Change Maker

How My Brother’s Death Woke Up My Life

Change Maker is Rebecca Austill-Clausen’s award-winning story of her discovery that she could communicate with her brother after he died. Following this realization, a world she never imagined opened up to her―even as she doubted her sanity and feared she would lose the respect of her colleagues, as well as the love and support of her family. Austill-Clausen struggled with how her spiritual awakening and eventual spiritual transformation could mesh with the practical everyday world―the one where she had a rapidly growing rehabilitation business to run, and where she was known as a knowledgeable, science-based expert in the field of occupational therapy.

Each chapter of Change Maker explores spiritual beliefs and understanding, includes an original black-and-white illustration by Micki McAllister, and ends with an “Illumination”―guidance, suggestions, encouragement, and inspiration for readers who wish to pursue their own spiritual journey. The end result is a book that blends the best of memoir, self-help, new-age philosophy, and inspiration.

Change Maker has received multiple awards including:

  • IPPY’s: Silver Book Award – New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit
  • Nautilus: Silver Book Award – Death & Dying/Grief & Loss (Past award winners include Deepak Chopra and Thich Nhat Hanh)
  • Foreword Reviews Book of the Year, Finalist – Body, Mind & Spirit

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Praise for Change Maker: Editorial Reviews

In this debut account of losing a beloved family member, a woman finds hope and joy in profound moments of spiritual connection… a rich, insightful New-Age narrative.
Kirkus Reviews
Shares guidance and encouragement for others wishing to embark on a spiritual journey.
Bookstr, Top 2 Best New Age Fall Books & Pop Sugar, Top 7 Best Fall Books
Science meets spirituality… a book that will inspire you to embark on your own journey of enlightenment.
SheKnows
Chapter by chapter, Change Maker explores Austill-Clausen’s spiritually transformative experience and her profound acceptance that the soul’s journey is longer than she ever imagined
Brit & Co, Top 8 New Age Self-Help Books
Must read for followers of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday series
Buzzfeed
This remarkable narrative of awakening…is a memoir of bereavement, a riveting tale of spiritual unfolding and something of a sampler Course in Miracles for those seeking an entry point into New Age topics.
Natural Awakenings, Bucks/Montgomery

Praise for Change Maker: Endorsements

The writing is beautiful, precise and so very personable. Change Maker is one of those books that captures you from the first page! Becky’s approach to spirituality is practical, yet invites your own spirit to soar. Reading it lifts you into new possibilities to see your own process of awakening as unique and wonderful as you are.
Jonette Crowley, author of The Eagle and the Condor and Soul Body Fusion
In her new book Change Maker, Austill-Clausen shows us how a powerful and painful experience, such as her beloved brother’s illness and death, is often a catalyst for deep spiritual transformation.
Tanis Helliwell, author of Summer with the Leprechauns: A True Story and Pilgrimage with the Leprechauns: A True Story of a Mystical Tour of Ireland.
Change Maker takes us on a journey into the healing power of shapeshifting. Rebecca’s experiences remind us that we, and all sentient life, are one with a universal webwork of love and energy — in this worldly life as we know it, and beyond.
Llyn Roberts, MA, award winning co-author of Speaking with Nature, author of Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness, and co-author of Shamanic Reiki
The passing of a loved one can have a profound spiritual transformation for family and friends. Rebecca Austill-Clausen tells us her journey of transformation from living a life of a stressed out workaholic businesswoman to becoming someone who is connected to her inner self. With Nancy Arael as a shamanic guide, Rebecca gives us a first-hand view of the multitude of dimensions available to guide us and help us live in a more connected and rewarding way. This is a must read for anyone who has lost a loved one or is starting their own spiritual journey.
David Bennett, author of Voyage of Purpose and A Voice as Old as Time
This is a beautifully and delicately written book about the heart and soul’s plight through grief and loss and culminates in a series of experiences that opens our author into worlds not ordinarily known. This work follows an ancient path whereby the boundaries of inner and outer worlds collapse. The initiate is led through the mists of time, guides, and healing agencies arrive and revelations of deep mystery and nature are shared. The neophyte is initiated into the deeper mysteries of life and death and in turn is herself reborn.
Susan McClellan, Shamanic Teacher
Change Maker is a courageous and compelling account of the author’s spiritual discovery and triumphant evolution. An instant classic that will inspire and empower countless others to embark upon their own illuminating journey.
William Stillman, award-winning author of The Soul of Autism
If you are a person who doubts life, believe that what you see in your everyday reality is all there is, or if you want to enter a timely doorway through which you can access a greater and more holistic view of life—then Rebecca Austill Clausen’s book is for you. Instead of her brother’s death being an ending that she dreaded, it became a beginning that she was able to embrace. Just as many have before her, the author learns that while death is an illusion, life is continuous. Physical form and expression may change, but consciousness continues.
Michael J. Roads, author of Through the Eyes of Love trilogy, Stepping . . . Between . . . Realities, and Insights of a Modern Mystic
Well-written and insightful, this book would be extremely helpful for anyone wondering if after-death communication is possible, and if grief can be inspiring as well as heartbreaking.
Terri Daniel, founder of the Afterlife Conference
Becky writes with openness, clarity, humor, great compassion and heart. Within the specific literature related to spirituality and occupational therapy, Becky exemplifies the 3 ‘T’s of spirituality: transcendence, transpersonal experience and transformation. Transcendence acknowledges and focuses on a world and experiences beyond the tangible one we engage every day. Transpersonal experiences highlight the often unimaginable and powerful mystical experiences that can bring one greater life and joy. And transformation is present in the changing attention and adaptation to new life roles and the evolving knowing of self. It will cause pause for consideration and provide delight allowing wondrous possibilities of another life to emerge.
Tamera Humbert, editor of Occupational Therapy and Spirituality: A Conceptual Model for Practice and Research
Change Maker brings the fortunate reader along on an adventure of the heart as Becky Austill-Clausen recounts the journey that began with the death of her brother, David. Her story brims with discovery and all the understandable doubts that accompany big changes. Most striking is the author’s deep curiosity about the spiritual realm that opens to her in David’s hospital room. Her journey takes her to a new consciousness where opposites unite, where life and death, body and soul, energy and matter reveal themselves as a singular wholeness.
Emma Mellon
Change Maker, although a story about a brother’s death, is more an inspirational book of hope. On every page, author Rebecca Austill-Clausen courageously wields that hope as a machete to cut through her grief and, with the adroit use of visual imagery and humor, imbue the reader with a sense of comfort that we never really ‘lose’ those we love. That said, as she has with her brother, David, we can and must continue to keep our relationships with them alive. After all, love knows no boundaries, even death.
Elisa Medhus, M.D., author of My Son and the Afterlife: Conversations from the Other Side, My Life After Death, A Memoir from Heaven, and creator of ChannelingErik.com
A deeply personal and moving account of one woman’s spiritual journey and realization of the true power of love in our lives. Austill-Clausen’s story and suggested meditations and exercises will help anyone looking to connect more completely with their soul and life purpose.
Jennifer B. Monahan, author of This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman's Story of Spirit Evolution
A beautifully written personal story of a shared human experience―a loss of a beloved other and the life that unfolds thereafter. Rebecca’s path, following her brother’s death, leads her into the non-ordinary realms of the Mystery associated with the known tangible world, familiar to those who practice shamanism and walk in the dreamtime. She generously shares her gained wisdom and growth, as well as her poignant suggestions and support so others can explore the possibilities for themselves. How blessed are we, who with the help of someone who has gone before us, can begin to perceive the true magic that surrounds us and experience first hand the awakening and empowerment that always awaits us?
Jill Kuykendall, Physical Therapist and co-author with Hank Wesselman of Spirit Medicine: Healing in the Sacred Realms
From her unexpected awakening…to her discovery that energy can be seen and felt…to her realization that consciousness has no limits, Austill-Clausen deftly weaves a story of unfolding that has clarity, simplicity, and power. This book should be read by anyone experiencing the awakening of consciousness.
Penny Kelly, author of The Elves of Lily Hill Farm: A Partnership with Nature