I wanted to write this review because I come to this book after 10 years of study and practice in the field. I had never heard of Hardman, though I was an admirer of Ruiz. I read this book with someone who was just beginning to learn about the Toltec way. Both of us found the prose, the ideas, the organization and presentation to be of the highest quality. We also appreciated the use of both the male and female pronouns.
Hardman has taken a deep and difficult area of life-changing information and given it lightly and pointedly to the world in such a way that most anyone can use it to the max. Whether you intend to go all the way to freedom, or just use the information to understand your life and the world better, this is the book for you. As you read this book, expect to cry, to get very angry and sometimes anxious. But if you persist with the instructions Hardman lays out so succinctly (along with several case histories), eventually you will begin to breathe easier, increase your awareness and energy, love yourself more, understand others more deeply than you ever thought possible, and ultimately you will discover within yourself more freedom, power, love and joy than you knew existed. This is a book for all stages and levels of awareness and practice. We all need to know at times the next step or be reminded of what we have temporarily forgotten on our way to being a Master of life. What does that feel like? Hardman describes it this way: "The beautiful life lived by the Toltec warrior is always connected to the life force of spirit that is in and through all of creation. The love and happiness that he experiences radiates out from him . . . He sees the beauty of spirit in every person . . . He knows what he wants and doesn't want. . .By staying present in each moment, the warrior embraces his life fully, giving and accepting gifts of abundance that are the nature of spirit." This life is waiting for you now and this book will help you achieve it.