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Monday, November 29, 2021

a thought-provoking exploration of spirituality and perception... The Heart Knows What the Mind Cannot See by Toby Negus

"A profoundly honest, poetic and practical guide to self discovery and self healing." JW, Amazon

"This bselok is a true and witty guide to listen to your heart!" GS, Amazon


This is a thought-provoking and enlightening exploration of spirituality and perception. The text functions as a guide to self-improvement, with a mixture of autobiographical elements and snippets of universal wisdom. The speaker provides accessible solutions to life’s difficulties, and an outlook of optimism applicable to any circumstance. The illustrations and graphics are thoughtfully chosen, and the interactive textual elements give this work an originality that sets it apart. The speaker’s own experiences and conclusions are at the heart of this fiction, and the first person narrative voice creates a sense of proximity between author and reader. The text describes itself as ‘a journey to the heart’, and this truthful discovery of the self is reflected in the speaker’s revelation of his whole self through the text.

Frequent use of direct address and rhetorical questions promotes an active reading experience, in which the author opens up a dialogue with the reader. The text includes prompts and activities for the reader to engage with and learn from. Encouraging readers to take part in the text is emblematic of their journey to self-fulfillment and love, in which they must take responsibility for actively creating their own happiness.

The speaker depicts his process of enlightenment as a framework for others to emulate, and the format of the text demonstrates the transfer of agency to those who take part in the speaker’s challenges. This work ultimately teaches us that ‘we are the cause of what is’ and thus sheds light on the crucial idea that every individual has the power to create themselves and their world positively.


Is the glass half empty or half full?

The world is full of so much more than what we are told. So much more than the images of hostility and sadness that are shown in the media. Every moment of every day there are so millions of people doing so many things that bring light to the world.

Every day there are people who inspire the youth to fulfill their dreams, artists who create work that makes us smile, dance, and wonder at the beauty of life.

Every day there are people who are going into the dark places of the world to bring kindness and care. And every day thousands of ordinary, extraordinary people are getting up with courage to face another day despite the pain that they feel.

Every day thousands of people are giving a smile or a hug that does so much for another. And every day thousands of people put aside their own problems and share their tenderness. There really are so many people doing so many things that bring brightness to the world.


Real learning is not what we expect.
If we could expect it, it wouldn’t be learning.

I looked in the mirror today and saw more than who I thought I was; within the eyes was a million years of purpose. I saw the depth of the universe and felt its unfaltering love. It was as if I had seen the divine within myself, the truth of who we are. The us that never dies, the custodian of our purpose, the love of our life. 

This wasn’t what I expected and was somewhat sobering. There was no blinding light, no sound of trumpets, and no big handshake with an almighty. But it was as profound as if there had been. For it seemed I was touching an eternal part of myself, an authority within that could create my heaven on earth, that was already in heaven on earth! It was a glimpse of something other than the me I thought I was. Its light questioned the lack of self-care and love I held for myself. And its presence would eventually crack and then dissolve my view of what I thought it meant to be human.
Doing a spiritual journey and tackling self-development issues can give many profound perceptions, and I have had my fair share of them. But this was different, this was personal. It was my eyes that were looking at me, something that I could not escape from. It could not be brushed off as a ‘perhaps’ or a nice perception that subsided over time. Its truth seemed to embed itself into my very soul.

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About the author:
Toby Negus has studied and taught spiritual and personal development in the UK and around the world for over two decades. He is qualified in advanced counselling, as a life coach and as a Cognitive Behaviour therapist. He is an Amazon best-selling author of a collaborative Conscious Creators book and has illustrated and self published two books on the subject of self-awareness and the spiritual journey. He is also a published author of a children’s book The Boy Who Dreamed in Colour. He has given talks and run workshops in support of his published work within the UK.

In the last few years, he has created many pieces of artwork that are a reflection of his spiritual journey. These have appeared in magazines and have been exhibited in the UK.

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toby negus said...

Thank you for hosting my new book :-)

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katieoscarlet said...

This has a lovely cover. Looking forward to reading this read about guide to self-improvement and the wisdom it includes

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like an interesting book.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a good read.

toby negus said...

thank you for your comments on the book. I would love to read your reviews :-)

Cali W. said...

Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

wghutton said...

interesting cover, this sounds like a great book

Nancy P said...

Terrific cover