Written by Alan Cohen and Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

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I saw a video about a high school student named Jed who was failing his classes and getting into trouble. His parents, teachers, and counselors tried hard to motivate him to stay in school and succeed, but their efforts were to no avail. Nothing they did could get Jed out of his rut.

Then Jed discovered a bird sanctuary that rehabilitated injured hawks and birds of prey and released them back into the wild. Something about this work stirred Jed, and he began to visit the sanctuary every day after school. Before long he became a volunteer and he learned a great deal about the winged creatures.

The final scene of the video showed Jed giving a lecture at the sanctuary, skillfully explaining the behavior of these birds and the methods the sanctuary used to rehabilitate them. As the camera panned the audience, it was composed of several classes from the school at which Jed had been having such a hard time succeeding. The students in the audience were enthralled with Jed’s presentation ? he had become a local expert in the field, and he was shining.

Dr. Wayne Dyer noted,

 “Motivation is when you take hold of an idea.
Inspiration is when an idea takes hold of you.” 

You have had the experience of someone trying to get you to do something you would rather not do, or you trying to get someone to do something they do not want to do. This is no fun for anyone, and usually does not work. You have also had the experience of finding something that is so stimulating that you plunge into it enthusiastically. You...

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Soul and Destiny: Why You Are Here and What You Came To Do
by Alan Cohen.

book cover: Soul and Destiny: Why You Are Here and What You Came To Do by Alan Cohen.Does your life have a plan and a purpose? Is your destiny fixed, or can you choose how your journey turns out? Can you change a destiny already set in motion? Why do certain people and patterns show up in your world? Is there a you that runs deeper than your body and personality? Will a part of you go on after you leave the world?

Alan Cohen sheds welcome light on the answers to these important questions, and many more. In his warm and relatable style, he makes big-picture ideas easy to understand, with many heartwarming, compelling stories. If you are trying to make sense of who you are, where you come from, and where you are going, here you will find many profound and touching insights to discover your true self and achieve your highest destiny.

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About The Author

Alan CohenAlan Cohen is the author of the bestselling A Course in Miracles Made Easy and the inspirational book, Soul and Destiny. The Coaching Room offers Live Coaching online with Alan, Thursdays, 11 am Pacific time, 

For information on this program and Alan’s other books, recordings, and trainings, visit AlanCohen.com

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