October 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!

 

 

 

“The Afterlife Frequency: The Scientific Proof of Spiritual Contact and How That Awareness Will Change Your Life,” by Mark Anthony
I’ve always been fascinated by scientific proof backing up spiritual concepts in in this new book, world-renowned psychic medium and Oxford-educated attorney Mark Anthony bridges the divide between faith and science in this fascinating afterlife exploration, taking readers around the globe, from the cosmic to the subatomic, and into the human soul itself.

Combining physics, neuroscience, and true stories, this book reveals how our “electromagnetic soul” is pure eternal energy that never dies, and takes spirit communication, near-death experiences, and deathbed visions out of the shadows of superstition and into the light of twenty-first-century science.

It also presents Anthony’s RAFT technique to recognize contact with spirits, accept it as real, feel it without fear, and trust in the experience and illuminates how contact with spirits is a powerful instrument of healing and love.

 

 

“Ancestral Healing Made Easy: How to Resolve Ancestral Patterns and Honour Your Family History,” by Natalia O’Sullivan and Terry O’Sullivan
Did you know you could inherit old family wounds, unprocessed emotions and more you’re your ancestors? This book will help you identify old family wounds, communicate with your ancestral guides, heal your lineage and achieve wellbeing for yourself and loved ones.

It explains anyone researching their heritage will uncover both positive and negative issues that pass through the bloodlines from one generation to the next, but once they understand the effects their family has had on their wellbeing, they can find ways to heal their influences and celebrate their legacy.

Renowned soul rescuers Natalia and Terry O’Sullivan have distilled an array of practices, rituals, exercises and meditations to help you explore ancestral healing, what it is and how it can help you, as well as to recognize how unresolved ancestral wounds have impacted your life. You will also learn how to use rituals and practical exercises to honour and communicate with your ancestors, and to balance your physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing through healing the family wounds.

 

 

“Becoming Aware: A 21-Day Mindfulness Program for Reducing Anxiety and Cultivating Calm,” by Daniel J. Siegel, MD
This is a hands-on user’s guide to the Wheel of Awareness meditation practice featured in the New York Times bestseller “Aware,” and will take you step-by-step through a twenty-one-day journey to discover what it means to be truly present and aware in your daily life.

This simple guide shows you how to strengthen your mind by learning to focus attention, open awareness, and develop a positive state of mind—the three pillars of mindfulness practice that research shows lead to greater physical and mental well-being.

Psychiatrist and cofounder of the Mindsight Institute, Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., created the science-grounded meditation practice called the Wheel of Awareness to unlock the power of the brain to integrate its many functions and develop internal resources that lead to an enduring sense of calm and quiet. This book is filled with guided meditation instructions, practical exercises, and everyday tools and techniques.

 

 

“The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times,” by Jan Goodall and Douglas Abrams
In today’s crazy world, it can be hard to feel optimistic, but hope is needed now more than ever. This book marries Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous living naturalist, and Douglas Abrams, the internationally bestselling co-author of “The Book of Joy,” as they explore through intimate and thought-provoking dialogue one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: hope.

Jane focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit. And the book touches on vital questions, including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? What is the relationship between hope and action? It’s also filled with stories and photographs from Jane’s remarkable career.

While discussing the experiences that shaped her discoveries and beliefs, Jane tells the story of how she became a messenger of hope, from living through World War II to her years in Gombe to realizing she had to leave the forest to travel the world in her role as an advocate for environmental justice. And for the first time, she shares her profound revelations about her next, and perhaps final, adventure.

 

 

 

“Just a Thought: A No-Willpower Approach to Overcome Self-Doubt and Make Peace with Your Mind,” by Amy Johnson
You are not your thoughts, and you CAN learn how to overcome negative thinking habits and self-doubt so you can experience more confidence, freedom, and peace of mind, and this book can help you get there.

When you understand how your mind works, unhelpful and noisy thoughts move to the background, and your awareness shifts to something quieter and deeper. Life coach and psychologist Amy Johnson, created this user-friendly guide to a no-willpower approach informed by ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience to help you change your negative thinking habits, make peace with your inner critic, and experience more self-confidence and freedom than you ever thought possible.

Our minds are hardwired to expect the worst. They love to replay the past and predict the future. They have strong opinions that feel solid and meaningful, but are always changing and contradicting themselves. When we think our thoughts define who we are, we suffer. But when we see the truth—and we glimpse the space that lies beyond those self-created stories—we suffer far less. This book will help you glimpse that truth, and use it to find lasting peace.

 

 

“Self-Care Wisdom Cards: A 52-Card Deck,” by Cheryl Richardson
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Richardson, this card deck is meant to inspire you, replenish you, and help you take back your life. Richardson has dedicated her life to exploring and sharing the importance of self-care by sharing what she has learned from her own experience. This illustrated card deck, based on Cheryl’s classic Self-Care Cards, 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, in your hands, as 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. Shuffle the cards and see what your soul wants you to know that day.

 

 

“The Shift: 7 Powerful Mindset Changes for Lasting Weight Loss,” by Gary Foster, PhD
I’ve never been a proponent of “diets,” which often mean deprivation, and much more open to ways of eating and changes in lifestyle. I like this book because it doesn’t matter what you are eating or what diet you may be on because it’s not about what to eat or not eat. It’s not about when to eat. It’s about building thinking habits, proven through science, that help you lose weight.

Dr. Gary Foster’s 7 Mindset Shifts show you how to―and why you should―treat yourself in a way that feels better and primes you for likelier success. His argument and the techniques in each chapter, built on years of research and breakthroughs in cognitive behavioral therapy and positive psychology, can lead to results on the scale―but, more important, in your own thinking.

The Shift flips old-fashioned weight-loss theory on its head, training you to recognize when your thinking is taking you away from your goals, to focus on action rather than outcome, and to value non-scale victories more than the number on the digital display.

The 7 Mindset Shifts include treating yourself with compassion, leaning into your strengths, appreciating the power of small steps (and more frequent rewards), finding your people, and truly relaxing into happiness and gratitude.

 

 

“You Are Stronger than You Think: Unleash the Power to Go Bigger, Go Bold, and Go Beyond What Limits You,” by Joel Osteen
I don’t know about you, but every time I am flipping through television stations and come across Joel Osteen, I always end up hearing a message I need at the time. No matter what your belief system or background, I love that his teaching can truly be seen as universal.

In his new book, he encourages you to stand firm when the difficulty is not turning around. When the pressure mounts, when you feel overwhelmed, when the struggle looks too big, or the goal is out of reach, you have to remember that is not your destiny. You are more powerful than you think. You need to see yourself the right way and realize what’s already inside you. You were made to outlast the competition, to go further than you thought you could, and live a life beyond what limits you.

The book shares how to break the cycle of defeat, and gain the courage to set a new standard for your family, and to find the hope to conquer your fear, and the confidence to accomplish every dream.

September 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!

 

 

“A Year of Mystical Thinking: Make Life Feel Magical Again,” by Emma Howarth
After a terrible year, feeling burned out and broken, Emma Howarth decided to go on a year-long mystical adventure, but from the comfort of her own home and she saw everything change. She went from frantic chaos to life in the slow lane, and she shares her account of that year

A Year of Mystical Thinking is Emma’s witty and life-affirming account of the year that transformed her world. Each month she introduces a new spiritual practice, with practical, actionable tips – from how to create the perfect vision board to living by the phases of the moon. Join Emma on her journey as she connects with spirit guides in February, obsesses over astrology in August and learns about reiki in November.

 

 

“Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business): Finding Our Way to Joy, Love and Freedom,” by Tabitha Brown
I love watching Tabitha Brown’s videos on Instagram because not only is she funny but she is also inspirational and spiritually connected. But before she was one of the most popular personalities in the world, sharing her delicious vegan home cooking and compassionate wisdom with millions of followers across social media, she was an aspiring actress who in 2016 began struggling with undiagnosed chronic autoimmune pain.

Her condition made her believe she wouldn’t live to see forty–until she started listening to what her soul and her body truly needed. Now, in this life-changing book, Tabitha shares the wisdom she gained from her own journey, showing readers how to make a life for themselves that is rooted in nonjudgmental kindness and love, both for themselves and for others. She grounds her lessons in stories about her own life, career, faith, and family in this funny, down-to-earth book, built around the catchphrases that her fans know and love, including:

 

 

“Hear Yourself: How to Find Peace in a Noisy World,” by Prem Rawat
The renowned teacher and author of the internationally bestselling “Peace Is Possible” is now tackling how to quiet the noise of our busy lives to hear our own unique authentic voice—the source of peace.

Prem Rawat teaches us how to turn down the noise to “hear ourselves”—to listen to the subtle song of peace that sings inside each of us. Once we learn to truly “hear ourselves” and the voice of peace within, then we can hold on to that as we face all the noise of the world. The book lays out the crucial steps we can use to focus on the voice within.

If we allow ourselves to listen, what we hear is the extraordinary miracle of existence—an experience that transforms our relationship to life and everything in it. You will read insights and compelling stories, and discover an ancient line of practical wisdom that enlightens us to a simple way to listen.

 

 

“The High 5 Habit: Take Control of Your Life with One Simple Habit,” by Me Robbins
I’m a fan of Mel Robbins because I love her practical and scientific approach to life and overcoming the challenges we face. I use and love her 5-Second Journal, and now she has a brand new book with a simple, proven tool you can use to take control of your life: The High 5 Habit.

In this book, she teaches you how to start high fiving the most important person in your life, the one who is staring back at you in the mirror: YOURSELF.

If you struggle with self-doubt (and who doesn’t?) …
If you’re tired of that nagging critic in your head (could somebody evict them already?) …
If you’re wildly successful but all you focus on is what’s going wrong (you’re not alone) …
If you’re sick of watching everybody else get ahead while you sit on the couch with your dog (don’t bring your dog into this) … then this book is for you!

Mel will teach you how to make believing in yourself a habit so that you operate with the confidence that your goals and dreams demand.

 

 

“Own Your Morning: Reset You’re A.M. Routine to Unlock Your Potential,” by Liz Baker Plosser
Good days start with good mornings and Editor-in-Chief of Women’s Health Liz Baker Plosser believes there’s no cookie cutter morning ritual that will lead you to success. Instead she advocates that your a.m. routine should reflect what matters most to you. In this book, she starts with easy prompts to help you identify your core values—the way you want to spend your energy, time, and resources.

Once you’ve figured out the elements of your personal perfect morning, you’ll find proven insights from wellness experts and personal anecdotes from Liz to help you reimagine your a.m. habits to benefit your physical and mental health, focus your energy, enhance your productivity, and make the most of your day from the moment you wake up.

Whether you want to amp up a killer workout (sweat changes everything!), tap into the power of meditation (Jay Shetty shares his go-to meditation practice), create mini-moments of connectivity with loved ones (such as creating emoji shorthand in your group chat), or fuel your a.m. awesomeness with a healthy breakfast (including a few recipes!), these easy-to-implement strategies will help you set a morning routine unique to you.

 

 

“The Phoenix Transformation: 12 Qualities of High Achievers to Reboot Your Career and Life,” by Brian Tracy
The title comes from the story of the Phoenix – a Greek legend of a bird/dragon that arises from the ashes of its predecessor – being born again. It relates to the situations people may be in now – low achievement, lack of success, mediocrity.

As we emerge from the pandemic. Individuals and even businesses of all kinds are looking for ways to emerge “from the ashes” of this pandemic to reinvent themselves and emerge stronger.

In The Phoenix Transformation you will learn how to get on the fast track to achieving your goals faster than you’ve ever dreamed possible; how to set “flex” goals which are adaptable to a fast-changing economy; discover the key to erasing negative emotions; eliminate time and productivity wasters; master a foolproof 12-point formula that quadruples productivity; and more.

 

 

“The Science of Channeling: Why You Should Trust Your Intuition and Embrace the Force that Connects Us All,” by Helane Wahbeh ND MCR
From the director of research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)—a nonprofit parapsychological research institute cofounded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell—this guide explores the cutting-edge science behind channeling, and offers powerful tools to help you hone your own abilities.

Scientist and author Helané Wahbeh will show you how to identify and target your own channeling skills, process the channeled information you receive, and use your unique gift to improve your life—and the world around you. You’ll find detailed information about different channeling types, including mind-to-mind communication, your intention affecting matter, and sensing the future. And finally, you’ll discover a wealth of physiological studies pertaining to the science of channeling, providing ample evidence that channeling is a real phenomena and insights into how it works.

 

 

“The Self-Love Superpower: The Magical Art of Approving of Yourself (No Matter What),” by Tess Whitehurst
Offering specific, hands-on action steps designed to support your journey from paralyzing self-criticism to expansive self-adoration, each chapter contains accessible exercises, meditations, rituals, self-care practices, and journaling prompts so you can integrate the information in an experiential way, exploring themes including Energetic Hygiene; Grounding and Clearing; Body Positivity; Shielding Your Energy; Boundaries; Shadow Work; Clearing Clutter; Intuitive Eating;  Chakras and Feng Shui.

Whether you want to develop greater respect and belief in yourself, connect with your intuition, or regain a sense of excitement and enthusiasm for the things you care about, this guide provides the empowering boost you need to help you get there.

 

 

“Take Back Your Time: The Guilt-Free Guide to Life Balance,” by Christy Wright
As a busy mom with three young kids and a career, #1 national bestselling author Christy Wright knows what it’s like to try to do it all and be stretched too thin. After years of running on empty, she realized she had to do something different. It wasn’t just a matter of saying no to a few things. She had to figure out why she felt overwhelmed, overcommitted, and out of balance.

Here’s what she discovered: Life balance isn’t something you do. It’s something you feel. The great news is you can feel balanced — even in your busy life.

In Take Back Your Time, Christy redefines what balance is and reveals the clear path to actually achieve it. You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify what balance looks like in your unique situation and season.
  • Find confidence in the choices that are right for you.
  • Feel peace even during chaotic times.
  • Learn how to be present for your life and actually enjoy it!

 

 

“Why Woo-Woo Works: The Surprising Science Behind Meditation, Reiki, Crystals and Other Alternative Practices,” David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.
I love all of Dr. David Hamilton’s books because they always marry science and spirituality, which is my favorite! In this new book, he takes on “woo-woo” concepts like meditation, crystals, visualization and more and shows how science proves they work!

You’ll discover:
· The science behind some of today’s most popular alternative practices
· How your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs have healing power
· The benefits of nature and a holistic approach to healing
· A fascinating link between consciousness and human connection
· The relationship between suppressed emotions and disease

The ideas behind some of these holistic therapies have been around for millennia – but now we have scientific evidence demonstrating how they can contribute to physical, emotional, and energetic healing too.

 

 

“Unlimited Riches: Creating Your Self-Replenishing Prosperity,” by Mark Victor Hansen
One of the co-authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series of books, Mark Victor Hansen takes on the topic of prosperity in this newest book. Unlimited Riches gives you the vision and the game plan you need to have the very best with a step-by-step action plan designed to create all the abundance you want in life.

You will learn how Mark triumphed over a devastating bankruptcy to become one of America’s best-loved and most successful speakers, authors and entrepreneurs. These aren’t just the lessons Mark has learned, but those of countless other successful people who have used them again and again to prosper and bring more well-being into their lives.

You’ll discover that a change in thinking and expectation can be your greatest asset in the journey to prosperity. And you’ll learn how to allow yourself limitless opportunity, purpose, enjoyment and satisfaction.

You will discover the Theory of Wealth Relativity…or how to combine ideas and energy for unbelievable enrichment; how to get others to actually provide the resources you need to prosper; how to find more wealth opportunities than you can possibly handle – with one simple change in where you’ve been looking and more!

August 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!

 

 

“Change Your Paradigm, Change Your Life,” by Bob Proctor
When I saw Bob Proctor had a new book, I knew I had to have it! He was a featured teacher in The Secret and is an amazing teacher on success, the law of attraction and more. To change your life—you MUST change your paradigm or mental programming. Any time you try to do something out of the ordinary, your paradigm will try to stop you. It’s up to you to change it and in this book, Proctor is sharing you his proven methods for doing so.

You will discover his Paradigm Shift process and learn what paradigms are and how they guide every move you make; how to identify your paradigms; how to make your own Paradigm Shift; ways to transform your finances, health and lifestyle when you change your paradigm; and guidance on how to replace a paradigm that doesn’t serve you well with a new one that frees you to create the life you really want.

 

 

“Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation,” by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Settle in for this enlightening memoir of a reluctant spiritual seeker who finds much more than she bargained for when she travels to India.

As a Stanford grad in the midst of getting her PhD in Psychology, Sadhvi Sarawati was comfortable with her life. Despite years of grappling with an eating disorder and trauma from her early childhood, she felt as if she was successfully navigating her way through early adulthood. When she agreed to travel to India to appease her husband—and because she loved the food—Sadhvi would have never imagined that she would be embarking on a journey of healing and awakening.

This memoir describes Sadhvi’s odyssey towards divine enlightenment and inspiration through her extraordinary connection with her guru and renewed confidence in the pleasure and joy that life can bring. Now one of the preeminent female spiritual teachers in the world, Sadhvi recounts her journey with wit, honesty, and clarity and, along the way, offers teachings to help us all step onto our own path of awakening and discover the truth of who we really are—embodiments of the Divine.

 

 

“The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn’t and Get Stuff Done,” by Kendra Adachi

The chorus of “shoulds” is loud. You should enjoy the moment, dream big, have it all, get up before the sun, track your water consumption, go on date nights, and be the best. Or maybe you should ignore what people think, live on dry shampoo, be a negligent PTA mom, have a dirty house, and claim your hot mess like a badge of honor.

It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the mixed messages of what it means to live well.
This book by Kendra Adachi, the creator of the Lazy Genius movement, invites you to live well by your own definition and equips you to be a genius about what matters and lazy about what doesn’t. Everything from your morning routine to napping without guilt falls into place with Kendra’s thirteen Lazy Genius principles, including:

• Decide once
• Start small
• Ask the Magic Question
• Go in the right order
• Schedule rest

Discover a better way to approach your relationships, work, and piles of mail. Be who you are without the complication of everyone else’s “shoulds.” Do what matters, skip the rest, and be a person again.

 

 

“Make Some Noise: Speak Your Mind and Own Your Strength,” by Andrea Owens

Certified life coach and bestselling author of “How to Stop Feeling Like Shit,” Andrea Owen is pushing women to step out of their outside of rigid societal expectations and shows them how to take back control of their lives — and make them their own — in her newest book.

Owens deconstructs common behavior patterns that sabotage our power as women, and instead suggests new behaviors for creating a life that truly serves our desires and needs. From unlearning the notion that women should stay quiet and take up little space to trusting one’s inner wisdom, this is a guidebook for powerful change.

 

 

“Manifesting: The Practical, Simple Guide to Creating the Life You Want,” by Kris Ferraro
Too often we walk through life in a state of lack, choosing to focus our attention on our deficiencies and allowing our minds, bodies, and spirits to swirl with discontent and negativity. But when our focus and attention is sunk in darkness, that becomes all we experience in our lives. This book offers a different approach and teaches how to focus on what you wish to have or achieve, instead of despairing over what you are missing.

Author Kris Ferraro is a practitioner and teacher in the areas of healing, growth, and metaphysics who has used manifesting in her own life and practice for years. In this book, she guides readers to envision and create the lives they’ve always dreamed of with real, actionable steps, exercises, and wisdom.

 

“Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me,” by Jude Walsh

Did you divorce after a long marriage? Are you feeling lost and unsure of what is next? Then it’s time to create a new and better post-divorce life, and the author Jude Walsh teaches you how from her own experience. After a long marriage, she suddenly found herself in the position where the life she knew was gone and she had to make a choice to create something new. To heal here own pain of the divorce and create a different future she developed eight practices, and she shares them in this book. It is her passion to help other women create the life of their dreams and thrive after divorce. You will discover how to shift your perspective, go beyond grief and loss, transform the trauma you carry, balance. Your body, manage your money, discover your tribe, create new traditions and re-story your life. Get ready to create the bliss you desire and move into a whole new world.

 

“Spiritually Fly: Wisdom, Meditations and Yoga to Elevate Your Soul,” by Faith Hunter
Global yoga and meditation teacher Faith Hunter is known for her ability to help others remember their inherent worth and live more soulful, joyful lives. In this book, she shares the seven principles behind her life philosophy―the “Spiritually Fly Sutras” ― inspiring each of us to embrace our unique flow, on and off the mat.

The Spiritually Fly Sutras are dynamic, sacred principles grounded in movement, breathwork, sound, and self-reflection. When practiced together, Hunger teaches, “They have the ability to inspire and ignite an inner revolution.”

She also shares the stories that led to each sutra, and as a young Black girl in the South whose brother was dying of AIDS contracted from a blood transfusion, she often struggled to trust in spirit and God. Her own spiritual journey brings a fresh, grounded vibe to her teachings, as she seamlessly blends classic yoga wisdom with modern-day living.

To help you integrate each sutra into your life, she also shares “SoulPrints”―exercises and reflections including yoga asanas and kriyas, journaling prompts, pranayama, chakra explorations, and practices for each of the “three Ms”: mantra, mudra, and meditation.

 

 

“Wisdom is Bliss: Four Friendly Fun Facts that Can Change Your Life,” by Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman, the preeminent scholar and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy for the modern world, leads us on a joyful exploration into the nature of reality through Buddha’s threefold curriculum of “super-education.”

“Buddha had to be an educator, rather than a prophet or religion founder, since he had achieved his goal of exact and complete understanding of reality by using reason, experiments to open his own mind, and vision to do so,” Thurman writes. “From his own experience, he could help [others] as a teacher by streamlining the process. He could not just transplant his realization into their minds. They could not get their own realizations just by believing whatever he said. He could only provide them with a prospect of full realization along a path of learning and experiencing they could follow-they would have to travel on their own.”

This book is your invitation to travel that same road. Deeply felt and bracingly direct, it doesn’t teach about the teaching-it is the teaching. Get ready to get real, and have fun along the way, as you chart a path to reliable, lasting happiness.

July 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!

 

 

“Declutter Your Mind Journal: Prompts and Practices to Inspire Calm, Clarity and Focus,” by Michelle Sprouffske
If you want to declutter your thoughts, this Declutter Your Mind Journal can help you attend to your needs and bring awareness to the present moment. It’s filled with contemplative prompts and engaging exercises for quieting your thoughts, releasing the past, and channeling the power of a focused mind. It includes introspective activities where you record your thoughts so you can let go of them, and breathing exercises. There are also soothing exercises rooted in psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy, along with inspiring quotes and affirmations.

 

“The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science: An Other Essential Works,” by Thomas Troward
Another author who wrote some of the original works form the New Thought movement that included Napoloeon Hill, is Thomas Troward. He was an English author writing in the 19th century and was deeply involved in the New Thought movement.

In The Edinburgh Lectures, he explores the ways that mental action influences the material world, and more. This edition of the book also includes “Your Invisible Power,” by Geneviève Behrend, one of Troward’s students. The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science is part of The Library of Spiritual Wisdom, which publishes curated classics written by some of the greatest spiritual teachers of all time.

 

 

“The Financial Mindset Fix: A Mental Fitness Program for an Abundant Life,” by Joyce Marter
In this step-by-step guide for cultivating financial well-being, therapist Joyce Marter noticed an extraordinary trend: as her clients improved their mental health, they also began receiving raises, getting promotions, finding better jobs, or starting their own successful businesses.

She is now a go-to expert on the “Psychology of Success”― establishing ways to help you improve your financial well-being by focusing on your psychological and relational issues around money. In this book, Marter crystallizes her most powerful and effective practices for long-term prosperity, guiding you through 12 essential mindsets for transforming your relationship with yourself to welcome a life of wealth. Within each are exercises, self-assessment tools, and insights for shifting into a mindset of abundance.

You will discover why mindsets based on scarcity and zero-sum thinking lead to suffering; possible triggers for financially risky behavior and how to defuse their power; why holding on to resentment also holds you back from your potential; how to manage the desires of the ego without becoming either a doormat or a diva; and mindfulness, lovingkindness, self-inquiry, and other practices ― all focused on financial wellness.

 

 

 “How to Live When a Loved One Dies: Healing Meditations for Grief and Loss,” by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh shares accessible, healing words of wisdom to transform our suffering. In the immediate aftermath of a loss, sometimes it is all we can do to keep breathing. With his signature clarity and compassion, Thich Nhat Hanh will guide you through the storm of emotions surrounding the death of a loved one. It offers powerful practices such as mindful breathing that will help you reconcile with death and loss, feel connected to your loved one long after they have gone, and transform your grief into healing and joy.

 

 

“The Magic of Unicorns Oracle Cards: 44 Card Deck and Guidebook,” by Diana Cooper
Discover how to connect with your unicorn guides, advance on your ascension path and attract more love, light, healing and happiness with these magical cards. Diana Cooper teaches unicorns are beings of the angelic realms who are returning to Earth to aid us on our path to ascension. They bring messages of hope and remind us to stay positive as we prepare for a golden future. This oracle deck will help you meet your personal unicorn guide, embark on a spiritual path and work with the great energies of the universe on your ascension journey.

Working with the 44 illustrated cards you’ll discover how to awaken your psychic abilities, open your heart, be ready to receive abundance and blessings, stand in your power, receive soul healing, strengthen your trust, manifest your dreams, light the way for others and reach your divine potential.

 

“Manifestation Magic: 21 Rituals, Spells and Amulets for Abundance, Prosperity and Wealth,” by Elhoim Leafar
Elhoim Leafar, author of “The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags,” offers a clear, basic treatise on the magic of prosperity and manifesting positive abundance.

The book is divided into two sections with the first guiding the reader through some basic magical theory including the power of attraction. The second section puts theory into practice with 21 rituals, amulets, and talismans for creating and living the life you desire.

Techniques are derived from diverse influences blending modern paganism with Afro-Caribbean and Latin American magic, reflecting the author’s background and making the material accessible to readers walking a variety of magical paths.

 

“Surrender: Break Free of the Past, Realize Your Power, Live Beyond Your Story,” by Nicky Clinch
Do you find yourself getting caught in the same negative patterns, the same emotional spirals, the same limiting stories? The truth is that you can break free from the disempowering cycles blocking you from peace and joy and, most importantly, your freedom. The answer is already within you.

Nicky Clinch is your companion on the transformational path of surrender, providing empowering guidance as you clear the way for your true self to emerge. You’ll experience a maturation process of letting go, self-love and rebirth, so that you can grow, heal and transform–and really start living the life you were born to live. In this book, you will discover how to embrace embrace authenticity, self-love and freedom through letting go; break free from self-defeating patterns and cycles of negativity; dissolve attachments to the stories keeping you stuck in the past; clear obstacles preventing your growth and destiny to thrive and develop a more fulfilling relationship with yourself and all of life.

 

 

“Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within,” by Janet Conner
Since she discovered how to activate a divine Voice by slipping into the theta brain wave state (the border between the conscious and the subconscious) while writing, Janet Conner has dedicated herself to exploring and sharing what it means to live at the vibrant intersection of the visible and the invisible. After hitting rock bottom while escaping domestic abuse, Janet’s inner voice told her to start writing.

As she wrote, she gained clarity and strength, and felt an incredible connection to the divine. Miracles began to happen. Today, research scientists are providing peeks into consciousness and how it works. Their findings give intriguing clues about what is happening in and through our bodies, minds, and spirits as we roll pen across paper. This book explores this research and instructs how to access the power and beauty of our deepest selves.

June 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!

 

 

“Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success,” by Ryan Leak
I love the idea that failure is actually a tool to help us move toward success, and I truly believe that, so that is why Ryan Leak’s book caught my attention. Through his journey of chasing the girl of his dreams to his NBA fantasy and his encounter with five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, this book will help you remove every excuse for not pursuing the life you want to live.

He also talks about the science behind why people are afraid to fail (and I LOVE when science backs things up), and mixes in real-life stories and practical steps to help readers chase failure. As he says, “God promises to be with you always, even through the failure.”

 

 

“The Genius Zone: The Breakthrough Process to End Negative Thinking and Live in True Creativity,” by Gay Hendricks
Originally published as “The Joy of Genius,” this new edition has been updated and expanded throughout, and a great follow up to Gay Hendricks’ bestselling book, “The Big Leap.”

Hendricks introduces an exercise called the Genius Move, a simple, life-altering practice that allows readers to end negative thinking and thrive authentically. By using the Genius Move, readers will learn to spend more of their lives in their zone of genius―where creativity flows freely and they are actively pursuing the things that offer them fulfillment and satisfaction.

 

 

“The Good Morning Journal: 5-Minute Guided Reflections to Start Your Day with Inspiration, Purpose and a Plan,” by Molly Burford
I love starting my day with a guided journal, and this one definitely delivers. It’s filled with quick prompts to help you get focused and start your day, recognize what you want to accomplish and make a plan to achieve your goals. There are also motivating and inspiring quotes to encourage a positive mindset and get more accomplished.

 

 

“How to Think Bigger: And Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” by Mark Victor Hansen
Mark Victor Hansen, bestselling co-author of The Chicken Soup for the Soul series will show you how to  multiply, magnify and magnetize simple ideas and turn them into greatness.

His techniques will obliterate obstacles and reveal solutions. Readers will learn how to open the door to opportunities by identifying and valuing them; maximize natural abilities and true talents; use fear as fuel to launch into success; and defeat limitations by applying the “12 Strategies to Big Thinking.”

 

 

“Midnight Meditations: Calm Your Thoughts, Still Your Body and Return to Sleep,” by Courtney E. Ackerman
So many people struggle with sleep, especially waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep. This book offers 150 peaceful meditations to help a person relax and get back into restorative sleep, including calming racing thoughts.

It’s time to stop chasing sleep (and stressing out about it when you can’t), and trying a new approach to help welcome rest and fall back to sleep easily.

 

 

“Moon Power: Lunar Rituals for Connecting with Your Inner Goddess,” by Simone Butler
The moon not only has an effect on us whether we realize it or not, but its energy offers us a powerful tool to harness in our lives. This book helps us learn to connect with the feminine power of the moon, with each of the 12 chapters representing a moon sign. You will learn the basics of the moon phases, the meaning or new and full moons, and simple rituals to connect with moon power.

It also introduces a Goddess and Power Animal for each moon sign, and how to connect with this energy through activities and rituals during certain moon phases.

 

 

“Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success,” by Napoleon Hill
Bestselling author Napoleon Hill reveals the seven principles of good that allow us to triumph over obstacles . . . and find success.
I’ve been a student of Napoleon Hill for years and I love his work. He explains the power of creation in our lives so well, and so I’m always exploring new books and audios with his teachings. In this one, Hill digs deep to reveal how fear, procrastination, anger and jealousy prevent us from realizing our personal goals. He also reveals seven principles that can help one triumph over obstacles and find success in their lives.

 

 

“Shamanic Power Animals: Embracing the Teachings of Our Non-Human Friends,” by Don Jose Ruiz
In his new book, Toltec shaman don José Ruiz takes a deep dive into animal wisdom through the shamanistic viewpoint to demonstrate how we can incorporate its lessons into our daily lives. For example, ants demonstrate the power of teamwork, bears show us how to protect what is most important to us, and Eagles embody the value of clear vision.

In the first section of this book, Ruiz explains how power animals represent a path to our own personal power and provides a foundational understanding of the animal world based on the symbol of the medicine wheel and its association with the elements of earth, air, fire, and water.

The second section contains a power animal compendium covering over 200 animals. Each entry includes exercises, prayers, and chants for use in communicating and collaborating with these powerful allies on your own personal journey toward awareness and healing.

“Surrender: Break Free of the Past, Realize Your Power, Live Beyond Your Story,” by Nicky Clinch
Do you find yourself getting caught in the same negative patterns, the same emotional spirals, the same limiting stories? The truth is you can break free from the disempowering cycles blocking you from peace and joy and, most importantly, your freedom. The answer is already within you, and in this book, author Nicky Clinch will take you down the path of surrender, providing empowering guidance as you clear the way for your true self to emerge. You’ll experience a maturation process of letting go, self-love and rebirth, so that you can grow, heal and transform–and really start living the life you were born to live.

The book will share how to embrace authenticity, self-love and freedom through letting go; break free from self-defeating patterns and cycles of negativity; dissolve attachments to the stories keeping you stuck in the past; clear obstacles preventing your growth and destiny to thrive; and develop a more fulfilling relationship with yourself and all of life.

 

“Universal Human: Creating Authentic Power and the New Consciousness,” by Gary Zukav
Internationally acclaimed author and teacher, Gary Zukav, gives new tools to grow spiritually and shows how to transform everyday experiences of hopelessness, emptiness and pain into fulfillment, meaning and joy in his newest book. A new human consciousness is replacing the old human consciousness.

Authentic power—the alignment of the personality with soul—is replacing external power, the ability to manipulate and control. Zukav explains that the potential of a new era of humanity based on love instead of fear is upon us, but only we can bring it into being, and with this book he shows us how.

 

“The Way of Miracles: Accessing Your Superconsciousness,” by Mark Mincolla PhD
This new book is an adventure for the mind and spirit that begins with the premise that miracles don’t randomly happen—we create them! According to Mark Mincolla, PhD, developing our superconscious mind and recognizing the divine source that exists within each of us is what generates miracles.

A wholistic physician for more than three decades, Mark used his own techniques and learnings to cure himself of a life-threatening illness. In this book, he shares experiences, documented research and exercises that he provides his patients and uses himself to raise consciousness in order to cultivate the ability to heal and create miracles that have a lasting effect.

 

May 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!

 

 

“A Radical Awakening: Turn Pain into Power, Embrace Your Truth, Live Free,” by Dr. Shefali Tsabary
I interviewed Dr. Shefali a few years back on conscious parenting and I loved what she had to say about living a conscious life. In her new book, she paves a path for women to transcend their fears and illusions, break free from societal expectations, and rediscover the person they were always meant to be: fully present, conscious, and fulfilled. She helps women uncover the purpose that already exists within them and harness the power of authenticity in every area of their lives.

 

 

“Calling In ‘The One’ Revised and Expanded: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life,” by Katherine Woodward Thomas
This classic guide to finding love is now revised and updated with new insights, stories, teaching points, and transformational exercises to help you call in deep happiness and love by licensed marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas.

This book will empower you to shift painful patterns in love from the inside out, graduating from unsatisfying relationships and unleashing power to manifest the happy, healthy love you desire. Based on the Law of Attraction, this forty-nine-day program includes a daily lesson, a corresponding practice, and instructions for putting that lesson into action in your life. Manifesting meditations, powerful visualizations, and clarifying journal exercises will lead you to recognize and release your hidden inner obstacles to love and help you grow beyond them. At the end of the course, you will be in the ideal state of mind to go out into the world and find your “One.”

 

“Healing Ourselves Whole: An Interactive Guide to Release Pain and Trauma by Utilizing the Wisdom of the Body,” by Emily A Francis
Get the tools you need to clean your emotional house from top to bottom, complete with journal prompts and access to audio meditations for you to listen along to as you read with this new book by trained body worker, Emily Francis, who offers a refreshing perspective on healing trauma. I love that it’s like a workshop in a book!

In the book, she reveals unique knowledge of the body as a holder for memory and from beginning to end, she will lead you on a path deep within yourself to rearrange the ways that pain and trauma have been holding you back from whole body, mind, spirit, and energy healing. You will rearrange the dialogue within your body memory systems as well as learn a practice to re-birth by healing your inner child and adolescent selves, coming into the present to create the best adult self possible.

 

How to Pray the Shaman’s Way: Ancient Techniques for Extraordinary Results,” by Jose Luis Stevens, PhD
This book will teach you how to get in touch with the universe and communicate with Spirit based on the wisdom of the ages. The author will lead you on a spiritual path that covers the entire range of human experience, from gratitude, worship, and celebration to grief, guilt, affliction, supplication and suffering.

Building on his decades of training and teaching in the shamanic tradition, the author offers a complete guide to this universal, transformative practice, and the book is not only an in-depth exploration of prayer as an innate human phenomenon, but also a practical guide for initiating or deepening your own rich prayer practice. Packed with inspired prayers that can be adapted for many different traditions, this book is a deep dive into the world of personal transformation, healing, and spiritual guidance.

 

“The Knowing: 11 Lessons to Understand the Quiet Urges of Your Soul,” by Saje Dyer and Serena Dyer Pisoni
The daughters of beloved teacher Wayne Dyer share their ever-evolving understanding of their father’s timeless teachings.

To millions of readers around the world, Dr. Wayne Dyer was the beloved “Father of Motivation”―but to Serena, Saje, and their six siblings, he was simply “Dad.” When he died suddenly in 2015, the sisters were blindsided by grief and felt unprepared to navigate life’s challenges and conflicts without his guidance.

The experience launched them on an adventure from loss to understanding as they came to realize and metabolize their father’s teachings with a new urgency, intimacy, and power as they applied them to their lives. As their journey unfolded, they realized their father’s wisdom―“The Knowing”―was embedded in their DNA … as it is for all of us.

In this book, Saje and Serena share how they recommitted to the teachings of their father and, in doing so, created their own evolution of his principles they teach today. They share the 11 lessons that cracked them open and sparked their own spiritual journey, including:

• Parented in Pure Love―the joys, surprises, and gifts of growing up in the Dyer family
• How the Soul Remembers―how to become a host for miracles instead of a hostage to circumstance
• Take Your Shoes Off―bringing stillness to the mind to open your heart to guidance
• The Geometry of Forgiveness―change your life and the lives around you with a simple prayer
• Especially Love―how to always return to love, kindness, and receptivity

 

Live Free: Exceed Your Highest Expectations,” by DeVon Franklin
Another person I interviewed years back, and now a bestselling author, Devon Franklin shares the secret to living a happier life — get rid of as many expectations as possible, of ourselves, our future, our relationships, our career and our family.

He teaches that expectations are distorting your perspective and decreasing your happiness and joy. Think about your life. How much of the sadness you feel derives from what you think should have happened—than with what actually happened? And career? How much of the discontent you feel comes from your belief about where you’d be at this point—than with the progress you’ve actually made? And relationships? How much of your dissatisfaction with friends, family, significant others, or spouses has to do with your unspoken presumptions—than with the people themselves?

You can live a life of true freedom, greater peace and less stress: release as many expectations as possible.

 

 

“This is How I Save My Life: Searching the World for a Cure — A Lyme Disease Memoir,” by Amy B. Scher
Not only is she my go-to energy therapy and healing expert, but her own story of healing is amazing, and she shares it in this book, now in paperback!

By the time Amy B. Scher was twenty-eight-years-old, she had lived through almost a decade of misdiagnoses, excruciating pain, brain lesions, bone marrow biopsies, blood transfusions, and multiple hospital stays to treat her late-stage, chronic Lyme disease. And when the best physicians in America labeled her condition incurable and potentially terminal, it was up to Amy to blaze her own path forward.

Then, in a stroke of serendipity — and you know I believe there are no accidents — she heard about an experimental treatment only available in India — human embryonic stem cell therapy — which had as much probability of killing her as it did of curing her. She boarded a plane with no idea of what awaited her: culture shock, radical medical treatment, and most surprising of all, life-affirming love.

Read about her journey of healing herself and finding love in the process, and I promise you will be both inspired and moved.

 

“Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters that Drive Our Life,” by Jill Bolte Taylor
I loved her book “My Stroke of Insight,” and now The New York Times best-selling blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace.

For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking.

In this book, Dr. Taylor shows us how to get acquainted with our own Four Characters, observe how they show up in our daily life, and learn to identify and relate to them in others as well. And she introduces a practice called the Brain Huddle–a tool for bringing our Four Characters into conversation with one another so we can tap their respective strengths and choose which one to embody in any situation.

The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we discover that we have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical new road map to deep inner peace.

 

 

“You are the Guru: 6 Messages to Move You Through Difficult Times with Certainty and Faith,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
New York Times bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein shares six messages that are simple, reliable, spiritual solutions to free you from fear and inner turmoil. You will learn to regulate your nervous system, calm your mind and trust your inner wisdom to provide clear direction. This Audible Original will teach you how to guide yourself back to peace at any moment.

Let the number one New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein show you how to be your own guide, tapping in to a deeply unifying awareness and empathy you may not realize you possess.

The six messages are:

  • See through the lens of love.
  • Surrender to creative solutions.
  • Inspired action clears the path.
  • In stillness, we receive.
  • Compassion creates connection.
  • You are the guru.