Elevated Existence April 2017 Spiritual/Self-Help Book Picks

Each month, a ton of new spiritual and self-help books hit the market. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or miss out on some new releases.

We created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help our readers narrow down their search, and make sure they don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for April 2017. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.


“Don’t Settle for Safe: Embracing the Uncomfortable to Become Unstoppable,” by Sara Jakes Roberts
The daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, and popular speaker and author Sarah Jakes Roberts, who knows what it feels like to be buried by failure and pain. She was pregnant at 12, married by 19 and divorced by 22. But she eventually came to a fork in the road, and is now sharing the life lessons she learned along the way. Topics include allowing the past to empower the present; choosing to step forward while still being afraid; facing struggles surrounded by community; finding intimacy with God outside preconceived notions of what it has to look like; and learning to focus on others.

“Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety, Fear & Worry,” by Jennifer Shannon, LMFT
Psychotherapist Jennifer Shannon shows readers how to stop anxious thoughts from taking over by using proven and effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques. She includes exercises to identify anxious thoughts, question them and uncover the core fears at play.


“The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People,” by Judith Orloff
Are you someone who feels the emotions of others? Maybe even the energy and physical symptoms of others in your body? In her new book, Judith Orloff shares how to nurture our empathy and develop coping skills in today’s high stimulus world, while fully embracing intuition, creativity and spiritual connection. It includes exercises to identify your empath type, told for protecting yourself from sensory overload, exhaustion, addictions and more; how to navigate intimate relationships; guidance for parenting and raising empathic children; awakening the empath’s gift of intuition and more.

“The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi,” by Arun Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Arun recounts the 10 vital and extraordinary life lessons he learned from his grandfather. At 12 years old, his parents dropped him off at his grandfather’s famous ashram, Sevagram, and he lived there for two years under his wing until Gandhi’s assassination. Each chapter contains a lesson and takes you along Arun’s journey as he learns to overcome his own struggle to express his emotions and harness the power of anger to bring about good.

“Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs are Necessary, When Alternatives are Better — and When to Let Your Body Heal on its Own,” by Andrew Weil, MD
Bestselling author Dr. Andrew Weil explains the problem of overmedication, and he outlines when medicine in necessary and when its not. He examines how we came to be so drastically over medicated, and offers the science that proves drugs are not always the best option. He also provided reliable integrative medicine approaches to treating common ailments, including high blood pressure, allergies, depression and even the common cold.


“The Science of Money: How to Increase Your Income and Become Wealthy,” by Brian Tracy
With the goal of ending confusion about money and presenting a comprehensive program to reveal the truth about money, bestselling author Brian Tracy shares how to apply the Laws of Money to life an business to achieve financial success. He also challenges the Myths of Money that claim to be true, but have been tested and disproven, or never proven at all.


“25 Days: A Proven Program to Rewire Your Brain, Stop Weight Gain, and Finally Crush the Habits You Hate Forever,” by Drew Logan
Celebrity trainer and cast member of NBC’s Strong, Drew Logan shares how to rewire your neurological patters and break the habits that prevent us from losing weight and living a healthy life. After dying three times in three hours, and becoming the world’s only known medical case to survive three sudden cardiac arrests, he lost his short-term memory and could no longer follow the complicated diet and fitness regimens he used on himself and clients. He decided to create something simple and discovered it was even more effective than his regime in the past. In this new book, he outlines his approach to rewire neurological patterning so the brain’s neural pathways, biochemistry and hormones work together effectively. Readers will learn how to adjust their diet and retrain their brain for peak shape.

“Your Life in Color: Empowering Your Soul with the Energy of Color,” by Dougall Fraser
Based on his years of experience as an internationally renowned psychic and cosmic life coach, Dougall Fraser shares his method of utilizing color, which he sees emanating from people’s souls. Each color has qualities that you can consciously draw strength and purpose from to achieve your goals. He explores each colors spiritual and practical qualities, along with exercises to use each color’s maximum benefit.


“Your Power to Heal: Resolving Psychological Barriers to Your Physical Health,” by Henry Grayson PhD
Psychotherapist Dr. Henry Grayson outlines the tools and insights needed for self-healing, including the research revealing our untapped capacity for self-healing and simple tips to nip any symptoms in the bud as they start. It includes self-assessment questionnaires to help you locate and change subconscious beliefs and disturbances, and instructions on the Emotional Freedom Technique for resolving trauma and restoring vitality. He also exp
lains how to us Thought Field Therapy to clear blockages in your body’s energy system impeding health and why therapy, diets and exercise often fail — and how to make them succeed.

Lessons from Heaven

The story of Anita Moorjani’s near-death experience as told in her bestselling book “Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death to True Healing,” touched the hearts of so many people around the world because she shared not only her extraordinary healing upon returning to her body, but also the lessons and truths she gathered in her brief time in the afterlife.

Specifically, Moorjani spoke about the unconditional love she felt for herself and others, and how she realized the cause of many issues in her life, including cancer, was her own lack of self-love. Her story reinforced many spiritual beliefs, such as we don’t die; the soul lives on forever; and the most important thing in this physical life is love.

In her newest book, “What If This Is Heaven: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth,” she takes on the biggest myths holding us back from being our authentic selves, and one that jumped out for me was “You Get What You Deserve.”

Moorjani pointed out during our interview for the September 2016 Issue cover story of Elevated Existence Magazine, that despite what many organized religions teach, we are not judged on the other side. We can see how our actions affected the people in our lives, but there is no harsh judgment — only love. More importantly, we don’t feel the need to judge others, even those who may have wronged us during our physical life.

“In the other realm where I shed my body, I was in a state of total clarity, total empathy and total unconditional love,” she says in the September 2016 Issue cover story. “When you are in that state you feel for everybody — even those who have hurt you — with unconditional love. Empathy means understanding where they were, understanding why they did what they did and knowing that they could not have done any differently from where they were standing.”

Layout 1She believes every single person, no matter what they do, has a story behind them, which made them react the way they did. However, while living here in this physical world, we don’t see other people’s stories, and we don’t know or understand what drives them to do what they do. In the other realm, we can see it all with extreme clarity, and have what she calls “360-degree vision.”

“All is known. All is transparent. You know the story behind what took them to the point of doing what they are doing — even the person holding the shotgun or the terrorist,” she explains. “When you know that story, you realize there is nothing to forgive.”

Imagine if we lived our lives from this vantage point while still in our physical bodies — and this is only one of the myths she takes on in the book!

We are all here as spiritual beings having a human experience, but it IS possible to harness our authentic selves and bring a little piece of heaven into our everyday lives. As Moorjani says in the September 2016 issue:

“It’s not about going out and changing the world. It’s about becoming what we want to see in the world.”

My Message From a Starbucks Fly

If you are familiar with me and my work, you know I believe we are given constant signs and synchronicities from the Universe to help us on our path — whether navigating us where to go next, assuring us we are on the right path or waking us up to something we might not have noticed or realized.

Well, my latest sign came courtesy of a fly at Starbucks!

I was sitting in a local Starbucks with the intent of working for a few hours without any distractions, and as soon as I sat down, I noticed a fly buzzing around the chair.

Now, this Starbucks was pretty big, and I was all the way in the back of the store, sitting in a nice brown leather chair with a table right next to hold my unsweetened, iced passion tea. I assumed since the place was pretty spacious the fly would eventually be on its way to another section (and another person).

I was wrong.

This fly was apparently in love with me because he never left my side. He crawled on the table next to me (I think he was even staring at me at one point) and he buzzed about in front of me, behind me and around me. He never truly got in my way, but he was there and kept grabbing my attention.

At one point I even texted my boyfriend: “I’m being harassed by a fly. Just thought I would share…”

Over two hours passed and this fly was still hanging out with me. Then it hit me! This fly has an entire Starbucks to roam about and he is sticking with me. There must be a reason.

I looked up the metaphysical meaning of a fly, and this is what I found:

“Your persistence in reaching your goals will bare fruit sooner than later. Even if that means annoying others or being selfish for a while — you do have the ability to accomplish your goals.”

I got the chills because here I was at Starbucks trying to minimize distraction so I could get work done and move toward my goals. Not only that, but I spent the last few weeks writing down my goals, breaking them down into projects and prioritizing daily tasks to get them all done (thank you J.B. Glossinger and your “Sacred Six Method”}. I have also been feeling guilty because I have work to do and can’t take off every time loved ones have off from work.

This fly reinforced exactly what I need to hear.

And the best part . . . as soon as I looked up the meaning online and got the message, after hanging with me for hours, the fly immediately flew away and never came back.

Message received little fly, and thank you for your help.

I wanted to share this story to show you an example of how the universe is always communicating with us, and sometimes even the things we find annoying or negative hold messages for us.

Keep your eyes open, my friends, and don’t discount anything — even a little fly.

tammyTammy Mastroberte is a three-time, award-winning writer, founder of Elevated Existence, and publisher and editorial director of the multi-award-winning Elevated Existence Magazine. She started the new age, spiritual and self-improvement company at age 30 – eight years after the sudden death of her mother from a brain aneurysm only three days after Christmas in 1999. This tragedy led her down a synchronistic path to discover her purpose and the meaning behind many of the events in her life – including her mother’s death. She now shares her guidance, and the wisdom of today’s top authors and spiritual celebrities through Elevated Existence. Follow her on FacebookTwitter: @ElevatedTammy on Instagram: elevatedtammy

The Soul Lives On

My mother passed away suddenly in 1999, and since then, I continually find comfort and peace from the signs she sends, letting me know she is still around me. Whether it’s in dreams, songs on the radio or advice she offers through a medium, my mother has proven to me time and again how the human body dies, but the soul lives on.

When Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away on August 20, 2015, millions mourned his loss. He touched the lives of so many, and I was lucky enough to interview him in 2011 when Elevated Existence presented him with its annual Spiritual Service Award. He lived what he taught, and left behind teachings that will continue to help and inspire millions for generations to come.

Although Wayne Dyer may have left his physical body, he is not done teaching others. In the June 2016 Issue, I interviewed two of his daughters, Serena and Saje Dyer, and fellow Hay House author and psychic medium Karen Noe, to reveal messages — both personal to his family and universal — he has shared since his passing.

“My relationship with my dad didn’t end on August 30, it just changed, and I can communicate with him in a different way. I can feel him in a different way, and I’m just choosing to see it as a beautiful thing and not an end,” Saje Dyer shares in the June 2016 cover story.

Layout 1Not only has Wayne Dyer sent a number of signs to his family since his passing, letting them know he is still around, but through Noe, many of his family members have received personal and touching messages — some which they share in this issue. He was most excited to share how he discovered the work he did while on Earth was the right path for him, and he confirmed much of what he taught on the other side.

“He said it was really all about love, and coming from a place of love. It’s all that matters,” Serena Dyer says. “You take with you the love, and he tried to teach that and get people to experience that. He felt happy to know that was right, and shared he is doing even more work now.”

One of the most important messages Dyer asked his family and Noe to communicate on his behalf was that he now has the ability to be present for whoever needs him at a moment’s notice. He is only a thought away.

“One thing he really wanted us to communicate on his behalf is you just have to have a thought of him and he will be there,” Serena shares. “And you don’t have to be his child or his wife or a family member to have that. He could be there for anybody now, and he wanted that to be known. He brought it up multiple times. He wants people to know he is there for them.”

I hope you find comfort in the messages and teachings Dyer and his family share in the June 2016 issue. And know that all our loved ones on the other side remain with us, and we all have the ability to open ourselves up to the signs they send letting us know.

What You Listen to Matters

The power of sound continues to astonish me. What we listen to can have an effect on our heart, blood pressure, blood flow, stress levels and our brain.

Did you know the Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music?

In ancient Greece, music was used to promote sleep, lower stress levels and ease pain. And Native Americans used both singing and changing in healing rituals. Scientific studies continue to discover the amazing benefits of the sounds we listen to and the effects on the body, specifically for healing.

In one study from Hong Kong, older volunteers who listened to relaxing music for 25 minutes a day for four weeks lowered their systolic pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) by 12 points and their diastolic pressure (the bottom number) by 5 points, while a control group that didn’t listen to music had no change in blood pressure, according to the Harvard Medical Review.

And that is just one example.

So my question to you is, what are you listening to during the day and to unwind at night? Is it relaxing and energizing you at the right times? Is it healing or hurting you?

I have been thinking more about this lately on my own healing journey, and so I decided to share with you some of my favorites to help you on your own path!

Focus & Concentration

mozart-volume-1“Music for the Mozart Effect Volume 1: Strengthen the Mind” by Don Campbell
I discovered “The Mozart Effect” music years ago and have listened to it ever since. Created by author Don Campbell, who wrote the books on how music is medicine for the mind, body and soul, including “The Mozart Effect” and “The Mozart Effect for Children,” his CDs are filled with music from Mozart to target a desired effect on the body and mind. This one is used for intelligence and learning, and is great for studying, learning, reading or on your way to work. I often listen to this during the day while I am working, and find I can concentrate better and get more done!


grace-and-gratitude-front“Grace and Gratitude,” by Olivia Newton-John
Ever since I interviewed her for Elevated Existence’s September 2009 cover story, I have had this CD on my playlist and I listen to it often and love it. It’s filled with spiritually focused and inspiring songs Newton-John wrote after her battle with cancer in order to help other people heal. It includes 10 songs featuring universally spiritual lyrics, alternating with 10 instrumental selections that relate to the different chakras and emotions in the body.

Songs include “Pearls on a Chain,” where she sings, “And if you look in my eyes, you will see we are souls alike, we are pearls on a chain,” and “Let Go, Let God,” with lyrics like “Let the signs remind you, we are passengers. Let the signs remind you to surrender.”

mozart-volume-2“Music for the Mozart Effect Volume 2: Heal the Body” by Don Campbell
Another great one by Don Campbell, and this one is specifically for healing the body. It can be listened to any time of day, and is especially relaxing to unwind at night. Be sure to look at all The Mozart Effect music because there are other volumes, and even those specifically for children!

snatam-kaur“The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing” by Snatam Kaur
This is another one I will listen to in the background during the day. Snatam Kaur’s voice is beautiful and soothing, and known by those who practice Kundalini yoga. It can be listened to during meditation and yoga as well. Kaur has a number of albums but this is a great collection for healing.

soul-of-healing“The Soul of Healing Affirmation: A to Z Guide to Reprogramming the Soul,” by Deepak Chopra and Adam Plack
Set to soothing music, listen to Deepak Chopra as he repeats 26 affirmations (on topics from A to Z) to engage the body, mind and spirit toward balance, healing and rejuvenation. From A for Acceptance to Z for Zero. I love listening to this during the day while I’m working because I feel like I’m feeding my mind and soul and programming myself with positive affirmations at the same time.

Relax & Unwind

relax-destress-weil“Relax & Destress: Dr. Andrew Weil’s Music for Self-Healing,” by Dr. Andrew Weil and Joshua Leeds
This collection of classical music was scientifically selected and performed to reduce physical tension, calm anxiety and create inner calm. This is perfect for nighttime, but I also listen during the day (even while I work) when I find myself stressed out.

very-best-enya“The Very Best of Enya” by Enya
I adore all of Enya’s music and find it very relaxing. This one is a collection of 19 songs and there are so many of my favorites on it. Her voice literally soothes the soul in my opinion. P.S. she has a new album coming out November 27, 2015 called Dark Sky Island, so be on the lookout for that!

I hope you will try some of these selections, and let me know what you think in the comments below. And if you have any that you listen to and would like to share, comment on that below too because I’m always looking for new music!

tammyTammy Mastroberte is a three-time, award-winning writer, founder of Elevated Existence, and publisher and editorial director of the multi-award-winning Elevated Existence Magazine. She started the new age, spiritual and self-improvement publication at age 30 – eight years after the sudden death of her mother from a brain aneurysm only three days after Christmas in 1999. This tragedy led her down a synchronistic path to discover her purpose and the meaning behind many of the events in her life – including her mother’s death. She now shares her guidance, and the wisdom of today’s top authors and spiritual celebrities through Elevated Existence. Follow her on FacebookTwitter: @ElevatedTammy on Instagram: elevatedtammy.

Non-Toxic Living & Natural Healing

Editor’s Advice: Taking Control of Our Health

Over the past six months, I’ve been focused on detoxing my life. I completed an 8-week

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class; tossed all my old skincare and make-up products full of toxic ingredients and chemicals; replaced all my cleaning products with healthier options; and completely changed my diet toward healing and organic foods. I’ve even been clearing clutter and re-organizing my home and office.

And it all started with a health issue. I have been suffering from allergies since I was 5 years old. In fact, I couldn’t even drink dairy-based formula when I was a baby. At 37 years old, and thanks to the Universe and a number of synchronicities, I finally figured out my problem, and then went to a doctor to get it confirmed.

I have a mast cell activation disorder. This causes me to have “allergic” reactions to certain foods (especially those high in histamine), certain chemicals, and even stress. Yes, you read that correct. I said stress. Under stress, my body will pour out the same chemicals as someone having an allergic reaction to food or pollen. We all have these cells, but mine activate more easily than they should. I’ll be talking and writing more about it soon, but needless to say, this past year has been all about detoxing my mind, body and spirit. And I’ve never felt better.

So it was no surprise when the Universe presented me with an opportunity to interview Emmy-nominated actress and health advocate Fran Drescher for the cover story of the September 2015 Issue of Elevated Existence Magazine. As the founder of Cancer Schmancer, an organization dedicated to prevention and early diagnosis of cancer, and a survivor of uterine cancer, Drescher and Cancer Schmancer teach the importance of detoxing the home, including the products we use on ourselves, eating non-GMO and organic foods, and nourishing our minds with mindfulness and meditation. And she lives what she teaches. In fact, the Cancer Schmancer programs grew from Drescher’s own experiences, and what started out as a focus on early detection, quickly evolved to include prevention.

“Over 95 percent of most illness, including cancer, is environmentally stimulated,” Drescher says in the September 2015 Issue. “We could effectively reduce our risk of getting cancer and a lot of other things, including asthma, autoimmune problems, migraines, the list goes on and on, if we change what we are using in our environment.”

In order to help you on your own detox journey, the September 2015 issue also features a Food as Medicine column focused on how toxins in our food may be sabotaging our weight loss, and a Healing Corner column full of tips on how to detox the body. It even has an article with organizing expert Meryl Starr to help us clear the negative energy of clutter.

It’s time for us to take control of our health, whether that’s dialing down the stress, changing our diet, dumping toxic products or starting an exercise routine. Start small. Start now. I hope the September 2015 Issue will inspire and help you on your way.

Tammy_Mastroberte_headshotTammy Mastroberte is a three-time, award-winning writer, founder of Elevated Existence, and publisher and editorial director of the multi-award-winning Elevated Existence Magazine. She started the new age, spiritual and self-improvement publication at age 30 – eight years after the sudden death of her mother from a brain aneurysm only three days after Christmas in 1999. This tragedy led her down a synchronistic path to discover her purpose and the meaning behind many of the events in her life – including her mother’s death. She now shares her guidance, and the wisdom of today’s top authors and spiritual celebrities through Elevated Existence Magazine. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter: @ElevatedTammy on Instagram: elevatedtammy. For more information, visit www.tammymastroberte.com