Three Spiritual Books I Love
Like all of you on this platform, I’m a reader.
I do not need articles about how to adjust my routine so that I can read more. If anything, I need articles about how to read less! The only person I am in awe of regarding his voluminous consumption of books is Ryan Holiday.
I have to cull my collection of print books consistently. There are some that I have held onto for 20+ years and many that I have passed on to find new owners. At some point, I took a look at my collection and saw a theme that runs back to my early 20s — my most cherished and beloved books are spiritual in nature.
The books that are not directly spiritual in nature are nevertheless related. For example, I have neuroscience books from college. I was a student at Georgetown University, and I LOVED to go into the bookstore. I know that I was not supposed to buy books that were not for the classes I was registered for, but sometimes I couldn’t help myself. The books were just so TEMPTING!
So, occasionally I would purchase medical student books about the brain. This was long before anyone talked about neural pathways and neuroplasticity — at least these topics were not mainstream like they are now. But that was exactly why I was interested in these books. I wanted to know what was going on in my brain, how thoughts formed, and how hormones affected thoughts.
I remember forming a little bit of a “groupie” thing for NYU neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux. In 2003, LeDoux published a book I remember purchasing at Barnes and Noble called Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are. At the time, I struggled with anxiety, and I was interested in LeDoux’s research about survival circuitry and fear patterns in the brain.
I was searching.
But it really began before that. In 1996, I read James Redfield’s book The Celestine Prophecy. I was a club kid in the 90s, and, interestingly, a lot of us that partied read this book. I think it was because we already knew that the physical body wasn’t the whole story — some of us had had encounters with the great beyond.
I can’t say if Redfield’s book really kicked it off, but looking through my personal library, one can see a progression and expansion. Like a tree, my interests all have branches, but they are connected to one main trunk — my love of all things spiritual.
So, without further ado, below are three spiritual books I love that have helped me on my journey. Perhaps they will help you with yours!
Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss
Some years ago, I decided it was time to get into therapy to try and figure out what was going on in my life. Coinciding with the timing of my first appointment, I read the book Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing. I remember reading about the archetypes that Myss discusses and figuring out what “inner players” were most active in my life at that time. I took the book with me to my first appointment, and I talked about which aspects of my personality I thought were very active at that time. It was a profound session, and I felt the sacredness of the work being done within my body. To expand awareness to a level of understanding that there are multiple aspects of self driving our behaviors is a breakthrough. While this type of self-exploration is much more commonplace these days, at that time, it was not nearly so common. This book was a great tool for me, and even though Myss wrote it in 1996, I think it stands the test of time.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
I read The Power of Now after I was well into my awakening journey. Early on, I had not been that interested in Tolle’s work. I think I had some false idea that he was “too mainstream” for my taste. But when I went through a challenging time, a time that could easily be called a dark night of the soul, I needed some new tools. At the time I was struggling with financial difficulty, and my self-esteem had taken a hit. I checked out a copy of the book from the public library and was blown away. It was not so much Tolle’s words that resonated — though they did — it was the vibration I could feel coming off the pages. His work is steeped in presence; his words are POWERFUL. I could literally feel the truth emanating from the pages. Millions have read this book, and I expect it to stay popular because it is the real deal.
As a side note, there is a fascinating discussion in the book about the energetic happenings behind the female menstrual cycle. I had wondered about this particular topic for a very long time, and when I read what Tolle had to say, it was very helpful. It has since made me more conscious of this physical process and how to work with the energy more effectively.
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
I have so many books written by Ted Andrews! Of any spiritual writer, Andrews is my favorite. He is a bit like an undiscovered Joseph Campbell if you take away some writing polish and add a big dash of mystic. He wrote books about nature, animals, color healing, numerology, mystical dance, sound healing, and many other spiritual topics. I think that Animal Speak was the first book of his that I ever read, and it really helped me deepen my experience of and connect to nature. I loved seeing animals outside and then coming in to read about their spiritual meanings and messages. I began learning how to interact with animals as equal beings — rather than assuming human dominion over them.
I began to see animals as my kin.
Andrews taught that we ARE nature, saying “when we fail to reverence any aspect of nature and our intimate connection to it, we are failing to reverence intimate aspects of our own self.” His work opened me up to the magic all around me that had for too long gone unnoticed. His lens was undeniably mystical, magical, and child-like. And I am so thankful that he helped to awaken these aspects within me too.
I have read hundreds of books. There are so many others that have helped me in amazing ways. There are just a few that I want to include as honorable mentions:
- Spirited: Connect to the Guides All Around You by Rebecca Rosen
- Raise Your Vibration by Sabrina Reber
- Oneness by Rasha
- Nature Speak by Ted Andrews
- Note: there is an introductory book about animal communication that I feel needs to be added to this list. I checked it out years ago from the public library and cannot recall the title or author. If this feels like “your thing” please save this post and check back. It may take me some time to find it, but I will post it for you!
Thank you for reading!
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