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               Life Stories Expert Robert Atkinson Releases His New Book: MYSTIC JOURNEY

Discover Who You Are and Why You Are Deeply Connected To Others

Author Robert Atkinson, a leading authority on helping people tell their life stories, and professor of human development and religious studies, has just released his new book, Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story. In this book he describes life’s greatest adventure: discovering who we are and why we are deeply connected to others. The book lays out, step by step, a process of living our lives consciously so we can experience the universal motifs, archetypes, and timeless patterns that we all share.

Mystic Journey uses a multi-faith approach to reveal the path of the soul. As we explore the deeper story of our soul, we also discover that we are living a lifelong process of “soul-making,” described by women’s movement figure Marion Woodman in her foreword to the book as “allowing the eternal essence to live and experience the outer world through all the senses—seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, touching—so that the soul grows during its time on Earth. Soul-making is constantly confronting the paradox that an eternal being is dwelling in a temporal body.”

Robert Atkinson adds: “With so many global crises everywhere we look demanding so much of our immediate attention, is this a good time to be thinking about our soul? There never was a better – or more critical – time than right now to take the mystic journey of the soul that leads us into and through the spiral of life!”

Mystic Journey helps readers better navigate these rapidly changing times while also guiding them to:

• Remember their life stories to identify their changeless identity,

• Re-vision their lives within a timeless frame of reference, and

• Reclaim their common spiritual heritage.

Leading figures in the “human potential movement” have endorsed Robert Atkinson’s work, for example:

“Robert Atkinson’s new book offers us a thoughtful and thorough guide to a new kind of heroics… This is a rich read.” -Gregg Levoy, author of Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life


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. 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 and The Search for the Beloved


ROBERT ATKINSON, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority in helping people tell their life stories, is an author of eight books, professor of human development and religious studies, and director of the Life Story Commons at the University of Southern Maine. He is online at


MYSTIC JOURNEY: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story

Foreword by Marion Woodman

Cosimo Books, June 2012

Religion & Spirituality/Mysticism/Body, Mind & Spirit

ISBN 978-1-61640-715-5

Paperback, 158 pages, $12.99 / £10.99


COSIMO BOOKS publishes titles by experts, academics, journalists, and visionaries on topics including Mind, Body & Spirit, and Socially Responsible Business and Public Affairs. Cosimo Books, based in New York, is an imprint of Cosimo, Inc., a specialty publisher of books and publications that inspire, inform and engage readers. Cosimo’s mission is to create a smart and sustainable society by connecting people with valuable ideas.

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