Mystic Journey:

Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story


“In this exquisite exploration of the spiritual craft of soul making, Robert Atkinson illumines the journey as well as the art and discipline that leads to spiritual transformation. This is as deep and profound a study that ever was of our double nature—finite and Infinite, God Seeds planted in a space-time vehicle, and thus always yearning, questing, drawn by the lure of becoming until we reach the destiny that has been guiding us all along.  To read this magnificent study is to remember our original birthright and to commit again to following the path that leads us home to who and what we really are.”

~ Jean Houston , Ph.D., author of A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story and The Search for the Beloved: Journeys in Mythology and Sacred Psychology

“In this lucid and inspirational book, Dr. Atkinson reminds us that we are “hard wired for transcendence” and that life is indeed a school in which we are invited to “learn by heart.”  This is a reminder of Keats’ immortal perception that “the world is a vale of soul making” and that the uses of psychology have to do with understanding the soul (Gr.: psyche) in transformation.”

~ Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., Psychology Professor Emeritus, SUNY, and author of The Shaman’s Doorway; The Mythic Imagination; and, A Fire in the Mind: The Life of Joseph Campbell


“Robert Atkinson’s new book offers us a thoughtful and thorough guide to a new kind of heroics, if heroism is redefined for the modern age as the ability to tolerate paradox, to hold within ourselves the tension between two competing ideas or energies. Tending to the dualities of life, if not gracefully managing them—whether the temporal and eternal, the physical and spiritual, or the facts of growth and decay—brings on not just the fullness of life, but the expansion of consciousness, or what Atkinson cumulatively calls ‘soul-making.’ This is a rich read.”

~ Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life