Friday, May 28, 2010

Nancy Seifer, Co-Author of "When The Soul Awakens", Sees "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives" As Sign Of Awakening

This year's surprise winner at the Cannes Film Festival, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives,” may be signaling that humanity is awakening to the reality of the soul. Nancy Seifer believes this award reflects a growing acceptance of reincarnation in the West, and may indicate a deeper shift in perspective on life and death

The Cannes Film Festival gave its top prize, the Palme d'Or, to “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives.” Filmed in Thailand and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, this work is an exploration of reincarnation through a dying man’s journey of discovery.

“The fact that the Cannes Film Festival awarded the top prize to a film about recalling past lives is full of significance,” stated Ms. Seifer. “It’s another sign that humanity is awakening to the reality of the soul—the higher aspect of ourselves that evolves through lifetimes of experience. The award adds to the evidence—in public opinion polls and popular books—that reincarnation is gaining acceptance in the West. It says a great deal about the shift in awareness that has been taking place over the past few decades.”

Based on modern esoteric teachings known as the Ageless Wisdom, “When The Soul Awakens” was written for people who are awakening spiritually and want to learn about the nature of the soul, the higher self, and the evolution of consciousness. It focuses on this turning-point in human evolution when millions of people are awakening to higher truth and exploring the journey of transformation.

In a chapter entitled “Rebirth,” the book reveals that a sense of having lived before is a sign that the awakening soul has begun to recognize its own reality and to realize the continuity of life. This chapter also explores the fact that reincarnation has been accepted by enlightened individuals of all eras, cultures, and religions in the West as well as the East.

While many people around the world have come to view this period as “the end-time,” Ms. Seifer and her co-author, Martin Vieweg, focus on the current global crises as the birth pangs of a new era that will unfold beyond 2012. In their view, the rising tide of human suffering that has swept the planet since the start of this millennium has sparked an expansion of spiritual awareness among people everywhere.

Ms. Seifer and Mr. Vieweg were recently awarded a Silver Medal in the 2010 Nautilus Book Awards for “When The Soul Awakens,” placing them in the ranks of previous Nautilus award-winners such as Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Carolyn Myss, and many others who have contributed to the universal stream of contemporary spirituality.

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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