Pamela Smith Allen, Author
"Awakening to the Spirit Within," "The Necklace"
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Awakening to the Spirit Within: Eight Paths

Dr. Pamela Allen has worked for many years to address educational and psychological needs of children and adults. Realizing that education and psychology are limited in their ability to address the deeper needs of the soul, she decided to write Awakening to the Spirit Within. It introduces eight sacred paths, all of which are part of Dr. Allen’s own spiritual journey. She now uses it as a text for teaching spiritual principles.

The premise of Awakening to the Spirit Within is that all beings are connected by a spiritual energy which forms the essence of who they truly are. Eight paths, which facilitate an awakening to this essence, are explored: Native American Spirituality, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Kabbalah, Jesus and the Christ Within, Sufism, and The New Thought Movement. Practice exercises and references are also included.

This book highlights some of the unique gifts which various spiritual traditions have to offer our world. In addition, it explores the mystical threads of connection which underlie them. Like the title suggests, it also gives ways of listening to guidance from within. The author includes messages from her own “inner guidance” in an effort to illustrate how this may occur. Her openness provides more warmth and intimacy than is usually found in such a book.

In these uncertain times, there has been an upsurge of interest in books related to spirituality, religion, and mysticism. People are looking for ways to heal, rather than destroy, our planet. That is why this book, and others like it, are so timely and important in moving us closer to our shared goal of creating a more peaceful and harmonious world.

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The Necklace 

In Paris, France, during the tumultuous '60s, Jessica, a young art history student from London, falls in love with Joseph, an architect from Boston. 

While Joseph struggles to reconcile the rigid requirements of his chosen path ~ the Catholic priesthood ~ with his own inner truth, Jessica embarks on a spiritual journey that includes a trip to Chartres Cathedral, where she walks an ancient labyrinth and encounters the Divine Feminine. 

Gifted photographer Andre grows up on a vineyard in Provence, content with his life until he receives a gift that throws his world into turmoil and sends him on a quest he's not certain he's ready to undertake ~ until he meets Holly, a highly intuitive, outspoken young artist from California who helps him unravel the deep secrets contained within the necklace he's inherited.  

Inspired by a dream, and spanning generations and continents, this tender and intriguing love story will warm your heart and keep you turning its pages until the very end.

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About Dr. Allen

Dr. Allen earned her master’s degree in special education from the University of Florida and her doctorate in psychology from the United States International University. She lives in Southern California, where she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.