BOOK REVIEW – BY GLYNN TILL

BOOK REVIEW – BY GLYNN TILL

“Waking Up” by Kobus du Toit 
A book review by Glynn Till.

Some biographies are informative, some amaze, others inspire and motivate, whilst yet others test one’s credulity. “Waking Up” can rightfully claim to be all the above.

The essence of the story starts with a botched surgical procedure to the author – a spinal fusion that was performed at the wrong level of the spine whilst using screws that were larger and longer than what should have been used for the patient. The upshot was the loss of control of bowel and bladder function, paralysis of the right lower extremity and persistent, excruciating pain, all for a period of about six years, during which time the author was sedated and in and out of consciousness using a cocktail of drugs. The unfortunate thing that Kobus had to do, was to overcome the horrific addiction to morphine, which he triumphantly did on his own, 12 years ago without any relapse.

On the negative side, the author takes us through the nightmare he experienced not only in terms of pain, dysfunction and paralysis, but of deceit and unhelpfulness, where he could have, and should have, expected otherwise. On the positive side, he recalls the helpfulness of other professionals who cared for him and who gave him support and some hope through their honesty and frankness.

However, it is the incredible, nothing less than miraculous story of his recovery and insights gained from this state of paralysis, dysfunction, pain, morphine addiction and disintegration of family life that is the take-home message of his book. Some might say that what he relates is a figment of his imagination, the result of a delusional state under the influence of drugs, extreme pain and other severe stresses, or that he is some sort of other “psychological case” when he talks about his near-death and out-of-body experiences. However, such descriptions are just an introduction to even more phenomenal experiences, seemingly beyond the ambit of rationality and “normal” experience of most people, which he describes later in the book.

The “life lessons” that Kobus discusses in the book will, no doubt, be found to be invaluable and greatly appreciated by many a reader. As Gary Player said in his Introduction, “The book contains much valuable fruit for thought, and I found that the lessons, insights and wisdom which Kobus learned from his challenging experience, are something from which everyone can learn and live anew”. 

Are the more unusual incidents and explanations recorded in the book to be regarded as part of reality – perhaps an “extended” reality? No doubt, such controversies will continue unabated, and everyone will make up his or her mind in this regard using reason, personal experience and perhaps intuition as a basis for arriving at his or her own conclusions. Regardless of what conclusion each reader comes to, it remains an intriguing read.

Although Kobus had the most horrendous of life experiences, notwithstanding, he seems to have sub sequently developed a lightness of spirit and a sense of generosity and of giving.

Bio: Dr Glynn Till. Retired educator and Chiropractic Specialist Clinician.

 

A FRESH NEW VOICE – BY MAGNETTE COETZER

A FRESH NEW VOICE – BY MAGNETTE COETZER

BOOK REVIEW BY MAGNETTE COETZER

A Fresh New Voice

Review by Magnette Coetzer

Publisher: Revitalize Your Life, Somerset-West, South Africa, 2017, 2nd Imprint: 1 July 2018

 

Available directly from the author (printed, e-pub or Kindle) on his website at www.revitalizeyourlife.co.za or from Amazon.com (printed or e-book)

A fresh new voice has joined the metaphysical publishing community. Dr Kobus du Toit’s book, Waking Up, is swiftly gaining momentum and recognition.

Kobus du Toit’s life-changing ordeal when he was plunged into a medically-induced coma and disabled for almost 7 years, was the catalyst for an incredible spiritual journey.  Powerful metaphysical knowledge and insights were imparted to him on excursions into non-physical realms.

This is the story of a real life thrown into utter chaos by medical malpractice. Kobus du Toit was South Africa’s most successful financial broker for 13 years’ running, the CEO of the Broking Division of Boland Bank, a man driven to succeed in a material world. Nobody was more surprised than Kobus himself by what happened during, and after, his ordeal.

His drive to make sense of the knowledge he received from non-physical beings during out-of-body and near-death experiences (OBE’s and NDE’S) through studying for various Masters’ and PHD degrees in Metaphysics, lends his experiences added credibility. His sincere and passionate determination to share this extraordinarily-acquired knowledge with the world has a profound and heartfelt effect.

OBE’s and NDE’s are not uncharted territories in metaphysical circles, nor in the publishing world. From Elizabeth Kübler-Ross to Deepak Chopra, and many other authors who are credible and convincing, these phenomena are a staple of esoteric science.

His story of miracle healing defies medical science. Its credibility is supported by precise details of his medical condition, his x-rays before and after his healing, exact dates, places and events, which can be easily corroborated.

Kobus’ openness and unique “vulnerable strength” make this book stand out. Anybody who his heard him speak, or been to one of his retreats, can attest to his warmth, his generosity and unaffected honesty.

The story is partly one of trauma and heartache, of the breakdown of a life. Yet it attests to the strength of the human spirit. It is quintessentially life-affirming: “The opposite of death is not life, it’s birth – life is a continuum”.

Kobus du Toit provides detailed exercises and visualizations for miracle healing in our own lives, sharing his concepts and knowledge generously and freely.

What sets WAKING UP apart is Kobus du Toit’s unique and accessible voice, his generosity of spirit in sharing each aspect of his personal journey with us. His humiliation, his addiction to pain medication, the darkest depths of depression-  all of the unspeakable physical and emotional agony.  Yet, he also shares the extraordinary, intense joy of the spiritual realm, and the knowledge and practices each one of us can apply to improve our own lives.

The second edition is now available.

Magnette Coetzer

Freelance Media Professional and Linguist

Stuttgart, Germany

Review by:  Magnette Coetzer
Publisher: Revitalize Your Life, Somerset-West, South Africa, 2017, 2nd Imprint: 1 July 2018

Available directly from the author (printed, e-pub or Kindle) on his website at www.revitalizeyourlife.co.za or from Amazon.com (printed or e-book)

A fresh new voice has joined the metaphysical publishing community. Dr Kobus du Toit’s book, Waking Up, is swiftly gaining momentum and recognition.

Kobus du Toit’s life-changing ordeal when he was plunged into a medically-induced coma and disabled for almost 7 years, was the catalyst for an incredible spiritual journey.  Powerful metaphysical knowledge and insights were imparted to him on excursions into non-physical realms.

This is the story of a real life thrown into utter chaos by medical malpractice. Kobus du Toit was South Africa’s most successful financial broker for 13 years’ running, the CEO of the Broking Division of Boland Bank, a man driven to succeed in a material world. Nobody was more surprised than Kobus himself by what happened during, and after, his ordeal.

His drive to make sense of the knowledge he received from non-physical beings during out-of-body and near-death experiences (OBE’s and NDE’S) through studying for various Masters’ and PHD degrees in Metaphysics, lends his experiences added credibility. His sincere and passionate determination to share this extraordinarily-acquired knowledge with the world has a profound and heartfelt effect.

OBE’s and NDE’s are not uncharted territories in metaphysical circles, nor in the publishing world. From Elizabeth Kübler-Ross to Deepak Chopra, and many other authors who are credible and convincing, these phenomena are a staple of esoteric science.

His story of miracle healing defies medical science. Its credibility is supported by precise details of his medical condition, his x-rays before and after his healing, exact dates, places and events, which can be easily corroborated.

Kobus’ openness and unique “vulnerable strength” make this book stand out. Anybody who his heard him speak, or been to one of his retreats, can attest to his warmth, his generosity and unaffected honesty.

The story is partly one of trauma and heartache, of the breakdown of a life. Yet it attests to the strength of the human spirit. It is quintessentially life-affirming: “The opposite of death is not life, it’s birth – life is a continuum”.

Kobus du Toit provides detailed exercises and visualizations for miracle healing in our own lives, sharing his concepts and knowledge generously and freely.

What sets WAKING UP apart is Kobus du Toit’s unique and accessible voice, his generosity of spirit in sharing each aspect of his personal journey with us. His humiliation, his addiction to pain medication, the darkest depths of depression-  all of the unspeakable physical and emotional agony.  Yet, he also shares the extraordinary, intense joy of the spiritual realm, and the knowledge and practices each one of us can apply to improve our own lives.

The second edition is now available.

Magnette Coetzer

Freelance Media Professional and Linguist

Stuttgart, Germany

THE BODY-MIND ARGUMENT

THE BODY-MIND ARGUMENT

The Body-Mind Argument by Dr Kobus Du Toit

Realising that science is a story written in different chapters will help us attain a better understanding about the dynamic interplay of the body-mind argument. We should read all chapters in order to gain total comprehension. Sadly, some scientists and medical schools stopped reading at the end of the chapter about the Newtonian model. They did not get to the part about quantum mechanics and quantum dynamics where Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, Louis de Broglie, Arthur Compton, Albert Einstein, and many more, not to mention that of the String Theory.

While most of us don’t think about quantum physics in our daily lives, the lack of its presence in the medical sciences, who favour a cut, burn and poison model, does affect us when we are at our most vulnerable. When you are faced with a diagnosis, it does not help you to bring up the fact that your disease may have metaphysical (that which is beyond the physical), origins with a person who only has physical tools in their toolbox.

It’s been around for about one hundred years and still medical science has not caught up with quantum physics, which reveals the invisible connection and powerful interplay between the soul, the Divine realm and the physical plane. In order to gain better insight into the mysteries of life and miracle healings, we need a paradigm shift. For too long, science has considered the phenomenon about recollections in relation to death, OBEs or NDEs, hallucinatory or illusory.

The time has come for science and spirituality to find common ground when it comes to the body-mind argument. Science needs to set aside its hostility towards spirituality because the mechanistic computer model about the brain, that the brain is actually the mind, simply fails to explain human consciousness. Human consciousness can be irrational. Think about the phenomena of telepathy, synchronicity, the multiple effect, telekinesis, visions and healing modalities like tapping and emotional release techniques. Science just focuses on the how, clinging to the dogmas of the mechanistic and reductionist model. Interestingly, religion is equally as boxed-in by dogma.

In our concept of science today, everything is measured in terms of visible reality, while consciousness is known as paranormal and is based on a virtual reality, probabilities of the so-called impossibilities about which the usual reaction is: yes, I suppose it sounds or appears to be right, but it doesn’t make sense. Then they just forget about it or simply ignore it and just carry on doing with what they were doing in the same way and according to the existing scientific dogmas, as before.

Scientists are just too scared to admit to this simulated reality. However, if they would reach the point in future, to accept and admit to the reality of paranormal events, one can only imagine the extent of turmoil it will create in society, almost equal to a bomb thrown under water tank, causing paranormal events in all of its dissimilarities, to come out like a can of worms opened.  One can only imagine the turmoil it would cause. Suddenly, science would be in a position to validate paranormal which actually existed all the time – a simulation cannot simulate itself. Such admission may also cause a huge dislocation of concepts and will have a cataclysmic impact on infrastructure as we know it, such as the medical, pharmaceutical, psychology, economy, financial and political arenas.

 Consciousness is a subjective experience. You cannot study it from the outside; you need to experience it. This is why Albert Einstein struggled to understand it. He tried to do it rationally and for this reason, we have to be able, intuitively, without the involvement of the rational mind, to delve through the objective experience into the subjective experience, to make sense from it, to arrive at the reason, the “why” behind the “what” of what you experience.

In his book “The Transpersonal Vision: The Healing Potential of Non-ordinary States of Consciousness,” psychiatrist, psychiatric researcher, professor and author, Stanislav Grof writes: “The many strange characteristics of transpersonal experiences shatter the most fundamental metaphysical assumptions of Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm and the materialistic world view.” He further noted that any attempt to dismiss transpersonal experiences as irrelevant products of human fantasy or hallucinations was naïve and inadequate for they present “a critical challenge, not only for psychiatry and psychology, but for the entire philosophy of Western Science.” This is quite some claim for such a high profile and highly respected professional person who was educated and trained by Western Science.

People who have had miracle healings, NDEs and OBEs, like I had, are proof that the brain cannot be the mind and that the memory is not contained in the privacy of your skull. The brain only processes and mediates between data and images gained from invisible energy sources or fields outside the body and the body itself via the outer senses, something scientists don’t like to admit.  Visit our events page for all our events and talks in the next two months or get in contact with me via email – kobus@revitalizeyourlife.co.za

Only You Can Make a Difference

Only You Can Make a Difference

Healing the wounds and scars encountered during your journey through this life is paramount to become fully you and also to uncover the full meaning of your life.

The meaning of the Khoi word Knysna is somewhat uncertain. It could be either fern leaves or place of wood.

However, we prefer, this controversial meaning also reminds us and reveals some characteristics of our own human species.

Human beings, from the outer side, are compiled of fine physical and bio-chemical structures similar to that fine fern leaves.

Physically, we are also equally comparable with solid wood created over many a decade from a tiny seed; fed through rigid cored roots, but also through fine leaves and structured from strong and flexible cellulose fibers yet, sometimes battered by winds, rain and hail – also frequently scorn by the heat of sunshine or maybe even that of harsh bush or veldt fires.

Wood certainly stands witness to a life of endurance of many challenges for its survival as well as its final frontier. It has character and value however, all depending on the purpose it has to comply with for its service to be rendered.

As humans, we also have to comply with certain criteria of character and features to determine our value and purpose for which we were called to live and this calls for a proper assessment of Self. The special trained eye and knowledge of an experienced wood cutter, who selects wood for its specified purpose – be it to build boats, houses, furniture, ornaments, packing material, paper or whatever other purpose – will determine the final destiny of each tree.

Sometimes, during its growth period a tree might need special attention and/or adjustment of care by the forester due to the character and intensity of wounds and scars inflicted by a variety of many different causes, and with our human species it is no different.

Likewise, we all bare scars that stand witness to former injuries and/or traumas we endured during our ventures through life, just as in the case of trees however, with certain differences. We are duality beings comprising of two aspects of our existence, meaning there is a visible or physical part – our physical body, while the other is invisible – our psychic inner being or soul, also known as our Inner Self.

In popular parlance, the subject of Metaphysics has become the label for the study of things which transcend the natural or physical world – that is, things which supposedly exist separately from physical nature and which have more intrinsic reality than our natural existence. Consequently, the popular sense of Metaphysics has been the study of any question about reality which cannot be answered by scientific observation and experimentation, thus meaning beyond the physics.

All people by nature desire to know, encompassing the motto headline under which Metaphysics is written, thus signifying what is beyond the physics.

Aristotle said: “The sign that all men by nature is driven to know, is the delight that we take in our senses for even a part of their usefulness, their love for themselves and above all, their sense of sight.”

The pursuing knowledge to deserve the knowledge is exemplified first of all in the five senses – seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting and touching. How can one be a human being without pursuing the lead of quest that is involved in this capacity? Thus, Metaphysics is the culminating enquirer on the ultimate subject of Philosophy and to seek knowledge of our existence and the meaning thereof. We, as human beings, use our five senses to acquire external knowledge and then moving onto our inner senses to acquire knowledge of the Devine.

The first important question to be asked is how do we enter the subject arena of metaphysics?

“We enter the region of Metaphysics through the freedom gate of an open mind, delivered from limiting the ego and beliefs, culture, religion and tradition, and guarded by faith when exploring the concept meaning of life, Deity and Divinity within the vehicle of knowledge and meditation, fueled by intuition on roads of understanding and mysticism called “wisdom.” Kobus Du Toit

From a metaphysical perspective, this unseen part of our Self is the part of our being, when hurt and scared, so often with its roots founded deeply at the seat of our soul since our early childhood, are sometimes the very causes of our malfunctioning behavior and lack in many different areas of our lives and following us throughout our entire lives. Although visible wounds of a physical nature heal relative easy and quickly, it is those in the nucleus of our soul which is digesting our joy and robbing us from a quality life, those parts that were damaged during the early phases of our lives, even as early as the fetus stage or during birth, babyhood, early childhood, toddlerhood, teen-aging and even early adolescence.

The human being is a complex and multi-dimensional, as well as a multi-functional being composed of quantum-physical, chemical, bio-chemical, psychic and mental interactions with the soul. Equally complex composed and functioning, are the multiple types, qualities and quantum energies surrounding and impounding on it continuously during its duration of life on Earth. Truly a symphony of life in which all the different instruments within the Universe plays its part proportionally in their accords to orchestrate the character and melodies and also to reflect the complete work of the Composer of Life, called by many Names in many different cultures throughout history and on different places across the globe.

Religion versus Spirituality

Religion versus Spirituality

Religion and spirituality are two terms that do not appear to have any difference at all, but they actually do have some critical conceptual differences. While religion is all about dogmatic beliefs and worship, spirituality is about the soul within one that matters. The soul is different from the physical body and anything pertaining the soul and spirit is spiritual.

Briefly put, we can say that religion refers to a specific group, while spirituality refers to an individual.  Religion focuses more on the exoteric (outer) due to its indulgence in dogmas and manmade rules often experienced as rigid.  Spirituality on the contrary, distillates and focuses more on the esoteric (inner) dynamics within, and the term within relates to an individual’s innate soul and spirit.

Spirituality deals with an individual – about the realization of the supreme self and innate power within a person that enables you to deal with all kinds of situations in life being the objective. Spirituality aims at building strength of a mindful soul.  It voices about the real Truths of Life and aims at making you strong by soul-mindfulness and elimination of what is untrue. I believe that the truth is only true until you organize it, and then converts into a lie. It is my conviction that Jesus was not teaching Christianity, neither did Buddha taught Buddhism or Krishna Hinduism. The common denominator between them is that all three of them taught compassion, kindness, love, concern, care, forgiveness, and peace in an unconditional stateSo, the issue is not about Christianity, Buddhism or Hinduism (to name a few), but rather to be Christ-like, or Buddha-like or Krishna-like.

Religion, on the contrary, is orthodoxy – rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. People are raised to accept and obey the beliefs, customs (culture and traditions) and practices about certain dogmas pertaining a specific group of followers of a particular faith, or religion without question.  It supports the shaping of your character by giving importance to the adherence of the dogmas and rules, and articulates that once you obey to the dogmas and rules, you are assured to emerge as a human with character. Thus, religion is briefly a character-building concept while spirituality is mindful-building concept – it shapes a mindful-soul of an individual – an individual oriented concept. You need to be spiritually strong to react wise to the attainments and failures of life.

Spirituality leads towards enlightenment of the soul while religion lures towards a discipline.  Religion builds discipline of an individual while spirituality builds the individual self. Hence, we can conclude that religion is a subset of spirituality.  When considered deeply, you would realize that after you evolved as spiritually sturdy there is no need for religion to survive. You evolve to a polished individual once you become proficient in spirituality.

We can summarize the principle differences between religion and as follows:

  • While religion focuses on dogmas and man-made rules followed by a particular sect or group of people, while spirituality focuses on the inert soul that dwells within.
  • Religion focuses on the exoteric (outer) while spirituality focuses on the esoteric – the soul itself, within.
  • Religion is directed from outside whereas spirituality from within.
  • Religion profiles the character (consequence) of the individual whereas spirituality aims at shaping the individual self.
  • Religion converts a person to be disciplined, whereas spirituality converts a person to be strong by soul-mindfulness.
  • Religion aims at constructing beliefs and customs, while spirituality aims at constructing the strength of the soul.  It equips a person to be prepared and able to deal wisely with any possible situation in life without being judgmental.

Conclusion

It is difficult to find peace of mind as long as we keep trying to give the rest of the world a piece of our mind! Let us recognize that our function in life is to give ever greater expression to the joy and inspiration within us, not to sit in judgment on our neighbor or to try to convert him to our special belief, culture, religion, tradition or doctrine. In any event, the loudest sermon we ever preach is not words – it is in our way of life.

If ours is the true way of God, we need not be concerned; it will be demonstrated in the way we live, in the way we conduct our business, in our attitudes towards our life partner, children, family, friends and fellow-workers, in the light in our eyes and the radiance in our faces.

When you live your conviction, there is less need to speak of it, but if you are called upon to do so, your neighbor will listen, not because of what you say but because of what you have become.

Contact Dr Kobus Du Toit for personal coaching, to book him for a speaking engagement, for a copy of his book – Wake Up Cracking the Crisis Code – Trauma to Triumph or to book your seat on his 2-day Wake Up Seminar – This seminar covers loving yourself and waking up to the reality that is truely you.  kobus@revitalizeyourlife.co.za or 082 772 3501