A spirit of love filled the ballroom and we all laughed and shed tears of joy together.
Even now, one year later, our family and friends still tell us how much they loved the
ceremony. None of our guests had ever witnessed a wedding service quite like ours. The
laughter, the energy and the tears of happiness made a lasting impression on everyone.
The Prayer Chest is not just a novel, it is a parable and a guide-and like your family passes
precious traditions and heirlooms down through generations, this book felt that special. Short
enough to be enjoyed a singular day at the beach, but long enough to imprint new and pivotal
truths on your heart. If you are a seeker, a philosopher, spiritual sort or a person driven by
purpose, contribution or your divine itches, this book will give you the tools to pray remarkable
changes into your life.
Today's message was so clear to me. A new world opened for me. Your words your message
your stories your vibration will serve me well the rest of my life. Maybe the most important
message I ever heard ... and got!!
I've been following you since I lived in New York City and you were still at Sacred Center.
You were the reason I went on to be the person I am today. I'm so very proud of who I am.
Your messages have been completely life altering and my perception of life and
Spirit have shifted to a place of greater peace, appreciation and vision. Your
messages have put me in a place where I am "allowing" the flow of life work in me.
In addition, I have been able to practice telling my ego to "curb it's enthusiasm!"
Thank you for the free talk "the flow of life”! My husband and I just listened to it and had a great
discussion after. I'm grateful to you for helping me in so many ways. Thank you both for all of the
beauty, wisdom and light you bring to the planet.
I am so grateful to you for your support and wisdom. When I listen to your talks on my
coastal walks on the other side of the world in Australia it always not only inspires and
motivates me but makes me happy. You are an inspiration.
I grew up with Catholic school and church, I have attended born-again Christian services,
Pilgrimages, Meditation at a Buddhist center and other meditation and soul searching
activities, and none of these moved me like you did today. It felt as if you were talking to
me one on one.
At last week's gathering it was as if you could read our minds and soothe our hearts
with a song - it all makes sense. Thank you for sharing your humanity.
Thank you August, so much for transforming my life -- no one has had or may ever have the impact on me that you have.
I cannot thank you enough for being so present with me. Thank you for living your destiny
for it has had a profound effect on mine for the last 12 years.
Thank you for for the deep impact you have on my soul. Seeing you and hearing your
beautiful stories always stirs up quite a bit of hope that no matter what is going on in
our lives, the stars are indeed aligned and there are new realities being created that
we cannot imagine from where we presently stand. My daughter feels the same way
-- your wisdom is simply awesome.
It has been about 2 years now since I had a soul session with you during which time I came
to realize that my soul needed a bigger way of making a difference of giving back … my soul
was slowing dying by continuing to live my ordinary life. When I understood what I needed, I
was able to apply for the Peace Corps to fulfill on a life’s dream. Well, I soon depart for
Botswana to begin my service.
What a powerful session today! It was such an important message applicable to everyone;
no matter what their beliefs. It was very relevant "TO ME". I can't possibly thank you enough
for your coming into my life and the awareness you have brought me.
The Prayer Chest has inspired myself and others around me. I give copies to members of
my social circle and coworkers when it is evident that they have lost their way. It has moved
and touched me in a way I never thought a book could. God bless you for being an inspiration.
Rarely have I heard a speaker juggle three stories, a tragic event and make sense of it all.
I find you are so right on -- Understanding Life thru the context and not the event.
It is a joy to hear you and Carol each Tuesday and I was enlightened at my first class last
Thursday. I thank you and I feel so fortunate furthering my understanding of my life more
fully thru your teaching.
My partner and I listened to your talk in the car on the way up to visit my 95 years young mom
and we were both totally engrossed and inspired. Thanks you for the gift of your presence in
our yoga community and in the world!
I am enjoying your sessions very much. As a practicing Buddhist it is good to hear your
message and refresh my knowledge. Thank you for what you are doing for the gay community.
Thank you with the sincerest of gratitude for guiding me to going deeper so that I could access
the Truth of who I am and what I have been carrying. Feeling the safety I feel with you allows me
to free myself from the chains that I had (the operative word "had") around my heart. When I
woke up this morning, although my eyes were puffy from crying , I felt lighter.
Once again, and again and again, I want you to know what a mentor and teacher you
have been to me -- it is because of your loving instruction and guidance I am who I am
today, a person I am very proud of.
I discovered you back in 2010 ... and I find myself keeping on being drawn back to your
teachings … there's something about your teaching that creates a deep feeling of
connection and recognition ... I cant really explain it ... but you seem to touch an inner
truth with me ... that says " as you walk out on the way ... the path will appear" Rumi ...
Oceans of love
Again, I send you both my gratitude and appreciation for the amazing contribution to the
experience described by those who attended as "life changing" and "transformative", it is that
you who responded to the invitation made it all so special.
The polls are closed and the voting tallied -- it was unanimous that our wedding
ceremony was simply amazing on Saturday.
While it was no surprise to us, so many people who had never met you before (let alone heard you speak) were simply in awe -
you made our wedding full of warmth and love -- far beyond what we could have conveyed without you (and that's saying something).
We are so thankful for all you did for us.
Mystical, magical, miraculous. Thank you for the amazing gift you have given the world,
this community and me personally.
A day does not go by where I don't give thanks to your teachings, your humor, your wisdom.
I came to you so broken and in the years I studied with you I learned to pray and practice the
principles in spite of outward appearances. I changed my definition of success and asked what
can I bring and what can I give and not worry at all about what it was I wanted. I thank you.
Thank you August I have just finished listening to your free talk "A stroke of insight" I really
loved your talk as always August but more than that I wanted to say a big heartfelt thank you
as you made me laugh out loud. I didn't always laugh so easily, I carried a lot of pain and a lot
of fear for many, many years as many of us do. That however is not who I am today. I always
laugh out loud listening to you.
I attended your presentation on being in the moment and I don't believe I have ever
heard a more inspiring message, and one delivered with such passion and sincerity.
Your words were so at once profound and practical. That very positive proclamation
sang to me without judgment but with hope and a powerful sense of inspiration about
the way things are supposed to be for all of us. I still feel beautifully energized by your
words and the bright light of your entire presentation -- an extraordinary yet down-to-earth
What a lovely Taizé Community Event! Thank you for hosting with such grace, art,
and sacred energy. It was a transcendent experience.
Thank you August for your wonderful service to God and other people.
It is very helpful and practical in every day life. Please keep on.
August Gold has been the inspiration, catalyst and midwife for my Spiritual Awakening,
my transformation and my rebirth into my authentic, best and highest Self.
If any of my Fort Lauderdale friends have issues with attending church and the "God thing"
-- but are looking for a positive approach to life and some sense of what "spirituality" means,
I HIGHLY recommend attending these Tuesday meetings at NOON at the Pride Center. August
is probably the most consistently upbeat, positive, and on-point person I've had the pleasure of
listening to in Fort Lauderdale. And the music of Carol Logen is simply phenomenal!
You are a very gentle, kind, accepting and non-judgmental teacher who has a very strong
connection with the soul of things and people. You always find a gentle way to help me get
to the core of what I want or what is blocking me. All these things are very important to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having been a teacher who I could understand
so clearly, that I could feel was walking the path along with all of us, who could always get us
to laugh at your stories, and at ourselves at the same time.
I live on the other side of the world, in Perth Western Australia and I am a theatre
teacher and have a Children's Theatre Company www.reck.com.au. I could literally
see “The Prayer Chest” coming to life before my eyes and I think it would be a
wonderful, metaphorical and inspiring piece for children and communities, theatre
that nourishes the soul. Your work has given me hope, when I most needed some
and I am grateful and richer for the experience of it both personally and artistically.
I just started to attend your classes this last fall and it was one of the most exhilarating
experiences I have had in a long time. In addition to the positive energy you both put
out it helped me get through one of the hardest times in my life. I am listening to my
inner voice again after five years, Thanks To Your Teachings!
I just want to say I have repeated your words many times and so thankful I had an
opportunity to work with you. I hope you are well and the next time I'm in NC I will
seek you out. You are doing amazing work, thank you.
I just have to write to you to tell you what an influence you are in my life right now.
Listening to you gives me the permission to be "me." You inspire me. Your story
telling skills are superb. Amazing. The way you weave stories together, link them,
leave the audience hanging until you reconnect them to the story is profound. You
are a genius speaker. That is a process of ingenious knowledge that few speakers know,
and you do it seamlessly. Thank you again for the difference you make in the world.
I loved the fact that your teachings are based on universal law/truth. Thank you again
for all that you do, and the way that you lead people to truth ... especially through the
method of storytelling. You are phenomenal!
Four years ago when I attended Sacred Center I was on public assistance and was struggling
to rebuild my life after a catastrophic loss of everything including the understanding that
material things were not only what could be lost. Since then I have gotten off public assistance,
I got my business back, and have recently moved into my own apartment in the west village! Not
to mention have started to experience love!!! Thank you and thank you God.
To experience her words live and in person is like nothing I have ever experienced. She grasps her
audience like listening to a really good friend with plenty to say about what your soul longs to hear.
You bring incredible magic & enthusiasm with your energy and I always try not to miss
the opportunity to hear whatever and wherever your speaking, "beautiful one"!
Sacred Center services every time I travelled to NYC. It was always a fertilizer of joy,
wonder, uplift and gratitude. I miss that time and place. I carry your words with me
to this day and the spirit of that congregation that I only knew as a visitor. But I felt like
I was at home every Sunday I was lucky enough to attend.
The talk last week revitalized my morning practice and with amazing results. In just a week, I feel
like I have become re-grounded in my life with a rediscovered lightness and openness. Just another
Happy Hour success story for you. Thank you both again for everything that you do for us all.
You have made a profound impact on my life through Sacred Center for many years -- even
before the second and third homes it had, and the 4t class. I still quote and take courage from
lessons you shared consistently in my life. You gave so much of yourself and truly opened up
our hearts and spirits. And we were so greatly craving all the wisdom you shared.
Looking at the faces of the congregants, listening to the Rev Gold’s creedless, therapeutic, but
compassionate and profoundly moral sermon … I had no doubt that the worshippers at the
Sacred Center were experiencing a genuine religion.
It must be a most powerful thing to possess the knowledge you have garnered thru many many
years of studying. Just a few weeks glimpse into this world of understanding that you have and
have been teaching definitely makes me want more, as well as, has changed my thinking and .... my life.
I've followed you for years and purchased and shared your fabulous, irreverent, funny-as-all-get-go
talks and go back to them again and again.
I just wanted to say Thank You for such an uplifting message that continues to resonate with
me each day.
In the months leading up to the wedding August met with us together and individually to
get a sense of our values and priorities, and deeper insight into the unique qualities of our
She crafted a ceremony that was completely original and deeply personal for us, as well as
engaging for our audience. She was accessible to us at all times to guide us through the
process and on the day of the wedding August was the calm in the storm.
My daughter came to hear you speak. Your words helped her see with new eyes. The
ripples from your talk have carried her quite far into a new reality. It was a magical day
for our family, the day the big shift occurred and her transformation began.
August Gold served as a spiritual founder and director of Sacred Center New York for eight years, a teacher, counselor and spiritual mentor in New York City for twenty-five, and a grateful volunteer at the Manhattan Center for Living, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Samaritans Suicide Hotline. She spent her twenties in Alanon which set her on the path to good love.
Translated into 15 languages, her books with co-author Joel Fotinos include the Family Circle Book of the Month The Prayer Chest, as well as Multiply Your Blessings, and the Think & Grow Rich Workbook Series. Her award-winning children’s book, Where Does God Live? “Was one of the best introductions to ideas about God and oneself for children,” the Toronto Star reported. She was a regular guest on the Hallmark Channel “A New Day” offering deeply simple spiritual practices for living a more centered life, including her 5-5-5 Spiritual Morning Practice which was produced as its own segment.
With an empowered presence and voice, August weaves transformational teachings of the Tao Te Ching through story – once a week at the Tuesday spiritual group Living Agelessly and once a month at the Saturday workshops |Ft Lauderdale, and once a season at Happy Hour | New York City.
Since 1990 she has offered thousands of people the opportunity to access the wisdom of their indwelling soul through a Soul Sessions. Ernest Holmes calls the soul the place in us “that knows, and knows that it knows.” The Soul opens the way for whatever anyone longs to know or express or reveal or receive. It takes us to the heart of the matter on love or health or purpose or prosperity or destiny with crystal clear guidance points the way to our wholeness, our complete happiness.
A licensed and ordained Interfaith Minister since 1990, she writes and officiates exquisite wedding ceremonies. Learn more about her wedding ceremonies, click here.