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Toni Gilbert RN MA HNC is a certified holistic nurse with a practice in wellness counselling. She has a bachelors degree in psychology and art and continued her interest in art and its symbolism in a graduate school. She holds a masters degree in transpersonal studies from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. As a professional with certifications in Wellness Counselling, Mind-Body Consciousness, The Uses of Imagery in Medicine and Interactive Guided Imagery SM, she offers clients an array of healing arts techniques. She lives in Oregon.

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HASH(0xa1454ee8) out of 5 stars A wonderful read and very informative 14 Sept. 2011
By Cher Green - Published on
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As a tarot reader, I picked up this book in hopes of gaining more knowledge on healing. I wasn't disappointed and learned so much more.

Toni Gilbert has written a book which will be enjoyed by anyone with an open mind, not just those seeking to go into healing or gain personal growth. Toni's story lives between the covers of this book, begging to be read and experienced. Your journey follows Toni through a life of tests and trial, and then into her destined path of becoming a holistic nurse.

Packed with information, this book is presented in a nature which will allow you to absorb the contents. Toni shares with you her own experiences and that of her clients. With different methods, she heals through the mind and makes it hard not to believe in all the possibilities.

My favorite client would have to be Nelson and his mysterious hiccups. Doctors couldn't figure out what caused the condition. Toni went in, walked him through some meditational steps, and the hiccups were gone. Our energies can control much more than most realize, and suppressing them can cause a whole heap of trouble.

Chapter Three, Archetypal Growth and Development, presents charts and explanations to bring the understanding of Archetypes clearly into your mind. I would have liked this to have been at the beginning of the book. But as written, everything before this is a building of Toni's journey toward this part of her life, and worth reading to get to this chapter.

The last chapter presents tools for healing in the 21st century - dream work, guided imagery, tarot counseling, and humanistic astrology. I found this section to be informative, but would have liked more. The focus of this book wasn't meant to be on these tools. The selected bibliography, at the end, offers multiple resources to further your studies in the methods of healing.

I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in personal growth and healing through archetypes, but also to those who are curious. Toni presents a wonderfully inspiring read on life, along with tools to achieve more.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1454f3c) out of 5 stars Archetypes In The Real World 27 Aug. 2011
By Bonnie Cehovet - Published on
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As a Tarot reader, I work with archetypal energy each and every day. I am impressed with Toni Gilbert's work on several levels: she researches, she is thorough, and she sees that we need to not only recognise and understand archetypal energy, but we need to know how to work with it in the real world. She makes the statement at one point that to work with the tool of archetypes, the therapist/healer needs to be able to recognise and work with them in their own life.

One level of this book talks about Toni's personal experiences, going into mainstream nursing, only to immediately realise that something was amiss for her. She was at the forefront of alternative nursing, and I personally feel that she had a part in shaping and defining it. On another level we see through the eyes of Toni;s practice, and how the archetypes play out in her client's lives. On another level, we look at the work of pioneers like Jung, and Erik Erickson. On yet another level we are looking at the chakra's, and how the archetypes present through them.

This is a wonderful resource for anyone, from any background, that wishes to work with archetypal energy.
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HASH(0xa1457234) out of 5 stars An amazing journey... 4 Oct. 2013
By Mary Nale Attune Magazine - Published on
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Toni Gilbert shares her amazing journey in this book and despite the small size, it's packed full of information. I was especially impressed by the in depth description of Chakras. I would think this book should be in the hands of every healer, both in traditional medicine and alternative therapies.

The concept of "Everyday Archetypes" and taking the time to learn where you fall into these archetypes is very enlightening. There is a section about how we become who we are that hit a nerve for me- everything in this book leads me to a deeper understanding of so many events, tragedies and triumphs in my own life. What started out as a simple book review turned into a learning experience, allowing me to find answers that had eluded me for many years.

I especially enjoyed Toni's discussion on Grace and Chaos. I was able to look at past events and present situations in a way I had never been able to before. I learned so much from this book I was able to fill a notebook and make decisions about the methods I will explore to get to the bottom of a few issues in my life that have been keeping me in a cycle that clearly needs to be broken. The truth is, I read this book when it was first released and I had a problem processing the information-I know I was in denial of a few key things and wasn't ready to accept many of the ideas presented so well in Toni's clear, easy to understand writing style.

The exact moment when I knew this book could guide me? It was on the airplane ride home from Readers Studio. I realized what I needed was sitting on a shelf in my house waiting for me to open the pages and get started.
After getting settled in at home I went straight to the bookshelf and began reading this book again. This time I highlighted and took notes. I knew were I was "right now"-and I knew it wasn't where I wanted to be! I had somehow managed to shut so many things out of my mind that I was no longer remembering my dreams and I had become very detached from the things that used to matter a great deal. It seemed like the color was gone from my life. Sometimes everything comes together and the pieces of the puzzle start to fit. Toni's book helped me to look at things from a new perspective.

I've watched Toni from afar, I've read her first book and I've listened to her on various radio shows. The impression she's always given me is she's someone who really did the work. She blazed the trail for all of us who are called to heal. We've all listened to- or read advice from many experts... but when you listen to Toni, you just know that she's speaking of something she's passionate about and something she's dedicated her life to. She seems equally as passionate about teaching it to others. Toni has an incredible mind and an even more incredible heart. I can only imagine how it would be to have Toni as a Counselor and wish there were more like her in the healing business. The fact that she uses so many methods in her therapies is another heads up to anyone who feels there is only one way to provide therapy.

My absolute favorite passage from this book:
- "...As we become familiar with the archetypal effects upon our world and our lives, the more we come to know ourselves. The better we know ourselves, the more comfortable we will feel in the company of others. All in all, the knowledge we gain from observing the archetypal system make us more aware. And as we learn to make use of the archetypes, we'll enhance our personal and social life, at home as well as in the world at large."

This book is for everyone who practices healing, everyone who wants to heal themselves and anyone who wants to explore Archetypes. This is a valuable reference that you can consult over and over.
HASH(0xa145775c) out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 Aug. 2015
By Dorothy May - Published on
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this is a very useful reference book.
I recommend it.
Dorothy May Pd. clinical psychologist
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