The Story Behind The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams by Daphne Michaels

The more authors I meet the more I realize how common it is for the seed of our books to have been sown at a young age. The inspiration for my new book, The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams was planted decades ago, when I was young and had an experience — call it a The Giftedvision — that showed me two vast, human worlds in terrible contrast: One of love and one of despair. I couldn’t reconcile these worlds and was tortured by my failure. Human beings could choose to live in either world, and yet so often they chose the world of despair almost exclusively. Why? And who was I, a girl of nineteen, driving to a mountaintop to escape her terrible vision, to think she could figure out what our long human history of strife and suffering had not resolved: How to live with love for oneself and others, and, by doing so, achieve a beautiful and completely satisfying life — the kind human beings dream of. But shouldn’t I, in my life (that teenager asked herself), try to understand how such different worlds could exist both within us and without? To understand how to acknowledge both? To find the secret to bringing heaven and earth together for an authentic, permanent happiness and, in turn an exhilarating life? Shouldn’t I at least try?

This question inspired my life’s work and led to all sorts of experiences for which I am grateful today. It led to my formal study in social sciences, human services and integral psychology. It led me to become a psychotherapist. It led to the creation of my institute which has helped women and men transform their lives through the gifts we are all born with. It led to a lively radio show where I had the amazing opportunity to interview international figures in personal development and spirituality such as Ram Dass, Thomas Moore, Julia Cameron and others. And the same inspiration that began as a desire to answer an important question about life led to my writing The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams. 


Daphne Michaels 7Daphne Michaels is an author, speaker and licensed psychotherapist whose institute has helped hundreds of women and men transform their lives through the “gifts” every human being is born with. Daphne began her own journey of transformation at a young age, pursued it fearlessly, and later studied formally in the fields of social science, human services and integral psychology. The Gifted: How to Live the Life of Your Dreams launches both Daphne Michaels Books and The Gifted series, whose goal it is to share with the widest audience possible the principles that guide the Daphne Michaels Institute. Daphne’s earlier book, Light of Our Times, featured her conversations with such international figures in the fields of spirituality and personal development as Ram Dass, Julia Cameron, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and Thomas Moore.

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