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The Willingness to Engage

By Carla Woody

STANDING STARK: The Willingness to Engage is a groundbreaking guide for those who are looking for a spiritually oriented life. In easily understood language, this book explains complex issues that are often encountered as someone moves toward mysticism. Carla Woody incorporates her own decade-long adventures with renowned Peruvian mystic Don Américo Yábar and integrates them with the challenges of everyday living. STANDING STARK will show the committed traveler how to embark upon the journey into the deeper mysteries of existence and follow the guideposts along the way.

Standing Stark book cover The book:
  • Provides a model that identifies phases of evolution.
  • Gives explicit ways to move from one level to the next.
  • Delves into hidden realms discussed infrequently in spiritual literature.
  • Empowers readers to develop a direct relationship with their innermost self and what they deem as sacred.
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"This book is filled with wonderful stories that help to illustrate with great clarity our under-lying relationship with spirit. I'm sure readers will gain insight from Carla's writing, as did I."
— Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, Co-founder and CEO, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

"Carla's easy, honest style of sharing spins us through this story of a willingness to be fully human — the most sacred act we can ever achieve while being here on earth. She opens her heart to us page after page so that we, in turn, can experience feeling that wondrous gift of being wholeheartedly alive — in every moment — no matter what!"
— Jacquelyn Small, Founder, Eupsychia Institute, author of Awakening in Time  and Becoming a Practical Mystic

"...Woody teaches us to soar to new heights of consciousness and open magical portals into our Core Selves. Miraculously, she also addresses terrorism, environmental destruction, medical dilemmas and other modern issues that distract so many of us from following our true paths. STANDING STARK is a magnificent adventure, as well as a fascinating read!"
— John Perkins, author of Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation  and Spirit of the Shuar

"Writing from direct personal experience, Carla Woody tackles the mystery of life with sensitivity and an open heart. Most importantly, like an experienced teacher, she probes us to search deeply into the wellspring of wisdom buried in the inner recesses of our being."
— Kyriacos C. Markides, author of The Mountain of Silence, Riding with the Lion  and others

"In STANDING STARK, Carla Woody weaves her personal story into a delightful tapestry of self-growth methods and tales of transformation. In reader-friendly language and with a flair for transforming challenging concepts into understandable ideas, Wood describes her unique path toward wholeness and fulfillment. In so doing, she helps her readers discover their own path through the sacred dimensions of life."
— Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., Co-author of Extraordinary Dreams and How to Work with Them, Healing States  and others

"STANDING STARK is a very easy to read, in-depth book about engaging with your Soul. The subtitle, THE WILLINGNESS TO ENGAGE, really describes the content of the book. Through an artful weaving of information and storytelling, Carla helps the reader drop inside to reconnect with the unconscious parts of themselves. It is written in such a way that it's easy to experience what she is describing. The suggestions she offers about how to engage are very gentle and easily understood. An excellent book for those seeking to become even more whole and who wish to be guided by someone else on the path."
— Suzi Smith, International NLP Trainer/Coach

"This is the first time I have seen the classic steps of spiritual process so clearly defined. By sharing her experiences and perceptions of her own journey, Carla gives the essences of signposts that other pilgrims can recognize in their own process and gives a way-showing preview for initiates to the spiritual path."
— Ellen Solart, Author of Heartaculture

"In the world of books about new age spiritual topics, only a minority is truly accessible and easily applicable to daily life. STANDING STARK by Carla Woody is one. Our true intent is a key. When we are able to move from the mind/ego to an intent that comes from the heart, we open to immense guidance, knowledge, growth and potential.

Real knowing, which comes from the heart, is experiential and is not simply a mental construct. Woody describes spiritual questions, practices, and phases of spiritual awakening which, combined with sharing of both her own experience and the experience of others, easily illuminate the spiritual path to higher consciousness and transformation. This combination is very effective in helping her audience to 'know' what the process of spiritual evolution entails.

Woody helps the seeker to understand and navigate the joys, trials, and pitfalls of the spiritual path, and makes esoteric concepts understandable on a deep, feeling level. I read this book from a place of allowing, rather than thinking, and found it to be very descriptive and affirming of my own process and journey. I recommend it without reservation for both novice and seasoned travelers on a spiritual journey."

— A review by Emma Onawa for The Well Red Coyote: Books on the Rocks in Sedona, Arizona

CARLA WOODY is a long-time teacher of conscious living known for taking spiritual concepts and grounding them for practical use. Read A Conversation with Carla Woody or download and read the Prescott Woman Magazine's article (952 KB) to learn more. She is the founder of Kenosis, an organization supporting human potential and spiritual emergence. She is also the author of Calling Our Spirits Home: Gateways to Full Consciousness and articles on whole health.

March 2004 * ISBN 1-930192-02-9 * $14.95 * Perfect bound * 204 pp
Published by Kenosis Press * Distributed by New Leaf Distributing Co.


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