Great Books That Enlighten!

books.jpgHere are some great reads that have inspired me along the way and continue to offer me guidance and wisdom. Many are available through Toronto Public Libraries and at most bookstores.

Psychological and Spiritual Exploration

  • Eastern Body, Western Mind, Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith (the bible of the psychology of the chakras, dense but accessible)
  • Romancing the Shadow, A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life by Connie Zweig, PhD and Steve Wolf, PhD (a gentle journey into the Shadow Self which allows us to reintegrate our banished aspects into wholeness)
  • The Pathwork of Self-Transformation, by Eva Pierrakos (a collection of her channelled teachings by her entity the Guide, a blueprint for transformation)
  • The Spirituality of Imperfection, Storytelling and the Journey to Wholeness by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham(a beautiful collection of fables, stories and teachings that encourage us to fully accept our humanness, a great antidote for the addiction to perfection)
  • Trapped in the Mirror, Adult Children of Narcissists in Their Struggle for Self by Elan Golomb Ph.D. (a self heal book written from personal experience, a key work in understanding how narcissism gets passed on from parent to child and how to begin to heal that dark wound)
  • Healing the Shame That Binds You by John Bradshaw (An in depth exploration of the spiral of shame and how it plays out in our addictions, perfectionism, and relationships. Bradshaw offers effective techniques to heal and release the shame that stifles us.

Becoming Present

  • Full Catastrophe Living, Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D (the basis of his Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program offering techniques to become more present in our lives through meditation and Yoga)
  • The Power of Now  a Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle (a challenging and powerful book that suggests the way out of suffering and into peace is through being present in every moment)
  • A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle (his sequel to The Power of Now that goes deeper into the explorations of presence and transcending the ego as the ultimate healing of self and the planet)
  • Peace is Every Step, The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh (a gentle and effective adapting of Buddhist teachings which bring peace and mindfulness to our chaotic world)

Manifesting and Creating Your Reality

  • Ancient Secrets of Success 4 Today's World by Tulshi Sen (this Toronto author and international teacher offers step-by-step techniques to create the life you want. Check out the website at for more great tools)
  • The Power of Intention, Learning to C0-Create Your World Your Way by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer (Dyer's empowering exploration of the energy of Intention and it's effective use to create your world)
  • The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra,(based on the Vedic natural laws which are applied to create positive change)
  • Ask and it is Given  Learning to Manifest Your Desires by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham) Abraham is a collective entity channelled by Esther Hicks who offer gentle and effective techniques to bring conscious awareness to our power as creators of our experience.
  • The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent Living the Art of Allowing by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham) The next book in the series further explores actively thinking the thoughts that will attract to you all that you desire.