The Transcendental Meditation Technique and the Journey of Enlightenment
By Ann Purcell
A book that explains the basics of a meditation technique I practice regularly (and which has provided me with countless positive results), and debunks many mistaken notions about the nature of enlightenment. (Note: Although it’s not a “how to” manual, it directs readers to where they can learn Transcendental Meditation.)
Self-Care for the Self-Aware: A Guide for Highly Sensitive People, Empaths, Intuitives, and Healers
By Dave Markowitz
“For those of us who “feel” their way through life (naturally guided by intuition, empathy, etc.), this “Empath 101” book blends stories, research, the author’s client cases and easily applicable and practical advice and techniques to: a) help you make sense of your “sensitive” experiences, b) free yourself from burdens, energies and health imbalances that simply aren’t yours, and c) assist you in interacting with the world in a way that’s more gentle on you.”
A Course in Miracles
Dr. Helen Schucman
“Although it’s not for everyone (and certainly not a casual summer read), this is one of the deepest, most profound books ever written. It presents spiritual truths in a concise, raw, pure manner—with an unorthodox form of intimacy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced—and it invites you to practice its insights and apply them directly to your life, right NOW, to assist in your own personal awakening.”
Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language
By John Sanford
This classic book explores the psychological and spiritual significance of dreams, drawing largely from the work of the totally tapped-in Swiss psychologist Carl Jung. It shows how dreams can help us find healing and wholeness, and reconnect us to the truly spiritual world we all inhabit.
By Eckhart Tolle
An enlightened and enlightening discussion of spirituality in all its glory (and the role of cultivating one’s sense of presence), conveyed with both Eckhart’s wisdom and gentle wit. Probably better suited for experienced seekers and practitioners, although those newcomers to his brand of spiritual philosophy will likely enjoy it, too.
A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elisabeth Eaves
“A travelogue-and-chronicle-of-self-discovery spanning fifteen heady years, written in the form of essays by a woman who provides insight into what young women face when they travel independently and step beyond the pale of contemporary roles.”
The End of Your World
Uncensored Straight Talk on the Nature of Enlightenment – by Adyashanti
This book comes as a response to a growing need for direction on the spiritual path, especially for those who have either found themselves fully immersed in or gradually experiencing “a new world, a state of awakening . . . oneness.” ”
Essays from Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists – by Victoria Zackheim
“Here is a thought-provoking collection of personal essays from award-winning and bestselling authors who explore the question: “What do I believe?” Some of these writers are “believers,” and some are skeptics, agnostics, atheists or “something other.””
The Total Money Makeover
A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness- by Dave Ramsey
“You must walk to the beat of a different drummer. The same beat that the wealthy hear. If the beat sounds normal, evacuate the dance floor immediately! The goal is to not be normal, because as my radio listeners know, normal is broke.”
The Joy of Living Less
A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize and Simplify Your Life – by Francine Jay
“Before we can take control of our stuff, we need to change our relationship with it. We’ll define it, see it for what it is and what it isn’t, and examine it’s effects on our lives.”
The Grace in Dying
A Message Hope, Comfort, and Spiritual Transformation By Kathleen Dawling Singh
“As we deepen our understanding of the entire human journey from conception through death, we deepen our capacity to live more fully and freely awed by the fact that we are alive.”
Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life
By Judith Orloff, M.D.
If you ever feel like you’re a sheep being led around by your emotions, here’s a practicing psychiatrist offering up a superbly written series of psychological strategies for maximizing positive emotions and minimizing toxic ones.
The Psychic Pathway: A Work Book for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul
By Sonia Choquette
“I like the word psychic because no one knows exactly what that means, and it doesn’t mean the same thing to any two people. For me, being psychic means being able to look at someone and know who they really are.”
Say Goodnight to Insomnia
By Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D
“Based on ten years of research and clinical practice that I have conducted at Harvard Medical School, the groundbreaking program presented in this book is the only drug-free program scientifically proven to conquer insomnia.”
A Return to Love
Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles
By Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson takes Course In Miracles concepts and shows how they apply to her or your personal life. While keeping her book honest and inspiring, she reduces and re articulates the messages from the “Course” into a language that is more accessible, concise, & personable.
Eat, Pray, Love
One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia — By Elizabeth Gilbert
At various times transformative, funny, sad, raw and realistic, Elizabeth Gilbert’s “inner journey” spares us nothing—every bump in the road, zit on her face, hateful thought in her mind, self-centered complaint in her heart—and yet reveals to all the magnificent and unexpected “perfection of the path” she takes to find greater understanding, acceptance and ultimately, peace with herself (and therefore the capacity to love another).
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior
By Chogyam Trungpa
This profound little book provides a clear description of the results and, thus, the reasons for meditation practice as a source of strength for daily living and spiritual growth. The principal discipline recommended here—being genuine, moment after moment—allows one to discover the magic inherent in phenomena, and a way for modern men and women to meet the challenges of life with fearlessness and dignity.
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Light on Life
By Hart Defouw and Robert Svoboda
A great introduction to Vedic astrology for all those interested in the Eastern approach to the subject. Written with clarity and many helpful examples, their book sheds light on this ancient view on our connection to the cosmos.
Science of Light
By Freedom Tobias Cole
This book is less directed at the hobbyist or casual reader, and is more designed for the earnest student who wants to study Jyotish in its proper spiritual context. The author’s approach transcends a mere compilation of information and techniques — instead, he strives to develop a conceptual and visceral understanding of this truly “cosmic” subject.
Rising In Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint
By Ram Das Batchelder
“When I was twenty-one, I met an angel. Not a sweet young lady, not a Hell’s Angel. A heavenly angel, one of the celestial servants of God.”
The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities
By Soledad O’Brien
“Story is our medium. It’s how we connect emotionally with our viewers. And it’s how we make sense of our world…When we talk about a ‘big story,’ we’re really talking about what resonates with people, what matters to them.”