- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Word Sculptures Publishing; 1st edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977832465
- ISBN-13: 978-0977832460
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
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Shift: Change Your Words, Change Your World Hardcover – June 1, 2007
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Exploring the power of words to shape experiences in the world, Smith Warfield, an author, poet, attorney, mediator, mother, and grandmother, acknowledges, There is only one rule: use your words in ways that serve yourself, others, and our planet, not in ways that harm. Like spending an afternoon with an exceptionally insightful friend who wears her mysticism with practical shoes, reading Shift opens readers to possibilities, clearly the author s intention. One of the author s methods for unlocking those possibilities is questioning herself and readers throughout. Questions serve as wake-up calls to stir awareness and consciousness, as they address another challenge: The mystic experience is difficult to express in words. Questions can point the way. The author shares some of her own mystic turning points in anecdotes and poems, asks questions, and explores dualities that sometimes get in the way of non-dualistic consciousness, her term for mystic experiences. She examines sixteen pairs of dichotomous terms including despair and joy, death and life, falsehood and truth, and science and religion, here concluding, Both, if properly applied, are valid, creative vehicles for improving the human condition ...Why not simply practice mutual respect and non-violence? Later chapters include insights on anger and inner peace, Anger is always a messenger telling you there is something in your life you need to change. She moves readers to consider, Do you want to hang onto your anger and frustration? She explains why focus can be so powerful saying, When you focus on what you want and how you re going to get there, your mind isn t able to focus on what you don t want... One of the most innovative discussions possibly troubling to readers with fundamental religious views covers functionality and nonfunctionality as more productive terms than good and evil. A BMW, she notes, when its tires are flat, its battery is disconnected, and is out of gas is not evil. It s just not functional. So, too, with humans: The parts have to work individually and together. She adds, Focus on becoming more functional...Stay serene and detached when others are upset and fighting. As much as she tries to clarify, the territory she claims in this book remains mysterious. Mystical experiences are not easy to put into words, although the author s poems interspersed throughout give readers a richer experience and a taste of what the words point to. She addresses heady ideas like transformed consciousness in multiple ways, encouraging readers to embrace their own processes and possibilities for encountering mystic experiences, saying, We are all on different paths to the same unifying consciousness. Mysticism is ultimately experiential. To tread in this territory, it s advisable to have as patient and wise a guide as Smith Warfield. --ForeWord Magazine, Bobbye Middendorf
Lawyer, grandmother, mediator and poet Janet Smith Warfield presents Shift: Change Your Words, Change Your World, a remarkable self-help guide to adapting one's consciousness to help bring peace to oneself and to the planet, one person at a time. Chapters encourage the reader to be honest with oneself, and attune to one's own thoughts and feelings, while being wary of negative impulses to judge or control other people, and touch upon the big spiritual questions. None of the world religions has ever been able to define God. God is referred to as a mystery, something beyond human understanding. The word define means to limit. Of course, religions can't define God. What right do we humans have to limit God? An utterly insightful guide to making sense of timeless wisdom, applicable to readers of all faiths and backgrounds. --Midwest Book Review
On rare occasions, life-altering experiences result in great works of art and literature. Thirty-five years ago, Janet Smith Warfield, had such an experience. This experience became the driving force behind her unique and noteworthy book, Shift: Change Your Words, Change Your World. For 35 years, Janet s artistic challenge was how to use words to communicate her wisdom. She knew that words were part of the human dilemma. Because of their constantly shifting meanings, words miscommunicate. Shift plays with word sculptures, using ordinary words in extraordinary ways to trigger readers minds so that their own unique wisdom and truth can emerge. Reading Shift is not an ordinary read. It s an interactive experience. Janet gently guides, sometimes jolts her readers into increased awareness, consciousness expansion, and living in the present moment. Using word tapestries of poetry, stories, quotations, and questions, enriched with illustrations and unexpected word juxtapositions, Janet helps readers of all backgrounds and faiths to understand and internalize timeless wisdom. The word sculpture experience provides deep insight into personal, vital questions. It helps manifest previously untapped strengths, helping produce win/win outcomes by transforming personal chaos into comfortable harmony. The word sculpture experience provides clues to solving the "Human Truth Puzzle." The author exposes startling new meanings to Friedrich Nietzsche s writings, which, when properly understood, supply a major piece for solving the "Human Truth Puzzle." Unlike mathematical problems, the "Human Truth Puzzle" cannot be solved logically using words and symbols. Knowing that the "Human Truth Puzzle" requires going deep into one s consciousness to know one s own mind and emotions, Janet Smith Warfield provides a road map for readers so they can experience their own higher awareness and truth. The author is a poet, mediator, grandmother, retired attorney, graduate of Swarthmore College, and cum laude graduate of Rutgers School of Law. Her unique, powerful word sculpture experience is unlike any other self-help, body, mind and spirit work. --Lightword Publishing, Bernie Nelson
About the Author
Resist not evil, but turn the other cheek. Thirty-five years ago, Janet Smith Warfield had an extraordinary, life-changing experience. Words she had learned in Sunday school suddenly became crystal clear. Nothing changed. Yet suddenly everything changed. Janet was now looking at the same physical world from a new perspective. Janet struggled to put words to this mind-boggling experience. No one understood. How could she use divisive, analytical words to communicate a unifying experience? There simply were no right words. There were only creative words. Words were fingers pointing at the moon. They were not the moon. Janet is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Rutgers School of Law, Camden, cum laude. She practiced law in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for 22 years. She is a powerful word sculptor who knows how to bring peace into troubled lives.
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Sprinkled with her word-sculpted poetry throughout, Janet puts down her ideas in amazingly clear and uncomplicated language. Her Biblical references are numerous and yet she sees the ancient book through a new lense, a modern, evolved way of understanding. Her discussions on fear and courage, parents and children, choices and decisions, anger and freedom, consciousness and unconsciousness are enlightening and persuasive.
In the middle of the book there is a list of principles by which to live that serves as wonderful checklist for anyone seeking peace of mind and joy in spirit. "Make Your play your life's work," "Polish all facets of your diamond personailty, "focus on becoming more functional . . . "
are just a few. Along with these she offers examples, affirmations, visualizations and steps to awareness. Her insights on The concepts of Thesis, Anthithesis and Synthethis are fascinating as she brings in examples of Christ and Neitzsche. Her paradoxical conclusions make complete sense!
This is a wise book by a wise woman and for many out there who are seeking "transformation," who are riding the new wave of our changing times, this book will pull together many readings and thoughts and workshop principles readers may be familiar with. For the uninitiated, it will simply be an eye-opener. A necessary book for the student of peaceful coexistence, who wants to think out of the box, and believes there may be a beautiful solution to the crazy turbulence of human history. Ms. Smithe Warfield can actually change, as well as challenge, the way we think. Led by her clarity and logic, we see that we can have a perfect world. In fact we shall have one in due time, as her recommendations become habitual behavior, as we dig new neural pathways with out new perspectives, as we overcome old self-defeating ways of thinking and feeling. We may do this one at a time or collectively, but when the critical mass is reached, we will see we were raised on falsehoods and led by duality to extremes in judgments and behaviors; indeed, Janet convinces us our world can become the lovely, peaceful gift from the supporting, universal powers that it was designed to be.
Janet states that we all believe in word illusions that act as dualistic dividers that can heal us or poison us and she proceeds to guide us in how this is played out through our words, our beliefs and our lives through our choices of living a life of inner peace, love and joy or living a life of anger, hate and despair.
The book is a delightful sculpture of words used in conscious awareness, that demonstrates how our selection of words can form and mold our experiences and shift our perspective of the world around us.
Connie Livingston-Dunn, PhD
I have been on the Internet since the late 80's. I am rather well known for my personal growth and professional development work. I am not saying that to impress you but rather to let you know that I am not some guy off the street. I have been around for a few years and I know the difference between a good book and an outstanding one.
SHIFT is an outstanding work of art. Yes, a work of art in that the author paints with her words. She paints a masterpiece with words that will inspire you to become the fully expressive, passionate human being you always dreamed you could be. Her words will pierce through your self-imposed limitations so you will experience yourself as the magnificent, powerful person God intended you to be.
In my lifetime, I have read over 6,000 books, magazines and articles dealing with personal growth and spiritual development issues. To date, hands down, SHIFT is the best book I have ever read on the subject.
I rarely recommend books. If you Google me, you will find in all of my years on the Internet, at the most, I have recommended fourteen books. Today, SHIFT as the fifteen book I have reviewed, is at the top of my recommendation list. I guarantee you, after reading it, it will be at the top of your recommendation list, too. - Frederick Zappone, Author of the Feeling GOOD, No Matter What, Newsletter. - [...]