Bill Carpenter writes this book as a life-long journey of lived experience. It is an intimate picture over mountain peaks and deep valleys as he personally awakens the genie within himself and invites you to accompany him to do the same.
His lessons learned teach us to break free of the constraints of our ego and its personal perspectives focussed on self absorption to see the world beyond.
Most importantly, it frees us to live our lives beyond ego as we become part of the extended human family of global citizens we are urgently called on to become.
At a time when the standards of human behaviour widely expressed by the media are reaching a new low, Bill sets out the high order values he learned along the way by raising our level of awareness to behaviours of respect, dignity, integrity, concern for the environment and the plight of others. Our goal, he says, is to expand our perception of our world and see it in a new light, thus finding the purpose and meaning of our own life, and so connecting deeply with ourselves and others at the level of spirit and joy.
Reading the book, one enters the lived consciousness of an earnest, informed, intelligent adult pushing his own boundaries to transcend the real issues of a life lived in our times. It is rich with the detail of his own lived experience, as well as the larger issues, local and global we face on a daily basis. Bill emerges hopeful that our better angels will prevail, because there is goodness in all of us and because we are naturally built to be nurturing and caring.
This book is original in what it seeks to create. It is a personal workshop on transcending the limitations of a life restrained by our own concerns to be open to the perspective of others, and to the world, its people, its cultures, and its ideas.
It is a slow journey. You are meant to take your time to use the worksheets provided, led by a guide, wise in the ways of the world, reaching for goodness. This book is not one course meant only for one individual. It is also set up for organizations. It is a full program of education by itself. Indeed, it is a marathon leading to knowing oneself. It is truly a library full of stories and discoveries that inform, enlighten, and inspire.
Bill uses his own life’s journey to teach you what he has learned. He tells story after story, describing the content, as he does, for example, with the story of Olympian Marilyn King, about her passion-powered, vision-guided, action-oriented life.
Finally, this book provides a deep insightful understanding of a man searching and seeking to be his personal best, encouraging you, and if appropriate the organization you lead, to do the same for yourself.
When you read this book, you will want to be his friend and to find others of like mind and heart. You will surely be a better, wiser person for taking this journey.
─Geraldine Schwartz, PhD, Co-founder Visioneers International Network
This book provides tools and a process to help you transcend your programming (ego and culture) so that you can connect with your spirit, the Genie within. It offers a trove of guidance on how to live with authenticity and empowerment individually and in organizational groups. It invites you to awaken and release your Genie and realize your potential.
─Constance Kellough, Publisher, Author, and Spiritual and Meditation Teacher
Bill Carpenters book is a beautiful practical invitation to see our lives as integrated and to view organizations as a potential source of soul fuel. The way he has woven practical frameworks into the book is brilliant. This is a book that will serve humanity to uncover their real selves.
─Catherine R. Bell, Founder and Author, The Awakened Company
Awakening The Genie Within is a masterpiece. Bill has distilled his message into easily understandable language for readers of all ages.
The fundamental question. “Do I like who I am?” resonates with everyone and when answered truthfully, can open endless possibilities for contentment and growth, since ‘self-love’ is the foundation for realizing our true potential.
From the interpretation of the “Genie” to the insights about the Ego, he has left no stone unturned as he takes us with him on his life’s journey.
I highly recommend Bill’s book if you are a truth seeker and want to get a unique perspective on our unpredictable world in the 21st century.
─Roy Prevost, Author and Founder Cruise Ship Speaker Academy