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10 Must-Read Books for Your Spiritual Journey

On a spiritual journey of better understanding who you are? What books have aided you? These are a few of my favs...

1. Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now & A New Earth

Tolle's two books sum up everything we need to know to live a life of peace - the ego is a bitch and being present in the now is the ticket to personal peace. Now if only knowing it were enough! That's when we heal unresolved, unexpressed emotions in a hypno session!

2. A Course in Miracles scribed by Helen Schucman

Your function is forgiveness. Everything is an illusion. Be the light and love like that cool dude, Jesus. I recommend the version that includes the Workbook for Students which includes 365 daily lessons, 1 for each day of the year.

3. Thomas Szasz's The Myth of Mental Illness

Dude! Have you read this? SOOOOO good! Call me and let's discuss!

4. John Broomfield's Other Ways of Knowing

I loved anthropology class and this book takes me back to E-200 Social & Cultural Anthro at IU. How has your culture, religion, and society shaped your life? How could it be different with just a change in a belief?

5. C.G. Jung's Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Jung's brilliance extends beyond his time, combining Eastern and Western thought, he lead the field of psychology back where to where it belongs - to a study of the soul. Talk Jung to me and let's integrate our shadows and stuff!

6. Janet Geringer Woititz's Adult Children of Alcoholics

You may not be a child of an alcoholic or addict, but with predictions that 1 in 13 Americans are alcoholics, you likely know a child of an addict or in a relationship with someone who is. This book was extremely helpful in understanding the origin of patterns of behavior within myself.

7. Alan Watts work - all of it. Just order and read all of it. Underline, reread, carry it around with you.

8. Viktor E. Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning

How do we find meaning and purpose in the worst of circumstances? How do we continue? If a Nazi death camp survivor can embrace his life, I can too.

9. Tao te Ching translated by Stephen Mitchell

Find your Chinese Zen Master self within. The wisdom has been around for ages. Why are we so slow to fully accept and implement it? (My answer: fear. Let's transcend that fear in your next hynpo session.)

10. Bhagavad Gita translated by Stephen Mitchell

Turn to the text Emerson and Thoreau leaned on for inspiration. Bhagavad Gita translates as " The Song of the Blessed One." How should we live? What is the path to freedom?

And never forget to sprinkle every day with good poetry like Rumi, Mary Oliver, John O'Donohue... What speaks to you?

Send me your favorite spiritual reads!

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