IF IT WORKS, USE IT
Below is the Introduction to the book which contains 37 questions posed to me about my spiritual experience as a human and the accompanying answers. Basically, it is a "how-to" book teaching you to use what works in all areas of your life. This book includes reflections on my two dark nights of the soul.
From the Introduction
The general intention of this book is to answer the question I am asked so often, “How did you get to be who you are?” When I opened the door to my newsletter subscribers sending me queries for this book, I knew they would be varied. Some of the questions have to do with an idea of spiritual reality. Others are more personal and reflect the desire to know more about certain subjects. I will use events in my own life to explain the various principles in the questions I received.
Those who know me personally or have been taught by me via Skype know that I eschew the New Age spirituality that tends to draw in those who visualize themselves as seekers. The various ideologies that have supplanted conventional religion create strong belief systems of their own, condoning only those who follow in the footsteps of its creator.
Quality of life is demonstrated by the ability to live with personal integrity rather than attempting to please others so they will approve. Human beings are composed of light. Everyone works with light because everyone is light. Knowing this takes the significance out of what is not significant by any means.
Reading this book is an invitation to take a big step away from the unicorns, rainbows, bunnies and butterflies that populate the social media. Most people are looking for those of “like mind”. Now, those two words always make me chuckle. To be of “like mind” with another is to create an illusion that all minds are in agreement about nearly everything. It’s not going to happen on planet earth. There may be people who are in agreement, yet given enough time and any stress in a situation the minds can change quite quickly. This is not a judgment, simply a fact that human beings change with circumstances.
Publishing this semi-autobiographical narration carries one specific focus: What I am, all are. As I am, all are. Nothing I write or say will deter from this point of attention. Being human contains only one request. Learn how to live divinely in a physical form. No matter the lifestyle, country of origin, career choice, religious belief, relationship status or age, every human being inevitably arrives at the same place – divinity.
From the back cover: If It Works, Use It has the opportunity to assist those who are ready to look at opinions, beliefs and the lived experience in all of its myriad facets and take ownership in order to be free. Awakening is as individual as a thumbprint and while some people believe that it has to be forced by suffering, it does not need to be though it is possible that the bitterness of unfulfilled expectation can compel a deeper truth.
Toni possesses the spectrum of strength and gentleness to a degree that causes the reader to want "in". Her teachings and books reflect adherence to a middle way enabling the reader to unearth all of the bits and pieces, the hidden corners, exposing them to the light of neutrality. This book offers permission to look at the darker experiences of one’s life and see them as bejeweled crowns of enlightenment.
Toni handles her writing and experience in a way that is terribly responsible and those who are ready for it will respond. She opens her spiritual realizations to the reader, which is what all want in a Master Teacher, and yet it is like finding the Wizard behind the curtain. Some of the "mystique" is unveiled so the reader can realize the individual, personal power to come home. It seems nobody wants it to be so easy to remember. A price to pay holds appeal, though it "ain't necessarily so".
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