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.

February 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!

 

 

 

“The 7 Energies of the Soul: Awaken Your Inner Creator, Healer, Warrior, Lover, Artist, Explorer and Master,” by David Gandelman
David Gandelman has helped thousands of students look within to find their own answers to life’s big questions: Who am I? What am I here to do? How can I find happiness? Over the course of this journey, he began to notice that the overwhelming number of powerful life questions and conundrums his students encountered fell into seven categories, which he eventually realized were actually seven potent energies that existed within each individual soul. When any one or more of these energies is out of balance, our lives can become chaotic and unfulfilled.

In this book, he offers a detailed guide to each of these critical energies, as well as exercises and meditation practices that can help you evaluate your energetic strengths and weaknesses, and work toward spiritual and energetic balance

 

 

“The Blissful Breath: 10 Minutes of Daily Breathing Exercises that Will Change Your Life,” by Niall O Murchu”
I have a breathing practice I do almost every morning that takes 20 minutes, and I love it! In this new book you will discover how simple breathing techniques can help you feel better right here, right now, with just one breath!

Learn to harness the power of your breath to heal your body and mind with just 10 minutes of practice a day. These easy, accessible exercises can be done at your desk, in the shower or in bed and promise to improve your overall wellbeing; from increasing energy, strengthening the immune system and even enhancing creativity. With just one cycle of breath, we can reduce stress, elevate our mood and improve our focus.

 

 

“Breaking the Habit of Negative Thinking and Self-Talk,” by Eckhart Tolle
In his newest audio program, renowned teacher and author, Eckhart Tolle helps guide us out of negative talk from the ego and into a better state of living. In four immersive audio sessions, he shares insights, stories, illustrations, and practices to gently navigate us to our natural state of presence, free of the mental labels and judgments that create suffering.

You will discover why the ego craves unhappy states, how to free ourselves from its endless chatter, ways to bring ourselves to the liberated spaciousness of unveiled Presence, and more.

“There is only one universal consciousness that emanates from the source of all life,” Eckhart Tolle reflects, “and our true state of being arises out of it.” Here, he points us, moment-by-moment, back to our deeper, limitless self.

 

 

“Divine Beloved Oracle Cards: A Deck of 52 Change Me Prayer Cards,” by Tosha Silver
From the author of the bestseller “Change Me Prayers,” Tosha Silver created a new oracle card deck to petition the divine for support and transformation, wherever it’s needed in your life. It puts her “Change Me Prayers,” right at your fingertips for help with loving and accepting yourself just as the Divine does; acknowledge feelings of anger, resentment and bitterness – in order to release them; stay open to guidance – even in unexpected forms; become a conduit for Divine blessings and the highest good and more.

 

 

“Emotional Detox Now: 135 Self-Guided Practices to Renew Your Mind, Heart and Spirit,” by Sherianna Boyle
Feeling uninspired on a (every?) Monday morning? Cleanse it. Fuming after an argument…two days later? Cleanse it. Exhausted by drama at the office? Cleanse it. Author Sherianna Boyle’s simple cleanse system introduced in her book “Emotional Detox,” will help you process difficult and overwhelming emotions, no matter what they may be. Her newest book gives you the tools to take on whatever life throws your way. Covering over 135 different emotions and situations, from decision making and disappointment to homesickness and heartbreak, the book includes a cleanse for every situation and scenario.

It takes only a few minutes to move through the cleanse process, but you will find that the practice transforms your attitude. By checking in with your body and allowing your emotions to fully manifest instead of brushing them aside, you will be able to process what you are feeling and step back into your life refreshed and empowered to confront whatever challenge you may be facing.

 

 

“Goddesses, Gods and Guardians Oracle Cards: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook,” by Sophie Bashford
Connect with the divine feminine and masculine energies of this sacred oracle and receive guidance for inner healing and spiritual growth. The 44 cards depict a diverse collection of powerful global deities and spiritual guides to divinely support, empower and inspire your path. The accompanying guidebook will teach you about each sacred figure’s origins, how to intuitively interpret their messages and connect with their healing energies. Let the goddesses, gods and guardians walk alongside as you create a life of self-healing, spiritual connection and enlightened purpose.

 

 

“Happy Days: The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
If you were free from fear, who would you have the freedom to be? In her newest book, Gabrielle Bernstein charts a path to heal trauma, unlearn fear and remember love.

What if you could wake up every day without anxiety? View your past with purpose, not regret? Live happy, peaceful, and free from fear? You can—and Gabrielle Bernstein will show you the way.

In her newest book, you will discover:

  • Why most people feel stuck in patterns that make them unhappy — and what to do about it
  • 9 transformational, yet untapped, techniques for serenity and genuine happiness — from techniques for “reparenting” yourself to bodywork practices for freeing the stuck energy of past trauma
  • The mindset shift that can do more for you than decades of personal work
  • How to go into the places that scare you—and come away freer than ever before

 

 

“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. Henry has had thousands of communications with those who’ve already gone through humanity’s final frontier: physical death. The life lessons he’s learned from those conversations have been truly transformative.

In this book, Tyler explains 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. It will shed light on the most powerful understandings he has gained from modern day mediumship ― and explain how those understandings can lead us to live a more meaningful life.

 

 

“Life Force: How New Breakthroughs in Precision Medicine Can Transform the Quality of Your Life and Those You Love,” by Tony Robbins
What if there were scientific solutions that could wipe out your deepest fears of falling ill, receiving a life-threatening diagnosis, or feeling the effects of aging? What if you had access to the same cutting-edge tools and technology used by peak performers and the world’s greatest athletes?

In a world full of fear and uncertainty about our health, it can be difficult to know where to turn for actionable advice you can trust. Today, leading scientists and doctors in the field of regenerative medicine are developing diagnostic tools and safe and effective therapies that can free you from fear.

In this book, Tony Robbins, who has coached more than 50 million people, brings you more than 100 of the world’s top medical minds and the latest research, inspiring comeback stories, and amazing advancements in precision medicine that you can apply today to help extend the length and quality of your life.

This book, which will show you how to wake up every day with increased energy, a more bulletproof immune system, and the know-how to help turn back your biological clock, is the result of Robbins going on his own life-changing journey. After being told that his health challenges were irreversible, he experienced firsthand how new regenerative technology not only helped him heal but made him stronger than ever before.
 

 

 

“The Little Frog Awakes: Mindfulness Exercises for Toddlers (and Their Parents),” by Eline Snel
Parenting toddlers can be challenging but mindfulness can help! The popular author of “Sitting Still Like a Frog” Eline Snel offers advice and tools for parents of kids ages 18 months-4 years to respond skillfully and with mindful intention, especially in difficult moments.

This book offers parents of young children advice and tools for responding mindfully and effectively in the moment. These skills help us regain trust in ourselves and in the integral wholeness of our kids. And when we make mindfulness practice a part of daily life, it gives our children a powerful message on how to recognize, name, and deal with emotions and situations.

This practical guide will help you to connect with and respond mindfully to your own feelings as they arise; cultivate compassion for yourself as a parent or caregiver through meditations and breathing practices; encourage serenity, self-confidence and emotional regulation in your children, through stories and activities; strengthen your bond with your kids and help all of you manage stress; be more fully present with your children, and more able to give them your undivided attention; embrace imperfection and focus on the things that really matter, and more.

The book and the accompanying audio include activities, practices, and stories for both you and for your toddler that cultivate mindful moments and action, and self-compassion.

  

 

“The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward,” by Daniel H. Pink
Drawing on research in social psychology, neuroscience, and biology, Daniel Pink debunks the myth of the “no regrets” philosophy of life in his newest book. And using the largest sampling of American attitudes about regret ever conducted as well as his own World Regret Survey — which has collected regrets from more than 15,000 people in 105 countries — he lays out the four core regrets that each of us has. These deep regrets offer compelling insights into how we live and how we can find a better path forward.

As he did in his bestsellers, Pink lays out a dynamic new way of thinking about regret and frames his ideas in ways that are clear, accessible and pragmatic. Packed with true stories of people’s regrets as well as practical takeaways for reimagining regret as a positive force, the book shows how we can live richer, more engaged lives.

 

 

“The Secret to Love, Health and Money: A Masterclass,” by Rhonda Byrne
This in-depth masterclass from the author of the groundbreaking bestseller “The Secret,” illustrates how to apply the law of attraction to three of life’s most important areas: relationships, health, and money.

Discover how to achieve personal happiness, wellbeing and success with this collection of lessons, advice, and case studies. In the first part, she further explores the power of positive thoughts and how we can use the creative process to attract and maintain new and healthier relationships.

The second part offers in-depth lessons that will help you apply the law of attraction to your health and physical wellbeing, featuring inspiring anecdotes from those who have used “The Secret” to overcome health crises such as cancer, chronic pain, depression, and more.

And then in the last part you will learn how to improve your relationship with money by discovering the power you have to bring money into your life. From job hunting to adopting a wealth mindset, Byrne provides all that you need to achieve prosperity and professional success.

January 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!

 

 

 

 

“The Abundance Paradigm: Moving from the Law of Attraction to the Law of Creation,” by Joe Vitale
I’ve interviewed Joe Vitale several times over the years, and he is a wealth of knowledge on all things law of attraction and manifestation, including abundance, limiting beliefs and success. His newest book, “The Abundance Paradigm” shares how to make a shift from a paradigm of scarcity in which you have “not enough” of the things you want and need, to a paradigm of abundance in which you have more than enough of everything, at all times.

When you make this shift, Joe explains you move beyond the Law of Attraction to the little-known Law of Creation and step into a world where you will:

  • Align with the universe automatically instead of working to make it happen
  • Manifest your desires spontaneously instead of thinking about it
  • Get what you want immediately instead of waiting for it to show up
  • Learn step-by-step techniques that will facilitate a complete paradigm shift to enable ideas to flow into your mind freely and openly
  • Dissolve the limitation compromising your growth
  • Erase toxicity from your relationships
  • Clear your consciousness of negative judgement of yourself and others
  • Protect your paradigm from harmful outside influences and interference

 

“Crystals and Love: Find Your Soulmate and Unlock the Power of Love,” by Judy Hall
Bestselling author, Judy Hall, has written so many books on all aspects of crystals, and this newest one helps you unlock the power of love through crystals rituals and techniques. Whether you want to find your perfect partner, improve your current relationships or boost your sex life this book offers solutions. It also features sections on every aspect of love and relationships to solve or improve any major love issues.

There is also a section on how to create loving and positive environments, which not only improve personal bonds and outlook but will alter your relations with the world at large.

 

“Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” by Valerie Bertinelli
Behind the curtain of her happy on-screen persona, actress and food network personality, Valerie Bertinelli’s life has been no easy ride, especially when it comes to her own self-image and self-worth. She waged a war against herself for years, learning to equate her value to her appearance as a child star on One Day at a Time and punishing herself in order to fit into the unachievable Hollywood mold.

She struggled to make her marriage to Eddie Van Halen — the true love of her life — work, despite all the rifts the rock-star lifestyle created between them. She then watched her son follow in his father’s footsteps, right up onto the stage of Van Halen concerts, and begin his own music career. And like so many women, she cared for her parents as their health declined and saw the roles of parent and child reverse.

Through mourning the loss of her parents, discovering more about her family’s past, and realizing how short life really is when she and her son lost Eddie, Valerie finally said, “Enough already!” to a lifelong battle with the scale and found a new path forward to joy and connection.

Despite hardships and the pressures of the media industry to be something she’s not, Valerie is, at last, accepting herself: she knows who she is, has discovered her self-worth, and has learned how to prioritize her health and happiness over her weight. With an intimate look into her insecurities, heartbreaks, losses, triumphs, and revelations, her new book is the story of jer sometimes humorous, sometimes raw, but always honest journey to love herself and find joy in the everyday, in family, and in the food and memories we share.

 

“The 5 Apology Languages: The Secret to Healthy Relationships,” by Gary Chapman
The author of the extremely popular book “The 5 Love Languages,” now has a new book to help people struggling in relationships. In this book, Gary Chapman partners with Jennifer Thomas to help you on the journey toward restored relationships as healing comes when you learn to express regret (I’m sorry); accept responsibility (I was wrong); make restitution (How can I make it right?); plan for change (I’ll take steps to prevent a reoccurrence); and request forgiveness (Can you find it in your heart to…).

Rather than let hurts linger or wounds fester, you can start on the path to healing today and discover how meaningful apologies can make your friendships, family and marriage stronger than ever before.

 

 

“The Secret Psychic: Embrace the Magic of Subtle Intuition, Natural Spirit Communication and Your Hidden Spiritual Life,” by Angela A. Wix
I got a chance to preview this book before it was published, and a my quote endorsing it actually ended up on the cover. This is a unique and inspiring resource on how to practice your subtle energetic abilities and fully embrace your spiritual nature―even if you feel like you can’t yet be open about it with those around you.

Angela A. Wix answers burning questions about what it means to be a secret psychic, how to overcome common challenges, and how to integrate your experience so you don’t feel stuck. The book also helps you understand spirit communication and offers guidance on how to reveal your hidden self to others when you’re ready. In addition to more than 20 hands-on practices, you’ll find empowering support from professional psychics, mediums, and intuition experts, including:

  • Melanie Barnum
    • Cyndi Dale
    • Sherrie Dillard
    • Granddaughter Crow (Dr. Joy Gray)
    • John Holland
    • Jodi Livon
    • Danielle MacKinnon
    • Michael Mayo
    • Chanda & Troy Parkinson
    • Kristy Robinett
    • Jurema Silva

 

“Seeking Wisdom: A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection (A Six-Week Artist’s Way Program),” by Julia Cameron
Author Julia Cameron changed the way the world thinks about creativity when she first published “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” 30 years ago. Over five million copies later, she now turns her attention to creative prayer, which she believes is a key facet of the creative life.

Tracing her own creative journey, Cameron reveals that prayer led her forward at a time of personal crisis. Unexpectedly, prayer became an indispensable support to her artistic life. The tools she created to save herself in her darkest hour became the tools she would share with the world through The Artist’s WaySeeking Wisdom details the origin of these tools, and by Cameron’s example, the central role that prayer plays in sustaining a life as an artist.

In this volume, Cameron shares a mindful collection of prayer practices that open our creative souls. This path takes us beyond traditional religious rituals, welcoming readers regardless of their beliefs and backgrounds. As you journey through each week of the program you’ll explore prayers of petition, gratitude, creativity, and more. Along the way, the three beloved tools of “The Artist’s Way” ― Morning Pages, Artist Dates, and Walks ―a re refreshed and reintroduced, to provide a proven, grounded framework for growth and development.

Additionally, Cameron introduces a fourth tool, Writing Out Guidance. She believes this powerful practice will greatly aid aspiring artists.

“Speaking with Spirit: 52 Prayers to Guide, Inspire, and Uplift You,” by Agapi Stassinopoulos
Bestselling author of “Wake Up to the Joy of You,” offers a collection of 52 prayers and stories to inspire, unlock inner strength, and navigate daily life with spirit. With a structure and style similar to her bestselling meditation, Agapi encourages us to pray for everything, not just for special occasions.

You can get your God fix anytime and anywhere: at the gym or on the train, when you’re on a deadline or when you’re enjoying your first cup of coffee. Accompanied by her personal stories, she shares 52 prayers for a year of personal transformation, from navigating relationships with family and friends and expanding past your fears to uncovering your true self and releasing your inner creativity. With prayers written with her unique poetry, verve, and spiritual insight, Agapi guides us in transforming the fear, worry, and anxiety of everyday life into conscious moments of peace and calm.

 

“Tell Yourself a Better Lie: Use the Power of Rapid Transformational Therapy to Edit Your Story and Re-write Your Life,” by Marisa Peer
Our lives are defined by the stories we tell ourselves, but those stories aren’t always true. Narratives that are based on outdated or irrelevant information can run (or ruin) our lives for years, even if those stories are wildly different from the objective reality that formed them.

In her sixth book, best-selling author Marisa Peer shares for the first time how Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) creates stunning in-the-room turnarounds for issues as varied as suicidal depression, eating disorders, weight loss, and life-limiting phobias and addictions.

Through 10  diverse case studies, Marisa explains how our unmet needs as children can morph into fixed stories we tell ourselves in adulthood — and, more importantly, how we all have the power to change them.

 

December 2021 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!

 

“Angel Quest Oracle Cards,” by Karen Noe
For those who are seeking guidance from above, Angel Quest Oracle offers forty-four luminous angel cards with words and images that have been channeled directly from the celestial realm.

Psychic medium and bestselling author Karen Noé and portrait and fine artist Marie Antoinette Kelley joined together to create Angel Quest Oracle, a divination card deck and guidebook.

This deck was created to enhance direct communication between you and your angels. As you invoke those in the heavenly realm, you’ll receive accurate, uplifting messages to help you better understand the steps you need to take to move forward in life.

Each of the 44 celestial cards features a short personal message from the angels that answer important life questions, while the step-by-step instruction in the accompanying guidebook explains how you can give a perfect angel card reading, both for yourself and for others, and includes more detailed meanings for each card.

 

 

“Born: Giving Birth to a New You,” by Dee Wallace
In her newest book, bestselling author Dee Wallace expands the concepts of Law of Attraction exponentially and simplifies everything you think you know about the power of Self-Creation.

It’s NOT a book about affirmations, visioning, dark energy, self-protection, or waiting for directions from God, the Guides or the Angels. It’s not even about karma or struggle. What it IS about is how  to direct energy, tap into knowing, neutrality, self-actualization and more.

It shares how knowing you are the power ane claiming your desires leads to easy creation of what you want. It’s a powerful book about how spirituality, brain science, and even religion are all teaching the same principles —and how you can easily use them in creating your life.

 

 

“The High 5 Daily Journal,” by Mel Robbins
I’m a huge fan of Mel Robbins 5-second Journal and now she has a new one out, and like all of her work, it’s backed by science.

Supercharge your confidence daily with this guided journal that is a companion to the global No. 1 bestseller The High 5 Habit. It is designed to help you build a confident mind, body, and spirit with daily prompts, weekly themes, and exercises to help make your dreams a reality.

Using this journal, you will build the discipline, confidence, and habits you need to know that you can always count on yourself. Face any challenge. Surmount any obstacle. You’ll see yourself waking up every day, inching closer to what you want, and becoming the person you know you were born to be.

 

 

“A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life,” by Aria Campbell-Denesh and Dr. Seth J Gillhan
From two experts on the psychology of behavior change this new book joins mindfulness with cognitive behavioral science — the best-tested set of practices for alleviating stress and anxiety.

This book invites readers to start a new pattern that begins with taking just a few quiet moments to reconnect with what is most important, each day. It combines moments of mindful reflection with calls to action — daily nuggets of wisdom paired with friendly encouragement to live in a way that is grounded, authentic, and compassionate.

 

 

“Money Magic: Practical Wisdom and Empowering Rituals to Heal Your Finances,” by Jessie Susannah Karnatz
Featuring a combination of practical advice and mystical rituals designed to help you manifest your money goals, this book offers a simple seven-step system from financial coach Jessie Susannah Karnatz—aka the Money Witch—with an easy-to-follow method to take control of your money with clarity and confidence (plus a few crystals!).

Readers will discover how to assess your financial landscape, overcome emotional blocks to success, and create an action plan for achieving your financial desires, plus self-care rituals and confidence-boosting meditations that encourage a money-making mindset.

The book goes beyond traditional financial advice, offering a holistic approach to financial health that combines practical tools with empowering self-care rituals so that people can better understand their emotions around money and build a healthy, confident relationship to their finances. It also makes it easy to start planning for financial freedom, whether readers want to pay off debt, boost their bank account, or get paid more at work. The short, accessible entries and easy-to-follow sidebars make personal finance fun and engaging.

The author has more than a decade of experience combining witchy wisdom with financial know-how to empower her clients to achieve their financial goals. Drawing on her years as a bookkeeper and work coaching clients, she is uniquely equipped to help readers achieve financial stability through a mixture of self-care and practical decision-making.

 

“The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again,” by Catherine Price
The author of “How to Break Up with Your Phone” makes the case that, far from being frivolous, fun is actually critical to our well-being—and shows us how to have more of it.

Journalist and screen/life balance expert Catherine Price argues persuasively that our always-on, tech-addicted lifestyles have led us to obsess over intangible concepts such as happiness while obscuring the fact that real happiness lies in the everyday experience of fun. We often think of fun as indulgent, even immature and selfish. We claim to not have time for it, even as we find hours a day for what Price calls Fake Fun—bingeing on television, doomscrolling the news, or posting photos to social media, all in hopes of filling some of the emptiness we feel inside..

In this book, she makes the case that True Fun—which she defines as the magical confluence of playfulness, connection, and flow—will give us the fulfillment we so desperately seek. If you use True Fun as your compass, you will be happier and healthier. You will be more productive, less resentful, and less stressed. You will have more energy. You will find community and a sense of purpose. You will stop languishing and start flourishing. And best of all? You’ll enjoy the process.

Weaving together scientific research with personal experience, Price reveals the surprising mental, physical, and cognitive benefits of fun, and offers a practical, personalized plan for how we can achieve better screen/life balance and attract more True Fun into our daily lives—without feeling overwhelmed.

 

“Restorative Rituals: Ideas and Inspiration for Self-Care,” by Leslie Koren
This tidy volume is filled with simple, impactful ways to practice self-care and mindfulness, arranged into three chapters: Nurture, Release, and Expand.

In Nurture, author Leslie Koren teaches readers to make a simple moisturizing face mask and do a loving-kindness meditation. In Release, she encourages readers to let go of what is weighing on them by having a solo dance party or tending to an altar. And in Expand, she invites readers to stargaze, perform a body appreciation ritual, chant a mantra, and learn the art of sound bathing.

Each prompt includes straightforward instructions as well as ways to personalize and improvise the idea. Each chapter also includes its own series of yoga poses, and a “self-care kit” with recommendations for essential oils, crystals, incense, tea blends, and more.
“The Set Boundaries Workbook: Practical Exercises for Understanding Your Needs and Setting Healthy Limits,” by Nedra Glover Tawwab
An accessible, step-by-step resource for setting, communicating, and enforcing healthy boundaries at home, at work, and in life.

Sought-after therapist and relationship expert Nedra Glover Tawwab presents clear explanations and interactive exercises to help you gain insight and then put it into action. Filled with thought-provoking checklists, questions, writing prompts, and more, The Set Boundaries Workbook is a valuable tool for everyone who wants to speak up for what they want and need, and show up more authentically in the world.

 

 

“The Sleep Fix: Practical, Proven and Surprising Solutions for Insomnia, Snoring, Shift Work and More,” by Diane Macedo
From renowned ABC News anchor/correspondent and former insomniac Diane Macedo, comes a practical, user-friendly guide to getting better sleep. It flips the switch on common advice, illuminating the reporter’s relentless search for how to get a good night’s sleep and the surprising, scientific, and practical solutions she found along the way.

Roughly 30 percent of the population is estimated to be living with insomnia, while many more unknowingly suffer from other sleep disorders. In the book, Macedo aims to change that with perspective-shifting research and easy-to-implement solutions based not just on science and experts, but also her own years-long struggle.

As Macedo explains, the solution to catching zzz’s isn’t as simple as giving up caffeine, or putting away your phone before bed. With her down-to-earth explanations and humor, she instead teaches us how to understand sleep biology, identify sleep obstacles, flag sleep myths (and separate fact from fiction), try counterintuitive approaches and shift your mindset.

How Mini Meditations Help You Get Unstuck

By Tammy Mastroberte, bestselling author, “The Universe is Talking to You”

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Would you like to easily tame stress and overwhelm to help yourself to get unstuck — and start noticing signs around you to help you get there?

Whether you are trying to get unstuck and move forward in some area of your life and make positive changes in your life, or you’re trying to just open up to signs and synchronicity around you, which I talk about in my book, “The Universe is Talking to You,” or if you’re just trying to calm down some of the stress overwhelm and chaos around you, the best thing that you can do is to do what I call mini meditations throughout the day.

You may have heard the seemingly endless benefits of benefits of meditation, and most people think of meditating as sitting for 20, 30 or 40 minutes at a time with the intention of quieting the mind. But the truth is, meditation — even with a mind that is constantly trailing off and thinking about to-do’s and more — relieves stress and retrains the brain. And thanks to neuroscience, we now know you can get those same benefits with shorter meditations spread throughout the day.

This is especially true when you feel stuck in some area of your life, and are looking for clarity and to relive some stress that you are feeling in your current situation. You also want to move back into the present moment throughout the day so you can notice the signs the Universe, your angels and guides are sending your way to help you move forward. This is especially true if you have been praying for and asking for help or divine intervention.

What makes mini meditations — between 1 to 3 minutes — throughout the day so wonderful, is it interrupts the stress cycle and the loops we find ourselves and our brain in throughout the day. I recommend setting an alarm of your phone, or tying in the meditations with something you do routinely at least four times a day to start.

For example, you could do it in the morning before you get out of bed, on your lunch break, before driving home from work or in the car outside the house before heading inside, and then right before you go to sleep at night.

There is also a Mindfulness Bell app for both iPhone and Android that can be set to go off at certain times throughout the day as a reminder as well.

Here is how it works:

  1. Alarm goes off and you stop what you are doing.
  2. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out.
  3. Repeat a mantra for 60 seconds to three minutes, such as “Release,” “Let Go,” “All is well,” “Relax,” or whatever feels good to you.
  4. If your mind wanders off, no worries. Just guide it back to the mantra.
  5. Then open your eyes and go back to your day.

How does this help you get unstuck in your life?

It tames the chaos around you. It calms your stress and overwhelm. It brings you back to the present moment so you can notice the subtle signs the Universe is sending to guide and direct you.

In my Get Unstuck Toolkit, which is the ultimate spiritual toolkit to get unstuck in any area of your life using simple spiritual tools in the right combination, I includes mini meditation mp3s that you can use throughout the day — along many other tools to help you get unstuck, including custom prayers for 8 main areas of life, a mini video course and more!

The more you slow down throughout the day using mini meditation — especially in conjunction with prayer and all the other tools I share in the Get Unstuck Toolkit — things will start flowing for you again. You will be guided to solutions, feel calmer and more clear-headed to act on that guidance, and you will begin moving closer to creating a life you love.

November 2021 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!

 

 

 

 

“Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience,” by Brene Brown
In her latest book, five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”

In this book, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Atlas of the Heart draws on her over the past two decades research, as well as on her singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

 

“The Crystal Fix: Healing Crystals for the Modern Home,” by Juliette Thornbury
I love all things crystals and can’t get enough of them or learning about them. Luminosity Crystals founder, Juliette Thornbury, provides all the information you need to create a beautiful and empowering home environment with healing crystalsFeaturing a dedicated section organized by the key rooms in the home, this modern guide to crystals helps you choose stones that will attract the energy you want in each space.
 
Infused with the energy of Mother Nature, every crystal has a unique set of healing properties from tackling insomnia to relieving anxiety and fostering creativity, crystals can energize, calm and inspire, and this book shares how to use them in your home.

 

 

“Get Untamed: The Journal (How to Quit Pleasing and Start Living,” by Glennon Doyle
With Untamed, Glennon Doyle ignited a movement. She now offers a new way of journaling, one that reveals how we can stop striving to meet others’ expectations—because when we finally learn that satisfying the world is impossible, we quit pleasing and start living. Whether or not you have read Untamed, this journal leads you to rediscover, and begin to trust, your own inner-voice.

Full of exercises, quotations from Untamed, illustrations, playful and meditative coloring pages, and an original introduction, in Get Untamed: The Journal, Glennon guides us through the process of examining the aspects of our lives that can make us feel caged. This method for uprooting culturally-constructed ideas shows us how to discover for what we want to keep and what we’ll let burn so that we can build lives by design instead of default.

 

 

“The Gratitude Explorer Workbook: Guided Practices, Meditations and Reflections for Cultivating Gratefulness in Daily Life,” by Kristi Nelson
A Network for Grateful Living, creators of the best-selling Everyday Gratitude and Wake Up Grateful present a distinctive workbook for readers who want to start a gratitude practice or integrate gratitude into their lives with greater intention and consistency.

This interactive package acts as both a guide and a journal for recording thoughts and meditations. Dozens of writing prompts, guided meditations, and exercises for beginning and progressively deepening a daily gratitude practice are paired with quotations and space for writing and personalizing the book.

The beautifully designed gift package includes bonus features in the back: 10 quotation postcards, mini-cards for keeping in a wallet or leaving for others, conversation starters, gold star stickers and reusable affirmation stickers, as well as die-cut bookmarks for each section of the book.

 

 

“The Mastery of Life: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom,” by don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
Outside Mexico City lies the ancient pyramid complex of Teotihuacan, which, according to the oral tradition of the Ruiz family, is the spiritual center for the Toltec people. For over 20 years, don Miguel Ruiz Jr. has been traveling to Teotihuacan to teach others about the powerful mysteries found there.

In The Mastery of Life, Ruiz explains how the sacred pyramids and plazas of Teotihuacan act as symbolic stops on the transformative path of Toltec Warriors—those who apply the teachings of the Toltecs in their own lives to win the inner war against the forces of domestication, fear, and self-judgment. At the same time, he guides you on your own inner journey, helping you to experience firsthand the transformative power of the Toltec teachings without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. Each chapter contains practical exercises and reflections designed to help you find peace and personal freedom in your own life, right now.

 

“The Secret Formula: Discover Your Greater Self — and Revolutionaize Your Life,” by Joseph Murphy
Healthful self-belief is the single greatest determinant of success. But so many of us lack it. In The Secret Formula, Joseph Murphy, author of the groundbreaking classic The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, reveals the hidden key to bolstering your sense of self: realizing the infinite powers of your mind.

The pieces assembled in this collection provide a spiritual and psychological blueprint―a “secret formula”―to discovering the metaphysical power of your thoughts and your mind’s connection to the highest creative principle of the universe. When you discover this esoteric truth, you will finally know and be able to live out who you really are.

This collection, part of a new series called Joseph Murphy’s Golden Lessons, is edited by popular voice of esoteric spirituality Mitch Horowitz. It includes Mitch’s short bio of Murphy and a timeline of the teacher’s life.

 

“Walking Miracle: How Faith, Positive Thinking and Passion for Football Brought Me Back from Paralysis . . . and Helped Me Find Purpose,” by Ryan Shazier with Larry Platt
As an All-American at Ohio State and All-Pro linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Shazier was living his best life while excelling at the game he loves, a game that has given him so much. But then Ryan was forced to redefine success. Suddenly, it was no longer measured by tackles or sacks, but by purpose and faith.

This book is the story of this new definition of success, following the arc from December 4, 2017, when Shazier was injured playing the Cincinnati Bengals, to his retirement. For three years, Shazier doggedly pursued a return to professional football. He took small wins as “first downs” on the drive to return to the field: moving his toes, walking, dancing at his wedding, and ultimately running and returning to the team. What Shazier didn’t realize is that along the way, he was preparing himself for another purpose—that of father and husband, philanthropist, and football analyst. The journey was preparing him not for a renewed life as a middle linebacker, but a renewed life after the game.

Read how Shazier overcomes childhood alopecia, which caused a great deal of emotional pain, and scoliosis, which nearly robbed him of his dreams of playing college and professional football. Walking Miracle, the message on a bracelet given to him by his godmother—is the story of Ryan’s comeback, but it’s also a book of life’s lessons, challenges, and a love letter to the power of positive thinking.

 

ORACLE CARDS

“The Empath’s Empowerment Deck: 52 Cards to Guide and Inspire Sensitive People,” buy Judith Orloff MD
This card deck is the a toolbox for a sensitive person to thrive in an overwhelming world. Created by bestselling author Dr. Judith Orloff, it offers a powerful and immediately accessible tool to provide daily inspiration, guidance, meditative reflections, and in-the-moment support whenever we need it.

“The special magic of these cards,” she says, “is that they provide instant guidance for any situation that you will face.”

With her bestselling books and online teachings for empaths, Dr. Orloff has emerged as a trailblazer for helping highly sensitive people adapt and thrive in the modern world.
With this deck, she created a resource for any intuitive, caring person who wants to access the clarity of their inner guidance to inform their relationships and life choices.

For empaths and sensitive people, consulting these cards will help transport you from an overactive and stress-filled state of mind to a place of serenity, where you can access your most heartfelt goals, visions, and true destiny.

 

 

“Gateway of Light Activation Oracle: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook,” by Kyle Gray
Step through 44 illuminating gateways to realign your energy space and reach your own infinite potential, with this new oracle card deck by angel expert and bestselling author Kyle Gray.

This oracle is a stargate portal between this realm and the next, connecting you with the infinite intelligence of the universe. Each card forms an energetic bridge to help you connect with the divine guidance and ancient wisdom of spiritual retreat spaces, guardian light beings, and your own chakra energy centers through intuitive readings and dynamic spreads. On this journey you’ll connect with Divine Consciousness and receive messages to raise your vibration.

Gray teamed up with visionary artist Jennifer Hawkyard to create this dynamic and unique oracle, featuring vibrant imagery, energetic activations and empowering guidance to help you to:

  experience an ‘energetic upgrade’
  rebalance and reconnect with your true self
  discover the possibilities held by other realms and ethereal retreats
  find a connection to your own personal energy space
  uncover your true purpose in this world

When your intention is combined with the imagery of the cards and the empowering messages in the accompanying guidebook, divine wisdom is activated within.

 

 

“Messages from the Ancestors Oracle Cards,” by Steven D. Farmer
Your ancestral lineage reaches back to the very dawn of human existence. And this incredible inheritance includes not only your human forebears but all beings on this planet—and beyond. The very substance of our physical bodies is composed of elements of the earth and the stars! The historical and collective lineage of which you are composed, from those more recent progenitors to the ancient and prehistorical ones, continues to reside within you, buried in the vault of your deepest memories, cradling within themselves the wisdom and guidance of thousands of years of human experience.

Now, in this powerful set of oracle cards, Dr. Steven Farmer has given you the keys to tapping that vast wisdom and guidance. Each of the 44 cards in the Messages from the Ancestors Oracle Cards has the power to awaken hidden untapped potential within you, helping you find your own answers to life’s most persistent questions. In the accompanying guidebook, Dr. Farmer offers not only in-depth descriptions of each ancestor card but also a direct message from these powerful guides, allowing you to reach out across time and space to hear the words of the ancient and ever-present ancestors.

Seeking the counsel offered by the ancestors through the cards will not only help you align with your life path and soul’s purpose, but also honor the ancestors by making regular contact with them. If you are seeking a greater awareness of your connection and your relationship with those who have come before, if you are yearning to access their enduring teachings, this oracle deck can show you how.

 

 

“Self-Care Wisdom Cards: A 52-Card Deck,” by Cheryl Richardson
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson, this card deck to inspire you, replenish you, and help you take back your life. Based on her classic Self-Care Cards, the deck has been fully revised with new artwork and fresh ideas to meet today’s needs.

This deck puts the power to care for yourself–and thereby for others–literally in your hands. Each card carries a gentle but clear reminder of what’s essential for self-care: to slow down, trust yourself, honor your body, release judgment, open yourself to change, say no when you need to, and more.

 

 

“Unshakable Inner Peace Oracle Cards: A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook to Awaken and Align with Your True Power,” by Shannon Kaiser
Our current world is in chaos, with anxiety levels at an all-time high. Fear has set in on a collective, global level. Now more than ever we need tools to cultivate grounding and strength.

To address this need comes Shannon Kaiser’s Unshakable Inner Peace Oracle Cards (one of the most beautiful oracle card decks I have ever seen!) and an interactive deck designed and written by acclaimed coach, teacher, speaker, and author Shannon Kaiser

The 44 energetically infused cards feature stunning designs, offering empowering insights and practices to help us find peace and strength amid the chaos. Draw a card whenever inspired, to connect with your inner light, activate your deeper purpose, and become the love and light in times of darkness. This oracle deck helps us gain the confidence to be true to ourselves with the support of the divine wisdom and energies all around us.

And it includes an in-depth 144-page guidebook with clear calls to action (Divine Assignments) and journal prompts.