A collection of spiritual lessons, anecdotes, and thoughts on the Divine’s intervention in our lives, this brilliantly written and wonderfully entertaining book teaches us how to live purposefully and in line with the Force of Love.
“What if the Divine is constantly igniting roadside flares to get our attention? What if there actually is a Supreme Organizing Principle with an unbridled sense of humor? And what if we each have this ardent inner suitor who’s writing us love letters every day that often go unopened?”
Whether we know it or not, we all experience the touch of the Divine in our lives every single day. After twenty-five years spent consulting and advising tens of thousands of people from all over the world, Tosha Silver realized that almost all of us have similar concerns: “How do I stop worrying? How can I feel safe? Why do I feel so alone?” And often, “Who am I really?” For the passionately spiritual and the bemusedly skeptical alike, she created Outrageous Openness. This delightful book, filled with wisdom and fresh perspectives, helps create a relaxed, trusting openness in the reader to discover answers to life’s big questions as they spontaneously arise.
At its heart, Outrageous Openness opens the door to a profound truth: By allowing the Divine to lead the way, we can finally put down the heavy load of hopes, fears, and opinions about how things should be. We learn how to be guided to take the right actions at the right time, and to enjoy the spectacular show that is our life.
A friend of mine had a party at her house, a few years back, and everything was going fine until she and one of her guests started having a heated argument about climate change, right in the middle of her living room.
This friend and I have different opinions about climate change, but that doesn't impact the way I feel about her, or how badly I felt about her having an argument with a friend at her own party.
I didn't get involved in the dispute, but I did stay after the party, to help her clean up in the kitchen. She was obviously still upset, throwing the empty beer and wine bottles so hard into the recycling bin, some of them were shattering. That's when a light bulb went off in my head.
I said to her, “Hey, you always recycle, right? Like, you wouldn't think of just throwing all of this into the garbage bin tonight?” She looked over at me, suspiciously, and said, “No. Of course not.”
Then I looked around at all of the platters of food that she'd prepared for us that night, and I said, “And probably half these veggies came from your garden, didn't they?”
Sniffle. Sniffle. “Yeah?”
“So. . . don't you think you're a good steward of our planet?”
She started to perk back up. “Yes, of course I am. You know how I feel about it.”
I was like, “Of course I do. I know how you are, and you know how you are. You ladies got upset tonight, because you were triggered by labels.”
I hadn't thought about this story for years, but Tosha Silver's OUTRAGEOUS OPENNESS is filled with stories like this one.
Great stories, most of them focused on what can happen if you live a life focused on Divine Order.
But, a lot of people who step up to peek at this book are going to be turned off by it.
Because. . . even though Ms. Silver was raised in a Jewish family (with 6 rabbis in her family of origin), she does not identify as Jewish.
And. . . even though Ms. Silver often refers to Spirit as Goddess, instead of Jesus Christ or Lord, she does not identify as Christian or Muslim or Buddhist.
And. . . even though Ms. Silver often refers to the Source as Goddess, she does not identify as pagan.
The way I see it: the people who need this book will find this book, and they will not be limited to the language used within.
I remember once, in a women's spirituality group, I pulled the teacher aside privately, and I told her I wouldn't be continuing in the class any longer, because one evangelical Christian in the group insisted on talking about all of our sins, and I don't subscribe to this word, or this type of thinking.
The teacher, who has known me for years, gave me one of her famous sidelong glances, and said, “Really, Julie? You're a poet. You can't substitute that word, in your mind, for something that works better for you?”
I did, and I remained in the class. (I learned quite a bit about myself and my process, too).
Sometimes we need to take a deep breath, sit on our hands, quiet our minds. Sometimes we need to stick around for the message.
Since Valentine's Day is "International Book Giving Day" I asked for this for my gift. I follow Tosha Silver on FB and have been intrigued by some of her posts about astrology and excerpts about this book.
This is a great read for the open-minded and open-hearted. What a touching book for the heart chakra! It has such good stories and practical advice relating to the practice of trusting the Universe for our good and not living small and in fear.
I'm a huge fan of spirituality books and have been manifesting for years, but you can easily lose sight of how to do it under the stresses of everyday life and lose the connection. I feel as if I know Tosha without ever meeting her. Both, hard workers and a bit nervous from growing up under constant scrutiny, we try, try, and try some more to make things happen. O.k., force things to happen to feel worthy.
I've read The Secret, The Power of Now and I'm currently doing the e-course The Gifts of Imperfection, yet after reading this book Outrageous Openness, I get it. I think I finally get it! I get that I no longer have to live in an all-knowing, anxiety-ridden state where I'm the forceful navigator of my own life. My new motto after reading this is "try, but trust" (the process, the delays, the no's and the yeses) and know that whatever is happening, is in my best interest and that no amount of worry and input on my part (after my initial divine prayer and leaving it in the Universe to do it's "thang") won't change the outcome. Kinda feels like a breath of fresh air and an invitation to be. Just be.
Errr. People are raving about this book. Me, not so much. I really wanted to like this more, especially since it was recommended by a friend and I love its overall message.
And no, this is not a review coming from a skeptical-minded person not ready for these books yet. I’ve read many books on spirituality that I now live by, have Tarot readings done, go to my yoga classes, and burn more sage than is probably healthy… This tells you nothing you need to know about me, but it should tell you that I’m open to these types of books.
First, let me talk about what I did like.
“ABUNDANCE IS SOMETHING TO BE, NOT SEEK OR AWAIT.”
Basically this book tells you that if you let the Divine into your life, everything will play out just as it should. When you believe that everything is already planned out for you, that whatever happens, needs to happen, stress, anxiety and tension will be relieved. I do believe this. Each chapter is divided into sub-chapters, not more than 2 to 3 pages long, in which Silver gives personal anecdotes of instances in which she chose to let the Divine guide her. She talks in a funny and charismatic way, it’s not overly religious or new-agey hippy language-using. I guess that’s a plus for most people (me included).
Now what I didn’t like:
All of these chapters are repetitive and most of them end with a statement such as: I forgot to invoke the Divine Order so let me say a quick prayer/invocation and then everything turns out just the way it’s planned! Yay!
Spot my sarcasm? A few stories are believable. But saying that Divine Order helped you get a parking space…. not so sure.
Furthermore, she is an astrologist. For someone who’s only a beginning astrological enthusiast, her references to astrology are annoying and unnecessary. She does not go into the details of astrology, she just likes to throw around astrological terms:
“the uber-Sagittarian offhand way,” “my diligent Capricorn self,” a “double Cancer,” “being born with Neptune on my Ascendant,” or my absolute favorite, “today was a NEW MOON at twenty-seven degrees Leo, on top of my Pluto and Jupiter, opposing my moon and Venus, and squaring Mars and Saturn.” These statements do NOT make sense to the general public.
I actually don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. I’m sad this was a disappointment to me because I love the heart and intention that were put into it. The overall message remains true and important, the execution of it could have been better. This was my first Tosha Silver and maybe I’m not used to her writing yet. I don’t know, I just think her writing is not for me.
GET THIS BOOK! You will not regret the small price for the immense wisdom and joy found between the pages, and in my case (the audio book) in the calm lovely voice of the author herself! This book could not have come at a more perfect time for me – exactly the message of Tosha’s book: to notice the signs in day to day life that affirm and guide us on our individual paths and to trust the Divine and let it take the lead. I have read countless books, been to lectures, retreats, and watched so many programs on these principles from many of “the” great teachers and Tosha’s book has spoken to me in just as powerful a way – if not more so. Maybe it’s her humility, her stories of her everyday life and of those around her, and the fantastic suggestions she has given to her clients over the years that make what she shares so powerful. Regardless this book gave me the feeling that this can happen for me too – and wait – it HAS happened for me in the past – so why not again and again? I have known this all along but have kept forgetting that indeed this is a daily practice. Other teacher’s lessons have been powerful, don’t get me wrong. But somehow because I consciously and unconsciously put them on some kind of pedestal, somehow I couldn’t truly feel as worthy or enlightened as the particular teacher I was listening to. Tosha’s book changed that piece for me in a big way. Why? I can’t tell you exactly except that her energy is so genuine, it’s like sitting and listening to a friend, an equal – and somehow that feels more believable to me than someone up on a stage with a crew of people and a huge audience of followers. That’s just me I suppose. Outrageous Openness – Letting the Divine Take the Lead brings so many spiritual teachings down to earth in a way that is so accessible that it is impossible to not feel something magical happen inside changing while digesting her stories and wisdom. I usually prefer reading over audio books, but this was an unexpected gift, and so I listened. In fact, hearing her voice, after years or reading her column on the SF Examiner gave me a completely different perspective and allowed me to hear things in a way that never got through to me when I read part of that same story in one of her columns. I actually truly enjoyed listening and am now grateful I got it in this format. On my iPod anywhere I go – easy access! I cannot emphasize enough what a treasure this book is. Her wisdom is astounding because she takes age old spiritual principles and shows how easy these are to live in the fast paced modern world we inhabit. Her stories are highly entertaining, full of irony and optimism; and her insight and guidance simple and easy in all of its profundity. I have heard these things over and over for years, but Tosha has put this “handbook for living” into a very accessible and easy to follow read for anyone. If you feel drawn to this book – follow your gut. It has never steered me wrong: something I was reminded of over and over in her words, and which in hearing again, allowed me the permission to become stronger and more self-reliant in trusting myself and the Divine for guidance and answers – AND in how to go about asking in a way that works. I thank Tosha Silver for taking the time and energy to share her words and wisdom with us, and for her incredible honesty and openness. I feel tremendous gratitude for being led to her work and for her courage to share with such love and compassion for humanity. This book has helped me during a crucial time in my life and I KNOW I will be going back to it again and again like a manual for when I need some reminders of what truly matters and some guidance on how to muddle through the mess and let go of the stress.
I had mixed feelings about "Outrageous Openness." As a child of the 70s myself and former follower of Divine Light Mission, I have heard many of these sorts of pearls of wisdom uttered before, albeit in different format. Ms. Silver mined spiritual nuggets for her book from sources ranging from the New Testament to Carlos Castaneda, with colorful stories from her own life to illustrate how we can prosper (spiritually and financially) just from being open to Divine Energy. Kind of like the "Lillies of the Field" parable in the Bible (they toil not....yada yada yada). However, Ms. Silver's particular experience of bathing in the goodness of divine love is one of a white woman of privilege (hence the Yale English degree, references to wealthy influential friends etc.). Like so many of her ilk, Ms. Silver doesn't, and perhaps could never, understand the challenges of getting along in this material world without her lofty pedigree. Om mani padme hmmmmmmm.
This is the best spiritual book I've read so far ,it puts your faith and all the spiritual ideas you believe in to the test ,it reconnects you again with the divine force of love ,God :) Practical ,inspiring and Simply Mind-blowing :) We are really connected to God ,the divine power that rules this universe and all we have to do to connect to this magnificent power is to ask ,seek help ,pray and as the author puts it "Call in the divine order" and letting go of all your worries and problem by letting the divine take the lead ,our lives will change completely We are so much closer to God than we can ever imagine,we just have to take the first step and connect to that divine oneness and we have nothing to lose ,Try it as an experiment and it really works :) This book really changed my life ,A Must-read and I highly recommend it :)
This was a beautifully written spiritual journey of a book with many lovely, uplifting miracles spread throughout. Whenever I was feeling anxious or sad, I would read a chapter and immediately be filled with hope and excitement about the road ahead in my twisty, turny life. I highly recommend Tosha Silver as a spiritual guru of an author!!!
What I liked: Tiny, 2-3 paged chapters were very digestible. All the stories were brimming with enthusiasm, positivity and zest, so reading it made me feel lighthearted. Some solid spiritual advice.
What I disliked: Let's face it - a San Fran'er who frequently writes things like "He was an Aries with Leo rising", is going to be polarizing to a lot of people. Like when I read Christian-centric books (or other books with a strong spiritual paradigm), I had to do a lot of "language interpretation", filtering the information through my own worldview. It's okay - and I like reading from different perspectives - but it makes it the kind of book I wouldn't recommend to the general public, even though there's some good nuggets of wisdom in here.
I had fun with it nonetheless. This book was a good reminder that life tends to flow more smoothly when I loosen my death-grip of control on it. That it's best to let things unfold naturally, without the ego intervening.
This is a super funny, witty, charismatic and entertaining read! And not to mention super practical. This isn't some dense new-age theoretical read or some religious mumbo jumbo. It's a smooth, rich, and delightful and fun read into what the heck all this law of attraction is REALLY about!
This was an amazingly inspiring and soothingly hopeful book. I read "Outrageous Openness" almost at one go and right after that the author's other book Change Me Prayers, so I'll review these together, as I can't separate my thoughts about these both wonderful books.
These books where both entertaining to read - "Outrageous Openness" even more so. The stories give a wonderful rainbow of ways small selves make their own life harder, which helped me to recognize things of myself. I didn't only notice "bad things" but a lot of good ways I'm already living and how much those thoughts without doubt have already blessed my life.
I don't consider my self a religious type of a person, so for me the divine is some sort of a universal energy or perhaps just my own higher self. These books don't push any particular religion, which I liked a lot.
And the following are some reasons why I wanted to read these books and why I'm so happy that I did. I'm quite an idealistic and I feel very anguished because of the state of the planet and how much suffering there seems to be in the world. I struggle with choices what are environmentally good choices overall, how to support small local economics, how much to donate for charity, what to eat, how to exercise, where and how to live, am I good enough and unselfish enough a person etc. There is so much to consider when doing "right" choices. And so many times me wanting something still gets the first priority. Like air travel. I love to travel, but feel bad because of pollution. And every now and then I feel bad that I have so much wonderfulness in my life (non-material and material), and so many seems to have a very little. ... Don't get me wrong. In spite of these feelings most of the time I'm a very happy person by nature. The life just is too beautiful to spoil it by worrying constantly. And I'm getting better and better by the years not to worry about things I don't feel to be able to change.
I've already started and I'm definitely going to continue to change my mindset towards where these two books show the way. I already have a lot of wonderful techniques that have helped me a lot to be more present, follow my intuition and love myself more. I'm hoping that by following these books' guidance I can forget bad conscience for good and trust myself that I'm guided to make the right choices from all points of view.
When I began reading this book, I knew after the first chapter that this is a book I will not only purchase but will keep at my fingertips to reread portions whenever I know I've "forgotten" how the Universe works. I've been doing Tosha Silver's approach to living life from a spiritual "God knows best" ever since first coming in contact with Silva Mind Control techniques and realizing they work like magic. I want to own this book to be reminded through the many three-page chapters of Silver's experiences that life is as sweet and workable as we allow it to be, that the Force is always waiting in service to help us to fulfill our destiny in service to the world. I always want to remember that I need not worry about anything. Each chapter begins with a quote or two derived from the greatest minds to ever walk the planet. Many of her chapters made me LOL or get goose-bumps in the knowing that I have experienced as many "miracles" as she has but have never put them to paper.(Maybe it's about time I start telling my own stories. I can feel their coming birth already!) I am reminded through her writing that age, education, and even past decisions, each having their place, do not drive the bus, that the best we can do is get out of our own way and make way for spirit to move within us to enable us to make our next best move. Let those who have ears, hear. This book may be calling to you. Is your name being called?
This is one of the best spiritual books I've read. I don't like fundamentalism, judgey-ness, or archaic dogma from medieval history that was meant to oppress the masses. But I still feel a universal connection and a natural interest in spirituality that has undoubtedly lead me to Tosha Silver. Her book, Outrageous Openness (OO), has been on my radar for about a year now but I wasn't ready to complete it until now. Personal openness to the possibility of the existence of the Divine has been a struggle. I've constantly wavered back and forth on the subject. Sometimes I still do and probably always will. But that's ok because it's healthy to question, healthy to seek. What's unhealthy is to be closed to possibilities, closed to the universe, and just uninterested in growing. OO is not a religious book but a book about being open to the Divine Universe that we're all a part in. Although based on some of the same principles as The Secret and other such books, Tosha gives personal life examples and some prayers that readers can use to help surrender themselves to the possibilities and best outcomes. I know, it all sounds hocus-pocus but reading it and giving yourself time to mull over the concepts will feel differently when your worldview slowly starts shifting and you kind of start seeing your life through a different lens.
I heard about this book three years ago. I put it on my request list for my library in January. Just two weeks ago I checked and was slated to get it in July. Last week was terrible. I was stressed and breaking down. Friday I get a call that a book I have requested is available for pick up. I went on Saturday knowing this was the only one I was awaiting. Sure enough, it was there. I started reading yesterday and every single word applied to what I am going through. I saw where I had closed myself off to God and the possibilities. I was holding tight and trying to control everything that was out of my control. I read this book in less than 24 hours. Today I ordered it. I need to repeat it over and over again until I learn to completely be open. I would say in a lot of ways I've come a long way from what I used to be, but this book definitely opened my eyes.
One other part of this story. I woke up Saturday morning with the revelation that all the scriptures about sinning are not admonitions against sin. ( I have always thought my fretting was a sin because we are commanded not to do it). But instead, those scriptures about not worrying are supposed to be comforts and reassurances. THEN I go read this book, and WOW! I say if you are struggling. Be open enough to read this book no matter what spirituality path you follow.
Just amazing. Sent to me by the right person at the right time; how I found Tosha Silver was actually my first lesson in Outrageous Openness. Read it now and put it in practice--it will make a difference in the very first day.
You know that old speculation that if Jesus were alive today, he'd probably be a woman? Well, he is and his name is Tosha Silver. This time around, the professions are astrologer and author but she still teaches with parables. Silver says exactly what all the other spiritual gurus are saying in their books and blogs and seminars. Divine Love is an inside job; Forgiveness is an everyday miracle; Willingness is the roadway and Openness the GPS. It's the stories in Outrageous Openness that make the difference. These are not tales of a yogi on the mountaintop or contemplative in a cloister. They are practical. The elements are recognizable from every day, 21st Century, First World life. Jesus knew parables worked. Tosha knows they still do.
I started reading with pencil in hand, ready to underline all the best bits, but found myself swept along with the enthralling energy of the most riveting of page turners. This book is simply too good to put down. Silver isn't just a writer, nor simply a storyteller. She is a web spinner, only these are Webs of Truth.
This book is like a spiritual compass for those who are starting to test the waters of the wonders that being one with the divine can bring. Through the author’s personal experiences we get to learn some good ways to be open and receptive to let the divine into our everyday lives. The book is full of anecdotes, both serious and hilarious, but all of them convey the message of how important it is to be in sync with the divine. You don’t have to do outrageous efforts to achieve this you just need to be open to it.
You can even be polyamorous and invite all the divine entities you like into your life. Buddha, Christ, Quan Yin, Our Lady of Guadalupe, anyone you like and as many as you like. Be open, be receptive, be loving and kind and your life will be filled with miracles. And above all never forget to be grateful. That also will work wonders in your life.
This is the best book I read in a long time I love how Tosha simply suggests giving everything over to God. I love the affirmation that she uses and I apply to my life everyday......The perfect mate, home career, situation has already been selected its arriving in its own way in its own time I am grateful to receive it.
One of those audio books I'm definitely going to listen to again. I'm currently enrolled in astrology courses at Kepler, so love the astro bent to this book. I think I heard about it from either The Astro Twins or Anne Ortelee (an astrologer's podcast).
The main message is go where the love is and do whatever you want. Aquarians will love it.
This is the book that changed my life! What an amazing book! Tosha Silver has taken the idea of letting go and letting God and made it available to the mystically inclined. She has opened up so many doors and sheds the light into new ways of thinking and being. I will definitely reread this right away!
there we some great chapters reminding us to have faith in the divine (or god, Allah, Buddha,etc). that everything will go just exactly as it should. only critique I have is she did use a lot astrological references that I wasn't familiar with and or understand. overall though, a good quick read!
"For all the fundamentalist talk that astrology is the 'work of the Devil,' the three wise men were guided during Christmas by a star, of all things."
"Sometimes I think we're drawn to the music in a given lifetime that we literally 'are', that carries our unique nature."
This book was recommended to me by a shaman and it was nothing short of amazing. It was honest, it was funny, it was short, simple and enjoyable. Tosha Silver simply is what she is and encourages others to simply be who they are.
This is written in a way that it almost doesn't matter whether you're religious, spiritual, or atheist. Each section is a lesson in life we can all use regardless of our beliefs. This book doesn't try to shove certain beliefs down your throat. It doesn't try to convince you of anything. You'll find how much you relate to experiences described in here and how it's almost as if others in the world were able to describe feelings you've had that you've never been able to explain.
Read this book and know that you're where you're supposed to be in life. Stop fighting. Stop worrying. And start living.
I borrowed this from the library but I will be purchasing 2 copies. One for highlighting and taking notes for myself and one for lending to others. ❤️
I like Tosha Silvers approach to the law of attraction. As someone who gets overwhelmed when reading/listening on all things on how to manifest and attract, I love that Silver suggests to call in Divine Order (in whatever form that is for you) and then detach.
Although I would def recommend, I will warn you there were moments I found myself saying, “Alright, I get it..” But I had to immediately stop myself, check-in and ask myself, “Am I putting what she’s teaching into action?” And the little nuggets of divinely orchestrated experiences that she shares kept me going.
“You see, when it comes to God I am utterly, completely, and madly polyamorous.”