​About The Story of Our Time;

A 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner, The Story of Our Time inspires hope as it traces love’s unifying power throughout history to its presence in our midst today. This timely and timeless book offers a deeply thoughtful narrative of conscious evolution drawn from the continuous wisdom of the world’s religions. Framed and supported by seven universal principles at the mystic heart of the world’s spiritual traditions, The Story of Our Time shines a light upon the spirit of our time, identifies a growing network of spiritual activists, and invites us to enter this narrative of our day more fully.

Human consciousness has leapt forward from a localized perspective to an awareness of regional, national, and now international matters. As we approach a consciousness of global integration and interconnectedness, our greatest challenge may be accepting this new, emerging reality, and developing a new story that frames it all: Beneath the illusion of separation, humanity is one family.
There are hidden forces guiding this process in which we are necessary participants. What is needed now is a change in our thinking, a transformation of consciousness, which would make sense of the past, the present, and a future that are interconnected and on the same evolutionary trajectory.
The story of our interconnectedness is the emerging vision of our time. There are principles and values shared by all of humanity, that are timeless and universal, that are linked in an interwoven whole, and that are renewed across time. This evolving worldview recognizes “a divine Reality” which is purposeful, which increases in complexity, and which is itself progressive in nature.
We are witnesses to the dying of an old world, and the birth of a new one. A profound transformation is underway; a global community with a consciousness of oneness is emerging. Don’t be distracted by seeming setbacks; hope is our inspiration, and unity our ultimate destination. How we get there depends upon the stories we live by and the action we take.


About the Author:
Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., author, speaker, and developmental psychologist, is a 2017 Nautilus Book Award winner for The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness, an internationally recognized authority on life story interviewing, a pioneer in the techniques of personal mythmaking and soul-making, and a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, a project of the Source of Synergy Foundation. 

He is the author of nine books, including The Story of Our Time, called “…a must read by the widest of global audiences…” by Michael Bernard Beckwith, and Mystic Journey: Getting to the Heart of Your Soul’s Story (2012), which was called “an exquisite exploration of the spiritual craft of soul-making” by Jean Houston. Of his memoir, Remembering 1969: Searching for the Eternal in Changing Times (2008), Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, said it was “profound, friendly, inspiring, and nostalgic… I loved it.” He also assisted Babatunde Olatunji with his autobiography, The Beat of My Drum (2005), of which Pete Seeger said, “It is good to have this book, with his words, to tell his story more completely.” 

He received his B.A. in philosophy and American Studies from Southampton College of Long Island University, and an M.A. in American Folk Culture from SUNY, Cooperstown. Then his journeys took him to the Hudson River and a series of adventures, including: sailing on the maiden voyage of the Clearwater with Pete Seeger and his singing crew; attending the Woodstock music festival; living in a cabin in the woods near the Hudson River; visiting Arlo Guthrie at his farm in the Berkshires; having a synchronistic and fateful meeting with Joseph Campbell that became a mentoring relationship; being given a cell in a Franciscan monastery as a guest; and, returning to teach a course at Southampton College, all of which frame his memoir of that period, Remembering 1969.

Following the publication of his first book – Songs of the Open Road: The Poetry of Folk Rock and the Journey of the Hero (1974, out of print, but still around somewhere) – he completed his second master’s at the University of New Hampshire in Counseling, and his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in cross-cultural human development. He then did a post-doctoral research fellowship in adolescent development at the University of Chicago, which resulted in the publication of The Teenage World (1987), with his mentors.

His books on life storytelling, The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking (1995) and The Life Story Interview (1998), have been translated into Japanese, Italian, and Romanian and are widely used in personal growth and life review settings.

He is professor emeritus of cross-cultural human development and religious studies at the University of Southern Maine, and director of Story Commons. At USM, he was the first Diversity Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development (2002-2004) and a co-founding faculty of the Russell Scholars Program and the Religious Studies minor. He has also taught a week long summer course sailing the Maine coast on a traditional schooner. In the fall of 2002, he was a faculty member on the Semester at Sea around the world voyage with 30 other faculty and 600 undergraduates. He has since sailed on Semester at Sea’s Enrichment Voyages a number of times as a workshop leader.

His other interests are photography (his gallery, where he enjoys sharing with others the beauty, mystery, and wonder of the world in which we live), sailing, biking, hiking, and traveling.



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 On Saturday, July 21st, 1:00-3:00, Author, Speaker, Educator, Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., joins us with The Story of Our Time: From Duality to Interconnectedness to Oneness for sale/signing.