These are a few of the many book I have found intriguing throughout my journey. Please let me know of books that have changed your life as well.
Bolen, Jean Shinoda, Goddesses in Everywoman: A New Psychology of Women
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a psychiatrist and Jungian analyst. I have found this book to be incredibly enlightening and fun as women discover their unique and playful selves within the archetypal images of the Goddesses. A must read for every woman looking to understand herself and for the men in their lives!
Cameron, Julia, The Artist’s Way
This book links creativity to spirituality by teaching us how to connect with the creative energies of the universe. With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.
Dalai Lama, My Land, My People
An honest and deeply personal historical and Buddhist account of the Dalai Lama’s life written in his own words. Learn about the tragedy and destruction of Tibet and its people, which was the cause for the Dalai Lamas exile to India and indirectly for the writing of this book. In this intimate memoir, the Dalai Lama, the monk Tenzin Gyatso as he likes to call himself, reports about his privileged education as “a prisoner” of the Potala, the castle of Lhasa and shares the story of his memorable life and the Tibetan people. Highly recommended.
Frankl, Victor, Mans Search for Meaning
This book is among the most influential works of psychiatric literature. The book begins with a deeply moving personal essay about Frankl’s imprisonment in Auschwitz and other concentration camps for five years, and his struggle during this time to find reasons to live. The second part of the book, called “Logotherapy in a Nutshell,” describes the psychotherapeutic method that Frankl pioneered as a result of his experiences in the concentration camps. Frankl believes that man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose. This is a fascinating, sophisticated, and very human book which will definitely stir the soul.
Gawain, Shakti, Creative Visualization
When it comes to creating the life you want, Shakti Gawain literally wrote the book. Now considered a classic, Creative Visualization teaches readers how to use their imaginations to manifest their deepest desires. Gawain uses the first part to cover the basics, with chapters such as “How to Visualize,” “Affirmations,” and “Creative Visualization Only Works for the Good”. Once she shows readers how visualization actually works, Gawain moves on to loftier discussions, such as “Contacting Your Higher Self,” “Meeting Your Guide,” “Setting Goals,” and “Treasure Maps.” Easy reading with fun exercises to ignite your inner life.
Jarow, Rick, Creating the Work You Love
This isn’t your usual advice on how to find a job or even how to locate a good job. Jarow instead explores the “chakra” system as a tool for career counseling. He moves you beyond limited thinking with pages filled with excellent insights and exercises. Highly recommended.
Kabat-Zinn, Jon, Wherever You Go, There You Are
In this approachable read, Jon Kabat-Zinn takes you deeply into the practice of meditation and mindfulness, a condition of “being” rather than “doing” during which you pay attention to the moment rather than the past, the future, or the multitudinous distractions of modern life. In brief, rather poetic chapters, he describes various meditative practices and how they can help the practitioner. The idea that meditation is “spiritual” is often confusing to people. Kabat-Zinn prefers to think of it as what you might call “a workout for your consciousness.” This book makes learning meditation remarkably easy (although practicing it is not). But it also makes it seem infinitely appealing. If you are looking for a basic tool to learn meditation, this is it.
Keirsey, David, Please Understand Me
This book is an exciting addition to the world of personality typing. Based on the Myers-Briggs Personality Typing program (which was based on Jung’s work,) Keirsey and Bates have reorganized the 16 “types” into an easy-to-understand model. They provide you with their own test, the “Keirsey Temperament Sorter,” a sort of mini-Myers-Briggs test that places you in 1 of 16 personality types. Like the Myers-Briggs system, this test sorts your personality into groups of extraversion/introversion (E/I), sensation/intuition (S/N), thinking/feeling (T/F), and perceiving/judging (P/J). The book delves into a detailed analysis of each type, with sections on mates, children, and leaders. An appendix paints portraits of the 16 possible personality types. I love the way this book approaches our differences and leads to the recognition that we are all lovable in our own ways.
Myss, Carolyne, Anatomy of the Spirit
What sets Anatomy of the Spirit apart is Carolyn Myss’s ability to blend diverse religious and spiritual beliefs into a succinct discussion of health and human anatomy. For example, when describing the seven energy fields of the human body, she fuses Christian sacraments with Hindu chakras and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. Fortunately, Myss is a skilled writer as well as researcher, able to ground her extensive spiritual and religious discussions by using real-life stories and a tight writing style. Many hail Myss for creating a valuable contribution to the ongoing exploration of spirituality and health. The audio version is also highly recommended.
Moore, Thomas, Care of the Soul
Care of the Soul is considered to be one of the best primers for soul work ever written. Thomas Moore, an internationally renowned theologian and former Catholic monk, offers a philosophy for living that involves accepting our humanity rather than struggling to transcend it. By nurturing the soul in everyday life, Moore shows how to cultivate dignity, peace, and depth of character.
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation
Chapter by chapter, the author uses passages from her “Invitation” to welcome readers into a life that is more soul fulfilling and passionate, embodying profound truth and integrity. In a sense, she invites readers to get a life instead of buying into a lifestyle. Each chapter ends with a guided meditation specific to the theme of the chapter, which allows one to fully experience the journey. The Invitation provides a deep and penetrating perspective on the lives we lead.
Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi
Noted by many as one of the 10 most life-changing books, I have to say this was true for me. More than the story of the incredible life of Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952), this in-depth autobiography offers insights into the deeply spiritual minds and lives of the greatest teachers, saints and yogi’s of India. Yogananda’s autobiography has long been regarded as a spiritual classic, revealing the sentiments and teachings of one who helped spread the Eastern wisdom of Kriya Yoga in the West. Highly recommended.
Remen, Rachel Naomi, Kitchen Table Wisdom
Remen, a physician, therapist, professor of medicine, and long-term survivor of chronic illness, is also a down-home storyteller. Reading this collection of real-life parables feels like a late-night kitchen session with a best friend, munching on leftovers while listening to the good-as-gossip stories of everyday heroes and archetype villains. Every story guides us like a life compass, showing us what’s good and lasting about ourselves as well as humanity. A fun, insightful, and thought-provoking read.
Ruiz, Don Miguel, The Four Agreements
Rooted in traditional Toltec beliefs, the four agreements are essential steps on the path to personal freedom. Be impeccable with your word saying only what you mean as the word is the most powerful tool humans have; Don’t take anything personally as self-importance leads people to think they are the center of the universe, causing pain and injustice; Don’t make assumptions so as to avoid frustration and blame, ask what is meant; Always do your best which is the surest way to avoid self- condemnation. If everyone practiced these four agreements our world would be a much happier place.
Schucman, Helen, A Course in Miracles
In 1965 Helen Schucman, a professor of medical psychology at Columbia University, responded to an authoritative inner voice who identified himself as Jesus, and who urged her to take down what would become A Course in Miracles from inner dictation. A self-study course in spiritual psychology, A Course in Miracles focuses on the principles of universal love and forgiveness. Intense reading which can be used with a study group in your area.
Williamson, Marianne, A Return to Love
This bestselling author reflects on the principles contained in A Course in Miracles. The release of fear, the cultivation of love, and the practice of miracles are recurrent themes. Williamson reveals how we each can become a miracle worker by accepting God and by the expression of love in our daily lives.
Zukav questions the Western model of the soul, alleging that the human species is in the midst of a great transformation, evolving from a species that pursues power based upon the perceptions of the five senses, or “external power,” to one that pursues power based upon perceptions of the soul, or “authentic power.” He believes that humans are immortal souls first, physical beings second, and that once we align our personalities with our soul, we will stimulate our spiritual growth and become better people in the process. This insightful, lucid synthesis of modern psychology and new-age principles has been described as the “physics of the soul.” I encourage everyone who is seeking to learn more about “spiritual living” to sit down with a cup of tea and soak in this delicious book. It has becomes my bible.