Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Children, Teens and Suicide: Nancy Seifer, Author Of When The Soul Awakens, Offers A Solution

Recent events involving young people who are led to commit suicide clearly demonstrate that a pervasive sense of despair has overshadowed the lives of many children and youth. Nancy Seifer, co-author of When The Soul Awakens, believes the answers to this perplexing modern-day crisis lies in the Ageless Wisdom teachings.

A pervasive sense of despair has become especially evident among young people in recent times. Children and adolescents are harming themselves and others in ways that were once unimaginable. Some are clearly crying out for help; others appear to be cut off from everyone and everything. Nancy Seifer, co-author of When The Soul Awakens, believes the answers to these perplexing modern-day problems lie in the Ageless Wisdom teachings.

"The wisdom teachings," stated Ms.Seifer, "explain that when we identify ourselves with the things of the material world, we experience life in isolation—from one another and from the larger whole. We see ourselves as separate from one another. We fail to recognize that we are part of a greater life. This illusory sense of isolation and separation is the essential cause of suffering, not only for young people, but for all of humanity. The “remedy”—inherent in the unfoldment of human consciousness—is the inner awakening to the essential relatedness of all of life."

In a recent article entitled 'Reaping The Fruits of Suffering', drawn from a chapter in When The Soul Awakens, Ms. Seifer offers eight specific steps that can allow us to take a wider view of the suffering all people experience.

1. Look for the lesson to be learned in any situation you might encounter
2. Practice the way of the Buddha and the way of the Christ
3. Look for meaning in every event and circumstance
4. Take the stance of the observer
5. Practice the Presence - stay aligned with the Higher Self
6. When crisis occurs, look for the opportunity
7. Recognize that the best way to transcend suffering is to serve others
8. Take the long view and recognize that 'this too shall pass'

Based on the Ageless Wisdom, When The Soul Awakens sees the current world crises as the birth pangs of a new time. The rising tide of human suffering that has swept the planet since the start of this millennium is serving to spark an expansion of consciousness among people everywhere. This book was written for awakening souls who want to know what comes next on the evolutionary journey, and to find their role in the unfolding plan.

Rolland G. Smith, Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, called When the Soul Awakens “the definitive work of research, eloquence and skillful attunement to the subject at hand.” John L. Petersen, world-renowned futurist, called it “a wonderfully written tapestry that not only illuminates the past, but also shines a bright light on what is on the horizon.” He added, “This is a very special, extraordinarily valuable volume for anyone who wants to actively participate in the biggest event in our history."

Seifer and her co-author Martin Vieweg are available for interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at their website at When The Soul Awakens is available wherever books are sold online and in bookstores everywhere.

Gathering Wave Press
Nancy Seifer and Martin Vieweg
When The Soul Awakens: The Path To Spiritual Evolution And A New World Era
ISBN: 978-0-9820047-0-8


Nancy Seifer and Martin Vieweg have been studying and practicing the principles of the Ageless Wisdom for over thirty years. This book represents the harvest of their transformative journeys.

Nancy Seifer was an idealist and activist early in life, before finding her way to the spiritual path. During the 1960s, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, a staff member at the African-American Institute in New York City, and an aide for ethnic affairs to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay. In the 70s she directed a program on women and diversity at the Institute on American Pluralism, where she wrote numerous articles, papers, and chapters for anthologies. Her writings on American working-class women include a monograph (Absent From the Majority,1973) and a book (Nobody Speaks for Me!, 1976) that are still in use at colleges and universities.

In the late 70s, Nancy embarked on a quest for spiritual truth that led her to the ageless wisdom teachings, and to involvement in several visionary endeavors. While directing the Center for Peace through Culture, she travelled to the Soviet Union in 1986—a trip that sparked a decade-long immersion in post-Soviet Russia as spirituality was reemerging there. After writing Russian Odyssey (2003), a spiritual memoir born of that experience, she began work on When the Soul Awakens in an effort to make esoteric wisdom more accessible to a growing body of seekers.

Martin Vieweg has been a student, writer, and lecturer within the esoteric community for over three decades. Early in life he pursued a wide range of spiritual teachings and practices—from Ernest Holmes’ “Science of Mind” to Edgar Cayce’s “Search for God.” While working at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach he lectured on reincarnation, dream study, and extra-sensory perception. In the mid-70s he enrolled in a program for esoteric training at the Lucis Trust, publisher of the Alice Bailey books. He later joined the headquarters staff of the Trust in New York City, serving as co-director of a global meditation project and frequent lecturer. More recently, Martin served for many years as Director of Data Management for the United Negro College Fund in northern Virginia, where he and his wife, Nancy, coauthored When the Soul Awakens.


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