Updated: Oct 14, 2020
I love books! I always have a long running list of books on my amazon and audible wishlist and get so excited when I find something I just love. My favorite books are self help and inspirational reads. Ones that really speak to my love of learning and present the information in a way that makes me feel like I’ve just learned the most important key to life. Whenever I get an influx of cash, I visit my wish lists and make a few purchases. In preparing this writing, I happily discovered I have a few titles in my collection that I’ve forgotten about. Oh Joy!
The following titles are my favorite mind-over-matter or inspirational books out of my collection. I do and have enjoyed several more, but these are ones that I just love and have really moved me in some way. Ones that I recommend to others or ones that I re-read to really savor the content.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: This book is a classic that you’ve probably heard of. From the book description: “Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.” This book is an easy read that is worth re-reading. I love how he describes the (subconscious) rules to life that we agree to without even realizing it.
The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes: Ernest Holmes founded the International Religious Science movement. This book was written in the 20’s and teaches metaphysics and spiritual philosophy. Reading this book, you learn how to conduct Spiritual Mind Treatments for healing. It includes quotes and references from the Bible, explaining what the passages “must really mean”. Keep in mind this was written around the time that the phrase Quantum Mechanics was coined, which means that Ernest came about this information before quantum physics proved that our thoughts are the mechanisms that create things. Ernest was really on the leading edge of thought. There are several religious science groups that teach Holmes’ work including The Center for Spiritual Living.
21 Rituals to Ignite your Intuition by Theresa Cheung: I haven’t finished this book but I enjoyed what I read. The author introduces 21 days worth of rituals to try, 1 per day, and says if you miss a day, you have to start over. This is why I didn’t finish, but I intend to! It made my list because I recognize the truth in the processes I completed and actually felt my intuition strengthen.
Super Coach by Michael Neill: I LOVE this book and regularly recommend it to my clients (and coaches). This is a very interesting book on how the mind works - rather, how we think - and how to be happier in life. It’s a very easy read because it’s just so good. I’ve read this book several times and I get something out of it each time. Michael Neill presents tricky ideas in a very manageable and easy to understand way that you can apply to your life NOW.
The Zero Point by Joe Vitale: This book tells the story of how Joe sought out Dr. Hew Len to learn how he cured an entire psych ward of criminally insane people. It details conversations between Joe and Hew Len in an easy conversational way. You will learn the Hawaiian forgiveness method of Ho'oponopono as Joe recounts his lessons from Dr. Hew Len. It’s been many years since I’ve read this book, but I still use Ho’oponopono when I am in a jam in my mind.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy: Another classic book of harnessing the power of your subconscious mind to enhance your life in all areas.
Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, Reclaim your True Nature to Create the Life you Want by Martha Beck: This book is very "woo-woo". I don’t think it has any scientific information in it. It is written by a now spiritual coach who takes you along her journey of sharpening and using her intuition. She takes you on an adventure through the African bush, detailing encounters with animals, an Ayahuasca ceremony with a Shaman, and more. I got this audio book 10+ years ago and I’ve listened to it several times. It’s always enjoyable and includes several processes to get in touch with your 6th sense.
The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle: I loved the Power of Now and have read it several times. After my initial read, I regularly referred back to this book as a method to bring my mind very consciously into the present moment. I recall having lots of a-ha feeling moments while experiencing this book.
Happiness is a Choice and Giant Steps by Barry Neil Kaufman: These books were written by the co-founder of the Option Institute in Sheffield Massachusetts. They teach a process for identifying the belief you hold between a stimulus and the response. The books take you through coaching type conversations that uncover the clients beliefs and then their shift to a new belief. They are easy reads that are totally relatable. The Option Institute also has programs you can do at their location that are fun and revealing. I did a few of their courses and came back feeling a deeper sense of trust in myself and optimism about life in general.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron: This book is actually a process geared towards opening up your creativity. It isn’t something you sit and read. It’s something that you DO. It includes daily writing and a weekly “artist’s date” with yourself, as well as specific writing and activities to do weekly. I recommend doing it with a group or with a friend as It will help to keep you accountable and moving forward.
Ask and It is Given by Jerry and Esther Hicks: I just love Esther Hicks and her work “channeling” Abraham. This book is so easy to read and is naturally uplifting, and of course, it all feels relevant to your life. My favorite part about this book is that it contains 22 processes in the back that you can use to elevate your current emotional state no matter what mood you are in. Any time I’m looking to boost how I feel, I simply figure out where I am on the emotional chart and (usually randomly) choose a process recommended for that state of mind. I always end up feeling 1-2 ladder rungs higher on the chart!
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani: “10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms”. This book contains a very effective forgiveness exercise that I often recommend to people. It is an easy read that teaches the reader to question society and the “brules” (bulls**t rules) passed down from generation to generation and then how to transform your inner self in order to ultimately change the world. It’s got a lot of deep concepts presented in an easy to understand language.