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April 2022 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!





“Embrace Your Almost: Find Clarity and Contentment in the In-Betweens, Not-Quites, and Unknowns,” by Jordan Lee Dooley
You that place between where you started to work towards something and actually achieving it? The middle part of it all? That is often the hardest part of creating a life you desire, especially with ups and downs that come along with it. But as hard as unexpected interruptions, uncertainty, and in-between seasons may be, they can also offer a unique invitation to align your dreams and goals with what matters most.

In this new book, you will discover practical steps to move forward when your plans don’t go according to plan; how to clarify which goals are right for you to pursue; what to do when dreams seem to come true for everyone but you; the unexpected gains that can arise from unwanted pain; and how to know when it’s time to let go of a dream—and what to do with the space left behind.



“Here & Hereafter: How Wisdom from the Departed Can Transform Your Life Now,” by Tyler Henry
From Tyler Henry, celebrated medium, comes the ultimate self-help guide detailing the insights the departed have communicated about how to live our best, most meaningful lives.

Do you want to live more meaningfully, and in turn fulfill your life’s potential? Do you want to have the capability to transform your life and make it infinitely better, by paying attention to what those who have lived and died have come to understand about the meaning of life itself?

Medium Tyler Henry shares life lessons he’s learned from conversations with spirits on the other side in his new book, and explains that by listening and learning from the departed, following their guidance, and paying attention to what they might have done differently, we can get more fulfillment and purpose from our own lives. The book can help shed light on the most powerful understandings Tyler has gained from modern day mediumship, and explain how those understandings can lead us to live a more meaningful life.



“Master Your Mind, Master Your Life: 12 Steps to Master Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction, Anger, Trauma and Fear,” by Aubrey Marcus
In this follow-up to his bestseller “Own the Day, Own Your Life,” Aubrey Marcus turns his attention from optimizing our physiology, to optimizing our mindset, taking you on a journey of 12 universal steps to overcome pathology and create a life of meaning, balance, and high performance.

How do we transition from an action oriented, practical mindset, into the heart-centered presence of spirit? How do we synthesize and bring harmony between the thinking mind and the knowing mind? This book provides both practical and philosophical answers to help you overcome your mental resistance. To achieve your goals and create more unity with yourself, you must learn to recognize and accept how the story you tell yourself holds you back.

It’s a spiritual guide, a collection of stories, and a trusted step-by-step program to help master your thoughts and navigate any situation. Marcus takes readers through a hero’s journey of emotional and spiritual awakening, backed by the latest science. Each chapter ends with a section called “Into the Dojo,” in which he offers two different prescriptive treatments. The first option is universally accessible. The second option is a more advanced method, which includes an exploration of the great transformative practices and medicines of the world.

Marcus shows you how to fight the programming that keeps you trapped from optimizing your life, teaches you to train your ego, recognize resistance, form a community of allies, face your inner critic, and confront your traumas all to unite your mind, body, and spirit.



Medium Mentor: 10 Powerful Techniques to Awaken Divine Guidance for Yourself and Others,” by MaryAnn DiMarco
Written by an experienced psychic medium and teacher, Medium Mentor will guide you to connect more deeply to your soul’s innate abilities and employ them to enhance your everyday life and serve others. Through true stories and expert tips, she shares about developing psychic gifts and working with souls on the Other Side, as well as how to interpret the powerful energy you experience and establish boundaries.




“The Power of the Downstate: Recharge Your Life Using Your Body’s Own Restorative Systems,” by Sara C. Mednick
While most of us find our lives full of “Upstate” moments that rev up our stress engines, it doesn’t have to be this way. World-renowned sleep researcher Sara C. Mednick, PhD, shows us how we can access the most replenishing and repairing aspects of sleep through activities and moments that happen during our day by diving into our “Downstate.” Dr. Mednick shows that bringing ourselves back to the Downstate is critical for our health, well-being, and cognitive longevity.

Drawing on her original findings — and those of others across many fields of medicine — Dr. Mednick creates a comprehensive picture of the Upstate/Downstate rhythms that orchestrate all of our bodies’ vital systems, along with a novel theory that aging is caused by spending less and less time in Downstate activities. The Power of the Downstate offers practical, evidence-based insight into how we can all enable those systems to work together in better harmony.

In this book, you will uncover how our bodies and minds are guided by a natural Upstate/Downstate rhythm — and how our modern lifestyles disrupt these rhythms to our detriment, as well as how our vital organs and systems benefit from spending more time in the Downstate — which decreases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, chronic illness and early death

It also shares how we can activate the Downstate through rethinking how to breathe, eat, sleep and exercise, and a practical four-week Downstate RecoveryPlus Plan. It will assist in being more alert, productive and cognitively sharp during the day, feel greater intimacy and affection, and enjoy consolidated, restorative sleep at night — not to mention expand your years of mental and physical vitality.



“Return to You: 11 Spiritual Lessons for Unshakable Inner Peace,” by Shannon Kaiser
What would your life look and feel like if you had unshakable inner peace? In her newest book, Shannon Kaiser shares her 11 spiritual lessons for finding unshakable inner peace ― a complete guide to her most effective strategies for tapping your innate wisdom and stepping into your true power. As someone who was diagnosed with clinical depression and anxiety for years, Shannon knows it’s possible to live differently and with more faith, trust and peace in daily life.

In this book, she shares the lessons she used to remain grounded during one of the most disruptive times we’ve faced as a culture including how to gracefully navigate change and embrace reinvention, and how if you don’t go within, you go without. You will also learn to understand your emotions and how those emotions can guide you to personal breakthroughs and working with your own intuition.

By using the lessons laid out in this book, you will come back into alignment with who you really are, and let go of everything that does not serve you―whether it is added body weight, self-sabotaging patterns or addictions, toxic relationships, drama-filled days, or anxious tendencies.



“Sacred Medicine: A Doctor’s Quest to Unravel the Mysteries of Healing,” by Lissa Rankin
In 2007, Lissa Rankin left a promising career in medicine to tend to her own health and well-being. Her search to discover why people really get sick and what truly optimizes health outcomes launched a bestselling book, two television specials, and a revolution in the way we look at mind-body medicine. But so many questions remained for this doctor and skeptic. Fo example, how is it that some people do everything right and stay sick, while others seem to do nothing extraordinary yet fully recover? How does faith healing work—or does it? What’s behind the phenomenon of spontaneous remission—and is this something we can influence? Can we make ourselves miracle-prone?

She embarked on a decade-long journey to explore these questions and more, and the result is her new book, “Sacred Medicine,” which is both a seeker’s travelogue and a discerning guide to the sometimes-perilous paths available to patients when wellness fads, lifestyle changes, and doctors have failed them.

In this book, you will follow Dr. Rankin around the world to meet healers gifted and flawed, go on pilgrimage to sacred sites, investigate the science of healing, and learn how to stay safe when seeking a healer. You’ll receive the wisdom offered by Indigenous cultures for whom healing begins with our sacred connection to Mother Earth, and dive deep into the cutting-edge trauma research that is igniting a medical revolution. It also includes both practices and protocols she has found particularly effective.



“Soulcation: Design a Life You Don’t Need a Vacation From – A Guide to End Burnout, Unwind Anxiety and Become Wildly Free in a Culture Addicted to Busy,” by Mel Miles
From international health expert and former Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation workaholic, Mel Miles candidly tells the story of how her hospitalization from chronic anxiety led to her quitting her dream job and setting out to answer the question keeping her up at night:

In a culture addicted to busyness, is it possible to avoid burnout, unwind anxiety, and feel wild and free again?

Mel documents her messy path through divorce, the sudden death of her mother, and a career change to a life where she has reclaimed her time, radically increased her energy, and incorporated the things she used to only do on vacation into the everyday rhythm of life.

Soulcation is an honest critique of the pressure we feel to perform in our lives, and how the more success we chase, and the busier our lives become, the harder life can feel. Many of us go on vacation to find relief, but then return home and think, “Am I allowed to want more than this?”

From the walls of corporate America to the jungles of Peru to the beaches of Thailand, Mel combines personal experience with the latest research on emotional well-being to offer practical ways to take back your calendar, health, career, and relationships. Her Soulcation life-design method serves as a permission slip and guide for how to redesign daily life to include the “vacation vibes” of rest, play, and pleasure amidst life’s responsibilities.



“The Way of the Empath: How Compassion, Empathy and Intuition Can Heal Your World,” by Elaine Clayton
Are you an empath looking to better understand yourself and your place in the Universe?

To be an empath is an art form—to discover how our perceptions guide and inform us, shape us, and at times limit us, requires extraordinary awareness. It also requires the skills and the strength of a lion because it takes real courage to be empathic. The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself while living with an open heart and this book shows you how to use creative visualization for that purpose.

This book explores ways to understand empathy and how to use mystical, spiritual, and imaginative insight to better understand our place in the universe. You’ll learn how to see the unseen and welcome the mysteries of life through psychic events and fun encounters, as well as how to put yourself in a state of receiving, to take notes of synchronistic events and signs, protect yourself, change your perceptions of reality, and access intuitive knowing through creative drawing and journaling.


“You Happier: The 7 Neuroscience Secrets of Feeling Good Based on Your Brain Type,” by Daniel G. Amen
Happiness is a brain function. After studying more than 200,000 brain scans of people from 155 countries, Dr. Amen discovered five primary brain types and seven neuroscience secrets that influence happiness. In his newest book, he explains them and offers practical, science-based strategies for optimizing your happiness.

Dr. Amen will help you discover your brain type based on your personality and create happiness strategies best suited to you; improve your overall brain health to consistently enhance your mood; protect your happiness by distancing yourself from the “noise” in your head; and make seven simple decisions and ask seven daily questions to enhance your happiness.

Creating consistent happiness is a daily journey, and in this book, Dr. Amen walks you through neuroscience-based habits, rituals, and choices that will boost your mood and help you live each day with clearly defined values, purpose, and goals.

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