Elevated Existence September 2016 Self-Help Book Picks

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

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

The books for this month were chosen by our editor’s as their picks for September 2016. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.

believe-ask-act“Believe, Ask, Act: Divine Steps to Raise Your Intuition, Create Change and Discover Happiness,” by MaryAnn DiMarco — Psychic medium, intuitive counselor and spiritual teacher, MaryAnn DiMarco shares her teachings for developing intuition to us to control life using three powerful steps: Believe, Ask & Act. This includes belief in a higher power, asking the right questions to our personal team of angles, guides and departed loved ones, and take action to create change. She also shares how to identify and remove the spiritual, emotional and real-world obstacles holding us back.

the-book-of-joy-small“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World,” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams — Two great spiritual mentors His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, share their wisdom about living with joy, even when faced with adversity. Both have been tested with personal and national adversity, and they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal, as well as the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness and daily practices to anchor our emotional and spiritual lives.

let-your-spirit-guides-speak-small“Let Your Spirit Guides Speak: A Simple Guide for a Life of Purpose, Abundance and Joy,” by Debra Landwehr Engle — Are you ready to build a relationship with your spirit guides? Learn how to connect to them for help with everything from simple to challenging life decisions. Learn how to utilize spirit guides to fulfill your life purpose, make decisions to move forward faster, stop sabotaging and judging yourself and more.


making-friends-with-your-mind-smallMaking Friends with Your Mind,” by Pema Chodron — Bestselling author Pema Chodron help us stop fighting with our thoughts and reopen ourselves to wonder as naturally as we breathe. During the sessions in this audio, she helps the listener bring awareness to inflexible thoughts through meditations, daily practices and small changes that can impact our lives.


marrow-a-love-story“Marrow: A Love Story,” by Elizabeth Lesser — New York Times bestselling author of “Broken Open,” Elizabeth Lesser’s new memoir,” Marrow: A Love Story,” chronicles the journey of donating bone marrow when her sister needs a transplant, and the lessons learned, including acceptance, authenticity and love. The sisters delve into what Lesser calls a “soul marrow transplant,” examining family history, having difficult conversations, offering forgiveness and more. When her sister’s body is not strong enough to fight, the story evolves into how even our most difficult experiences offer opportunities for spiritual growth.


radical-beauty“Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out,” by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder — Bestselling author Deepak Chopra teams up with Hollywood nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder to teach their six pillars of healthy living focused on internal and external nourishment, sleep, living naturally, avoiding excess stress and better understanding the relationship between emotions and inflammatory foods. The authors offer practical tips, tools, innovative routines and foods to help us reaching our highest potential of beauty and health, including do-it-yourself home skin care and beauty remedies and delicious recipes.


the-recovering-spender-small“The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life,” by Lauren Greutman — After years of struggling with too many bills and not enough money to pay for them, Lauren Guetman found herself drowning in debt until she finally faced her extreme spending habits and took action. Now she shares the strategies she developed to change her own life and bring her family budget back to black, including taking inventory of spending, decluttering finances, doing an expense audit, curbing spending and defining values.


Uncharted final.pdf“Uncharted: The Journey Through Uncertainty to Infinite Possibility,” by Colette Baron-Reid — Our September YouTube interview, Colette Baron-Reid shares how we can all learn to sail into uncharted waters, away from the familiar ways not working for us anymore, to discover the infinite potential we have access to in order to co-create the life we desire along with Sprit. She teaches us how to draw our own map of the soul for an inward journey through five interconnected realms of co-creation — Spirit, Mind, Light, Energy and Form.


the-universe-has-your-back-small“The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Your Fear to Faith,” by Gabrielle Bernstein — The New York Times bestselling author teaches readers how to transform fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson guides readers to release blocks to happiness, security and clear direction, and explain how to find strength, support, safety and joy, while unleashing the power of their true presence.


what-if-this-is-heaven-small“What if This is Heaven? How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth,” by Anita Moorjani — Elevated Existence September 2016 cover story interview, and author of “Dying to Be Me,” Anita Moorjani reveals the biggest myths that are holding us back from being authentically who we are, and who we planned to be before incarnating in this life. She uses examples from her own life and others to break these common myths, including spiritual people don’t have egos and we get what we deserve in life.

Anita Moorjani: Bringing Heaven to Earth

Known around the world for her bestselling book, “Dying to Be Me: My Journey From Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing,” Anita Moorjani chronicled her near death experience from which she returned to her body — which was dying from Stage 4 cancer — and within weeks the cancer reversed and her body completely healed.

In her newest book, “What If This Is Heaven: How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us from Experiencing Heaven on Earth,” she takes on the biggest myths in today’s society influencing our everyday lives, including “You Get What You Deserve,” “Loving Yourself is Selfish,” and “Spiritual People Don’t Have Egos.” She believes these myths are keeping us from being our authentic selves and living the lives we are meant to live.

In fact, looking back, she says if she knew everything she knows now, she would not have gotten cancer at all.

“I would have known it is very important to love myself. I truly believed previously that to love myself was selfish, and I believed it made me a better person if I constantly put other people before me and put myself last,” she says in the cover story of Elevated Existence’s September 2016 Issue, explaining she did this to a point where she treated herself like a doormat and let others walk all over her. She was a true people-pleaser and was afraid of saying “no.”

Moorjani gave to the point where she was completely drained, and would feel guilty if she wasn’t helping people who needed her. It became so bad that the day she was diagnosed with cancer, even though there was an immediate feeling of fear, it was followed by relief.

“It was like, ‘Ah, finally, I can do things for myself now. I can take care of myself because I have cancer.’ It’s like the cancer gave me permission. Today, I don’t need cancer. I don’t need permission because I matter. I am a product of the universe. I’m a facet of the universe — a facet of God. There is a reason for me to be here, and this applies to all of us. We’re all here to express God or to express the universe, and if we deny that, if we don’t love ourselves and allow our authenticity and light to shine, then we are denying the facet of God that is expressing itself through us.”

Layout 1We Don’t Need Fixing
Also in the September 2016 Issue, Moorjani explains how people often get caught up in the need to fix something about themselves, believing something is wrong with them that needs changing. But she realized this belief can actually cause us more problems, bringing about feelings of fear and insecurity.

This is true whether we are trying to heal from a physical illness or trying to fix some other aspect of ourselves. She admits to being a self-help junkie before she got cancer and after her near-death experience, she doesn’t feel like she needs help anymore, because she embraces everything about herself and is alright with being imperfect.

“I know this goes against the genre I write for, but I truly believe that even the belief we constantly need work and help is the problem and not the fact that we actually need help, “ Moorjani says.

For those struggling with an illness, especially cancer, she asks them to stop beating themselves up, or trying to figure out what they did wrong to create it. Rather, they should love and embrace themselves right now in this moment, and be with people who love and value them.

“Ask yourself, ‘what shall I do today to that will bring me joy? What would I be doing today if I loved myself?’ And we should do this whether we are sick or well. That is all we have to do every single day,” she explains.

She also teaches we should do one random act of kindness for ourselves every day that we wouldn’t normally do — something additional that either takes up some time or is something we have been putting off. This can be soaking in the bathtub or going to see a movie we have been meaning to see. It is important to start taking time for ourselves that we would normally allocate to others.

“I know most people who are attracted to my story or are attracted to spirituality and the books and magazines — they have no trouble doing a random act of kindness for other people, so I’m not going to even bother advocating that because I know they give and give and give until they become drained. That was me before I got cancer,” she shares. “What I’m advocating is one random act of kindness for yourself, no matter how busy your day is. In fact, the more busy your day is, the more important it is for you to take time out to do this.”

To read the entire cover story, plus an interview with bestselling author Colette-Baron-Reid about how to create the life we want, and an excerpt from bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein’s newest book “The Universe Has Your Back,” check out the September 2016 issue here!

Lessons from Heaven

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exclusive Coverage: Hay House I Can Do It Ignite NYC Part 1

In mid-February, Hay House I Can Do It Ignite came to New York City and the Javits Center for a weekend of inspiration and advice from bestselling and brand new authors in the spiritual and self-improvement field.

From a mob daughter who shared her story of a life filled with anxiety, stress and shame, and a man who discovered the power of social media through a video that went viral after United Airlines broke his guitar, to a woman’s miraculous recovery from terminal cancer after the doctor’s gave her hours to live, the two-day event brought laughter, tears and inspiration to all who attended.

Kicking off the weekend was best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer, who explained to the audience the greatest gift they possess when it comes to attracting their desires is the power of imagination. In his book, “Wishes Fulfilled,” Dyer explains how to tap into the manifesting power within us.

“The No. 1 principle is that if you would like to be able to create something, you must first be able to imagine it, because everything that is created is first imagined,” said Dyer.

He also brought new author of the book “Dying to be Me: My Journey From Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing,” Anita Moorjani to the stage, who spoke later in her own segment about recovering from cancer after a near-death experience. Moorjani had been suffering from cancer for four years, and had tumors “the size of lemons” in her lymphatic system. On February 2, 2006, she slipped into a coma, and doctor’s told her family she was in her final hours and would not come out of it.

“I didn’t know I was in a coma,” she told the audience. “I was aware of what my family was doing, but also what they were feeling. I felt so incredible – like my energy, soul and essence expanded, and it went outside the room.”

She explained how she was able to become aware of her brother who was in another country and frantically packing to get on a flight and see her in the hospital. She was pain free, and all of her fear was gone.

“I felt free, and I felt connected to everyone around me,” she told the audience. “I felt unconditional love bigger than anything I had ever felt.”

She encountered the essence of her father, who had passed away years before, and felt love from him, despite them not getting along when he was alive in physical form. In the realm she was in at the time, there was no time and space, and she remembered being aware of her brother in India, her father in spirit form, and her mother at her bedside in the hospital room simultaneously.

“I had incredible clarity, and realized why I had the cancer and why every decision in my life had led me to that hospital bed, dying,” she shared.

She was given a choice whether she wanted to stay where she was or go back to her physical body, and she admits she did not want to go back. But her father told her it was not yet her time and she needed to go back. After making the decision, she remembers opening her eyes to the hospital room, and although she was very weak, she started to talk to her family and tell them what happened.

Within four days, her tumors shrunk by 70 percent, and the huge open lesions she had on her body – which the doctors told her would require surgery – began to heal on their own within three weeks.

“Within weeks they could not find a trace of cancer anywhere in my body at all,” she said.

Moorjani shared a few of the lessons she learned in the other realm with the audience, including self-love, and the importance of removing fear. “It is really, really important to love yourself. If you don’t you can’t love anyone else. You can’t give what you don’t have,” she said. “If you fill yourself up first, giving yourself joy, you will be the most joyous to be around and you will love people unconditionally without even trying.”

She also lost her fear of dying through her near-death experience, which helped her to now live her life more fearlessly. “Where there is love, there is no room for fear. The more you love yourself, the less you will be fearful. Fear doesn’t keep you safe. Love keeps you safe,” said Moorjani.

Life is a gift, and it should be lived like a gift every single day, she told the audience. We should all wake up every day and ask ourselves what would bring us joy. For those who have lost loved ones, we need to know they are fine, blessed and still around us, and they do try to communicate with us. But most importantly, they want us to be happy.

“Nobody leaves before their time,” she said. “My only purpose and your only purpose is to be who you are. We make life really complicated, but you don’t have to work hard at anything. Love yourself enough to be who you are and when you are unafraid to be who you are, whatever is yours will come to you.”

Doreen Vritue & the Angels
Another best-selling author, Doreen Virtue, took the stage after Dyer to help the audience discover the help, healing and guidance available from the angels – who are non-denominational, celestial beings that we all have around us at all times whether we believe it or not, she said.

“We have all these friends in high places, literally, who don’t want anything in return from us,” Virtue told the audience. “We may believe in angels, but a lot of us don’t realize they want to help us with even the small day-to-day things, like getting a parking place.”

She explained we are all “earth angels” here to help one another as well, and this is something we all agreed to before coming here. The purpose of earth angels is often to carry out the messages from the angels when people are not tuned in to listening themselves.

“Angels want to hook you up to your higher will, and sometimes the answers have nothing to do with what we are praying for,” she said explaining how many people are now getting clear signs and messages it is time to change their diet and lifestyle.

“Every time someone gets the message to change their diet or make a lifestyle change, such as start yoga or exercise, these messages are about tuning the piano so you can hear the messages from back home – the angels,” said Virtue.

She told the audience the veil has been thinning between our physical world and the non-physical world, and more of us are opening up to the truth of who we are and what our purpose is in this life. Additionally, Virtue spoke of the worry around money, explaining it is only energy and something we can manifest, but the key is to keep our energy high.

“They key to manifestation is to have higher energy levels,” she said. “This is why the angels get on you about your lifestyle.”

Many people wonder how to stay positive when they see negative situations around them and in the world, and Virtue explained if we want to manifest positive, we must stay in that space no matter what.

“We think if we anticipate problems it will protect us, but when you anticipate problems you attract problems,” she told the audience. “We procrastinate with our purpose because we want to know the ‘how,’ but sometimes it’s better not to know because we often think we won’t be able to handle it. But once we are in it, we are always able to handle it.”

Virtue also spoke about her newest book, “Mary Queen of Angels,” explaining it looks at Mother Mary outside of the religion she is associated with, but as a non-denominational being like the angels.

“Just like the angels, you don’t have to go to church or temple. Mother Mary loves you unconditionally, and what she does is open your heart,” said Virtue. “Any time you are stressed all you have to do is close your eyes and say a prayer.”

Ending her time on stage, she asked those who have awoken to the true essence of who they are to embrace it, and work to help others remember the same. “You are all here with gifts to help sleeping brothers and sisters who forgot who they are,” she said. “The bigger your purpose, the bigger your ego, and the louder the fear you have. But know your life purpose fits you perfectly, and it’s something you are passionate about.”

Read Part 2 of our coverage, featuring The Daily Love’s Mastin Kipp and new author Michael Eisen!