John Winston's review | Jun 01, 2017
Awake: The Purpose of Life and Why You Are Here by Toni Reilly is a breakthrough. The ending two sentences brought it back home to something I hold dear: that, "Our natural state is love. We love to love and to be loved." I read self-help books occasionally and memoirs even less, so I had no Idea what to expect. In Awake I received the unexpected in a big way. things I've never thought about before about life, love, and relationships.
Reilly does a masterful job of blending pertinent accounts of her life with her unique philosophy in a way that is spellbinding; before you realize it you're finished with this great little book and wanting more. There are loads of tidbits that direct us and at the same time makes us think deeply. Reilly tells us to, "Research what makes you tick, what ticks you off, and make peace with both aspects."
In this great time of enlightenment most of us are looking for a little more than the "religion" of those that came before us, asking the biggest question of our existence; why are we here and what happens at the end of it all. At the very least Awake will answer a few questions, but it's more likely to compel you to ask more questions and want to dig a little deeper.
As I was reading (it took less than a day), I wanted to pull people aside who happened to be in my orbit at the time and tell them about what I was reading, ask them questions. I decided when I reviewed it that the best way to encapsulate what it was about was to reveal some of its tasty fruits that were particularly relevant to me.
"Karma is not payback; rather, it is the opportunity to experience the many aspects of living." Yes, dealing with that "revenge" or "deserves" attitude.
"At some stage every single one of us will be challenged by life." And "Through acceptance we navigate challenging moments as an opportunity to learn by experience as a willing participant, not a victim." When you accept this you find your mindset changes to a higher level. And oh, the victim mentality so prevalent in our society.
"I believe all experiences are planned, forcing us to feel by living through a wide and varied range of emotions. Feelings are what matter most; any story we tell loses impact once the emotions are recognised, felt, acknowledged then accepted." There's that world again: "Acceptance"
"Within what is known as the “New Age Movement” we often hear of the quest for enlightenment and unconditional love. Neither are achievable, nor are they the purpose of life. Our omnipresent soul is already enlightened and unconditional. Here we are supposed to get messy." This is so good to contemplate and eventually know, especially the messy part.
"View each challenge as a puzzle piece providing the chance to grow into a complete jigsaw, able to expand with additional pieces at any time."
In the meat of this to me, Reilly deals with past life regression, reincarnation, and a concept I loved called synchronicity and gives us some of her own fascinating accounts. In the end, I found Awake to be more than a self-help book or memoir but a fabulous resource, one to come back to again and again, a primer for something bigger to come. I will be digging into Reilly's institute to learn more and standing in line for the next book.
Woo hoo! My book got me to #1 International Best-Selling Author on Amazon US and Australia. This would not have happened with out you! Thank you xo