Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation

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North Atlantic Books, Jun 15, 2010 - Self-Help - 216 pages
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Soulshaping is the inspiring memoir of an archetypal "male warrior"–a trial lawyer–who struggled to find his heart and a more authentic, soulful path. Rivetingly personal and profoundly universal, this book is for anyone who has heard a whisper of something truer calling out to them amid the distractions of modern life. Jeff Brown’s dramatic and often funny story takes readers through remarkably human experiences–emotional, physical, and economic–as he vividly recounts his troubled childhood, his success in apprenticing with Canada’s top criminal lawyer, and his ultimate decision to leave the law and begin an inner journey to discover his soul’s purpose. A work of courageous self-creation, Soulshaping reminds us that we are all truly connected, that our seemingly isolated struggles are actually part of the shared human challenge to live a life that is heart-centered and soul-driven.

Both down-to-earth and magically mystical, Soulshaping will meet you where you live–and where you long to live.

 

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Contents

Adaptations and Disguises
1
A Shroud for Every Occasion
3
First Signs
4
Birth of a Persona
7
Calls from the Inner Wild
9
Lightening the Load
12
Glimmers of Knowing
14
A Blast from the Past
16
Actualizing My SoulScriptures
87
Loves Lessons
89
Prep School
90
The Magical Mystery Tour Step Right UP
92
AscenDance
94
Root Awakening
97
Marveling
99
Grumbling Toward Ecstasy
103

Bare Essentials
18
Im Having a PreLife Crisis
21
Clearing the Debris
25
Jabbed Jealousy Abandonment and Betrayal Trigger
26
A Frightened Little Kid
27
A Nervous Breakthrough
29
The School of Heart Knocks
32
Shadow Boxing
34
Refuge
36
The Spiritual Bypass
37
Feathering My Nest
38
Next Stop Buddhaland
41
The Universal Broadcasting System
44
Punch Drunk Candida Albicans and Food Sensitivities
45
Seeking a Little Soulitude
46
Where Wired Is Required
49
Journeys to Spacious Landscapes
50
BoundaryMaking
51
Befriending Confusion
54
Baring Witness
56
Vote for Flake
58
Out Off a Limb
60
Confusion Says
62
Living in the Question
64
Off to See the Wizard
67
The Presumption of Essence
68
Back in the Saddle Again
70
Dying to an Answer
73
A Leap of Fate
75
Insight and Opening
77
A Sense of Wander
78
Body Masks
80
Throwing Momma from the Brain
83
Ascending with Both Cheeks on the Ground
86
Leggo My Ego
104
Only Soul Knows
106
I Got a Truth Ache
109
Grist for the Soul Mill
112
Emptying the Vessel
114
Embracing Discomfort
115
A Sight for Soaring Eyes
118
Cell Your Soul
123
The Fire of Essential Light
124
Bridge Crossings
126
Karmageddon
127
Jumping the Light
129
Friends Fall Away
132
Selective Attachment
135
Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground
139
Finding My Soulpod
142
No Return
143
Sacred Balance
145
When Ego Has Landed
147
From Sole to Soul
149
Homeward Unbound
154
Final Thoughts on the Path from a Seasoned InnerWar Veteran
159
Shtuscle and Flow
161
A Good Psychotherapist Never Hurts
163
Turning the Soulular Phone On
165
God is IN the People
166
A Warning about Gurus
167
A Soulful World
169
Help Wanted
171
Soulshaping Dictionary
173
Selected Bibliography
179
Permissions
181
About the Author
183
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About the author (2010)

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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