“I wrote the words on this page over fifteen years ago. I now believe God placed these words in my heart and soul because God knew what the state of the world would look like now: global mistrust and global division. I praise and give thanks to God that God saw this before I did.“Reverend Rebekah Carpenter
For over twenty years, I have traveled across the country and abroad as a keynote speaker, leadership and organizational development trainer and performing artist. I feel more privileged than I can express to have been able to spread the message of permanent awakening and help individuals and organizations come out of their protective cocoons and fly.
We need to be as awake as possible right now.
Now is the time in our history for us to awaken and come together as a community to take back our national and global integrity. Now is the time in our history for us to awaken and step out of our man made dramas that distract us from living in the present, from being able to question and critically think, from owning and stepping into our authentic greatness, and from designing our lives based on who we really are.
When we live from an awakened, authentically powerful place, our leadership has less of an ability to sell us something that is not in our best interests. When anyone comes along that is promoting hatred, gossip, oppression or injustice, we speak up for what is right. We negotiate and communicate more peacefully and fairly. We support each others’ greatness. We help each other soar.
At the end of the introduction in my book I say:
“Once you experience permanent awakening, you become part of a larger group of people from all over the world who are also experiencing permanent awakening.
As one person, one relationship, and one organization at a time experience permanent awakening in different parts of the world, a ripple effect and connection occurs between them. A global AWAKENING MOVEMENT is ignited. This movement gains momentum as more and more people across the globe become role models for their children and grandchildren of happy, fulfilled, passionate, productive human beings. Personal and professional relationships become more peaceful, harmonious, vibrant, and open to healthy negotiation. This increases the possibilities for global harmony and leaves the world a better place for generations to come.”
I look forward to meeting you and partnering with you to spread permanent awakening to people across the globe,
Reverend Rebekah Carpenter has spent over twenty-five years creating and presenting leadership development initiatives for corporations, colleges, public and private schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and churches. Early in her career, Rebekah began noticing that most leadership initiatives soon became “flavor of the month” – forgotten and replaced with the next new shiny program – all offering at best, temporary results and empowerment. Rebekah’s mission became to develop leadership development keynotes, seminars, author a book “Awakening – 12 Tools to Unlock Ultimate Potential and a Facilitator’s guide for small groups, that all take people beyond surface learning, into true absorption of leadership material taught and presented – holistically, consistently and more permanently opening up critical thinking, innovation, vitality, creativity, teamwork, accountability, and authentic passion and productivity.
After 15 years in the field of leadership development, Rebekah wanted to further explore how suppressing original thought, creativity, imagination and authentic potential begins in childhood, often reinforced by the culture. Rebekah entered a Master’s Program in Psychology at the University of West GA, focusing her research on how to “unblock” children, youth and adults from this suppression. Her research was primarily focused around the school systems. Rebekah’s goal was finding out how, in the midst of learning required curriculum, children and youth could keep from becoming simply “downloaders” of information, rule followers and good workers, but they could regularly connect to their ability to critically think, to be innovative, creative, collaborative, and most importantly, authentically passionate about living into their unique calling and God-given potential. Rebekah began adding what she learned into her leadership programs for children, youth, teachers and adults.
Lastly, one short, intuitive and deeply spiritual occurrence shifted and deepened Rebekah’s journey even further. While at home, a brief flash of an intuitive message went through Rebekah’s mind and heart: “death and rebirth” – ‘This’ is what you have been doing and what I want you to continue doing.’ Rebekah began to more intentionally frame all of her leadership keynotes and seminars around the idea of dying to the old (outdated beliefs, paradigms, identities, relationships), discovering one’s voice, gifts, authentic identities, passions and purposes, and rising to the new by designing ones’ life around these new discoveries. Not surprisingly, soon after this, the call to seminary emerged. During this precious seminary time, Rebekah deepened her study of the bible, deepened her study of Jesus’ powerful, world changing journey of living, dying and resurrecting – embodying “death and rebirth” in the most profound way possible. Now as an ordained minister in the PCUSA church, Rebekah continues helping others model, practice and embody “death and rebirth” in all parts of their lives.
2017 Columbia Theological Seminary
Master of Divinity (Received Paul Dixon Church History award at Graduation)
2004 University of West GA, Carrollton, GA
Master of Arts – Psychology and Organizational Development
(Research focused on holistic development for children/youth/adults that opens critical thinking, ingenuity, creativity, vitality and a deeper connection to one’s purpose)
1988 Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC
Bachelor of Arts – Music
1986 Brevard College, Brevard, NC
Junior College Diploma