Change Maker: How My Brother's Death Woke Up My Life


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She Writes Press
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About the Author

Rebecca Austill-Clausen, MS is a Reiki Master Teacher, Occupational Therapist, award-winning author, and inspirational speaker. She had no psychic or spiritual experience when she discovered her ability to communicate with her deceased brother. Austill-Clausen struggled with how her spiritual awakening and eventual spiritual transformation could mesh with the practical everyday world but knew she had to find a way to make it happen. Austill-Clausen kept her spiritual adventures quiet for twenty years while she explored multiple spiritual avenues including after-death communication, automatic writing, meditation, shamanism, Reiki, sound healing, past life regression, crystal energy, and even adventures with the fairy realm. Simultaneously she became a leader in national and state Occupational Therapy activities. Eventually, after growing her one-person private rehabilitation practice to 375 therapists, servicing 13,000 clients a year, she gained the courage to share her story, sold her business, and now teaches empowering After-Death Communication workshops and Reiki trainings worldwide.
About the Illustrator: Micki McAllister has been passionate about drawing since she could hold a crayon. She holds a BFA from West Chester University, a teaching certificate from Moore College of Art and Design, and a master's in Art Education at Kutztown University. She taught art for five years at a Pennsylvania cyber charter school, and spent two years as Education Coordinator for Historic Yellow Springs, two years at West Chester University, and three years at the Chester County Art Association. McAllister, who believes that nature and beauty have power to heal the soul, is now focusing on her own artwork, with nature as a primary subject.


Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalist: Body, Mind & Spirit Nautilus Silver: Death & Dying/Grief and Loss IPPY Independent Publisher Book Award Silver: New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit Coalition of Visionary Resources Bronze: Personal Growth and Self-Helf Coalition of Visionary Resources Silver: Reincarnation, Death, and Dying

"In this debut account of losing a beloved family member, a woman finds hope and joy in profound moments of spiritual connection...a rich, insightful New-Age narrative."

"In Change Maker, Austill-Clausen explores her story and shares guidance and encouragement for others wishing to embark on a spiritual journey."
--The Reading Room / Bookstr, "10 Eye-Opening New Age Reads to Inspire You This Fall"

"Change Maker explores Clausen's spiritually transformative experience and her profound acceptance that the soul's journey is longer than she ever imagined."
--Brit + Co, "8 New Age Self-Help Books to Inspire Your Own Fall Awakening"

"For a spiritual guide in grief and shamanism, Rebecca Austill-Clausen's debut memoir is a must-read."
--Buzzfeed, "4 Inspiring Reads For Fans Of SuperSoul Sunday On OWN"

"...A book that will inspire you to embark on your own journey of enlightenment."
--SheKnows, "10 books that give your pumpkin spice latte a side of spiritual awakening"

"The writing is beautiful, precise and so very personable. Change Maker is one of those books that captures you from the first page! Becky's approach to spirituality is practical, yet invites your own spirit to soar. Reading it lifts you into new possibilities to see your own process of awakening as unique and wonderful as you are."
--Jonette Crowley, author of The Eagle and the Condor and Soul Body Fusion

"Change Maker, although a story about a brother's death, is more an inspirational book of hope. On every page, author Rebecca Austill-Clausen courageously wields that hope as a machete to cut through her grief and, with the adroit use of visual imagery and humor, imbue the reader with a sense of comfort that we never really 'lose' those we love. That said, as she has with her brother, David, we can and must continue to keep our relationships with them alive. After all, love knows no boundaries, even death."
--Elisa Medhus, MD, author of My Son and the Afterlife, Conversations from the Other Side; My Life After Death, A Memoir from Heaven, and creator of

"Well-written and insightful, this book would be extremely helpful for anyone wondering if after-death communication is possible, and if grief can be inspiring as well as heartbreaking."
--Terri Daniel, founder of the Afterlife Conference

"A beautifully written personal story of a shared human experience--a loss of a beloved other and the life that unfolds thereafter. Rebecca's path, following her brother's death, leads her into the non-ordinary realms of the Mystery associated with the known tangible world, familiar to those who practice shamanism and walk in the dreamtime. She generously shares her gained wisdom and growth, as well as her poignant suggestions and support so others can explore the possibilities for themselves. How blessed are we, who with the help of someone who has gone before us, can begin to perceive the true magic that surrounds us and experience first hand the awakening and empowerment that always awaits us?"
--Jill Kuykendall, Physical Therapist and co-author with Hank Wesselman of Spirit Medicine: Healing in the Sacred Realms

"The passing of a loved one can have a profound spiritual transformation for family and friends. Rebecca Austill-Clausen tells us her journey of transformation from living a life of a stressed out workaholic businesswoman to becoming someone who is connected to her inner self. With Nancy Arael as a shamanic guide, Rebecca gives us a first-hand view of the multitude of dimensions available to guide us and help us live in a more connected and rewarding way. This is a must read for anyone who has lost a loved one or is starting their own spiritual journey."
--David Bennett, author of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time

"If you are a person who doubts life, believes that what you see in your everyday reality is all there is, or if you want to enter a timely doorway through which you can access a greater and more holistic view of life--then Rebecca Austill-Clausen's book is for you. Instead of her brother's death being an ending that she dreaded, it became a beginning that she was able to embrace. Just as many have before her, the author learns that while death is an illusion, life is continuous. Physical form and expression may change, but consciousness continues."
--Michael J. Roads, author of the Through the Eyes of Love trilogy, Stepping . . . Between . . . Realities, and Insights of a Modern Mystic

"Change Maker is a courageous and compelling account of the author's spiritual discovery and triumphant evolution. An instant classic that will inspire and empower countless others to embark upon their own illuminating journey."
--William Stillman, award-winning author of The Soul of Autism and Under Spiritual Siege

"Change Maker takes us on a journey into the healing power of shapeshifting. Rebecca's experiences remind us that we, and all sentient life, are one with a universal webwork of love and energy--in this worldly life as we know it, and beyond."
--Llyn Roberts, MA, award-winning author of Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness and co-author of Shamanic Reiki

"Becky writes with openness, clarity, humor, great compassion and heart. Within the specific literature related to spirituality and occupational therapy, Becky exemplifies the 3 'T's of spirituality: transcendence, transpersonal experience and transformation. Transcendence acknowledges and focuses on a world and experiences beyond the tangible one we engage every day. Transpersonal experiences highlight the often unimaginable and powerful mystical experiences that can bring one greater life and joy. And transformation is present in the changing attention and adaptation to new life roles and the evolving knowing of self. It will cause pause for consideration and provide delight allowing wondrous possibilities of another life to emerge."
--Tamera Humbert, editor of Occupational Therapy and Spirituality: A Conceptual Model for Practice and Research

"In Change Maker, Austill-Clausen shows us how a powerful and painful experience, such as her beloved brother's illness and death, is often a catalyst for deep spiritual transformation."
--Tanis Helliwell, author of Decoding Your Destiny: keys for humanity's spiritual transformation

"A deeply personal and moving account of one woman's spiritual journey and realization of the true power of love in our lives. Austill-Clausen's story and suggested meditations and exercises will help anyone looking to connect more completely with their soul and life purpose."
--Jennifer B. Monahan, author of This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman's Story of Spirit Evolution

"This is a beautifully and delicately written book about the heart and souls plight through grief and loss and culminates in a series of experiences that opens our author into worlds not ordinarily known. This work follows an ancient path whereby the boundaries of inner and outer worlds collapse. The initiate is led through the mists of time, guides, and healing agencies arrive and revelations of deep mystery and nature are shared. The neophyte is initiated into the deeper mysteries of life and death and in turn is herself reborn."
--Susan McClellan, Shamanic Teacher

"From her unexpected her discovery that energy can be seen and her realization that consciousness has no limits, Austill-Clausen deftly weaves a story of unfolding that has clarity, simplicity, and power. This book should be read by anyone experiencing the awakening of consciousness."
--Penny Kelly, author of The Elves of Lily Hill Farm: A Partnership with Nature