When asked at various stages in her life what she wanted to be when she grew up, Tosha Silver responded: a rabbi, a lawyer, or a weathergirl. But the Great Mystery had other plans for her as she attended Yale and received a degree in English literature. Along the way she developed a passion for metaphysics and yogic philosophy.
The stories in this book are adapted from her writing as the "SF Spiritual Examiner" at Examiner.com, where she has a large and loyal audience for her astrology readings. This playful, enlightening, and creative collection presents the author's experiences with the Divine. As Christiane Northrup says in the foreword, "Tosha shares wise and practical insights to help you remember and align with your higher nature, while still chuckling affectionately or laughing uproariously at the insane world we live in." You can visit her online at www.ToshaSilver.com
Silver admits that when it comes to God, she is "utterly, completely, and madly polyamorous." That is why she kisses the statues on her altar and bathes their little feet in rosewater. That is why she invites the Divine into all her days and doings.
There are many fascinating essays here on the benefits of the spiritual practice of openness: how she has overcome her fear of spiders; her once or twice a month excursion to San Francisco where she surrenders and goes where the Divine takes her; the art of paying attention to cosmic tips; coping with fears through the use of a God Box; giving yourself time to sprout and bloom; how to bypass worry; sending blessings to loved ones, strangers, enemies, animals, and to the planet; and more ways to be led by the Divine.
At one point, she offers a prayer for guidance:
"Please show me your Divine Will in this matter and send me a clear sign that gives the proper direction. And if for some reason I'm about to head the wrong way, please, please stop me."
Another prayer is about letting go and surrendering to God's will:
"Wherever I can be a force for Love, please guide me. Take me wherever you wish me to go. Let me do your bidding.''
"In the New Earth we're creating, we need lusty compassion and ecstatic duty, ingenious love and insurrectionary beauty. We need radical curiosity and reverent pranks, voracious listening and ferocious thanks." This sounds like Silver but these words are by Rob Brezsny, the author of Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia and FreeWillAstrology , the most widely syndicated feature in North America's alternative weeklies. He is a truth-seeker, a buoyant optimist, a true believer in love and optimism, and a writer whose imagination is wild and untamed.
Silver is a soul-mate of Brezsny and together they have charted a vivid style of writing and offered a special perspective on everyday spirituality. Reading their books together would be a mind-blowing trip which we highly recommend!