AMAZON WISDOM KEEPER
A Psychologist's Memoir of Spiritual Awakening
"From the very beginning, Amazon Wisdom Keeper is a feast for your inner child as well as your growing and developing spiritual indweller. Loraine Van Tuyl draws the reader into a sacred setting that is, for most of us, far away and unknown, yet so richly and succinctly described that the plentiful allegories hang ripe, sweet, and waiting to be plucked and savored. The journey Van Tuyl reveals in dewy, saturating, and powerful language renders her intensely personal experiences into savored, exotic delicacies that are somehow as welcome and familiar as a beloved family recipe. I devoured."
- J. R. Schumaker, author of Diana’s Dragons: The Awaited
A passionate journey into spirituality that's unique, compelling, well-told . . . written with admirable conviction.
I read Amazon Wisdom Keeper with such hunger and such appreciation. I hope that the beautiful stone of clarity Loraine Van Tuyl dropped into the collective stream keeps rippling out and out, and also that her love returns to her thousand-fold! Her story was incredibly resonant and supportive for me on so many levels and I was able to relate so strongly—even though I was poured through different circumstances in my own life. There was much overlapping in heart and soul and challenges. I share her love for the alchemizing beauty of words and for the way the process of writing itself can shift and change us. I also love how carefully she tracked her process of spiritual awakening.
Tania Pryputniewicz, Tarot/writing teacher, poet, author of November Butterfly
Amazon Wisdom Keeper is truly a gift of revolutionary insights and forgotten truths that will contribute to the next phase of humanity. Read this captivating page-turner as a compelling personal memoir, a profound spiritual message, or as complimentary reading for cross-cultural psychology, counseling, feminism, ethics and spirituality.
- Megan Cowan, Co-Founder, Mindful Schools
In a memoir that’s braver than most, Loraine Van Tuyl shows how personal and ancestral stories and gifts breathe vitality into our life force. While taking us through a memory portal, she invites us to retrace our steps through our jungles of experiences, and dares us to recognize our own instinctual reactions at interesting crossroads in our lives. Her story of reclaiming and nurturing her awakening life force as a student, in the face of strong resistance, is valuable because it opens the door to how personal, cultural and spiritual truths and traditions can transform traditional Western psychology as well as individual lives.
Maria P. P. Root, PhD, Award-winning Psychologist, Reiki Master, Artist, and author of The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier
A triumph of the heart! Amazon Wisdom Keeper reminds us of the essential need to connect to our authentic wholeness in order to provide service in the world. Loraine Van Tuyl has vulnerably and powerfully laid out her own journey along this path, inspiring growth, faith, and hope along the way.
Anne Lowe, MSW, Social Work Instructor, Salish Kootenai College
Loraine Van Tuyl's memoir vividly places the reader in magical and exotic settings, while at the same time navigating a magical and exotic inner landscape. The narrator is very likeable and relatable, and her fierce energy is enticing. For me, the biggest gift of the book was the camaraderie with a like-minded soul and being with a narrator who not only understood the 'reality' of magic and intuition, but stood in its power.
Laraine Herring, author of On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer's Block
Amazon Wisdom Keeper richly mirrors the incongruence I experience as a sensitive psychotherapist working within a mental health paradigm that at times clashes with my own intuitions about healing and instilled in me a sorely needed dose of validation, inspiration, and spiritual camaraderie. I suspect it will help catalyze and energize the visionary process of other sensitive, spiritually-inclined healers, researchers, teachers, creators, innovators, and change-makers who also hear the call.
- Krista Harrison, MFT, CHT, Intuitive and Shamanic Healer
Loraine Van Tuyl's debut memoir, Amazon Wisdom Keeper, weaves personal and political truths with poetic mastery. By daring to break from limiting conventions—in the field as well as writing—Van Tuyl has forged a liberating path for those at the margins just as her ancestors once did. It is an absolute must for psychotherapists and healthcare providers seeking to make conscious social change and expand the purview of traditional psychology through their multidimensional practice.
Tala Khanmalek, PhD, Research Associate, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University
Amazon Wisdom Keeper is both a thoroughly engaging memoir and a timely, illuminating infusion of earth-centered wisdom. Loraine Van Tuyl has interwoven her
rich and multilayered experiences and insights with stunning finesse, creating a ripple effect that continues to move deeply within me. I feel at once validated,
strengthened, and inspired.
Julie Suzanne Brokken, artist-poeta-photographer
With captivating lyricism, Amazon Wisdom Keeper transports us into the multicultural upbringing and transformation of Loraine Van Tuyl, a clinical psychology graduate student and budding shamanic healer who’s blindsided by startling visions, elusive drumming, and her inseverable mystical ties to the Amazon rainforest of her native Suriname.
Is she in the wrong field, or did her childhood dreams, spirit guides, and premonitions somehow prepare her for these challenges? Did Suriname’s military coup and her family’s uprooting move to the US rob her from all that she knew and loved at thirteen to help reveal her soul’s purpose, or is she losing her mind by entertaining far-fetched questions and hunches that can’t be answered or proven—like wondering if her perplexing life story is shedding light on the double binds in her field on purpose, and suspecting that her soul’s daunting blue print was plotted long before she was even born? Van Tuyl wrestles with these questions and more as she embarks upon her risky quest, enduring test upon test in search of her true self and calling while enrolled in a rigorous academic program that regards intuitive healing methods as unscientific—and even unethical.
The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the
beat of the Universe, to match your nature with Nature.
- Joseph Campbell
Fear is not our true nature. Love is. I learned that as a child while playing along the edge of the Amazon rainforest, my heart filled with awe and wonder, and my soul as immense, clear, and sparkly as the stars that packed the pitch-black sky on a moonless night.
When I was thirteen, my family fled the chaotic aftermath of a military coup in our native Suriname, robbing me of the mystical rainforest sanctuary and multicultural community that raised and rooted me. I dallied in darkness and got lost in Miami’s concrete jungles: in my jail-like high school, in seedy nightclubs and movie theater alleys, held hostage by my possessive boyfriend and my own insecurities. My intuition eventually led me to a redeeming love and determination to help myself and others who’d become unmoored.
Alas, within my clinical psychology program, intuitive healing was discouraged. Mysterious ancestral voices, elusive drumming, and startling visions emerged when I tried to I curb my intuition, as if protesting. Afraid and full of doubt, I embarked on a daring path that questioned my soul’s wisdom as well as what my field ostensibly aimed to do: help people reclaim their inner wholeness.
Amazon Wisdom Keeper is for anyone who has, at one point or another, felt alienated, crazy, or overwhelmed by mystical experiences and spiritual bleed-throughs in childhood or beyond. It is really a self-help book without explicitly saying so. By getting swept up in my story, you'll begin to identify and carve out the steps along your story and heroic path of self-discovery, awakening and purpose that you perhaps also had inklings of since childhood. You'll retrace these steps with greater awareness, revisit and reframe your experiences, clear the impact of negativity from others, and look at your supposed short-comings and weaknesses in an entirely different light. As you rediscover your gifts and strengths, you'll feel inspired, courageous, and informed how to navigate and overcome the obstacles that have tripped you up so often along your journey.
I hope to guide and encourage you to make the scary quantum leap in consciousness that mirrors the many technological developments and advancements that we have materialized in recent decades. While we have been able to birth incredible stories with typewriters and even with pen and paper, the ways in which we now can explore, capture, and share our selves, our souls, and our stories through advanced technology is brandnew in our history as a species.
With the right mindset, soul expansion, and skillset, you too can ripen and feel ready to part ways with:
- Broken records and scratchy CD's that have kept you trapped in negative, limiting repeat messages about yourself—passed down from generation to generation—to empowering, personalized Pandora radio-stations and favorite Itunes that play the inner music, inspiring messages, and guiding songs that will keep you on track.
- Typewriter capabilities to multidimensional word-processing consciousness that gets you "online" to write your story with greater efficiency and ease by learning how to use fancy filing systems, powerful editing tools, and a virtual network of limitless resources and serendipitous guidance that are waiting for your green light "in the clouds".
Amazon Wisdom Keeper pioneers into these new and exciting possibilities ~ on the trail of abundance ~> to sow seeds of courage and hope into your fertile soul and offer you a map and valuable insider information to "write" your own story, whatever that means to you.
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Out of 2,000 + American Bookfest entries, Amazon Wisdom Keeper became a finalist in the following categories:
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