arts & entertainment
new book guides
readers to fulfill
their life's purpose.
This book is based on these recurring
messages I hear from the other side, spiri-
tual guides who want to help us under-
stand who we are and what our purpose is.
We are all spiritual beings, and we all have
the power to do what I do — I just have
mastered it more than most people.
I wrote this book, based on 10 steps, to
help people find their own purpose. It's the
book I wish I had had when I was trying
to figure out who I was. People truly don't
need me to tap into "Team Spirit" and feel
a sense of connection and purpose.
ince publishing its
Ten Steps to Ignite Your Life
IN: Explain the 10 steps.
& Fulfill Your Divine Purpose
article in 2001,
RR: The 10 steps of
the Detroit Jewish News has
awakening are based on the
watched as Rebecca Rosen
ancient mystical wisdom of
has risen from a 24-year-
the Kabbalah that seeks to
old psychic medium doing
answer why we exist, why
"readings" out of a coffee
we're born, where we come
shop in West Bloomfield
from and where we're going
to an internationally
in our lives. Every day,
acclaimed expert reaching
we are provided with new
thousands of people on the
opportunities to reignite
subject of connecting with
our lives and move toward
"the other side
fulfilling our life's intended
In 2010, Rosen published
and divine purpose.
Spirited, which became
I know it can sound
a national bestseller. Co-written with
ridiculous to turn to the unseen world for
Samantha Rose, Spirited shared Rosen's
clarity and guidance in our earthly lives,
own personal journey to explain her work
but really, who better to shed light on our
as a spiritual medium and how she came to
lives than those who've already lived, and
terms with — and mastered — her gift.
who share a special bond with us based on
She has reteamed with Rose, and last
our similar life experiences? They want us
month, her eagerly anticipated follow-up
to wake up, literally.
book, Awaken the Spirit Within: Ten Steps
The book provides 10 direct steps to
to Ignite Your Life 6 Fulfill Your Divine
clear out spiritual road blocks and figure
Purpose (Harmony Books; $25), hit book-
out your purpose. There are 10 medita-
stores. Here, she fills us in:
tions, for five minutes each day, to tap into
your truth. If you were to use the 10 steps,
JN: What was your goal in writing
and really do the work, you really can
Awaken the Spirit Within?
come into your purpose.
RR: Awaken is spiritual self-help. We
And that's where the void gets filled.
are all so overwhelmed with life; we are
The icky stuff lifts away, and the void is
distracted, disconnected — it's like we are
filled with what it's meant to be filled with
sleepwalking through life. And we self-
— which is God. Both the heavy burdens
medicate with our drug of choice, whether
and the small irritations will start to lift —
it's caffeine, food or something else. We
you may actually begin to feel lighter.
fill the void with external things, but they
People say, "I don't have time:' Everyone
leave us feeling empty.
has five minutes. The question is, how
At the same time, people are craving
badly do you want to feel good? Take a
clarity. Many of us want to find our direc-
break in between work and kids and mak-
tion and figure out why we are here. In
ing dinner, carve out five minutes to sit
addition to consoling thousands of clients
down and call on your guides and angels.
who are grieving the loss of a cherished
They will come to you.
loved one, I've used my heightened sen-
sitivity and intuitive and spiritual gifts to
JN: Do you identify as Jewish? Who is
help just as many people overcome every-
God to you?
day obstacles standing in their way, from
RR: I do identify as a Jew, and it's
financial to relationship struggles.
important to me to pass on Judaism's cul-
I am not a shrink, a hypnotherapist or a
ture, morals and teachings to my children.
life coach. But spiritual readings often turn But "God" is the word I use to identify
into counseling sessions, and the dead
something that others may have another
come through with very down-to-earth
perfectly good word for — Source, Higher
advice for solving real-life problems.
Power, Creator, Universe.
BESTSELLING AUTI1011 OP SWAIM
WITH SAMANTHA ROSE
September 19 • 2013
I am not trying to challenge anyone's
belief system but to share messages and
insights. The word God is not attached to a
religion for me, meaning that all religions,
all paths serve a similar purpose — to
connect us to and bring us closer to God.
God is love, God is energy. We are all
walking, talking and breathing manifesta-
tions of God. Our true purpose in life is to
become a lighter, brighter, more kind and
loving spirit — to express and extend our
JN: You write that we are all here to
learn a lesson. What is your lesson?
RR: Ultimately, courage and faith. I
have to walk the walk to inspire others
to do the same. I am not immune; I am
human. When I was writing this book last
summer, I was in the process of an awak-
ening. I was self-medicating with sugar,
and I thought, "I need to practice what
I preach:' I started doing a lot of work,
doing therapy, and all the things that
weren't serving me fell away.
JN: Like what?
RR: My husband, Brian, and I are
divorced. I realize that people who know
my story will say, "What? But your dead
grandma brought you together!"
But I am a firm believer that we all
have many soul mates, and we come into
each other's lives to challenge and test
one another. But we also have free will.
Our paths diverged. It was dark and scary
and painful, but I did earthly things, like
"I have to walk the walk
to inspire others to do
- Rebecca Rosen
therapy, to make me accountable, and then
my [late] dad came to me in a dream, and
I knew it was the right thing.
And I am seeing someone now, which is
very significant — 48 hours after closing
one door, I knew there was another door.
I also am having a human experience.
I'm not immune to the same relationship
issues everyone else has. My lesson is that
I need the courage to honor my truth and
live my best life — and then I can help
And after going through this recent pro-
cess, in the last few months, I have never
been more connected.
Rebecca Rosen will appear at the
Berman Center for the Performing
Arts at the Jewish Community
Center in West Bloomfield at 7:30
p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept.
23-24, to discuss her book, provide
tools and techniques on how to live
an awakened life, conduct a guided
meditation and demonstrate her
mediumship with readings of random
audience members. Info and tickets:
(248) 661-1900; theberman.org .