what it would be like to “look back into the souls of our ancestors.” In her latest book, Phifer (Writing Your Life), who teaches creative writing in Eugene, OR, shows readers how to create a glimpse of their soul for future generations by writing of “the great sweep of feelings” that shape their characters rather than aiming for what is commercially successful. Highlighting the differences between autobiographical writing and memoir writing, Phifer urges amateur writers to write of the “inner life,” or times of “joy or crisis or profound contentment.”

She offers a structured, well-organized process for writers to follow, which includes specific exercises, inspiring quotations, and examples of student work from her memoir-writing workshops. Although academic collections may prefer a more businesslike approach, such as Jane McDonnell’s Living To Tell the Tale: A Guide to Writing Memoir, this how-to is highly recommended for all public libraries. Angela Weiler, SUNY at Morrisville Lib. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

1. What is the “I” ? 2. Why do we suffer? 3. Is there such thing as “Enlightenment”? ~ Peter Russell

From an interview at the 2009 Science and Nonduality conference, Peter Russell answers the question “What is the “I”?”.

2. Why do we suffer?

3. From an interview at the 2009 Science and Nonduality conference, Peter Russell answers the question “Is there such thing as ‘Enlightenment’?”.

Create A World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation by Alan Seale

We are living in extraordinary times. We face challenges on all levels: economic, environmental, educational, corporate, governmental, personal, and spiritual. Experts and thought leaders in all of these arenas put forth ideas and models for the way forward. However, great as many of those ideas and models may be, if we are going to create a world that works, there must first be a shift in how we think and how we “show up” to life each day. We must learn to look at challenges from the perspective of potential and opportunity rather than thinking of them as problems to be solved. We must become co-creators of a new and different world rather than trying to fix an old one.

Create a World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation by award-winning author Alan Seale is a practical and accessible guidebook to making these shifts. Through this book, you can develop:

* an authentic, dynamic, and impactful personal presence that by its nature is transformational
* a keen awareness of your intuitive intelligence for guidance in life, leadership, and service
* an understanding of how life and leadership work as energy in motion
* tools for co-creation with the matrix of energy that connects all
* an ability to listen to the great potential of our future and let it show us the way forward

Alan Seale shows you how to live, lead, and serve in ways that inform and inspire more enlightened and effective action, creating a world that works for today and tomorrow.

Our world is at a tipping point. We are the best hope for a bright and sustainable future. Create A World That Works lays the groundwork by giving us a foundation of skills for the road ahead.

Alan Seale talks about the quantum nature of Transformational Leadership and meeting the challenges and opportunities of today

Alan Seale is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, leadership and transformation coach, and founder and director of the Center for Transformational Presence. His first book, Intuitive Living: A Sacred Path, received the prestigious Coalition of Visionary Resources Award for Best Book in Spirituality 2001. His other books include Soul Mission * Life Vision (2003), The Manifestation Wheel: A Practical Process for Creating Miracles (2008), and The Power of Your Presence (2009). His next book, Create a World That Works: Tools for Personal and Global Transformation, will be published by Red Wheel/Weiser in May 2011.

Alan maintains a full workshop schedule throughout North America, Scandinavia, and Europe. He currently serves on the faculties of the International Coach Academy, and the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program of The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. He has also served on the faculties of Chautauqua Institution, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the New York Open Center, Wainwright House, New York City’s Learning Annex, and the Boston Learning Society, as well as been a guest teacher at Coachutbildning Sverige (Coach Training Sweden) and CoachWalk in Malmoe, Sweden.

Alan has twice been a featured presenter at International Coach Federation annual conferences in North America, and has been a guest presenter for many regional chapters of the International Coach Federation in North America and Europe. He has appeared as a featured guest on National Public Radio’s “Chautauqua Edition,” BBC Scotland, the Wisdom Channel, and on many radio and cable television talk shows. Alan is truly a global coach, currently serving clients on four continents who are committed to making a significant difference in their world.

Earlier in his professional life, Alan enjoyed an extensive career as a professional singer and voice teacher in New York City. He can be heard as singer/songwriter on his solo CD recording, “Child of the Moon.” He has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Europe, and as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera National Company, the Spoleto Festival (Italy and USA), and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His voice students include Austrian dramatic soprano Brigitte Pinter and Broadway stars Marc Kudisch, James Barbour, and Graham Rowat.

Alan is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute, The Evolutionary Institute, and The New Seminary. He holds a Master of Music in Voice from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.

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