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.



“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.

5 Steps to Get Unstuck in Any Area of your Life: A Spiritual Solution

By Tammy Mastroberte

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Are you feeling stuck in one or more areas of your life and looking for a spiritual solution?

You’ve may have tried a ton of things like meditation, journaling, gratitude, vision boards . . . but you just can’t get yourself to move forward. You’re running in circles, not making progress and feeling frustrated and overwhelmed.

As someone who teaches people how to get unstuck in any area of their life using spiritual tools that harness the energy of the Universe so they can create a life they love, I have found there are five key steps that when used together can make a huge difference for people.

I created this formula for myself because I was stuck in almost every area of my life at one point, and I started testing and creating simple tools that could be done quickly — I’m talking about only minutes each day!

I actually put them all together in my Get Unstuck Toolkit, which targets eight main areas that I find most people get stuck in, and included customized prayers and focused gratitude exercises for each area, mini meditations, a micro video course to walk you through all the tools, and more! You can get it here for only $37!

And I want to share with you the 5 steps I have found that can make a huge difference for people who feel stuck to finally start moving forward and making progress where they were totally stalled out in the past!

The truth is, if you use only one or two of the steps (and one or two tools in the Get Unstuck Toolkit) you can see progress. But when you use them together it supercharges it and most people are shocked at how quickly the formula works for them.


Step 1: Gaining Clarity on What you REALLY Want
I see this with my one-on-one clients, my students, my friends and family, and even in my own life – we don’t take the time to get clear on exactly what we want to see or be or do or have in our lives around the area we are stuck.

Many time, we know we’re not happy where we are, we know it is not where I want to be and that we want something different than what we have, but we have not taken the time get clear on it. We need to ask ourselves, “What is it that I want? What is it going to look like? How will I feel when I have it?”

If you know you are not happy, but you don’t know what you actually want – for example, you are not happy in your job, but you don’t know what else you want to do to try and manifest a different job, you can still get some clarity around it. (NOTE: The Get Unstuck Toolkit gives you my Clarity Guided Meditation).

But right now, if you can’t figure out exactly what it will look like right away, I want you to focus on what is it going to feel like.  How will you feel when you wake up in the morning and you’re going to a job you love? When you’re going to a job that lights you up? Start there, and then you can move forward into figuring out more of the details of what you want.

If you want to manifest a love relationship, but you have don’t have a clear picture of your ideal relationship would look like, sit down and make a list. What are the qualities your ideal partner will have? What are the things you would do together? How would that person make you feel?

It doesn’t take a lot to get clear, but once you are, it’s so much easier for the Universe, your angels and guides to partner with you and start moving you forward. This is because when you are not clear, you are sending out mixed signals and it’s keeping you stuck!

Step 2: Calling in Higher Help
We have a tremendous amount of higher resources available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — and we are all entitled to tap into them! You have angels, guides, loved ones on the other side, ascended masters, gods and goddesses, saints and the Universe as a whole available to assist you on your path, and that includes getting unstuck!

There are eight customized prayers for the main areas I find most people get stuck in the Get Unstuck Toolkit, including manifesting money and abundance, health and healing, career and purpose, anxiety and fear, depression and loneliness, attracting new relationships, repairing relationships and parenting struggles, and each prayer pulls in all the higher helpers who specialize in each are, but if you don’t know who specializes in your area, I always tell people to call in their “collective,” and just state “anyone who specializes in XYZ,” and start there.

You can say, “I’m just calling in my angels, my guides and my loved ones who have passed on all those in my soul society, only those with the highest of vibration,” and then explain what you are looking for help with – and I always say, you are not just asking for things to be “fixed.” You are asking for the signs, the guidance and the direction toward helping you take action and move forward.

When you say a prayer and call in higher help, most of the time, you will suddenly think of something you didn’t before. You will get clarity you didn’t have before. You will overhear someone say something that leads you to an answer or leads you forward. The opportunities, the signs and the right people will start flowing into your life.

Step 3: Tame the Chaos Inside of You and Around You
The third step that is important when trying to get unstuck is starting to tame some of the chaos inside of you and around you. Often our thoughts are on the past of the future, and not in the present moment, and when we get caught up in the chaos in our mind or in our lives we are not even seeing the signs being sent our way to direct us forward.

If you are in chaos, it’s harder for you to get clear. It’s harder for you to focus. It’s harder for you to pay attention to the subtle answers that calling in higher help is sending to you

The easiest thing to do is throughout the day, take mini meditation breaks. Set an alarm on your phone and take 60-second breaks to close your eyes to repeat a mantra to release the stress and chaos and get back to the present moment.

The Get Unstuck Toolkit has three mini meditations for you to do this, but if you just stop throughout your day and bring yourself back to center, and then continuing with what you’re doing, you will start to notice a difference in how you feel. This is a key to moving forward, because if you are in that whirlwind of chaos all of the time, you will stay stuck in that energy. And that is not the energy that will propel you out of stuck. You won’t even have the mental capacity to figure out how to get unstuck or to let the ideas come into your head because it’s so full of chaos.

And part of that chaos is taking on other people’s stuff – other people’s energy, negativity and chaos that doesn’t even belong to you. So it’s important to protect and clear your energy, which is why the Get Unstuck Toolkit includes my Energy Protection and Clearing Guidebook to help you do this in only minutes each day.

Whether you identify as an empath or not, I promise you, you are taking on energy from the people and the places and everything around you. You don’t want to carry that with you.

Step 4: Focused Gratitude
In addition to clearing the chaos you want to keep your vibration up — especially around the area you feel stuck! So in addition to those mini meditation breaks, adding in what I call focused  gratitude can help you shift quickly out of stuck.

I think any general gratitude practice is important to have, but what I’m talking about is doing exercises with gratitude that are focused on the area you feel stuck because when you feel stuck I guarantee you that you are focusing on all that is going wrong. You are focusing on the negative and not on what is good or going right. And you need to shift that energy to create change.

That’s why, in addition to the eight custom prayers in the toolkit, I also included eight focused gratitude exercises targeting each life area.

Step 5: Find and Clear Limiting Beliefs
The final piece I find that keeps people stuck is limiting beliefs. We all have them. If you have a belief that you can’t do something, you shouldn’t do something, you don’t deserve to do something, or that something’s not possible, they will trip you up every time.

The challenging part is we don’t always know what these limiting beliefs are because they are stored in the subconscious mind. Luckily there are ways we can uncover them using muscle testing, or even a pendulum, to tap into the subconscious mind.

But limiting beliefs will literally keep you stuck. So once you start addressing all of these pieces and it sounds like a lot. But again, all of the tools, they’re simple, easy things that you can incorporate in your day that take only minutes, like saying a prayer that can make a difference that can start moving you forward again.

I work with clients using my intuition and pendulum to uncover their beliefs and anything else keeping then stuck, and the best way for you to start is to answer the question – Why have you not been able to X? Fill in the blank with “find a love relationship,” “find a new job,” “make more money.” Your “excuses” or “reasoning” will hold some clues to your own beliefs holding you back.

Don’t Give Up
I remember a time in my life where I was stuck in almost every area — money, career, no love relationship and my health was tanking. That is when Is started building this formula, and I’ve put it all together for you and walk you through it step-by-step in the Get Unstuck Toolkit. And

You can get unstuck in every area you feel stuck in now. Once you start addressing the steps I talk about here, things will start to shift. New energy will start to flow. And you will find yourself creating a life you love.

Access the Get Unstuck Toolkit now for only $37!

Access the Get Unstuck Toolkit now for only $37!

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.