Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation

Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation

by Jeff Brown

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556439506
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 06/15/2010
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 2 MB

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.

Customer Reviews

Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GODDESS-IN-THE-MAKING More than 1 year ago
I have read everything in self-help, but this book shifted my perspective like nothing had before. Jeff doesn't pretend to know something that we don't know. He just calls out to our own knowing, reminding us of our own inherent wisdom and capacity for change. His writing inspired me to stop pretending that I was making progress, and to actually live the journey full force. No other book did that. In many ways, it reminded me of Ram Dass and his book, Be Here Now. Just a very personal story of awakening that warmly empowers the reader. I am especially moved by Jeff's courageous decision not to accept a prior publishing offer and to wait for the right publisher. He honored his soul's voice to the letter and it worked out for the best. I like a spiritual author who walks the walk. I recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who is struggling with their career direction, soul-identity, emotional issues, difficult relationships, where to walk next. He takes your hand and walks you right into the heart of what you need to work through next. It is a fantastic God-is-in-the people kind of book. Deeply human, deeply heartfelt, profoundly wise without talking down to the reader. You will not be able to read this wonderful book only once. As a woman, I was especially delighted to read about a man's inner world, especially a warrior trial lawyer who left the success game to find his heart. How rare and precious is that in a power-hungry world. And the Soulshaping dictionary at the back of the book will change the way you talk about your spiritual path. New language, and a new way to connect to our journey...Fantastic!
HEART-AND-SOUL More than 1 year ago
I read all of Soulshaping while flying to yet another spiritual retreat. I was looking everywhere for the answers I needed to move forward in my life. By the time I arrived in England, I had recognized something that I had easily misplaced in all my journeys- the journey lay within. I had read this in countless self-help books and heard it from my spiritual teachers, but I had never FELT it until I read Soulshaping. By taking me into and through his journey, Jeff Brown invited me inside of my own journey. By inviting me into what he calls "The School of Heart Knocks", I remembered my heart. I had been trying to find spiritual answers by detaching from my emotional pain. He let me know that it is okay, and even essential, to find my answers in the heart of my feelings and my personal relationships. Everything I was trying so fervently to detach from was the key to my transformation- the "grist for the soul mill" as he says. The key was that I saw myself in his journey. Everyone will see some of themselves in his journey. There is something about the very connective way he writes that makes you feel like he is in the room with you, sharing and self-revealing. All your shame and fear of the path falls away. I have been using terms from the brilliant Soulshaping Dictionary at the back of his book in my daily life (Who doesn't want to "Ascend with both feet on the Ground?"), and I go back to his journey whenever I feel disconnected from my path. What Criminal law lost when Jeff walked away, humanity has gained. If you read any book on your spiritual and healing journey, make it this one. It is grass roots and human and genuine. Very rare in this hyped up world.
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