Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home
Publisher: Her Own Room Press
ISBN 10: 1775111202
ISBN 13: 978-1775111207
2017 Nautilus Award Gold Winner
2018 Readers' Favorite Gold Winner
2018 Whistler Independent Book Award Finalist
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.
"Underneath all the complexities of today I believe that many long for a simplicity of self that is full of wonder and magic. Finding this place where we truly belong is the soul's quest, a return to love. In Belonging, Toko-pa Turner weaves together her own life stories, dreams, and an innate feminine wisdom with real openness and vulnerability to help us on this journey home. Here are the music of nature and the stories that create us, the threads that link our waking and dreaming selves. Let her words take you into the circle of real belonging, where the heart is open and love is always present. This is a book to return to again and again." - Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph. D, author, Spiritual Ecology: the Cry of the Earth
"Certain people invite you into an experience that will alter your world view forever. They have gone so deep, searched so thoroughly, traversed territories that most would shun, and then they return and lay their soul at your feet. Toko-pa is one such individual and this book is her soul made visible. She reaches her hand out to you and asks you to take a journey with her. If you are ready, take her hand and prepare to grow." - Clare Dubois, International speaker and founder of TreeSisters
"Belonging is something quite extraordinary. It's more than just a book; it's an experience. As I read Toko-pa's writing, I found myself being transported, not to some distant place, but to my deepest core. Belonging is a mirror to our true face, revealing the exiled threads of our being so that we may gently re-weave them back into the greater fabric of which we are all a part. This is a book that provides living nourishment for these times and will be a classic for decades to come." - Bethany Webster, The Mother Wound
"An exquisitely crafted journey that explores the deep longings of the soul, the mysterious workings of our dreams, the bittersweet wisdom of the orphaned self and the losses of our lineage that we would rather ignore. Toko-pa Turner speaks with poetry and practicality, pure compassion and profound integrity to the heart of what it means to belong to ourselves, to our people, to our communities and to the earth. Belonging is the book I have been longing to read all my life." - Lucy H. Pearce, Amazon bestselling author, Burning Woman, Moon Time, The Rainbow Way
"I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Not only is it full of timeless wisdom and glorious insights, it's quite possibly the most beautiful book I've ever read. Toko-pa's voice is one of beauty and one of necessity in a troubled world. I consider her a vessel for genius, someone who has a direct line to the soul of the world and knows how to translate soul-wisdom into words that feel like home." Seraphina Capranos, 3rd generation herbalist & homeopath
About the Author
Toko-pa Turner is a Canadian writer, teacher, and dreamworker who blends the mystical tradition of Sufism with a Jungian approach to dreams. In 2001 she founded the Dream School, from which hundreds of students have since graduated. Sometimes called a Midwife of the Psyche, Toko-pa s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reciprocity with nature, honouring grief, ritual, and making beauty. She lives on a small island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia.