Sometimes the best insights come from those who’ve suffered great loss, like Kami Guildner, whose super-charged life came to an abrupt halt when her lucrative marketing job was phased out and, a month later, her beloved father passed away. In Firedancer: Your Spiral Journey to a Life of Passion and Purpose, Guildner skillfully integrates her own story from Colorado farm girl to corporate go-getter to women’s life coach with advice on how to find and follow your true calling.
Guildner’s book—a cross between business-style mentoring and New Age inspiration—delivers an “anything is possible” message in a straightforward style that appeals to both professionals and more esoteric truth-seekers. And the client examples, from the woman who rediscovered her artistic side and used it to help veterans to another who quit her high-tech position to launch her own company, are crafted with depth and compassion. Each chapter ends with a “Reflection” questionnaire and a “Pony Ponderings Inspiration Card”—an abstract equine illustration and message that may be a little off-putting to those uncomfortable with the metaphysical approach.
Nevertheless, Firedancer accomplishes a great deal. It encourages. It helps peel away excuses. And it motivates us to embrace our dreams, no matter how far-fetched. Chapter 14, “Emotions, Roadblocks and Obstacles,” addresses a particularly important issue: fear—of competition, of failure, of not making enough money. “By shifting our thinking into flowing energy that will come to us in abundance and flow to others in abundance,” Guildner writes, “we set free the clutching grasp of scarcity mindset.”
Readers open to New Age thought, and who simply want to reclaim childhood pastimes that once made them feel happy and whole, will enjoy Firedancer. And those who feel empty and lost will find comfort in Guildner’s words: “Your gift is meant to matter, and … there are people who need your gift. Who are you to withhold this gift from the world?”
Also available as an ebook.