- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS (September 17, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583946551
- ISBN-13: 978-1583946558
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awaken Your Genius: A Seven-Step Path to Freeing Your Creativity and Manifesting Your Dreams Paperback – September 17, 2013
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“The epoch of the suffering genius is finally at an end—and a new culture of enlightened pleasure and personal abundance awaits those with the courage to shed old patterns and embrace a new myth. Carolyn Elliott's book reverses old stereotypes to propose a path for artists and inspired misfits to find joy through their gifts.”
—Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl
“Reading Awaken Your Genius is like taking communion with a bohemian brain set on fire. It’s a great treasure and will no doubt become a trendsetter for future spiritual treatises on creativity and the arts.”
—Adam Elenbaas, founder of Nightlight Astrology and author of Fisher of Men
"What massive, leaden lid keeps your creative genius blocked and locked in your habitual mind? This book describes a seven-step journey to unleash the outrageous birds and coiled dragons of creativity. It is practical—filled with contemplative care for the sensitivity of our hearts, and comes from the author’s real experience. Awaken Your Genius is fearless in asking us to look at our own complicity in hiding from the shocking power of our innate brilliance. Our world needs more poetry at the edges of things, and this book invites imagination to see that the sleeping giant of creativity is already awake."
—Acharya Adam Lobel M.Div, Harvard Divinity School, Shambhala
"Carolyn Elliott uses humor, wisdom, and poetry to guide each of us to our own bright genius. This is a smart, spirited book."
—Terrance Hayes, author of Lighthead and winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry
“Carolyn Elliott shows us that each one of us has the opportunity to heal, transform, and evolve consciousness. Awaken Your Genius overflows with soulful, substantive methods for doing just that.”
—Brian Browne Walker, author and translator of the I Ching, Tao te Ching, Hua hu Ching, and Art of War
“In a voice that might remind you of a spritely Jane Austen, Elliott guides her reader on a nimble journey where she illuminates with insight, logic, and love the path toward awakening your genius. It’s a spiritual quest aided in the romantic ideals of truth and beauty, where wisdom and whimsy merge as Elliot guides us on the path toward hearing our own heart’s call, revealing in the process, the reality of a wisdom-deficient world, while simultaneously leading us on the hero’s journey of creativity, innocence and love.”
—Robin Gunkel, writer, regional coordinator for Evolver Baltimore, and graduate of the Jack Kerouc School of Disembodied Poetics
About the Author
CAROLYN ELLIOT, PhD, is an intuitive counselor, a teacher, and a leader and organizer in the Evolver Network. Her doctoral research, which gained national recognition from the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, focused on the relationship between creativity and the soul. In addition to maintaining her popular blog Awesome Your Life, Elliott is the author of The Arcana and The Poetical Remains of the Late Mrs. Shivshakti Khattananda. Her poetry, which has appeared in The Oakland Review and Whiskey and Fox, has won the Rose Kurhan Shapiro Prize as well as the All the World for Love Poetry Contest, judged by U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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It's very easy to tell if this book will resonate with you: read the intro Amazon makes available above. If you don't jibe with the Carolyn's philosophy of poetry, odds are good you won't jibe with the rest of the book. If you do, well, there's not much more I need to say, because my money says you'll be too busy inhaling the rest to notice much else for a while.
Buying more copies to give away to people I know who are in the process of dreaming themselves awake.
As a creative, it's often easy for us to feel stuck in the doldrums of modern life and subdued by societal norms. Reading this book blasts you out of that rut like a supernova and jolts you awake to begin realizing your full creative potential. It's made my creative soul go from feeling far less reserved to more alive than ever. It's set me on a journey to start "awesoming" and begin letting go of anything that doesn't help nurture that creative direction.
Carolyn has a gift for synthesizing ancient principles with modern living. Well worth the read.
She's goes way out there with her heart talk. But as an artist, who's also a man, I found it helpful to delve more into that side of things. This book helped me remember why I am proud to call myself an artist, as well as a human being.
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