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"Soulshaping does an excellent job of demonstrating how we can listen to and follow our soul’s guidance in the midst of life."
–Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author of Be Here Now

"I often refer to the dictionary at the end of this wonderful book to put new words to sacred experiences, fleeting understandings, and the bigger mysteries that seekers have pondered throughout history. The words are like bridges between my little self and my vaster consciousness that is free from fear and open to peace."
—Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow and cofounder of the Omega Institute

"This book is a role call for the soul. Jeff Brown is the kind of writer who invites you to swim in gasoline and then provides a match. This is no self-help book. This is a summons from the mountaintop and from the trenches. I am so grateful for Brown’s journey and his absolute genius in writing."
—Tama J. Kieves, best-selling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love

"Spiritual erotica! Jeff Brown lays down his soul on these pages for us to see ourselves. In so doing, he demonstrates a rare vulnerability, a wicked sense of humor, and a deeply personal insight into the human condition."
—Kathryn Beet, master yoga practitioner and owner of Yoga Space, Toronto

"Jeff Brown takes readers on a journey seeking to find his inner self. It is a search for self-fulfillment, a field guide for life, and a quest for the meaning of life."
—Eddie Greenspan, QC, criminal lawyer and earnest defender of the presumption of innocence

"Soulshaping is a beautiful story of one man’s spiritual journey that reveals the inspiring, yet often humbling, path of growth and self-transformation. Jeff Brown offers us a raw, honest, and humorous glimpse into the exploration of self, while also imploring us to celebrate the opening of the heart and the awakening of the soul—no matter where we are directed, what is revealed, or who shows up."
—Seane Corn, international yoga instructor and spiritual activist

"Soulshaping is the story of one man’s journey of awakening and healing and is lit with epiphanies and hard-won psychospiritual savvy not just for the author, but for all of us. Jeff Brown has faced his dragons and has emerged from the flames with significant treasures and a soul-centered, refreshingly raw travelogue that is as readable as it is instructive. A brave book this is–a book that serves our own journey of awakening and healing, simply by being so unswervingly and nakedly human. This is not just another book about soul, but a book saturated with soul."
—Robert Augustus Masters, PhD, author of Meeting the Dragon

"If you don't have a gut reaction to this book, you may be dead! My heart completely opened up as I felt each page come alive with emotion. It’s a must-read for anyone on a spiritual path to identify and discover our powerful and majestic self."
—Jewels Johnson, host of Law of Attraction Talk Radio

"Tired of another by-the-numbers guide to spirituality? Soulshaping is the real deal, a gritty look at the reality of fully inhabiting your life. It may be the only soul-help book I have read that brings spirituality and psychology together in a grounded framework. I love the way Jeff Brown shows us how to shed our emotional debris and ego armor, while at the same time transforming all of it into the lessons we need. Nothing gets lost or misplaced—everything is grist for the soul mill! Soulshaping represents the next step in the spiritual transformation of Western culture, a perfect blend of Eastern mysticism and emotional healing. Brilliant and perfectly down to earth at the same time."
—Zeydl Hemrend, lawyer and film producer

"Jeff Brown takes us on an intimate, compelling, enlivening, and often quite humorous set of adventures with many of today’s leading consciousness teachers on his journey to uncovering the deep truths that live at the heart of all spiritual paths."
—Robert Gass, EdD, workshop leader, spiritual activist, composer, performer, and recording artist

"As a therapist and as a human being, I highly recommend Soulshaping. It is a must-read for anyone wanting to move beyond the profound emotional blocks of early wounding and gradually, very gradually, begin to awaken to increasing levels of self-acceptance through the wisdom and tenderness of their own essence. Through his school of 'heart knocks,' and with astonishing emotional authenticity, Jeff Brown implores us to embrace and fully 'excavate' our Shadow, the seeming darkness within. Only by fully honoring all aspects of our journey (every wound, every person, every trauma) can we begin to accept and eventually honor all of who we are."
—John Pollard, MA, psychotherapist and spiritual director at Transformational Arts College

"Soulshaping was the most valuable, engaging, and hard to put down book I read this year. This book goes way beyond the rote ‘how to’ presented in so many spiritual books and offers a sincere and true-life story of what it is really like to journey into the inner world of self-creation and to listen, truly listen, to that tiny voice inside. Jeff Brown is the real deal and he shows with heartfelt honesty that there is no ‘arrived’ when it comes to the quest of the spirit."
—Dr. Melissa West, international radio show host with Contact Talk Radio

“Soulshaping is an insightful, thought-provoking testimonial, an autobiography of one man's spiritual journey to find a more authentic way of being…a refreshingly truthful, heartfelt account...I think this book will appeal to those who are seeking a more meaningful way of being. It is beautifully written and there is comfort in reading and relief in hearing.”
Bath Chronicle

"Soulshaping is a direct expression of a powerful individual radiating his inner divine strength, while fully revealing wholeheartedly the human side of his earthly undertakings and allowing readers to capture meaningful wisdom, inspiration, a renewed sense of empowerment, and hope. Jeff Brown is a true pioneer with his endless dedication, commitment, and balanced expression that promotes authenticity and long-lived self-transformation. Cheers to him for his powerful service to humanity!"
—Dulcinea Contreras, founder and executive producer of Evolution Revolution Media Productions

"Just as a sculptor shapes his clay on the wheel, Jeff Brown shapes his soul from the wheel of his life. An alluring and riveting journey, a definitive cure for soul-dysplasia, this book is real! Never before have I read a book so eagerly anticipating the next page—not because of a mystery unfolding, but because I wanted to see if Brown had my story right. For those on their soul journeys, this book will no doubt reveal a different vantage point to help them find their way."
—Susie Bonham-Craig, spiritual psychologist and author and host of Wisdom Wide Open Radio

"If I were to use words to describe my innermost feeling after reading Soulshaping, I would use two: true inspiration. I believe this book will be used as a ‘bible’ to those who truly need a guide for their journey. Jeff Brown’s life journey will truly inspire those who have started and then stopped, those who have a knowing, but don’t know where to begin, those who have despised their life due to some traumatic experience at some point in time, and will realize by reading this book that they can go on!"
—Laura Annicharico

“Brown’s story is an emotionally raw, no-holds-barred account of life in the trenches along the spiritual path, and a guide to moving from survivalist behaviors and attitudes to living in tune with one’s higher purpose in the midst of the madness of modern life.”
ForeWord Reviews

“Rivetingly personal and profoundly universal, [Soulshaping] is for anyone who has heard a whisper of something truer calling out to them amid the distractions of modern life.”
—Spiritual Media Blog

“Offering much food for thought as [Jeff Brown] tells a story that many readers will find relation to when coming to terms with their own soul and their spirituality, Soulshaping is a heartily recommended read.”
The Midwest Book Review

“Through verdant prose Jeff, the wordsmith, leads us to authenticity through ‘the challenge of actualizing a soulful calling in a harsh landscape.’… Like a touchstone I will return to Soulshaping as I continue to weave my own web of soul-shaping.”
—Food for Thought

“Through Brown’s passionate storytelling and insights, gleaned from his life journey, three powerful points emerge… The essence of life is that it is all a soul’s journey. The heart of the soul’s journey is to have a profound faith in the human experience. The process of realizing our soul’s calling is to feel our feelings fully until we discover what we need to learn. [Soulshaping] is a very inspiring book, and I recommend it both for people searching for hope and guidance in order to find meaning in their lives, and for those who have found meaning and would appreciate revisiting their journey.”
AHP Perspective

“This is a good book for anyone who has heard a little voice (or voices) about another way of life.”
—MyShelf.com

“I found Soulshaping to be a wrenchingly personal and sometimes painful expression of Jeff's life journey… Jeff has a particularly engaging way of mapping out his text...a word wall that is a canvas for the verbal paint splashes that find their way into his writing.”
—Edie Weinstein, The Bliss Blog, Beliefnet

Soulshaping is a powerful memoir about how making different choices in life can change it for the better—if we only listen to our inner voice. … This book offers a good narrative and would be helpful to anyone trying to come to grips with their own life and soul path.”
New Consciousness Review

Soulshaping is the optimal demonstration of walking one's true path. … Jeff Brown's brilliant formulas will immerse you in the school of heart knocks. Soulshaping will awaken parts of you and guide you on a deliberate purpose driven, soul searching journey.”
Intentional Conscious Parenting

Soulshaping is the journey of awakening for Jeff Brown, and is described so intricately, and shared so deeply, one could use this as a ‘template’ for dissolving fear and opening to oneness.”
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About the Author

Born in Toronto, Canada, Jeff Brown did all the things he was supposed to do to become successful in the eyes of the world. He was on the Dean’s Honor List as an undergraduate. He won the Law and Medicine prize in law school. He apprenticed with top criminal lawyer Eddie Greenspan. It had been Brown’s lifelong dream to practice criminal law and search for the truth in the courtroom.

But then, on the verge of opening a law practice, he heard a little voice inside telling him to stop, just stop. With great difficulty, he honored this voice and began a heartfelt quest for the truth that lived within him. Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Brown was actually questing for his innate image, the essential being that he came into this lifetime to embody. He was searching for his authentic face.

As part of his journey, Brown surrendered to his confusion and explored many possible paths. He studied Bioenergetics and did session work with cofounder Alexander Lowen. He practiced as a body-centered psychotherapist. He completed an MA in Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco and cofounded the Open Heart Gang, a benevolent gang with a heartfelt intention. He developed his student business and became a successful entrepreneur.

The most important thing Brown did, however, was the inner work. By going inside and connecting his spirituality with his emotional life, he learned essential lessons. By learning to surrender to the "School of Heart Knocks" (the school of life), he found his authentic face and embraced the call to write Soulshaping. Although he resisted it at first, he soon realized that honoring the call was his best defense against sleeplessness. If he wrote, he slept. If he didn’t, he lay awake all night. This is the nature of a calling.

Brown currently lives in Toronto, where he and the Open Heart Gang are close to finishing a documentary about Bhagavan Das (of Be Here Now fame). The film, titled Karmageddon, includes wonderful dialogues with Brown and spiritual teacher Ram Dass, yogis Seane Corn and David Newman, and chanters Deva Premal and Miten. In addition, Brown is actively searching for wheels for the Soulshaping bus tour, a spirited adventure across North America with his soul-friends, heaven-bent on inviting more people to raise the flag of the little voice to the rafters of consciousness.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Original edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556438109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556438103
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Toronto, Canada, Jeff Brown did all the things he was supposed to do to become successful in the eyes of the world. He was on the Dean's Honor List as an undergraduate. He won the Law and Medicine prize in law school. He apprenticed with top criminal lawyer Eddie Greenspan. It had been Brown's lifelong dream to practice criminal law and search for the truth in the courtroom.

But then, on the verge of opening a law practice, he heard a little voice inside telling him to stop, just stop. With great difficulty, he honored this voice and began a heartfelt quest for the truth that lived within him. Although he didn't realize it at the time, Brown was actually questing for his innate image, the essential being that he came into this lifetime to embody. He was searching for his authentic face.

As part of his journey, Brown surrendered to his confusion and explored many possible paths. He studied Bioenergetics and did session work with co-founder Alexander Lowen. He practiced as a body-centered psychotherapist. He completed an MA in Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco and co-founded the Open Heart Gang, a benevolent gang with a heartfelt intention. He started his own business and became a successful entrepreneur.

The most important thing Brown did, however, was the inner work. By going inside and connecting his spirituality with his emotional life, he learned essential lessons. By learning to surrender to the "School of Heart Knocks" (the school of life), he found his authentic face and embraced the call to write Soulshaping. Although he resisted it at first, he soon realized that honoring the call was his best defense against sleeplessness. If he wrote, he slept. If he didn't, he lay awake all night. This is in the nature of a calling.

Brown self-published the first edition of Soulshaping in December 2007. Called 'Soulshaping: Adventures in Self-Creation', the book was sold on a street level by a homeless man in Toronto and met with a tremendous response. It was picked up by North Atlantic Books soon thereafter and a beautiful new edition, distributed by Random House, entered bookstores in August 2009. Now named 'Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation', this edition includes a new preface written by Brown that speaks to the grass roots energy that moved the book into the world so quickly, validating his own intuition about the book's connective and heartfelt nature.

After writing a series of inspirations for ABC'S 'Good Morning America' in early, 2010, and appearing on Fox News.com and dozens of radio shows, Brown wrote the viral blog 'Apologies to the Divine Feminine (from a warrior in transition)' that autumn, catapulting him to a greater degree of notoriety, particularly in social media. Soon thereafter, he released his first film- Karmageddon- an award winning spiritual documentary that highlights his journey with spiritual teacher Bhagavan Das. Also featuring profound interviews with 'Be Here Now' author Ram Dass, yogis Seane Corn and David Life, and chanters Wah, Deva Premal and Miten, Karmageddon is a courageous, self-honest, unforgettable film about spirituality, integrity, and emotional healing.

Jeff's second book- Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground- was published in October, 2012. Strongly endorsed by Oprah Soul Series Radio host Elizabeth Lesser and best-selling author's Oriah Mountain Dreamer and Katherine Woodward Thomas, "Ascending" is a collection of some of Jeff's most popular spiritual graffiti--quotes, soul-bytes and aphorisms frequently shared in social media.

His third book- Love It Forward- was published on Valentine's Day, 2014. In this second book of spiritual graffiti, Love It Forward includes a number of Jeff's most popular and profound love and relationship quotes. Endorsed by best-selling authors Carolyn Myss, Andrew Harvey and CNN'S Father Edward Beck, this beautiful book also includes a series of inspirations that Jeff wrote for ABC's Good Morning America and is a reflection of his new movement, also called 'Love It Forward'.

Jeff's 4th book, a beautiful love story called 'An Uncommon Bond' is being published May 1, 2015. It is an unforgettable, higher consciousness love story that takes the reader through a broad range of ecstatic and painful experiences as the couple struggles to find their way through complicated emotional terrain. A remarkable book, 'An Uncommon Bond' reminds us of our own longing for great love.

Jeff is also the owner of Enrealment Press and the publisher of the brilliant poetry collection- "Hope is a Traveler"- written by author Susan Frybort. And in December 2014, he founded Soulshaping Institute in an effort to bring his ideas to a vaster audience. He is currently living in the Toronto area, working on a book that hearticulates his perspective on a spiritual life.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn J. Wilson on June 1, 2010
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After studying science, religion, and philosophy for more than 40 years, I have finally found a practical grounded approach to spirituality, a marriage between Eastern and Western consciousness that Jeff calls weastern consciousness, this is about ascending with both feet on the ground and living a full, meaningful, authentic life. Jeff Brown is showing us a way to live a spiritually grounded authentic life by sharing his journey with us, leading by example so that we can live our life's purpose here on earth. Others have shown us part of the picture, to love and forgive, and that pain and suffering are a result of not having our expectations and desires met, and Jeff with the paradigm shift of...this is as real as it gets and we are given this gift of life and this human body, a divine, finely turned instrument that if we listen and feel we are being guided from our inner spirit, the inner spirit that we all share. Jeff's journey hasn't been easy. He did suffer through a painful and tumultuous childhood. He became a brilliant criminal attorney and then the inner voice spoke to him, he resisted at first, and then explored psychology and bioenergetics, and still the voice, the voice he calls little Missy, kept speaking to him and finally he started writing the book Soulshaping, he was following his path, one that he had resisted for quite a while, he walked away from the financial security he would be having as an attorney and and a psychologist , both offering him financial security and prestige to follow his spirit voice. I am grateful to have found this book that has dramatically changed my life for the better, and for having the opportunity to meet Jeff Brown in person. He is real, wears no mask, plays no games. He is a wonderful, loving, honest, authentic, human being.Read more ›
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Not all lawyers are soulless monsters, as many spurned people would tell you. "Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation" is the story of one of Canada's top criminal lawyers and how he left his profession to search for his soul. Offering much food for thought as he tells a story that many readers will find relation to when coming to terms with their own soul and their spirituality, "Soulshaping" is a heartily recommended read for those who want aid in making an introspective look at their own souls.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rehmatullah on May 19, 2014
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Soulshaping is the journey of awakening for Jeff Brown, and is described so intricately, and shared so deeply, one could use this as a "template" for dissolving fear and opening to oneness. There is something in describing the limitation that allows for an acknowledgment of such, and by this, releases one to the freedom of life. As Jeff describes the process of considering this journey: - "Could I trust my pain to liberate me after it had imprisoned me most of my life?"

An important point that Jeff shares on his journey into integrated wholeness is the need to have a foundation for grounding: - "I wanted the relief of my highest callings before I had built the foundation to support them", so it was with Jeff's discoveries that the grounding platform provided the launch pad for everything else to be built upon.

So many areas of life are covered within Jeff's autobiographical journey, including the discovery of Candida, and how he changed his diet to clear this up. The new regime included digestive enzymes, parasite cleanses, acidophilus, and regular colonics. Also Jeff fasted for two days a week, to starve the Candida of sugar, as Candida is yeast that feeds off sugar to keep alive. Fasting days consisted of vegetable juices and water. I can personally vouch for these methods also, as I have used digestive enzymes for quite some time now, occasionally using parasite cleanses, and felt wonderfully clear following a series of colonics. Following this healthy life change Jeff reports feeling much more clarity that he is able to connect to life more deeply. Often we subconsciously use foods to supress our emotions, until we can no longer feel anything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Webb TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 22, 2011
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At at time when many use there personal struggles and problems to explain why they can't do more, author Jeff Brown uses his own experiences to show us why we MUST do more. Presented in a way that is both inspiring and informative, Brown allows us to look at who we really are, not just at what people may see. He targets the whole individual and explains why we have to be careful not just how we live but also how we love.

You can't predict everything that will happen in your life or how everyone will treat you, but you change the way you deal with life. That is the true message that Jeff Brown showcases, and he allows us to see why we will be better off by doing so.

An incredible journey of the mind and beyond, SOULSHAPING is just what you need to help you live your best life each and every day.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dulcinea Contreras on September 5, 2009
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""Soulshaping" is a direct expression of a powerful individual radiating their inner divine strength, while fully revealing wholeheartedly the human side of his earthly undertakings, allowing readers to uniquely capture meaningful wisdom, inspiration, a renewed sense of empowerment, and hope!

Jeff Brown is a true pioneer with his endless dedication, commitment, and balanced expression that promotes authenticity and long-lived self-transformation. Cheers to you Jeff for your powerful service to humanity, I am deeply humbled to support your life mission!!"
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~Dulcinea, Executive Producer of Evolution Revolution Radio & Voices of Change
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