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From the Publisher“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