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Books

 

alchemistThe Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

This is a lovely fiction book, short and simply written, but with profound insights about the importance of pursuing our dreams—that doing so is a person’s only obligation.

It is the story ofSantiago, a shepherd boy who dreams of finding treasure and the truths he discovers in pursuing it. We are all connected to “the soul of the world,” and the universe conspires to help bring us what we truly desire. Written like prose, the book is really it 50 times and find something new every time.  It’s been translated deep.  You could read into 67 languages, so the global appeal is obvious.  This description is from the book jacket:  “Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story ofSantiagois an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.”  I loved it!

Conversations with God, Book 1

Neale Donald WalschConversations with God

I loved this book.  I was raised with some religious tenets that made no sense to me, and the book addressed them all.

Briefly, the author was really down and out and decided to write a letter of complaint to God (he was in the habit of writing nasty letters to people and then tearing them up).  After he finished the letter of “whys,” he heard a clear voice in his head, “Do you really want to know?”  And thus he began his conversation with God, asking evocative questions and writing down the answers he received through the voice.

For those of you who are willing to believe that God didn’t stop talking to us when the Bible, or Koran, or whatever book your religion follows was written, you’ll appreciate the information in this book and its guidance to “remember who you really are.”  I have been assured by two spiritual intuitives that the book is true.  First published in 1995, it has been translated into many languages, transforming people all over the world.

This is from the book jacket, which sums it up beautifully:  “I have heard the crying of your heart.  I have seen the searching of your soul.  I know how deeply you have desired the Truth.  In pain have you called out for it, and in joy.  Unendingly have you beseeched Me.  Show Myself.  Explain Myself.  Reveal Myself.  I am doing so here, in terms so plain, you cannot misunderstand.  In language so simple, you cannot be confused.  In vocabulary so common, you cannot get lost in the verbiage.  So go ahead now.  Ask Me anything.  Anything.  I will contrive to bring you the answer.  The whole universe will I use to do this.  So be on the lookout; this book is far from My only tool.  You may ask a question, then put this book down.  But watch.  Listen.  The words to the next song you hear.  The information in the next article you read.  The story line of the next movie you watch.  The chance utterance of the next person you meet.  Or the whisper of the next river, the next ocean, the next breeze that caresses your ear—all these devices are Mine; all these avenues are open to Me.  I will speak to you if you will listen.  I will come to you if you will invite Me.  I will show you then that I have always been there.  Always.”

There are three books in the Conversations with God series.

Energy Medicineenergy medicine

Donna Eden

Okay, I admit I haven’t read this yet, although I do have a copy of it.  I’m including it here because I’ve heard the author speak about seemingly miraculous healings through energy medicine, and I want others to know that this exists should they need it.

As a child and young adult, Donna Eden had major life-threatening illnesses (at one point was told by her doctor to get her affairs in order), but with divine support was able to heal herself.  Since then, she has helped thousands do the same.

This is from the book jacket:  In this Tenth Anniversary edition of Donna Eden’s classic guide to energy medicine, she shows readers how they can work with the body’s energy systems to promote health and well-being. This completely updated and expanded edition reveals how the body’s energies can be used to:  boost vitality and stamina; strengthen the immune system; relieve pain and common complaints such as colds and tension headaches; sharpen memory and mind; enhance overall health and well-being with an invigorating five-minute daily routine.   …. This revised edition also includes …. a section on using energy techniques to protect and heal the body when invasive medical procedures such as surgery or chemotherapy are necessary.”

manuscript found in AccraManuscript Found in Accra

By Paulo Coelho

This is a fictional account of an ancient Q&A between a city sage and the people of Jerusalem in 1099, the night before an anticipated enemy invasion.  The preface to the book leads one (at least me!) to believe the book is based on fact, but it’s actually a collection of wise truths meant to address the fears of the people.  As in his book Warriors of the Light, Coelho imparts wisdom but no plot.  It’s a great inspirational book, but if you’re looking for a novella, this isn’t it.

The Passion Testpassion test

Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood

This book reveals “the Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose.”  It is a well-written step-by-step guide to help you determine your true passions in life, which—if you follow them—will lead you to success and fulfillment.

From the book:  “Passion is the inner fire that propels you forward through the combination of love for what you’re doing and the inner sense of purpose that comes from connecting to one’s deepest passions.  Enjoyment arises from this combination of love and purposefulness.”

The passion test itself is a system that helps you identify your five top passions.  These passions are not static—they may change from time to time, so retaking the test periodically can help you keep on track.  Plenty of personal examples have been provided to show how when you follow your passions and determine the “what” of what you want, the “how” will fall into place.  But for this to happen, you must be very clear on what you want.  “When you are clear, what you want will show up in your life, and only to the extent that you are clear.”

The mantra of the book is intention (the conscious or unconscious choice to create); attention (what you put your attention on grows stronger in your life); and no tension (creating your intentions and putting your attention on them is an effortless task).  If you need help in identifying what you truly want in life and learning how to attain it, this book is for you.

proof of heavenProof of Heaven

By Eben Alexander, M.D.

Proof of Heaven, a recounting of a near death experience (NDE), is a fascinating read.  What makes this really stand out is that the author is a renowned neurosurgeon who—like his fellow physicians—used to pooh pooh such experiences told to him by his patients. He had no strong religious beliefs or convictions about an afterlife.  Dr. Alexander contracted bacterial meningitis out of the blue, with no known cause, and was in a coma for seven days while the disease ate the neocortex of his brain (the part that makes us human).  The chances of his survival were 10 percent.  Survival without brain damage?  Nil.  His case is unprecedented.

The book alternates between what was happening to him in the hospital ICU and what was happening to him during his NDE.  He believes that because his neocortex was nonfunctioning, his experience took him far deeper than experienced by other NDE’ers. He had no memory of who he was or where he was from, so he had no distractions from the experience.

And what an account!  He takes the reader from the murky, pulse-like pounding Realm of the Earthworm’s-Eye View to the Celestial Gateway filled with light and beautiful angels and glorious music, to a ride with a beautiful being on a butterfly’s wing over dazzling landscapes, to the inky-bright Core where he communed directly with Source.  All of his questions were instantly answered telepathically and all things could be understood completely and simultaneously without confines of space or time.  The main message he learned?  “You are loved.”

Here’s a passage from the book:

But I know better.  And both for the sake of those here on earth and those I met beyond this realm, I see it as my duty—both as a scientist and hence a seeker of truth, and as a doctor devoted to helping people—to make it known to as many people as I can that what I underwent is true, and real, and of stunning importance.  Not just to me, but to all of us. 

Not only was my journey about love, but it was also about who we are and how connected we all are—the very meaning of all existence.  I learned who I was up there, and when I came back, I realized that the last broken strands of who I am down here were sewn up.

Return from Tomorrowreturn from tomorrow

By George G. Ritchie with Elizabeth Sherrill

This is the story of George Ritchie’s near death experience (NDE) when he was a 20-year-old Army private going through basic training in Texas during World War II.  He contracted flu and pneumonia, back in the days before antibiotics, and was considered dead for about 10 minutes.  During the NDE, George encounters Jesus, who shows him what separation and hell look like, and heaven, where the love was all encompassing.  It is presented with a decided Christian bent, but what was very interesing to me about it was the way in which the NDE changed his whole perception of life purpose:  that it is to love.  At times throughout his life, he sees the spirit of Jesus through the eyes of others who are living their lives through love—in one case, a Jewish camp survivor who chooses love and forgiveness over bitterness, even in camp after losing his wife and children, and profoundly lifts up everyone he meets.  The remainder of his own life is filled with service toward others.  He becomes a psychiatrist; he and his wife prayed daily together for his patients.  As in the other NDEs I’ve learned of, absolute love is the theme.

Reveal:  A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked

By Meggan WattersonReveal

I heard an interview with Meggan Watterson, and found her so interesting that I immediately bought this book. It does not disappoint!  Meggan’s calling to reveal the divine feminine began at the age of 10, when she was extremely bummed out by the discovery that women in the Bible were never spokespersons for the divine—only bit players in Bible stories.  She went on a spiritual journey—which included a degree in divinity from Harvard and two pilgrimages overseas to visit sacred sites of the feminine—and along the way found her inner soul voice.  The book is full of stories, emotions, insights, and advice to help us reveal our own soul voice.  She also emphasizes the connection between spirit and body—that the physical body plays a very important role in our spirituality.  The book is beautifully and clearly written.  I loved it.

The SecretThe Secret

Rhonda Byrne

This is a primer on the law of attraction—the secret to manifesting our greatest desires.  It includes interviews with leaders in the field who have used the law of attraction to manifest amazing lives.

The book is good, but I’d strongly recommend the DVD instead because the principles are demonstrated very well and the interviews, of course, are on screen.  All that being said, The Secret is a great intro to the law of attraction, and its popularity proves it’s probably the first time many of us (including me) ever heard of the concept.  However, I believe it’s a bit simplistic.  You almost get the impression that the universe is Santa Claus, and all you have to do is think positive thoughts to get what you want.  Life is a bit harder than that!

The Soul Truthsoul truth

Sheila and Marcus Gillette

This “guide to inner peace” is a compilation of the teachings of THEO, the group of 12 archangels channeled by Sheila Gillette, who collectively speak as one.  You may have read about THEO elsewhere on this site and if so, you know I consider them my #1 spiritual resource.  As stated on the book jacket, “THEO provides the tools to transcend the limitations of the physical world and cross into the timeless dimensions of the soul–the place that we year for in our desire to live joyous and fulfilling lives.”

This book provides THEO’s answers to metaphysical questions in a number of areas in a Q&A format.  Each chapter begins with a little introduction to the topic and ends with a bulleted recap, which is a very helpful reinforcement of basic principles.  The chapters are broken down as follows:  Introduction to THEO, Soul Integration, Relationships, Children and Parenting, Spirituality, Angels and Spirit Guides, Multidimensional Experiences, Manifestation, Health and Healing, Death and Dying, Afterlife and Reincarnation, and The Future.  It’s a great resource to have on hand.

Warrior of the Lightwarrior of the light

Paulo Coelho

This is a companion piece to The Alchemist, with short descriptions of the qualities of “a Warrior of the Light.”  It’s not fiction—it’s more of a manual.  The description on the book jacket says “Short notes on accepting failure, embracing life, and rising to your destiny.”  Here’s an example.

“A Warrior of the Light knows his own faults.  But he also knows his qualities.  Some of his companions complain all the time that ‘other people have more opportunities than we do.’  Perhaps they are right, but a Warrior does not allow himself to be paralyzed by this; he tries to make the most of his virtues….”     Frankly, I loved The Alchemist, and how it teaches through story.  This book is more like a lecture series.  It may appeal greatly to some; just not so much to me.

You Can Heal Your LifeYOu Can Heal Your Life

Louise Hay

This book is a classic, written by Louise Hay, founder of Hay House Publishing, nearly 30 years ago.  I love the latest edition because it’s full of whimsical artwork.

In essence, the book says we are fully responsible for our own lives, creating them through our thoughts. It offers exercises and affirmations to help us turn things around.  From the book: “What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst.  Every thought we think is creating our future.  Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.  We create the situations, and then we give our power away by blaming the other person for our frustration.  No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for ‘we’ are the only thinkers in it.  When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.”

The book includes a list of diseases we create in our bodies and why, and affirmations to overcome them.  An example:  “Problem:  Shoulders.  Probable cause:  Represent our ability to carry out experiences in life joyously.  We make life a burden by our attitude.  New Thought Pattern:  I choose to allow all my experiences to be joyous and loving.”

A DVD, created to go with the book, illustrates how these principles work.  Louise Hay is now in her 80’s, and is truly one of the greats of spiritual empowerment.  She overcame a horrible childhood and terrible challenges as a young adult, and brings her wisdom to others to help lift them up.

Your Soul’s PlanYour Soul's Plan

Robert Schwartz

If you are adamantly opposed to the idea of reincarnation, don’t bother to read this book.  On the other hand, if you are willing to think “what if?” and explore the concept a bit, I think you’ll find the book fascinating.

Robert Schwartz decided to go on a metaphysical journey to further his soul’s growth and to make a meaningful contribution.  In the process, he met with several spiritual mediums with direct ties to “the other side” and received a wealth of information on how we actually plan our soul’s incarnation before we are born—the challenges and experiences we will have—so we can further our own evolution.  If we understand that on the soul level we chose these experiences, no matter how horrible they may be, we can perceive them with a different level of understanding.  And that, in itself, can bring a great measure of relief.

The introduction to the book, where he goes over these concepts, is worth the read just by itself.  However, the 10 case studies he presents of people with really severe challenges, in which he uses one or more psychics mediums (who have different “specialties”) to unveil the reasons for them, are really interesting.   One of the mediums he used extensively, Staci Wells, is listed on this website under “Intuitive Services.”

Magazines

 11:11

www.1111mag.com

“A Magazine Devoted to Journey of the Soul”

This is an excellent bi-monthly magazine for those wanting to learn more about aspects of spirit, and applying spiritual principles to everyday life.  An example of the latter was an article that explored the difference it made in a man’s life when he simply shifted his attitude.  He went from resentment that he was in a job he considered inferior and doing the minimum amount he could get away with, to the view that what he was doing in this “inferior” job made a profound difference to others, and that the work was both meaningful and important. Through this simple shift in attitude, he went from hating his work and doing a lousy job to loving it and shining his light.  Once that light was turned on, he rapidly advanced into his dream career.

The magazine includes interviews with well-known leaders in the consciousness movement, feature articles such as that described above, and inspiring creations. One interesting element is a page of intentions to be read daily until the next issue, with the goal of collectively raising vibrations and creating global shifts.  Barnes and Noble carries the magazine if you’d like to look it over in a hard copy.  You can also view the magazine online for free, exactly as it appears in hard copy.  Visit the website for access to this and to the 11:11 talk radio show.

Science of Mind

www.scienceofmind.com

“A Guide for Spiritual Living”

This is a great little monthly magazine that includes a variety of articles that address ways to live our lives better.  Some examples include articles on the spiritual significance of 2012, energy medicine, and interviews with Dr. Judith Orloff on emotional freedom and actress Lindsay Wagner on opening up to spirit.

Each month, you’ll find a page of suggested personal affirmations, and a page for each day of the month that features a topic, such as purpose, with quotes and motivational text.  If you go their website, you can sign up for a free 30-day subscription to the online version of the magazine before deciding whether to subscribe.  It’s definitely worth checking out!

Spirituality & Health Magazine 

http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/

“The Soul/Body Connection”      

This is a mainstream style magazine that contains feature articles about practical aspects of spirituality, such as Meditation for Managers, Self Compassion, Spiritual Leadership, Eight Paths of the Goddess, and Mandalas of Light.  It also includes holistic diet and exercise articles;  sections on sustainability, relationships, and reviews of poetry, books, and music; and regular columnists.

You can read their blog online and subscribe to a free weekly newsletter.

CDs and Videos

EFT – An Introduction

Dawson Church

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jTNHHTxG40

This is a brief, but excellent, explanation of EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique, on YouTube.  EFT is a form of energy medicine that individuals can do themselves, using acupressure, to relieve everything from severe stress (such as post traumatic stress disorder) to physical pain.   It has been proven to change lives for the better.

How a Powerful Woman Awakens-CD

Maureen Moss
This is now a free download!  Access it at:  http://www.maureenmoss.com/free-downloads-page

Maureen Moss, President of the World Puja Radio network and a leader in the consciousness transformation movement, channels this instructional CD of the powerful woman within us and how important it is that we each shine our light in the world, especially in this time of awakening consciousness.  She provides in-depth descriptions of the 13 commitments we must make to ourselves and ends with a beautiful meditation.  I’m going to include an abbreviated version of the commitments here because they are so important, but I hope you’ll get the CD because it’s wonderful:

  • When fear is clamoring, take a deep breath and ask your body, heart, and soul what they need in this moment for your inner peace and then take immediate action.
  • Stop struggling to hold onto things not meant to be kept, and allow something better to come in.
  • Stop waiting for something in the external world to change for you to be safe, happy, or secure; these result from your personal effort.
  • Give yourself permission not to be perfect.  Don’t remain hostage to distorted self judgment or other’s opinions.
  • Cease believing you are your experiences.  Find your heart’s value and meaning in every experience.
  • Fully realize that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say, and when they don’t keep promises, it’s not about you, it’s them.
  • Fully accept your body, your temple.  “Your body is a tiny fence around a little part of a glorious and complete idea,” Jesus said.
  • Seek contentment—the key is to have gratitude for what is, right now.
  • Allow yourself, without judgment, to live on the borderline between your old thinking and old understanding of what it takes to live as a powerful woman.
  • Open your mind and heart to new possibilities for the new woman who has emerged in you.  Find who you are via your heart, not mind.  There are infinite possibilities that await you.  Discover what you purposefully stand for.
  • No longer engage in toxic relationships with yourself or others.
  • Learn to live a life of integrity without compromise.  Integrity is when the inside and outside of self are in harmony.  Integrity is linked to authentic power.
  • Establish a conscious daily rapport or interaction with that that created you.  All limiting conceptions will be cast away.

I AM

A movie by Tom Shadyac available on DVD

I loved this movie!  Tom Shadyac is a bit wacky (he directed Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, so that should give you an idea!) so this movie has a fun quality to it in addition to its profound message. Shadyac experienced some really serious health issues (which later healed) that made him question what was truly important in life.  So he interviewed social and spiritual authors and leaders, asking the question “What wrong with our world and what can we do about it?”

The overarching theme, I believe, is that science has led to separation—from each other and from nature.  Separation has led to competition vs. cooperation and consumerism vs. community.  We’ve lost sight of who we are, although our genetic makeup is geared toward helping us connect.

The movie is packed full of great interviews, scientific research, and fascinating factoids, and is very well presented.  In it, Bishop Desmond Tutu made the point that there is greatness in the power of one.  We may not be able to end poverty, but we can help a homeless person get a dinner. Just do something, he says.  So then the question shifts to “What’s right with the world?”  And therein lies the name of the movie.  “I am.”   This is definitely worth your time!

Spiritual Cinema Circle

A monthly DVD subscription service

https://www.spiritualcinemacircle.com

If you’d like a break from mainstream movies that bring you down, you may find this an uplifting alternative.

From the website:  “Beginning with your free trial, each month you’ll receive a new DVD with four movies selected for their vision and inspiration. The films will be a mixture of features, shorts and documentaries all handpicked for their quality and content. You can be assured that each month you’ll see more heartwarming and entertaining films you can’t find on TV or at your local theater.  And unlike rental services, the movies are yours to keep – you never have to return anything. Your collection will grow month by month until you have a whole library of movies you can watch again and again.”