SoulWorks: Living the life you want … and being who you want to be
Your life has a thread. It tells where you’ve been and what you’ve done. It shows when one incident led to another. It explains how things turned out this way.
But your life has a deeper pattern. This one links the people, places and events that matter to you. It shows how early experiences connect with later ones. It shows why incidents have significance and meaning. This deeper narrative is your soul story. It lets you see themes and patterns in your life. It helps you work out who you are... and where you want to be.
Soul Works draws on profound insights from psychology and anthropology. It combines these with a wide range of applied tools and techniques. Blending spiritual insight with practical work, this is a handbook for creating, and living, your own life.
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I read this book quite a few months ago yet it has stayed with me since. I enjoyed meandering through the content and reflecting on my life along the way. A highly recommended book. ~ Ann T, NetGalley
Steve Jobs said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards." I was reminded of this quote as I read Soulworks. Jane points out that every life has a distinct theme and pattern going through it. You can't always see it as you're living it but looking back, everything starts making sense. But what if you could figure out yours now? This book is full of exercises and insights that help you identify the main theme of your life and how the choices you're making are helping you fulfil this purpose. The book helps you become more aware and figure out what steps to take next to go where you need to go. It's a must read for everyone interested in personal development. ~ Soul Works, NetGalley
This is a beautiful book which can really help people. It as a wealth of interesting connections about the mind, body soul and makes fascinating links with music and myth, interwoven with the author's personal reflection. The good provides practical steps and visualisations to engage the reader in doing the work, moving them forward to having more agency in their life experience. ~ Melanie Laing , NetGalley
The perfect book for many people out there and may be just the doorway they need into a deeper more meaningful life ~ JC Cross , NetGalley
An interesting book which explains and expands on how to discover who you really are by listening to your soul. Anyone who is interested in a spiritual way of life will resonate with the lessons in this book. ~ Sue Hardman , NetGalley
The author, Jane Bain, does an excellent job of presenting her findings in a way that is easy to read and interesting. Many of the points she makes are backed up by science and I found the addition of quotes from well-known people to be a very nice added touch. Since she has a degree in psychology it’s obvious that she definitely has a background conducive to sharing much of the information she provides. The facts from the beginning are used as a jumping off point to move on and apply what you have learned in a way that will make your life better. I like that she enlarges on facts and turns them into action. Worth the time invested in reading it. ~ Connie Martello , Amazon/NetGalley
This is a profound and practical book by an author who has applied her studies of psychology and anthropology to myths and stories. It addresses the deeper themes, passions and narratives of our lives – what she calls our soul story. It is about discovering and being who you are, designing your life path and developing an attitude of responsibility that includes the ability to respond. There are many useful exercises and practices to work with and a particularly pertinent list of 20 questions to go through, including what we feel most grateful for, when we last cried and what it was about and how we would change our lives if we knew we had one year to live. There is an exercise for formulating one’s personal values both in terms of principles and feelings, and another as an encounter with our future self. There is a helpful chapter about contact in relationships and another on finding and expressing one’s gift. Throughout, there is a sense of creative adventure and an encouragement towards spiritual awakening in answering the soul’s call. ~ Paradigm Explorer
A pleasant spiritual read which is easy to follow. A self development book that really gets you thinking about life, your meaning and your spiritual journey. This is the first book by this author yhat i have read and i enjoyed her writing style. Definitely gave me something to think about. ~ LJ, NetGalley
What makes ‘SoulWorks’ such a useful book is that it deals in terms of themes that run through people's lives rather than simply the narratives. Lives do have patterns, there is a direction - and when we tune into these deeper structures, we get a sense of meaning which can then inform everything we do. The result is often a profound shift rather than a superficial change. Jane also has the gift for expressing complex truths simply, for making the abstruse accessible. This is a must read for anyone interested in self-development, the mind and the way we function as human beings in the world. ~ Dr Shomit Mitter, M.Phil (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)
This is a beautiful book which can really help people who are feeling stuck or low, or who would like to change aspects of their life. It has a wealth of interesting connections about the mind, body, soul and makes a fascinating link with music and myth, interwoven with the author's personal reflection. The book provides practical steps and visualisations to engage the reader in doing the work, moving the reader forward to having more agency in their life experience. ~ Miranda Kersley BSc (Hons) Psych, Neuro-Linguistic practitioner and life coach
If you’ve fallen foul of the Western dilemma of disillusionment with what you have, then this is surely the antidote. Practical, pragmatic and concise, this book is backed by science, anecdote and experience. Jane's work cleverly weaves together nuggets of wisdom from sources as wide-ranging as Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and Buddhism. Discover what matters to you; what’s truly important; what brings you joy and nourishment. Live passionately. Live purposefully. Live your Soul Story. ~ Bridget Finklaire, Consultant Therapist & Advanced Hypnotherapist
Using tried and tested exercises and her in-depth understanding of myth and traditional tales, Jane Bailey Bain offers you a simple yet profound way to explore your own soul story. ~ John Kent, Director, Voice Dialogue UK
'SoulWorks' is about rediscovering your personal potential to be a healthful balanced individual to the absolute best of your ability. It combines western and eastern approaches to psychology and philosophy which inspire you to create your very own life story. There are plenty of practical exercises to help readers apply their new-found wisdom to everyday situations. Jane writes with empathy and insight, and this book makes an original contribution to the popular field of spiritual development. If you're at a crossroads in your life looking for a new approach, 'SoulWorks' provides both inspiration and practical guidance. ~ Anna J Cherry, Author & Editor, The Habitat Affect
Jane provides a fresh and easily accessible perspective upon an important topic for an age of seismic changes. Right now, identity and purpose are centrally important to personal evolution and success and the market for such insights is strong and growing. This field is one in which I have experience and serve using online video but using slightly different techniques. There is clearly demand out there for ‘spiritually oriented’ content in self-discovery and development. Fresh approaches are always welcomed and make the whole space more attractive to the growing band of seekers of meaning. ~ Peter Urey, Director, Find Your Path
The theme of the 'soul story' in which associations between people, places and events bring deep and multifaceted meaning to our lives is very important to good mental health. Often people in crisis are poor historians of their own lives. Recovery comes when they are able to explore their past, the influences and experiences that have shaped them: in other words, to first discover and then narrate their own stories. Jane provides inspiration for us all, as well as practical resources to guide us through the hurly-burly of everyday life. ~ Gillian Wood, MBPsS