Book Circle for Soul Searchers 
with Diane Sears

Is the stack of books in your study or on your bedside table calling to you?  And a list of other books too, for when you finish that stack?  The wisdom within those books is waiting for you, ready to enlighten you about such soul-searching questions as: Why am I here?  How can I attract all that I desire?  Who was I before I was born?  How can I be more creative?  Where do we go when we die?  What is a purposeful life?

If you love books and are searching for answers to these types of questions, you've found your perfect circle!  We'll read one book each month, then gather to discuss our insights and share our experiences related to the exercises or challenges put forth in the books.    

In fact, here is a sampling of other books we may discuss in future circles.  And we welcome suggestions by circle participants of other titles to include along the way.  

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
  • Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  • Care of the Soul, Thomas Moore
  • E Squared, Pam Grout
  • Many Lives, Many Masters, Brian Weiss
  • Mind Over Medicine, Lissa Rankin
  • One Zentangle a Day, Beckah Krahula
Answer your soul’s calling to receive the inspiration and wisdom within these books, and enjoy insightful and lively discussions with soulful community.  


Request to join this group and receive reminder notices about the Book Circle for Soul Searchers and other Inner Compass events. 

DATE & TIME: Second Tuesday* of each month in 2017, 7 - 9 pm * Except February (third Tuesday) and July (no circle)
LOCATION: Inner Compass Academy, 10901 Reed Hartman Hwy Ste 101, Cincinnati OH 45242.  
$10 per circle, pay-as-you-go.  
REGISTRATION: Open to everyone but pre-registration is required; request in advance to join this group, or contact Joanne (513-587-9855) for late registrations.  



Diane Sears, an avid student of New Age topics since her early twenties, enjoyed a successful career in merchandising and sales until the birth of her granddaughter in 2015. Now, a certified medium through Inner Compass Academy and Light Journey Enterprises, Diane nannies as well as operates two creative enterprises. As Divinely Connected, Diane facilitates development circles and intuition workshops, and gives personal readings, sometimes using her specialty of psychometry with fabric swatches. As DiVinyl, Diane and her husband sell and repurpose favorite vinyl LPs and album covers from the 70s and 80s into bowls and gift boxes as well as other music related merchandise. In her spare time Diane enjoys sewing, decorating, playing the piano, and Sudoku.  dianejsears@yahoo.com.  

The Game of Life and How to Play It, Florence Scovel Shinn  

Miss Shinn was an artist, an author and a metaphysics teacher in New York in the early part of the 20th century. Her books are remarkable and revolutionary in her times. They are profound, full of wisdom and have inspired thousands of people for several decades. Shinn taught that life is a game and in order to play it well, one must learn to understand the universal laws that govern it. She showed her students and readers how to win health, prosperity and happiness by mastering the game. By sharing real-life stories in her book, she illustrates how positive attitudes and affirmations invariably succeed in making one a winner in lifeable to control life‘s conditions and release abundance through knowledge of spiritual law. Shinn had the ability to explain her success principles and how they work in an entertaining and easy-to-read style. She can be considered one of last century‘s most popular success teachers.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 10, 7-9 pm. 

Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, Robert Waggoner  

While lucid (consciously aware) in the dream state, dream expert Robert Waggoner experienced something transformative and unexpected: that aware interaction with the Inner Self was not only possible, but actual and highly inspiring. In Lucid Dreaming, Waggoner proposes five stages of lucid dreaming and guides readers through them, offering advice for those who have never experienced the lucid dream state and suggestions for how experienced lucid dreamers can advance to a new level, offering exciting insights that will intrigue anyone who is interested in consciousness, identity, and the definition of reality.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 21*, 7-9 pm (*We are meeting one week later than normal to accommodate the Valentine's Day holiday)

MARCH 2017
How to Think like Leonardo DaVinci, Michael Gelb  

Genius is made, not born. And human beings are gifted with an almost unlimi-ted potential for learning and creativity. Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb shows you how to uncover your own hidden abilities, sharpen your senses, and liberate your unique intelligence—by following the example of the greatest genius of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces Seven Da Vincian Principles of genius. With Da Vinci as your inspiration, you will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking and harness the power—and awesome wonder—of your own genius.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 14, 7-9 pm. 
FACILITATOR: Diane Sears. 

APRIL 2017
The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran 
Please note: To accommodate conflicts in the schedules of several circle participants, we have rescheduled our original book selection of this month, Metatron by Rose Vanden Eynden, to September's circle.  

One of the most beloved classics of our time, Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational.  Each essay reveals deep insights into the impulses of the human heart and mind, covering topics such as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.  The Chicago Post said of The Prophet, "If there is a man or woman who can read this book without a quiet acceptance of a great man’s philosophy and a singing in the heart as of music born within, that man or woman is indeed dead to life and truth."  

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, April 11, 7-9 pm. 

MAY 2017
Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records: The Book of Life, Kevin J. Todeschi 

This book describes the Akashic Records, the apparent source from which Edgar Cayce received many of his remarkable insights.  Also known as "the Book of Life," the Akashic Records is the storehouse of all information -- every word, deed, feeling, thought, and intent -- for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth.  Todeschi explains how each of us can access our own Book of Life to learn about our past, present, and future.  

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 9, 7-9 pm. 

JUNE 2017
Lily Dale: The True Story of the Town that Talks to the Dead, Christine Wicker  

In Lily Dale, New York, the dead don't die.  Instead, spirits flit among the elms and stroll along the streets, sometimes dressed in garb more common 120 years ago, when Lily Dale was founded and suffragette Susan B. Anthony was a frequent guest.  According to Spiritualists who have ruled this Victorian hamlet for five generations, the dead don't go away and they stay anything but quiet.  Every summer twenty thousand guests come to consult the town's mediums, who can hang out a shingle only after passing a test that confirms their connection to the spirit world.  On the hot June day when reporter Christine Wicker comes to the world's oldest and largest Spiritualist community, she is determined to understand the secret forces -- human or otherwise -- that keep Lily Dale alive.  She follows three visitors: a newly bereaved widow; a mother whose son killed himself; and a beautiful, happily married wife whose first visit to Lily Dale brings an ominous warning.  Are the mediums cold-hearted charlatans, as Sinclair Lewis wrote of them?  Or are they conduits for a hidden world that longs to bring peace and healing to the living, as psychologist William James and muckraker Upton Sinclair once hoped to prove?  Investigating a movement that attracted millions of Americans in the 1800s and now barely survives, Wicker moves beyond the mediums' front parlors and into the lives that tourists never see.  She follows the mediums to a place where what we know and how we know it is the greatest mystery of all.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, June 13, 7-9 pm. 


We are taking off the month of July to accommodate our summer traveling schedules.  Soooo, you will have plenty of time to take a deep dive into The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, our book selection for August's circle.  But don't procrastinate!  You be so glad you dedicated yourself to several weeks of Cameron's suggested activities and exercises....  

We're sorry, this circle is being rescheduled for a future date...
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Julia Cameron

The Artist's Way is an empowering book for aspiring and working artists.  With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron leads you through a comprehensive twelve week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.  The Artist's Way links creativity to spirituality by showing in nondenominational terms how to tap into the higher power that connects human creativity with the creative energies of the universe, and guides you through a variety of highly effective exercises and activities that spur imagination and capture new ideas.  Whatever your spiritual orientation, The Artist's Way will resonate in your creative mind with truth, wisdom, and inspiration.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, August 8, 7-9 pm. This circle will be rescheduled for a future date; please check back with us.

SEPTEMBER 2017 Meet the Author Night!! 
Metatron: Invoking the Angel of God's Presence, Rose Vanden Eynden 

With Metatron in your corner, you're only a petition away from a better life. Rose Vanden Eynden may be the first to devote an entire book to this powerful celestial being―revealing his unique place in the angelic realm and demonstrating how to connect with this wise and compassionate archangel. Metatron's close proximity to the Creator and connection to humanity make him the ideal angelic ally. Representing balance and unity, this angelic force can help in all areas of personal development. You'll also discover how to contact the "Angel of the Presence" through meditation, dreamwork, ritual, and inspirational writing. There are specific ceremonies for building a closer relationship with the Creator, healing on a global scale, balancing masculine and feminine energies, material/spiritual pursuits, and karmic issues. The book also features an insightful "Q and A" with Metatron, channeled by the author to answer compelling questions on life, death, faith, and spirit.

We will have the distinct pleasure to meet the author at this Book Circle.  Rose Vanden Eynden will tell us of how she was inspired to write this infomative and captivating book and you will have the opportunity to ask her questions as well as get your book signed.   

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 pm. 
GUEST AUTHOR: Rose Vanden Eynden.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World, Peter Wohlleben

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 10, 7-9 pm.

Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hanh

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is - in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking in a park - and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. The deceptively simple practices of Peace is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindness" into the mindful. 

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 14, 7-9 pm. 

The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects that Give Old Books New Life, Lisa Occhipinti 

We all love to read and learn from books, but The Repurposed Library takes our passion even further, presenting us with 33 projects to make - quite literally - out of books. For these projects, Lisa Occhipinti rescues and repurposes orphaned and outdated books from flea markets and library sales and turns them into new art objects and practical items for the home. Her creations range from artfully constructed mobiles, wreaths, and vases, to functional items like shelves, storage boxes, and even a Kindle "keeper" for those who want to replicate the sensation of holding a "real" book while reading from an e-reader. Projects utilize every imaginable part of a book - from hardback cover to individual pages - and are a DIY celebration of a new way to view a book's potential.

During this special Book Circle, our group will make one of the crafts from the book.  Details coming soon.... 

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 12, 7-9 pm.

Request to join this group and receive reminder notices about the Book Circle for Soul Searchers and other Inner Compass events. 

DATE & TIME: Second Tuesday of each month in 2016, 7 - 9 pm.  
LOCATION: Inner Compass Academy, 10901 Reed Hartman Hwy Ste 101, Cincinnati OH 45242.  
$10 per circle, pay-as-you-go.  
REGISTRATION: Open to everyone but pre-registration is required; request in advance to join this group, or contact Joanne (513-587-9855) for late registrations.  

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