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Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home

Narrated by: Toko-pa Turner
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

A 2017 Nautilus Gold Award winner.

Feel like you don’t belong? You’re not alone. The world has never been more connected, yet people are lonelier than ever. Whether we feel unworthy, alienated, or anxious about our place in the world, the absence of belonging is the great silent wound of our times.

Most people think of belonging as a mythical place, and they spend a lifetime searching for it in vain. But what if belonging isn’t a place at all? What if it’s a skill that has been lost or forgotten?

With her signature depth and eloquence, Toko-pa maps a path to belonging from the inside out. Drawing on myth, stories, and dreams, she takes us into the origins of our estrangement, reframing exile as a necessary initiation into authenticity. Then she shares the competencies of belonging: a set of ancestral practices to heal our wounds and restore true belonging to our lives and to the world.

©2017 Toko-pa Turner (P)2018 Toko-pa Turner

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Wow

What a woman. What a story. The richness of thought, the sharing of happenings in her own astonishing life, the joining of dots between that and the wider world, wider consciousness. So much to absorb and to reflect upon, I will be listening to it again in the very near future. And then probably again. And again

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Great book , poor audio

Wonderful book but the breathiness of the narration is too distracting for me to enjoy it as an audio book.

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exceptional read.

Loved this book. Will listen again. Applues to me in such a profound way. I found it clarifying and enriching.

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Inspiring!

This is one of the most beautiful pieces of non-fiction I have ever read/listened to and appeared at the perfect time for me - Toko-pa’s skill as a writer and storyteller is extraordinary and the poetry of her expression reaches far beyond the page and brings her message alive - a message that the whole world urgently needs to hear!

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Healing to the core, we all belong!

This book heals at the essence of soul, it brings us deep into understanding of SELF through our stories, our dreams and the importance of surrendering to our gut instinct. It's impeccably written and we are guided on deep journeys to help us realise the true alchemy and power of healing our inner world and letting go of false belonging and instead embrace ourselves for who we are. A phenomenal listen.

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Astonishingly excellent

11 hours of the sweetest, most healing and soulful love poetry I’ve heard in this lifetime. Thank you so much for your devotion to this cause. Truly inspiring

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beautiful and enriching

what a beautiful, rich, nourishing book. The language, the depth of experience and the love weave an extraordinary map of the path home to ourselves.

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A moving and insightful call to come home to love

With tender and courageous gifting, this audiobook invokes a thawing out of forgotten pain so that we may all heal the isolation of separation and loneliness in order to rest in love.

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A gospel for the self cycle

This book has given me a new perception of the life I've lived and the life I want to live. Supportive, curious, poetic and insightful, the experiences shared, in real life and dream life, have deeply made roots in my heart.

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Wonderfully nourishing

If you are lacking a wise elder, this book provides one in the form of Toko-pa.

Wisdom drips from each page she reads. It was a wonderful book, something to return to time and again I feel.

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  • PattyQB
  • 15-09-18

This book will always remain downloaded on my device

Toko-pa’s book has become my bible and her self narrated audio version it’s song.
I cannot rate it high enough through my own inadequate words. And it’s not just for women. I gifted a copy to my neighbor and her husband READ IT FIRST!
Took-pa is tapped into a source you’ll recognize. And her astonishing, beautiful articulation not only lights the way home, but will embolden you to bravely trust that you can find it to too. I couldn’t be more grateful.

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  • Ruy
  • 06-09-18

Relevant content, flawed delivery

The content of this book is very relevant to the person seeking self knowledge / improvement. The problem with this audio version is not the message, but the messenger. The author/reader gasps quite loudly at the end of every sentence, and it takes away the attention from what she is saying. I was wondering if I had turned a bit too purist on the vocal quality, so I paid attention to the other book I was listening to at that point, one of Harry Potter's books read by Stephen Fry. If I pay close attention to the sound I can manage to hear the moment when he inhales after reading a whole paragraph, but it is soft enough to be ignored. Unfortunately in this book that is not the case (for me). I would suggest to you that (GASP) you'd be better reading the text version (GASP) of this very important material (GASP). At least, listen to a sample to gauge what I'm talking about.

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  • Seren
  • 19-09-18

Absolutely love!

This may be one of my favorite, most cherished books of all time. Love her so much, feel so blessed to have experienced this book by having Toko-pa read it to me! Can’t recommend more for healing, root reweaving, and so much more magic!

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  • Maggie Hess
  • 15-09-18

A book about needing self EXACTLY what I Need!!!!!

Listening to Toko-pa Turner read this manifesto of wisdom, is like being invited into a beautiful living diary of what knowledge she seems a guru. I heard that a single person disliked the Performance, but I think almost everyone will instead love it because it is an introduction to this person, it is like sitting with her by a camp fire and hearing what she knows. Her voice is so full and awake.

Now, I have been fascinated with dreams for a long time, and am humbled to learn of her dream work. I love that she says "dreaming is nature naturing through us". That it is a biological necessity, personal gateway, and sensitivity.

Frankly, Toko-pa Turner has a language skill that I have rarely ever read, the way she chooses her words and pulls them together in a delicate syntax.

Toko-pa Turner is the wise woman who is teaching me the beginning of understanding myself. Her "otherness within" blows my capacities open.

Write more, publish more, be well!!

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  • Kirsten Bunney
  • 30-08-18

Highly recommend


Beautifully read and beautifully written. You paint so wonderfully with your language and metaphor and storytelling. Your wisdom and insight are so inline with this time and yet are timeless. I am listening now and will revisit again and again.
Congratulations on your award...no surprise there....it is an extraordinary work.
Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-18

Piece of art, piece of life

The content, the delivery, the dance. Truly a piece of art. Transformative. Thank you Toko-pa.

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  • veronica
  • 04-09-19

Beautiful journey.

A beautiful, healing, journey. Grateful for the medicine Toko-pa has brought out of exile for us to remember who we are.

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  • Sarah
  • 19-07-19

Loveliest Book Ever, and narrated so marvelously

This is going on my shelf as one of the top 10 best books I’ve ever read. And I read A LOT! I listened to it, and absolutely loved the audio version (in fact more so than even the hard cover!). Toko-pa’s voice is so perfect it feels as if a dear friend is sitting beside you speaking the most incredible valuable truths you’ll ever hear about belonging. Buy this audiobook you won’t regret it!!

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  • SVB
  • 21-06-19

Must read!

I’m an avid reader and mental health professional . This is a spectacular book. I honestly can not recommend it more. I love this book. My new favorite! Thank you for writing this heartfelt and heart healing book.

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  • Kitty
  • 24-04-19

Deeply Touching - grounding and wonderful.

I will always come back to this book... Toko-pa writes poetically and beautifully, weaving our roots and our mystical selfs, what a joy this book has been.

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