So many of us have experienced different forms of sexual abuse and have never had a safe opportunity to reveal it or heal it. Your writing opens the door for the journey through abuse as a human script that demands embracing, while giving voice to the painful scarring that occurred. Then allowing the vulnerable healing space and grace for healing provides validation to step forward in transformation. Amazing the healing gifts we human beings can be for ourselves and each other. ~ Sylvia Sultenfuss
Thank you for blessing me with the book. I never make time to read but last night I read about half. So interesting and readable. Congratulations on sharing real human feelings and experiences to help and guide others. ~Lee Ann McKale
A friend recommended this book to me. We have long been into Self-help books. Read many beginning in the 80's. I had, had a very difficult childhood, as have many people, and struggled to deal with the fallout. For many years my favorite song was, "I Am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel. Fortunately, I have always been strong willed with an excellent survival instinct & pushed through whatever came my way including pushing down whatever inconvenient emotions might arise. Emotion equaled weakness to me. Self-help books helped me to realize the need to look within rather blaming others, past & present, for my uncomfortable life situations. My point here is, many people want to improve any number of issues in their lives and I know many books/teachers help in that regard but this book is truly unique.
The first half of the book is so personal & awe-inspiring. A true testament to the human spirit's ability to rise above, transform and grow to it's true potential. This book shows one how to accomplish this through guided self discovery exercises. They are simple in presentation, easy to follow, and not lengthy. In the first exercise, Getting to know breath, I was quite surprised that I could actually begin to tune into how my body tries to speak to me. I did not think that would be very easy for me since I tend to ignore bodily complaints. There's work to be done! Or, I'll deal with that later like Scarlett O'Hara. What really separates these guided exercises are the follow up questions to ask yourself and advice such as how to know who is speaking to you - the right or left brain. How to know if the information you are receiving is correct or is it just the ego taking over again - thinking and not intuiting. ~CMS
These words taken from a page of Dr.Toni's first book, The Propelled Heart, explain how she works, and writes. She absorbs from her experiences and teachers, she feels her reactions, she experiments, she allows herself to change. Then she comes to be what she says. She wrote this book to take the reader with her through the passages she so warmly but yet with masterful simplicity explains and generously shares. One can feel that she wants you to learn in order to facilitate living your life.
This is a book with many lives! It introduces to the lives of a person who could be you, but it is Toni who is able to sit still, go inside to express the deepest sentiments regarding the moments that forged her life. In many years of talking while sitting through her healing processes, I didn't get near the depth of her life discovered now by reading her book. Toni listens and her special and unique way of listening becomes teaching. She wants to help, she gives guidance. But you don't know this, until it becomes clear reading this book.
Her personal story is and isn't like other life stories, but she was able to tell it with simplicity, just as if you were sipping a cup of tea together. Her personal life is clearly the vehicle through which she learned to be a healer. Even when she is able to laugh about some life experiences one feels the depth of her struggles and desire to understand. Her writing style is the mirror of who she is. Direct, elegant, careful, deep and childish too.
I was enchanted reading the first part, so lively, true, uncensored, direct, all together fascinating. It all comes together when, in the second part, she shares with great generosity what she has learned while making it sound as the simplest process to anyone willing to discover oneself and heal his or her wounds. ~ Patrizia
It's taken me some time to read this book- time well invested. I'll spend more time re-reading it, slowly, a little at a time, adapting the exercises to my own experience and needs (they're really well-structured for that.) It's not a "long read' (<200 pages) nor is it a difficult read. But it's a *thoughtful* read. I found myself closing the book, setting it my lap, and thinking "Toni's experience with this, resonates with my experience with that, and what can I learn and deepen about my experience, from hers?"
As someone who's spent a fair chunk of my life feeling plagued by various physical ailments and body dissatisfactions, the last couple of years using Toni's techniques of communicating with my body, learning to decode its wisdom, and coming to love it in all its amazing beauty and complexity, I can say simply "this works."
Even if you're not someone who takes readily to non-mainstream approaches to health, these techniques represent simple, minimal-risk investments in linking up the physiological and psychological factors that influence somatic symptoms. So much of mainstream medical intervention is predicated on applying a sledgehammer where perhaps a gentle push will do. And on treating the symptoms, rather than the causes.
Toni connects the gentle and practical "how tos" of the exercises with powerful and well-written revelations from her own experience. ~ TygrBright
What a powerful book! The beginning chapters of Toni's abuse experience were so helpful, since written from a child's view and feelings, in eliciting words and feelings from my own personal experience of early abuse, which I have worked on releasing for many years. I revisited it with the eyes of my child and had such a visceral response to her prose, that a deeper layer was able to rise to the light of day and be released. Toni's willingness to be vulnerable in her story telling was beautiful, refreshing and helped me release on many levels. The exercises are supportive,easy to follow and have assisted me in trusting more in my own intuitive process.More personal work to be done; and the second half of the book is my companion. I have been a seeker of my own wholeness in body, mind and spirit for many years and I like to do visualizations and guided imagery not only at times during the day, but also to help me go to sleep on a positive note. Toni's book has become my personal bedside Treasure. I am looking forward to her next book and workshops. ~ Nancy M. Altman