This Book Provides a New Perspective on Finding Answers to Work Life Issues in the Age of Spiritual Evolution.

The author proposes humanity made its way through many phases of existence into this, the Age of Spiritual Evolution. We moved through prehistoric times before we recorded ‘stories’; into the Dark Ages; the Middle Ages; the Age of Enlightenment; the Agricultural Age; the Industrial Age; and the Technology/Computer Age.

At this time in human history, we seek answers more than ever about our existence and connection to the Universe. We seek answers beyond the traditional explanations based on all the knowledge we now have. She shares with us her process of finding answers through the challenges she experienced with work.

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The author drew inspiration for this book from what she describes as a very interesting Petri dish of experiences. That included her culture, family history, religious upbringing, and life experience. All of her experiences gave the author much to consider and eventually led to the writing of Answers From Within.


As we look around the world and see the turbulence in the world of work, we often wonder where the solutions will come from. With this book, she takes a look at some things we have kept in the dark for some time because of fear and shines a light on them. This undoing can create a new platform for our understanding of work, and the role it plays in our lives.

The Message

The book has a message for virtually everyone. If you are facing challenges finding the right job or work; if you are in transition with your job or work; if you are a woman facing the traditional challenges with work; if you are a man trying to find your place in the new work paradigm; if you are a parent; if you are homosexual; if you have a different gender expression; if you are a human of a discriminated or suppressed group; if you are a mature adult, there is a present in it for you.

The Time is Now

Change is the Only Constant and we are not Going Backwards!

The book is very timely because when we look at the world of work, we can only see one thing, and that is constant change. Work is so essential to our lives that understanding the changes, is key to our survival. After moving through a number of issues, we get to the understanding of work as a tool for self-actualization, and therefore a key to life on the Planet. This is true despite all of the beliefs, rules, and divisions we have created to make it appear differently.

Despite its title, the book does not provide the reader with the ultimate answers. Instead, the author tells about her process to help others do the same, and about what she found for herself.  The book is experiential in that it asks many probing questions, and encourages the reader to take the time to contemplate things and find their own answers. 
The questions are also intended to liberate us in our thinking. The world of today offers endless possibilities for everything, and we must be prepared for that. If we are not prepared to just think about something differently, then how can we be ready for a world without limits. 
Yet, some of us are discouraged from even thinking about things differently, as though the act of thinking in and of itself is wrong, or dangerous.  Thinking about things differently is just liberating, we ultimately decide what to do with our thoughts.


After moving through a number of issues, we get to the understanding of work as a tool for self-actualization, and therefore a key to life on the Planet. This is true despite all of the beliefs, rules, and divisions we have created to make it appear differently.


This is a selection of thoughts from each Chapter to consider as you read them.

  • Chapter One: Work is not a parenthesis in life for which we interrupt an otherwise pleasant experience.
  • Chapter Two: Life is mostly lived at work, and if we are not in “in joy” we are burning minutes on the clock of our lives.
  • Chapter Three: Everything that happens to us is the Universe providing a de facto education.
  • Chapter Four: We don’t have a concept or name for some of the work a child born today may be doing 20 years from now.
  • Chapter Five: The world doesn’t need and can’t support an unlimited number of system maintainers, it needs more innovators and creators.
  • Chapter Six: In human history, women have had no significant role in deciding when we go to war, even when in the majority, and even though they bear most of the responsibility for producing soldiers.
  • Chapter Seven: The Universe is consistent, and “creates” everything in spectrums and progressions.
  • Chapter Eight: When we talk about the loss of human potential, it is not just an abstract concept.
  • Chapter Nine: A woman can only Love a man more when he recognizes her right to exist fully; imposes no obstacles to her full self-expression, and supports her in her right to be all that she “came” to be.
  • Chapter Ten: Only humans are idea machines!
  • Chapter Eleven: If the Soul is timeless, then the Code it gets is timeless also.
  • Chapter Twelve: It is virtually impossible to be a full expression of what we are intended to be by being comfortable in sameness.


Inspirational Advice to Inspire a Conscious Living Experience


As you read Answers From Within, we can’t encourage you enough to take time to be still in solitude and to contemplate the things proposed. The Journal pages at the back of the book will help you get started with that process. When you have a thought or a question quickly write it down, and then you can always come back to it.


Olivia S. Benson is a student and practitioner of Metaphysics for over twenty-five years. She was a student of the Rev. Mary A Tumpkin, former president of Universal Foundation for Better Living, Inc.(“UFBL”) and former Senior Minister of The Universal Truth Center for Better Living, Inc. (“UTC”). For ten years she served as legal counsel for the UFBL and UTC under Rev. Tumpkin. Her unique diverse cultural and religious background forced her to be contemplative of life and its meaning, from an early age. She was raised in the Jehovah’s Witness religion while attending Catholic schools. While still in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, she then attended a conservative Christian High School. By the time she was 30, she sought to resolve the ironies and contradictions of life and to find answers beyond the things her religious upbringing had taught her.