The Power of Premonitions, How Knowing The Future Can Shape Our Lives by Larry Dossey, M.D.
In June I suggested reading The Power of Premonitions, How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives. Having finished the book now, I more strongly recommend that you read it. It's absolutely fascinating, filled with research, speculation, and a deep spiritual core. This book is also filled with mystery - the mystery of life and growth.
A quote from the book I'd like to share:
"Cultures around the world believe that the outcome of events foreseen can be changed, and modern analysis affirms these beliefs in our culture as well. In 433 reports of precognition gathered by the Rhine Research Center, in which there was enough threat of danger to merit intervention, in two-thirds of the cases the individual never took any action. But in the one-third of cases in which the individual did try to intervene to change the future they'd foreseen, successful attempts outnumbered the unsuccessful ones two to one." Interesting.
365 Prescriptions for the Soul. Daily Messages of Inspiration, Hope, and Love by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel
This practical, hands-on guide is good for the soul and stimulating for the mind. There is a "prescription" for each day of the year that will not only make you think in a new manner, but also guide you into a more spiritual space. Dr. Siegel's guidance empowers you to strengthen your body, your mind, and your spirit. All his words are easy to understand and he has helped many people find better overall health.
The prescription for April 1st: Prescription #91: "PRAISE The sweetest of all sounds is praise - Xenophon. Praise is seen in your eyes when you look at your beloved. Praise is felt in your touch when you embrace. Praise is heard in your voice when you speak to the one you adore. Praise is about your loved one's potential and the hope that you have for that person. Praise is like helium; it lifts us up above the troubles and obstacles of life. Praise does not say you are perfect. It says I admire you and what you have accomplished and what I know you will go on to do. Praise is the food of the soul. No one survives without it."
SOLUTION OF THE DAY: Praise is like fertilizer. Sprinkle it freely, and those you love will grow, bloom, and blossom.
BIO: Dr. Bernie Siegel has been a leading advocate of alternative healing and patients' rights for over 25 years. He's a well known author now retired from medical practice living with his family in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
Man from Earth by Jerome Bixby
Surprise! This month, maybe for the first time, I'm suggesting a movie instead of a book. So, no reading required, just 87 minutes of relaxation in front of your television (maybe 174 minutes because you may wish to watch it twice like I did). I am so impressed with this movie that I feel everyone should watch it. It's thought-provoking to say the least. It's entitled Man from Earth, screenplay by Jerome Bixby (an acclaimed writer of the original "Star Trek" and "The Twilight Zone") and it's fascinating.
From the back of the DVD case: "On a cold night in a remote cabin, Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith of "CSI-MIAMI") gathers his most trusted colleagues for an extraordinary announcement. Hi is an immortal who has migrated through 140 centuries of evolution and most now move on. Is Oldman truly Cro-Magnon or simply insane? Now one man will face these scientists and scholars to confront their own notions of history, religion, and humanity, all leading to a final revelation that may shatter their world forever."
A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
What can I say? Everyone is reading Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. It is, of course, a powerful endorsement when it's recommended by Oprah and written by a Bestselling Author (The Power of Now, Practicing the Power of Now, Stillness Speaks). As many of you know, Eckhart Tolle is a contemporary spiritual teacher who travels extensively, taking his message throughout the world. He has inspired many and as it says on the back cover, "Illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting, A New Earth, is a profoundly spiritual manifesto for a better way of life - and for building a better world."
I have just begun to read this book - it was given to me by a friend who says it has changed her life. I look forward to reading it, and I feel confident in recommending that you do the same.
Intuitive Color Awareness Guide by Lee Channing
Well, this is a new experience. I get to "suggest" my own book as this month's selection. I am very excited about my book, Intuitive Color Awareness Guide, and I truly believe it will offer guidance and support to many. It is intended to be, as the title suggests, a guide - a book that you can pick up and learn something about yourself and color in your life that you didn't already know. It offers many tools for growth including (for each color) Spiritual Focus, Emotional Challenges, Physical Involvement, Most Active Sense, Healing Techniques, Diet, Oils, Minerals, and Visualizations. If you find yourself drawn to (or repulsed by) a certain color, you can learn much about your current energy flow by looking up that color in the Guide. I spent many years researching this book and I thank my clients who provide me with such a colorful practice.
You can order a signed copy through the Spirits Evolving website or purchase the book through Amazon. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have about the book.
Spot of Grace: Remarkable Stories of How You DO Make a Difference by Dawna Markova, Ph.D.
A remarkable little book that I just read will make great summer reading. It's filled with inspiration and joy. The book is entitled Spot of Grace: Remarkable Stories of How You DO Make a Difference by Dawna Markova, Ph.D. An inspirational speaker and writer, she is internationally known for her groundbreaking work in helping people learn with passion and live with purpose. She is the author of numerous books including the bestsellers Random Acts of Kindness and I Will Not Die an Unlived Life. A long-term cancer survivor (she was told she had six months to live almost thirty years ago), Dawna has appeared on numerous television programs, is a frequent guest on NPR and New Dimensions, and she will be my guest on the Spirits Evolving® radio show on Friday, June 6th - listen in or download the podcast and meet this amazing woman. You will discover that you too can make a remarkable difference in the world.
The Kokopelli Journals, A Southwest (mis)adventure of discovery, compassion, empowerment…and mischief by Laura Cockerille Giannini
If you're looking for a fascinating read for the summer, I'd suggest a book entitled The Kokopelli Journals, A Southwest (mis)adventure of discovery, compassion, empowerment…and mischief written by a personal friend, Laura Cockerille Giannini. Laura is a native Virginian with a deep respect for animals, art, and the great outdoors. For many years she has combined these loves in her paintings of landscapes and animal portraits.
This book is Laura's first and it captures some of her thoughts on life and death, and weaves her belief in a deeply spiritual life, filled with nature, family, and her beloved animals. When you read this book, you will enjoy not only Laura's amazing sense of humor, but her beautiful descriptions of our own Southwest. Their travels (Laura and her husband Pete) include finding a starving puppy. When you read this book, you share Laura's determination to bring that puppy home - what an adventure! She was even wanted by the law in Arizona in connection with that dear little dog - read and enjoy.
Everyday Lessons, Understanding the Events, Interactions, and Attitudes That Make Up Your Life by Catherine Poole
This month I recommend a book written by a recent guest on my weekly Internet radio show, Spirits Evolving®. The author is an amazing woman named Catherine Poole (the book is co-authored by James H. Schrenker, John F. Dull, and Margaret Ann Hollies). The title of the book is Everyday Lessons, Understanding the Events, Interactions, and Attitudes That Make Up Your Life. I found myself fascinated with the book - it offers much knowledge and wisdom. Each day of the week is discussed including its Universal Truth, Chakra, Color, Number, Vocal Sound, and a helpful affirmation. This book truly is one to keep by your side each day of the week.
Well-known author and healer Louise Hay says: "Everyday Lessons is a wonderful book that doesn't hit you over the head with its message. Instead, the authors soothe us seven days a week with colors, numbers, music, and prayers. It's a delightful read."
The Key, The Missing Secret For Attracting Anything You Want by Joe Vitale
If you've watched The Secret you're already well acquainted with Joe Vitale (www.mrfire.com) and some of his books (Zero Limits, The Attractor Factor, and others). On January 4, 2008, Joe will appear on my Internet radio show, Spirits Evolving®, to discuss his newest book, The Key, The Missing Secret For Attracting Anything You Want. So, this month I suggest you read this new offering from Joe. Joe is often called the Buddha of the Internet, and, at every opportunity, he shares vibrant energy along with his words of wisdom. Once homeless and living in poverty, Joe is now considered one of the pioneers of Internet marketing and has helped create online empires.
Read Joe's new book and discover how you can create the life of joy, abundance, and contentment you desire. Joe's words can ignite your passion and create a brighter path to personal and spiritual growth.
Going Deeper, How To Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense by Jean-Claude Koven
Would you like to travel deeper into your spiritual interests and travel more rapidly down your spiritual path? If so, read Going Deeper, How To Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life Makes No Sense by Jean-Claude Koven. Jean-Claude, a guest on my Internet radio show, Spirits Evolving, on Friday, November 30, 2007, offers wonderful insights from years of personal study. If you'd like to learn more this book, listen to the recorded show through my website or visit www.goingdeeper.org. Going Deeper offers much food for thought (to say the least). It's filled with facts and figures as well as deep spiritual wisdom. And, what I enjoyed most about this spiritual novel, is its humor. You learn, you laugh, and you become more aware as you traverse its pages. Read this book and meet an amazing dog named Zeus along with his spiritual friends - raccoons, trees, rocks, and more. You may find that you're one of the many "Wanderers" trying to save the planet.
A short bio: Jean-Claude Koven is a UPI Religion & Spirituality Forum Columnist who has studied with spiritual masters and led awareness-expanding workshops on six continents during his work years. He was born in France, educated in NYC public schools, and attended M.I.T.
Me & You Too - Catalyst by Bob Harvey
This month I'm suggesting one of the most beautifully done books I've ever seen. It's entitled Catalyst and written by Bob Harvey. It's difficult to describe - you have to see it to believe it. It's a full-color novel done in Bob's trademarked KaleidoScript. As it says on the back cover, "Welcome to colorized words, energized text, and integrated imagery - a place where you sense the story." It's beautiful.
Catalyst is a story inspired by Bob's cat named You Too. The story follows You Too and a neighborhood of town homes whose tenants' fates intertwine after their community burns down in a suspicious fire. The result is the first eco-cohabitation facility where nature, animals, and humans live harmoniously. This book discusses the animal-human bond and introduces the idea of a community where only humans with animals are allows to live. What a wonderful idea!
Spirit Heals: Awakening a Woman's Inner Knowing for Self-Healing by Meredith L. Young-Sowers
This month I'm suggesting, seriously suggesting, that you read a newly published book by an amazing woman who is a very special spiritual friend of mine. The book is entitled Spirit heals Awakening a Woman's Inner Knowing for Self-Healing and is written by Meredith L. Young-Sowers. Meredith, cofounder and executive director of the Stillpoint Foundation and School in Walpole, New Hampshire, is a remarkable medical intuitive and spiritual teacher.
On a personal note, Meredith has been a popular recent guest on my weekly radio show, and in September, I attended a conference held by Meredith to discuss this new book and share her healing insights. It was truly a wonderful conference, and I met many true spiritual seekers. This book provides you with tools, simple, powerful tools, that you can use to facilitate your own growth and invite better health into your life. Of Meredith's book Larry Dossey, M.D. says: "A wise, compassionate, and beautifully crafted guidebook to what really matters. Spirit Heals is informed by both ancient wisdom and modern insights into the integration of body, mind, and spirit." I couldn't agree more.
BUDDHA, A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra
I'm going to recommend a book that I haven't yet read, something I rarely do, but I picked up this book and I can sense that it's going to be not only enlightening but fun to read. The book is entitled, BUDDHA, A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra. It will be a great book to read as your end-of-summer treat. About this book Wayne Dyer says, "A page-turning masterpiece. This is storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. I now feel as if I have met the Buddha and he is in all of us who search for our own greatness. This book is destined to become a classic."
As most of you know, Deepak Chopra is the founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is the preeminent teacher of Eastern philosophy to the Western World, and has been a bestselling author for many years. You can visit his website at www.deepakchopra.com
Angelic Messenger Cards, Divine Guidance for Personal Healing & Spiritual Discovery by Meredith L. Young-Sowers
This month I'd like to suggest a beautiful set of cards for your home or office. These cards entitled Angelic Messenger Cards, Divine Guidance for Personal Healing & Spiritual Discovery by Meredith L. Young-Sowers are truly beautiful in look and intent. The gorgeous photographs of flowers taken by Judi Winall have been transformed into a deck of cards that will not only bring beauty into your life, but offer life-altering spiritual information and guidance.
You can do much with these cards. You can enjoy simply looking at each card - you can pull one card for a specific issue on which you need input - you can choose a card to study just by the look of the flower - all you have to do is trust yourself to draw whatever guidance you need from this deck.
The author, Meredith Young-Sowers is the cofounder and executive director of the Stillpoint Foundation, a spiritual community and school in Walpole, New Hampshire. The photographer, Judi Winall is a spiritual teacher who lives in Morrow, Ohio. They have combined their talents well and created an amazingly helpful tool for growth.
FINAL GIFTS Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
This month I have a very special book to recommend. I just finished reading FINAL GIFTS Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley. This book is a must read for everyone. Whether you're facing your own death, assisting in the death of a friend or relative, or simply want to read a book that is profoundly moving, this book is powerful. I found myself laughing and crying, learning and remembering throughout the book. The authors are hospice nurses who have tended to terminally ill patients for many years. They lovingly share their experiences and by reading the life stories, you'll discover many gifts and be able to recognize these gifts if they are offered by someone close to you.
From my perspective, the most important lesson one will take away from this book is how to cope with the fear of dying and the ability to be there when you are needed. It's so powerful to realize that you can be a true blessing to a dying person by simply understanding their "language" - please read this book and share it with your loved ones. The review of this book in Publishers Weekly reads: "A hopeful, helpful work…provides a gentle way to think about the unthinkable."
for one more day by Mitch Albom
I just finished reading a little book, one of those little books you can read in a day, and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon's reading experience. The book is entitled for one more day by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven (both excellent books I suggest you read as well). As do his other books, this book strikes an emotional chord with its readers - any reader, male or female, young or old will find a lesson hidden in his words. As an author, Mitch Albom has a way of telling a story so that you can find yourself someplace in it always learning something that will enhance your life and support your dreams. This particular book is about a man who, if given the chance, would change his past as well as his present. He is a man who attempts suicide and much to his surprise finds himself spending the day at his childhood home with his deceased mother. He is a broken man who has hit bottom, but he realizes there is still hope somewhere in the darkness of his mind. He has many regrets, and through this miraculous day with his mother, he learns how to forgive himself and gains the strength to repair his life.
Not In Kansas Anymore by Christine Wicker
NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE, DARK ARTS, SEX SPELLS, MONEY MAGIC, AND OTHER THINGS YOUR NEIGHBORS AREN'T TELLING YOU by Christine Wicker is a book I recommended last fall while I was in the midst of reading it. Now that I've completed the book and had time to digest it, I must recommend it once again.
Christine Wicker (author of the National Bestseller Lily Dale) did an amazing job of researching the magic arts. Her sense of humor makes the book easy to read, not to mention her fascinating research into everything from witchcraft to hoodoo to voodoo. She shared time with witches and vampires, werewolves and voodoo priests, and seemed to enjoy most of her experiences as strange as they may have been. At the end of the book she says, "I thought our choice was simple - to believe or not to believe in magic. But I was wrong. We have only one choice with regard to magic. To notice or not to notice. It's happening in all our lives. Why? I don't know. I only know that if you look for it, you'll find it." That truth says it all.
What Happy People Know, How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Life for the Better by Dan Baker, Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth
This book offers down-to-earth psychological information that can help us all. One of my clients shared this book with me and I haven't even finished reading it. However, I feel strongly that I should recommend it to my readers. For many years, I have discussed the difference between the energy of love and the energy of fear, and this book brings that difference to light in a very understandable manner. We are, by our very nature, creatures of fear. Early mankind had to have a hair-trigger fear response in order to survive - we had to outrun those beasts with whom we shared the Earth. This is our legacy, and we can learn to replace that fear with love.
As the book says, "Fears will keep coming up - always, always. But we can rise above them. This is our evolutionary gift - our way out of the darkness of the past, into light." So, if you are not content with your life, find new ways to approach both fear and love. Slow down your "natural" responses and replace them with more love-based responses. You will not only become happier and more content, you will become physically and mentally healthier and more balanced.
Coming To Our Senses, Healing Ourselves And The World Through Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn
There is a new book out by one of my favorite authors, Jon Kabat-Zinn. The new book is entitled Coming To Our Senses, Healing Ourselves And The World Through Mindfulness. From the jacket, "Ten years ago, Jon Kabat-Zinn changed the way we thought about awareness in everyday life with his now-classic introduction to mindfulness, Wherever You Go, There You Are. Now, with Coming To Our Senses, he provides the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness and our physical and spiritual well-being. With scientific rigor, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories, Dr. Kabat-Zinn examines the mysteries and marvels of our minds and bodies, describing simple, intuitive ways in which we can come to a deeper understanding, through our senses, of our beauty, our genius, and our life path in a complicated, fear-driven, and rapidly changing world."
I was fortunate enough to attend a day-long meditation with Dr. Kabat-Zinn several years ago, and I found him to be honest and open. His work has helped thousands of people learn how to be more mindful in their everyday lives. I suggest to you that this book will provide you much food for thought and action.
Journey to Mindfulness, An Autobiography of Bhante G. by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
This month I suggest you read Journey to Mindfulness, An Autobiography of Bhante G., written, of course, by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana. He was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka at age 12, subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and he has led meditation retreats, taught, and lectured all over the United States and the world.
Bhante G. is the author of the best-selling book, Mindfulness in Plain English, as well as Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness, and Walking the Buddha's Path. He wrote the forwards for Journey to the Center, A Meditation Workbook, and Swallowing the River Ganges, A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification. He lives in High View, West Virginia where he is president of the Bhavana Society and continues his involvement in writing and teaching. As always, please contact me and let me know your personal opinion of any of the books you read. I am always interested in your opinion, and enjoy hearing from you.
Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul by Richard Bach
As many of you know, one of my favorite books is Richard Bach's Illusions. There is a new book out entitled, Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advance Soul. On the front jacket it says, "The Lost Book From Illusions." Other than a brief Forward, this tiny book is filled with short quotes - words to live by. The instructions for using the handbook read: "Hold a question in mind, please. Now close your eyes, open the handbook at random and pick left page or right…" The words that you find will give you insight into the question you held in your thoughts.
This little book makes a perfect gift. It's simple and powerful; profound and fun. I believe if you buy the book for yourself, you'll actually be buying more to share with friends and family. It would be fun to reread Illusions before working with the handbook, but it's certainly not necessary. Just take the book home or to the office, and enjoy it.
The Thich Nhat Hanh Collection edited by Arnie Kotler
I just received The Thich Nhat Hanh Collection from One Spirit in New York. It included, "Peace Is Every Step," "Teachings On Love," and "The Stone Boy and Other Stories." Along with the purchase of this book you receive a CD entitled Thich Nhat Hanh Being Love, Teachings to Cultivate Awareness and Intimacy. As many of you know, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen master in the Vietnamese tradition, scholar, poet, and peace activist. He is the author of several bestsellers, and an amazing spiritual guide.
He discusses not only the practice of mindfulness, but offers great insights and suggestions on how to bring your complete awareness into the moment and transform your life. He helps you look deeply into yourself and your loved ones and bring more peace and nourishment into your days. If you wish to experience more fulfilling relationships, use Thich Nhat Hanh's words as your guide.
This collection is available only through the book club One Spirit.
the five people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom
I read this month's suggested book in one day. It's a little book entitled the five people you meet in heaven written by Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie. I found it fast-moving with interesting concepts of life and death. I also found it pushed more emotional buttons that I expected. Before I knew it, I was feeling so in touch with the lives of those involved, that I had tears in my eyes. It's sweet, thought-provoking, and unusually written as it jumps from era to era in a man's life.
If you loved Tuesdays with Morrie, you'll also love the five people you meet in heaven. Mitch Albom is absolutely an amazing storyteller - one who knows how to bring love, loss, and spirit into the pages of each book he writes. This is truly a love story and a well-written mystery.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
I must admit that I rarely read a novel - it's been literally years since I've picked up one to read for fun. But, so many people were asking me, "Lee, have you read The Da Vinci Code?" that I finally decided that I may just have to read it. About that time, a friend dropped his copy off at my office so that I could have it whenever I had time to delve into it.
Well, I just finished the book, and I believe, if you enjoy a puzzle, you'll enjoy this book; if you enjoy murder mysteries, you'll enjoy this book; if you find religious history compelling, you'll enjoy this book. I found myself wondering just how much of this novel was based on fact and how much was pure fiction. Check it out for yourself. It was honestly a very thought-provoking experience. If you're off on your summer vacation (or winter vacation in Australia), you may wish to try it.
The Hermit and the Well by Thich Nhat Hanh
Several months ago I suggested a new children's book, Each Breath a Smile, by Thich Nhat Hanh. This month I'd like to suggest another book by this amazing spiritual teacher which describes an actual event in his life - an event that changed a little boy's outlook. This book, entitled The Hermit and the Well, is suitable not only for children, but for adults as well. It reminds us that the most powerful tool for growth that we can nurture is mindfulness - a necessary process for us all if we choose to create a better, more content life. Being mindful of each moment and of each experience offers an abundance of energy and of awareness.
Award-winning author, Jon Muth, says, "What a joy to have Thich Nhat Hanh speaking to the children of the world. In The Hermit and the Well his ever gentle voice takes us on an exquisite and wise adventure. The message is clear and refreshing. Vo-Dinh Mai's illustrations have an authenticity of place which takes us right to the mountain top." I suggest that adults and children alike read this beautiful book.
Each Breath a Smile by Thich Nhat Hanh
Parallax Press has just introduced Plum Blossom Books, a new imprint devoted exclusively to books for children and young adults. Most of these books are based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a well-known international spiritual leader. They are suggested reading for children from age three up to teenagers, and they share the Buddhist teachings with a younger audience. I'm certain that adults will benefit from their pages as well. In fact, I would suggest that you read the books yourself before sharing them with a child of any age.
I just received a lovely little book from this series entitled, Each Breath a Smile. The story is created by Sister Susan and is based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. It is very beautifully illustrated by Nguyen Thi Hop & Nguyen Dong. Each Breath a Smile shares a very simple concept - oneness with all. It also shares exercises to help guide a child toward thinking about breath - the simple act of breathing in and breathing out while paying attention to the process. If you have little ones on your holiday gift list, this book will offer them information they can use for a lifetime.
The 11th Element: The Key to Unlocking Your Master Blueprint for Wealth and Success by Robert Scheinfeld
A friend of ours, Bob Scheinfeld, has a new book out this month entitled The 11th Element. This book is based on a secret formula that Bob's grandfather shared with him when he was 12. Bob has enhanced the system over the last 27 years, and in this book he reveals the secrets his grandfather taught him about business and life. Bob says, "No matter what you want, there's always a fastest and best way to get it. The 11th Element shows you how to find that fastest and best way, on-demand, whenever you need it. Your success is shaped by a powerful set of unseen forces that are rarely discussed. The book shows you how to tap into those forces - commonly mistaken for luck - to open an avalanche of new potential and prosperity in your life."
Please read this book and apply it to your life. Since it's newly released, we would greatly appreciate it if you could share your comments with us.
Practical Intuition, Practical Tools for Harnessing the Power of Your Instinct by Angela Martin
I found a cute little book at Barnes & Noble the other evening. It simply caught my eye. It's entitled, Practical Intuition, Practical Tools for Harnessing the Power of Your Instinct, by Angela Martin. It has a colorful cover and it is very nicely illustrated. This little book has many exercises that look like fun. These exercises focus on helping you get in touch with your intuition.
This book reminds us that intuition is a natural part of our lives, and can be an amazing guide, not only in the difficult times, but in the peaceful times as well. Enhancing your intuition will offer many rewards both personally and professionally. Have fun and try some of the exercises that are mentioned. There are several fascinating quotes in the book that I enjoy, one is written by Dr. Paul MacLean, neurophysiologist, and reads, "Intuition is what the brain knows how to do when you leave it alone." Another quote is by Albert Einstein, it reads, "The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you, and you don't know how or why." Read this little book or do whatever you must to increase your intuitive interest and abilities.
Wisdom Bowls: Overcoming Fear and Coming Home to Your Authentic Self by Eckhart Tolle
I just received an interesting book entitied, Wisdom Bowls, Overcoming Fear and Coming Home to Your Authentic Self, by Meredith Young-Sowers with an introduction by Caroline Myss - someone for whom I have great respect. I am looking forward to reading this book and learning more about what the author calls "...her journey of sacred awakening to reclaim the seven spiritual qualities of wisdom, vision, joy, love, power, intimacy, and abundance found in our energy bowls." This book contains stories from the author's own life and those of her students and clients. Meredith Young-Sowers is the author of the best-selling books Agartha: A Journey to the Stars and the Angelic Messenger Cards. She is also the Director of the Stillpoint Institute and the Stillpoint School of Advanced Energy Healing. This should be a very interesting book that offers knowledge and guidance. Please let me know what you think as we read this book together.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
This month I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest a book that I haven't finished reading yet. I have just begun reading a book entitled, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, by Eckhart Tolle. Many friends have read this book and suggested that I read it too, so I'm finally ready to do just that. Dan Millman, author of The Laws of Spirit and The Peaceful Warrior, says: "In The Power of Now, author-sage Eckhart Tolle uses words to guide readers beyond words. Pointing to the portals of the eternal present, this practical mystic's modern gospel offers transcendent truths that set us free."
Since we're reading this book together, please call, write, or email me your thoughts and your experiences after reading it. I always enjoy feedback on the books I recommend.
The Invisible Path to Success: Seven Steps to Understanding and Managing the Unseen Forces Shaping Your Life by Robert Scheinfeld
This is an outstanding, extremely helpful book which offers a refreshing new way to navigate your own spiritual path. Bob, a spiritual friend of mine, has written an easy-to-read, thought-provoking guide to contentment and success. He discusses the invisible forces that affect us all and offers common sense approaches to having those invisible forces work for you. There is a very insightful chapter on relationships that I am certain all will find invaluable. As Bob says, "We've all been so programmed, conditioned, media-blitzed, and pressured into looking at success in certain ways, and it seems we rarely take time to ask what success really means to us - as unique human beings." I highly recommend this book and suggest that you seek out that unique being inside and create the success you desire. Let "success" permeate every aspect of your life.
Feng Shui for Dummies by David Daniel Kennedy
While on vacation at the beach, I enjoyed an interesting paperback book called Feng Shui for Dummies by David Daniel Kennedy. It was an easy book to get into and one that I found quite well organized. No matter your level of interest in the ancient art of Feng Shui, this book is worth reading. You may wish to use many of the suggestions in the book, and you will certainly learn more about your home and your office environments. Things like the placement of your furniture, the type of land on which your house or apartment stands, the placement of the rooms, the color of your walls, etc., all make a difference in the general energy flow of your surroundings. This energy flow directly affects your personal energy flow, your life force. This book can help you learn new ways to make your environment friendlier and more positive as well as ways to correct imbalances. Remember that using your environment as a healthy tool for growth is always a very wise decision.
A Path With Heart, A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life by Jack Kornfield
Of Jack Kornfield's A Path With Heart, A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life, Tich Nhat Hanh says: "This important guidebook shows in detail and with great humor and insight the way to practice the Buddha's universal teachings here in the West. Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher." Jack Kornfield wrote this book and several others that will help if you are interested in bringing clarity to your spiritual path. He skillfully guides the reader through the obstacles and trials of a spiritual life using his own humorous examples. This book offers guided meditations, stories, and much helpful information we can all use. The author states: "In beginning this book I have emphasized my own personal journey, because the greatest lesson I have learned is that the universal must be wedded to the personal to be fulfilled in our spiritual life." Try one of Jack Kornfield's books and share your experience with your friends and with us.
Signs of Life,
The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them by Angeles Arrien
Anthropologist and award-winning author, Angeles Arrien has written an interesting and exciting book called Signs of Life, The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them. In this book she describes the significance of these five universal shapes (The Circle, The Equidistant Cross, The Spiral, The Triangle, and The Square). She even includes a preferential shape test for each one of us to take. The results are quite fascinating. After you place the five shapes in the order you prefer, you refer to the book for meaning. Study this meaning and you will have a better understanding of your life and your lessons. As one of my favorite artists, Susan Seddon Boulet, said: "Signs of Life reminds us that life itself is art; and that we all speak the same language and draw from the same deep place." Arrien leads you on a journey through time into a place where you can more easily understand the shared origins of humanity.
Awareness - The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello
If you're ready for an exciting challenge, read Awareness - The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony de Mello. De Mello, who died in 1987, was a Jesuit priest known throughout the world for his writings and spiritual conferences. He mixes Christian ideas, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insights in this book that focuses on personal and universal awareness. He says, "An openness to the truth, no matter what the consequences, no matter where it leads you and when you don't know where it's going to lead you. That's faith. Not belief, but faith. Your beliefs give you a lot of security, but faith is insecurity." And he comments on fear: "The person who is truly nonviolent, who is incapable of violence, is the person who is fearless." He taunts you into openness, and provides a seven-course dinner of food for thought.
The Singing Web by Mary Summer Rain
The Singing Web by internationally-renowned author Mary Summer Rain contains her interpretations of the vibrational energies of gemstones, rocks, metals, flowers, trees, animals, birds, and fish. She created this book because so many of her readers were asking for information on the various aspects of nature which had the power to affect humankind in a multitude of ways. In each section she shares the general dream symbology and the specific influencing energy characteristic for each rock, animal, tree, or flower listed. This information can shed light on subtle lessons that are active in your life. Mary Summer Rain also discusses intuition, dreams, and wisdom as they apply to our spiritual awareness and personal growth. This is a wonderful reference book that can help us learn new respect and understanding for the world surrounding us.
An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life by HH The Dalai Lama
HH The Dalai Lama has a new release entitled An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, and what better time in our lives to focus on compassion. Sharing quotes from this book is all I need to say. He says: "There is a Buddhist practice in which one imagines giving joy and the source of joy to other people, thereby removing their suffering. Though of course we cannot change their situation, I do feel that in some cases, through a genuine sense of caring and compassion, through our sharing in their plight, our attitude can help alleviate their suffering, if only mentally. However, the main point of this practice is to increase our inner strength and courage." He also says, "...It is most important that we have a warm heart. As long as we are part of human society, it is very important to be a kind, warm-hearted person." I am certain that this timely book will offer much strength and courage to us all.
Space Clearing A-Z : How to Use Feng Shui to Purify and Bless Your Home by Denise Linn
Are you interested in learning more about your ability to sense energy in your surroundings and to create a more nurturing space in which to live and work? Space Clearing A-Z How to Use Feng Shui to Purify and Bless Your Home by Denise Linn reminds you that you are part of your environment, and shows you how to create more harmonious living spaces. Ancient techniques are reemerging and many people are using rituals for purifying and uplifting their environment. We have all walked into a room and felt tension - learn ways to change that uncomfortable energy. We have all entered a room and felt a sense of peace - learn how to keep that room peaceful. Space Clearing is a mystical component of the ancient science of Feng Shui, and you can use it to generate lasting results.
The Education of Oversoul Seven by Jane Roberts
There's a wonderful book I like to reread occasionally called, The Education of Oversoul Seven by Jane Roberts. The book is out of print, but I have found it quite easy to find (Amazon.com) as a used book. If you can locate this little spiritual novel, you will be glad that you did. It offers much food for thought as it guides you on a journey of life from a much higher perspective. You are taken on a journey through time, and when you finish the book, you wish it would continue. Browse your local used book stores or try to locate it online and enjoy. If you cannot locate The Education of Oversoul Seven, find yourself an easy read for this month. With the energy changing quite rapidly, heavy reading is not advisable. If you have read an especially interesting spiritual book recently, please share the title with Spirits Evolving as we may wish to review it. Thank you.
Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss
Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss is a fascinating book that can assist you in filling in the blanks in your life. We are all born with an itinerary, albeit vague, that guides us to and through our life lessons. When there are persistent feelings of joy, of pain, of confusion that refuse to dissipate; when there are recurring life patterns; when you meet someone for the first time who feels like an old friend; when a physical ailment refuses to heal; any of these things can tell you that it is time to look at the possibility that past-life issues are surfacing. Many questions about these issues are answered in Dr. Weiss' book. No matter your belief about past lives, give this book a chance to expand your horizons. If you choose to undergo past-life exploration, please find a professional practitioner that you know you can trust.
Spirit Matters by Michael Lerner
In his book, Spirit Matters, Michael Lerner challenges us to learn how to return spiritual meaning to our contemporary lives. His visionary thinking goes beyond everyday issues and passionately guides us toward a healthier world. Dr. Andrew Weil says, "If you are concerned about your health, the health of society and of the planet, read this book. Rabbi Lerner's emancipatory spirituality is just the right medicine for many of the ills of modern life." This highly readable book is both sensitive and practical. It has the power to remind us all of things we may have forgotten, and guides us back into our center, our spiritual selves. Read this book, and allow it to be a catalyst for change in your own life. Invite in awareness, and change your world. By changing your world, you change the entire planet - we must do that one spirit at a time.
The Best Spiritual Writing 2000 edited by Philip Zaleski
If spiritual reading is your passion, you will find The Best Spiritual Writing 2000, edited by Philip Zaleski and introduced by Thomas Moore, fascinating. This recently published collection includes personal essays and poetry, all with a spiritual focus. Some of the writers are quite well-known, some are just beginning to share their words with the world. Some of the authors are: John Updike, William Gass, and Philip Levine. If short, inspirational pieces help you get through the day, put this book by the bed and read it before rising each morning. In addition to the stories and poems, it includes a list of the top one hundred spiritual books of the century that I believe you will find quite interesting. Books like Siddhartha, Black Elk Speaks, Gandhi's Autobiography, and Yeats' Collected Poems are, of course, included on the list.
You Are What You Say by Matthew Budd, M.D. and Larry Rothstein, Ed.D.
You Are What You Say by Matthew Budd, M.D. and Larry Rothstein, Ed.D. is quite a unique book in the self-help category. It describes a program that combines ancient wisdom and new insights into health and healing. Whether you are struggling with a specific disease such as high blood pressure or chronic depression, the exercises and information contained in this book can help immensely. The book describes what Dr. Budd refers to as "embodied learning" - discovering how you routinely and automatically behave in a given situation. Then, using new practices, you can learn to change your reactions and achieve a greater level of self-awareness and contentment. Have faith in your own capacity to learn and allow yourself freedom of thought and freedom of growth. Move from a passive observer of your own life to a truly active participant.
The Healer of Harrow Point by Peter Walpole
This month's book is more than a simple "Suggested Reading" book. The Healer of Harrow Point is a wonderful little book written by Peter Walpole. Everyone must read this book, and it receives my highest recommendation. The Healer of Harrow Point shines with a beautiful spiritual light as its pages revolve around the story of a young boy named Thomas and his encounter with a mysterious, wise woman named Emma. Emma, who communicates with the animals and shares her healing abilities with Thomas, teaches him about life, death, friendship, love, and compassion in this exceptional coming-of-age story. This is one book that you will wish to read, reread, and share with everyone you know. Many gentle spiritual lessons shine through the cover of this special little book.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a book based on ancient Toltec wisdom. Thousands of years ago in Southern Mexico, the Toltec were scientists and artists known as women and men of knowledge who formed a society to explore and conserve spiritual knowledge and practices of the ancient ones. After a detour to become a surgeon (and to have a near-death experience), Don Miguel Ruiz returned to his roots and devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient wisdom. This book offers many opportunities for personal insight, and it can be used to help us embrace our spiritual selves and live a more graceful life. Read this book and make a new Agreement with yourself for a more balanced, enjoyable existence.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Change happens. A wonderful little book called Who Moved My Cheese? not only is fun to read, it helps you learn how to anticipate, monitor, adapt to, and enjoy change. The book's author, Spencer Johnson, M.D., gave a wonderful talk at the University of Virginia Medical School graduation this year where he encouraged the entire audience to participate in several creative visualizations. It is not surprising that his book has found its way to the top of the Best-Seller List. It's a quick, easy read that offers common-sense alternatives to boredom and misery. Life will change (they keep moving the cheese), but you can learn to enjoy the change and live a fulfilling life. So remember, as Dr. Johnson says, "The quicker you let go of the old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy the new cheese." Change your life for the better today.
How to Know God, The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries by Deepak Chopra
Dr. Deepak Chopra has written another book entitled How to Know God, The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries in which he continues to connect our spiritual body with our physical existence. Chopra writes, "God is our highest instinct to know ourselves." According to Dr. Chopra, the human nervous system has seven biological responses that correspond to seven levels of divine experience. These are shaped by not one religion (they are shared by all) but by the brain's need to take a chaotic universe and find meaning in it. This book is a blend of philosophy and science applied to the most fascinating of subjects. I believe you will find it an exciting and helpful read.
BREATHING, The Master Key to Self Healing by Dr. Andrew Weil
All of the books authored by Dr. Weil are powerful tools for good health. However, in lieu of reading, I suggest you listen to a two-cassette set of audio tapes entitled BREATHING, The Master Key to Self Healing by Dr. Weil. These two tapes offer a complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Weil has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. In easy-to-follow language, he explains the secrets of breathwork's power over your health. Learning to breathe correctly will help you unlock your body's own healing systems, and give you the most affordable health benefit available to you. It is, literally, right under your nose.
One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla Vanzant, an award-winning and bestselling author, is an empowerment specialist, Spiritual Life Counselor, and ordained minister, and I suggest you read (and use) her book entitled One Day My Soul Just Opened Up. She opens up her own soul, shares her darkest experiences and feelings, and then shows you how she has learned to tap into her own strengths. Using her techniques in your own life will enable you to build a healthy base for personal growth and release many burdens thrust upon you by others. She reminds you to always be truthful, set your boundaries, discipline your mind and your body, and put order back into your life. She says, "In the quest for spiritual strength you must order your mind, your body, and all of your affairs."
Illusions by Richard Bach
This little book is filled with intuitive inspiration, simple truths, and dreamy consciousness. It is fun to read and can be read over and over again with new insights surfacing. This mystical adventure is my favorite book of all time and truly can change your life. It is a must read for each and every person seeking inner peace and increased spiritual awareness. One of my favorite quotes from Illusions is, "Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends."
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams by Deepak Chopra
This book is filled with practical guidance that will assist you in understanding how you can learn to live in harmony with natural law and develop a sense of well-being, good health, fulfilling relationships, a more successful career, and increased energy and enthusiasm for life. Dr. Chopra has many other books that offer guidance as well - I recommend any and all of them.
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
A Book That Changes Lives. In this impressive book, Dan Millman shares his triumphs and his defeats both in the athletic world and the spiritual one. He shares his teachers and his lessons in a loving, joyful way and gives his readers a new opportunity to understand the world in which we live. Read this book or any of the others Dan has authored, and it is assured that you will learn much about yourself.
Conversations with God - Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
Life's challenges and opportunities are presented in a clear and easy to understand dialogue between the author and God. Throughout, Mr. Walsch explains that his conversations with God were, of course, extraordinary experiences filled with truth and humor. This is a very easy to read, fascinating book that provokes much thought and self-examination, and addresses many of the questions we have all asked about life and love, purpose and function, good and evil, guilt and sin, and forgiveness and redemption.
Time Shifting: Creating More Time to Enjoy Your Life by Stephan Rechtschaffen
In this book, Dr. Rechtschaffen teaches us that we can regain control of our lives by changing the way we think about time and setting healthy priorities. He assures us that we can find time to relax and become masters of our own destiny. This book offers a common sense approach to survival in today's world.
Morning Has Been All Night Coming by John Harricharan
When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat by John Harricharan
Morning Has Been All Night Coming and When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat by John Harricharan are two truly inspirational books. They are so absorbing that they are difficult to put down - you want to read the entire book in just one sitting. John's mystical words open many spiritual doors, and encourage not only increased self-awareness, but a more joyful outlook on life. His books are delightful and profound - you travel with him through magical realms of joy and then deep into his personal pain as he revisits his wife's death and faces the loving task of raising two children. He shares with love and honesty and, as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross said about Morning Has Been All Night Coming, "Filled with many gems of wisdom...a special experience..."
Saved by the Light: The True Story of a Man Who Died Twice and the Profound Revelations He Received by Dannion Brinkley, Paul Perry (Contributor)
Saved By The Light offers a unique, personal explanation of near-death experiences. Dannion had two NDE's (has had a third now) before writing this book, and he used knowledge gained through those events to shape his spiritual message. Dannion believes that every person deserves a loving presence when approaching death, and that no one need die alone. He is an active hospice worker and has organized Compassion In Action (CIA) to recruit and train hospice workers he calls The Twilight Brigade. If you would like further information please contact CIA at (310) 473-1951 or visit their website www.TwilightBrigade.com
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD
It is the Dalai Lama's belief that we are meant to enjoy our lives, to feel happiness and contentment. He is a living example of how to live in unconditional love and forgiveness. In this book, Dr. Cutler has woven in material from personal conversations, public talks, and general realizations about the life of His Holiness.