About the Authors


Nancy Seifer and Martin Vieweg
have been studying and practicing the principles of the Ageless Wisdom for nearly forty years.  When the Soul Awakens represents the harvest of their transformative journeys.

Nancy Seifer was a social and policital activist before finding her way to the spiritual path.  In the 1960s she was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, a staff member at the African-American Institute in New York City, and an aide for ethnic affairs to New York City Mayor, John V. Lindsay.  In the 70s she directed a program on women and diversity at the Institute on American Pluralism.  While there she wrote papers, monographs, and chapters for anthologies on working-class women, and later a book (Nobody Speaks for Me!, 1976, Simon & Schuster) still in use at colleges and universities.  Her articles appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Ms. Magazine.

In the late 70s, Nancy embarked on a spiritual quest that led her to the ageless wisdom teachings, and to involvement in several visionary projects.  While directing the Center for Peace through Culture, she co-led a group of citizen diplomats to the Soviet Union in 1986—a trip that sparked a decade of immersion in Russia as spirituality was reemerging there.  After writing Russian Odyssey (2003), a spiritual memoir born of that experience, she began work on When the Soul Awakens in an effort to make esoteric wisdom more accessible to a growing body of seekers.

Martin Vieweg has been a student, writer, and lecturer within the esoteric community for over three decades.  Early in life he pursued a wide range of spiritual teachings and practices—from Ernest Holmes’ “Science of Mind” to Edgar Cayce’s “Search for God.”  While working at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach he lectured on reincarnation, dream study, and extra-sensory perception. In the mid-70s he enrolled in a program for esoteric training at the Lucis Trust, publisher of the books of Alice Bailey.  He later joined the headquarters staff of the Trust in New York City, serving as co-director of a global meditation project and frequent lecturer. More recently, Martin served for many years as Director of Data Management for the United Negro College Fund in northern Virginia, where he and his wife, Nancy, coauthored When the Soul Awakens.


See also:

A Book for Now

Book Description


List of Chapters