A Woman’s Guide Through Life Transitions
Coming Into Your Own: A Woman’s Guide Through Life Transitions describes the inherent “field of possibility” that lives just under the storylines of our lives. This invisible field contains the unmanifest potential that is uniquely our own. The book also outlines specific, universal phases of transition in what Cecil has named the Wheel of Change. She calls these phases “Dwelling Places” because we must dwell in each one for as long as it takes to fulfill the promise of that stage. Identifying where we are on this map is greatly relieving. Once we know where we are, we understand how to make contact with the underlying field of possibility that will, in turn, inform our choices and give meaning to our lives.
What if the throes of change are the very circumstances that provide access to one’s innate calling? Author Barbara Cecil’s experience with thousands of women says that this is so, and that these women are actively looking for help to align themselves with an inner truth. Coming Into Your Own provides a framework that holds and organizes the chaos and pain inherent in change. It gives readers a map that leads them onto the path that is rightly their own. Personal stories from women around the world pave the way and give hope.
REVIEWS & ENDORSEMENTS
A review by the Huffington Post- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-k-comstock/keeping-busy_1_b_8204068.html
“As countless people around the world join hands and hearts in service to a life-sustaining future, they discover that the personal is political. This is especially true for women as they hearken to the calls for change in their own lives. For this transformative journey, Barbara Cecil provides a trustworthy map for coming into our own.” –Joanna Macy, author, Coming Back to Life
“The future of leadership will be more feminine, conscious, and collective. Coming Into Your Own offers intriguing real life examples and core practices for this new, inner leadership work. Highly recommended!” –Otto Scharmer, co-founder of The Presencing Institute, author, Theory U, co-author, Leading From the Emerging Future
“Barbara is a master at creating hospitable spaces in which we, as women, can remember our deeper callings and stand in our full stature. The crises and turning points we face personally and professionally demand a wholesome context and the kind of ‘time and space apart’ that Barbara and her colleagues create so beautifully. With great sensitivity she has done the very same thing in a special book that supports women across cultures as they consciously navigate their life transitions. Coming Into Your Own is a gift to all of us.” –Juanita Brown, PhD., co-founder, The World Cafe and co-author, StoryBridge: From Alienation to Community Action
“Solid in theory, sound in perspective, and carried on the wings of real stories, Barbara Cecil offers a trustworthy guide to the cycles of a woman’s life. Cecil’s writing is wholly/holy common sense, integrating years of listening and gentle leading. Follow this voice, walk this labyrinth of learning, and join the company offered you here on the necessary journey of becoming and being your fullest self.” –Christina Baldwin, author of Life’s Companion, Journal Writing as Spiritual Practice, and Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
“Coming Into Your Own sits squarely on the nerve of what it means to be a woman in this day and age. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life journey, this book will hit home. It speaks to me personally, and will be a treasured companion to the women I travel with in these remarkable times.” –Dee Anne Everson, executive director, United Way of Jackson County, Oregon
“Casting back over the years, I remember specific times when my current story, once so savory in my mouth, went stale and dry, when I felt confused and bereft, unable to go backwards or forwards, trying a few things but nothing sticking. Then, as if in my peripheral vision, a speck of inspiration came, so small it slipped past any grandiosity and something new, unexpected was born. I wish I had had Barbara Cecil’s map of change, then, to surround the shakiness I felt and remind me of life’s trustworthiness. Here in this book you now have access to her gentle wisdom, born of her willingness to go deep down in herself and with others, to find the pearls of truth.” –Vicki Robin, co-author, Your Money or Your Life; author, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us
“Give yourself the gift of time to sink into the soul-deep wisdom of this book. If you are in the turmoil of transition, elder woman and wise guide Barbara Cecil will help you to find purpose, peace and a pathway through the chaos that is right for you.” –Sarah Rozenthuler, consultant, psychologist, and author of Life-Changing Conversations
“In the ‘untidy mess of personal transition,’ it can be difficult to find your way; this book provides much-needed light for the journey.Coming Into Your Own, much like the author’s seminars of the same name, provides wise and gentle guidance for navigating life’s transitions and nudges the reader towards self-confidence and self-trust, joy, and fulfillment of her own unique soul-purpose. What Lauren Artress did for the ancient spiritual tool of the labyrinth in her book Walking a Sacred Path, Barbara Cecil does for women’s circles and a deeply felt, feminine approach to the cycles of life.” –M.C. Sungaila, law firm partner, bar and community leader, nonprofit board member, author, and CIYO alumna
“The understanding of how profound change works described in this book was born out of experimentation, courage and astute reflection in a mature, long-standing women’s circle. It is thrilling to me that our pioneering is now available to support and inspire women and women’s circles far and wide. The beauty of the book is congruent with the character of the author.” –Anne Dosher, PhD, social services consultant and activist, elder
“Coming Into Your Own is a wonderful guide for living our best lives. Barbara Cecil is an expert storyteller who uses the stories of extraordinary women to weave a tapestry that explains her thoughts and ideas revolving around the wheel of change in order to help each and everyone of us find our sense of being and fulfillment. This book is a must read for anyone who has confronted change and adversity in their life. That means it is a must read for all of us! I can already think of hundreds of people I want to give it to.” -Robin Miller, MD, Medical Director, Triune Integrative Medicine Clinic/ Medical Reporter, KOBI-NBC