The Seven Whispers: A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These
About The Seven Whispers
Spiritual practice in times like these is based on noticing the subtleties of guidance as it appears in the midst of ordinary days. Little daily intuitive hunches, warnings, and celebrations help us stay attuned to that “something else” beyond our tasks and distractions. In seven exquisitely crafted chapters of personal essays, Christina Baldwin offers a meditative phrase that shapes our ability to attend to this guidance:
Maintain peace of mind.
Move at the pace of guidance.
Practice certainty of purpose.
Surrender to surprise.
Ask for what you need and offer what you can.
Love the folks in front of you.
Return to the World.
Written in inclusive language, this book is being used as a spiritual discussion guide across religious traditions and among free-thinkers. Click here for a downloadable study guide.
Reviews and Praise:
"I am stunned with gratitude for the gift of this book. Christina has created a cloudless, poetic, loving map, a stunningly beautiful and universal invitation to an engaged, daily spiritual life."
—Jennifer Louden, author of The Comfort Queen’s Guide to Life
“Christina Baldwin’s story and insights of the heart tell us how to get where we all want to go: home to the infinite Mystery that lives within and around us.”
—Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation and The Dance
“The Seven Whispers will speak softly to your soul. A beautiful book of wisdom.”
—Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“With this book, Christina steps into her rightful role of spiritual teacher. Her teachings are gentle, clear, and loving. She describes the path we each must walk in simple, vivid stories, all the while encouraging us to join her in the spiritual journey. I continue to learn from her in so many ways.”
—Margaret Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science and Turning to One Another
“I have read and lived by many spiritual guidebooks over the years (I am 75). For me to pick up a new one, it must be very special, and this one is. For one thing, it lives up to its subtitle: "A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These." Many such books are so demanding in their suggested practices and disciplines that one feels weighted instead of guided by them. I also felt that this book was an excellent choice for anyone who was just barely aware of spiritual journeying and I gave it to three people last Christmas, each of whom has thanked me profusely, since."
—M. Alice Strom
"The first time I read 'Whispers' I knew this book was a 'keeper' because I couldn't put it down. It has provided me with insight about things I am experiencing now."
—Beverly Therese Hill
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Download a Seven Whispers Discussion Guide to learn how to put these concepts into practice.
Reading Group Guidelines
We have created reading group guidelines for The Seven Whispers to provide a framework for people to get together and experience a meaningful conversation about their own spiritual insights and practices, using the book as a chapter-by-chapter conversation starter.
Potential settings include: Book groups, writing groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, work teams, conversation cafes, libraries, neighborhoods, potluck suppers and living-room circles with friends and families.
Download the reading group guidelines for The Seven Whispers (PDF file).
About the Author, Christina Baldwin
Christina Baldwin is a writer and seminar presenter of 30+ years experience. She has contributed two classic books to the exploration of journal writing, including the well-known classic, Life's Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice, revised and reissued in 2007 after 100,000 original sales. This work led her to a long study of personal growth and group dynamics and as a result of that experience she wrote Calling the Circle, the First and Future Culture to explore how social container releases needed wisdom. In recognition of the requirement for increased spirituality, she wrote, The Seven Whispers, A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These. Her legacy book, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, reminds readers of the necessity of story to communicate in all areas of professional and personal life. Continuing the exploration of collaborative dialogue, Christina and Ann Linnea wrote a new classic, The Circle Way, A Leader in Every Chair, which documents applications of PeerSpirit Circle Process as a foundational tool for local to global change.
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Related Classes and Workshops
Christina Baldwin offers classes and workshops related to the power of story through PeerSpirit. Writing workshops include:
...and others. Visit her writing workshops schedule for more information.