Elevated Existence March 2018 Spiritual 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.

I created Elevated Existence Monthly Book Picks to help narrow down your search, and make sure you don’t miss some great options!

Here are the picks for March 2018. They are listed below in alphabetical order. Click on each title to go directly to Amazon and find out more about the book.


“Dodging Energy Vampires: An Empath’s Guide to Evading Relationships that Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power,” by Christiane Northrup, M.D.
In Dodging Energy Vampires, Christiane Northrup, M.D., draws on the latest research, along with stories from her global community and her own life, to explore the phenomenon of energy vampires and show us how we can spot them, dodge their tactics, and take back our own energy. Readers will delve into the dynamics of vampire-empath relationships and discover how vampires use others’ energy to fuel their own dysfunctional lives. Once you recognize the patterns of behavior that mark these relationships, you’ll be empowered to identify the vampires in your life too. Dr. Northrup opens up a toolbox full of techniques to use so you can leave these harmful relationships behind; heal from the darkness they’ve cast over your mind, body, and spirit; and let your own light shine.


“Energy Strands: The Ultimate Guide to Clearing the Cords that are Constricting Your Life,” by Denise Linn
Discover the cables, ropes, ribbons, strands, threads, and filaments of energy that flow to and through you and learn ancient shamanic techniques to release the cords that bind you and empower the strands that strengthen and heal you from author Denise Linn. She also shares some of the methods she’s learned over the years to support you in finding harmony and balance in your life through understanding these lines of energy. Topics covered include attachments with family, ancestors, friends, lovers, crowds, and pets. The book also explores the connection between sound (crystal bowls), breath, meditation and visualization in strands. You will gain practical tools to clear negative cords from unhealthy attachments, toxic relationships and spaces.

“From Never Mind to Ever Mind: Transforming the Self to Embrace Miracles,” Robert Rosenthal, M.D.
When we don’t know what we want to create, we bounce from one desire to the next, in search of a better job, relationship, money and more. In his new book Robert Rosenthal M.D. shares an approach based on A Course in Miracles, explaining that only when we recognize and remove the obstacles to our true nature and the presence of love within us and within all beings, will we know the truth of who we are (and what we want). He takes readers on a journey of undoing, to demonstrate conclusively the false assumptions from which our current sense of self is constructed so we can gently release them and experience Spirit within. We don’t know what will make us happy, but our true self does, and will gladly reveal itself and show us the way if and when we allow it.


“The Gratitude Formula: A 7-Step Success System to Create a Life that You Love,” by May McCarthy
In The Gratitude Formula, May McCarthy offers a definable, practical system you can put to use every day to achieve success in your relationships, career, finances, health, personal pursuits, spiritual growth, and virtually any other aspect of your life. While her method is built upon starting each day with a grateful heart, the details of her 7-step practice, including the importance of implementing them on a daily basis, is the key to creating a life that you love.

You will learn how to create powerful, practical and achievable goals; develop your spiritual intuition to help you manifest and achieve your dreams; untangle from any doubts, fears or behaviors holding you back from abundance; and say yes to prosperity and limitless possibilities.


“The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy From Morning to Evening,” by Laurie J. Cameron
Designed for busy professionals looking to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives, this guide draws on contemplative practice, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace and beyond. Noted mindfulness expert and international teacher and business leader Laurie J. Cameron — a veteran of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason, and 20-year mindfulness meditation practitioner — shows how to seamlessly weave mindfulness and compassion practices into your life. It includes straightforward exercises designed for busy schedules.


“Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationship with Money,” by Meriflor Toneatto
When women are empowered with money, they become “difference makers,” transforming not only their own lives, but also those of their children, families and communities at large. Author Meriflor Toneatto, an award-winning leadership and coaching executive, shows how to extend your limits and create the life of your dreams — financially, spiritually and emotionally. She explains how money is “emotional currency” and prescribes eight Holistic Principles to overcome deep-seated blocks, “pay forward” your own successes, and live the life of your dreams.


“Permanent Marker: A Memoir,” by Aimee Ross
Aimee Ross was living a perfectly normal life raising three kids, married to her high school sweetheart, and teaching at her high school alma mater. Life was perfect right, until it wasn’t. Unhappy in her marriage, she asked for a divorce. Three days later, she suffered a heart attack at age forty-one. Five months after that, she survived a near-fatal car crash caused by an intoxicated driver. Her physical recovery took months and left her body marked by scars. The emotional recovery, though, would take longer, as Aimee sought to forgive the man who almost killed her and to forgive herself for tearing apart her family. This book will take readers on a journey of healing, proving light, new love and renewed purpose for life can come from darkness.


“Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness,” by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going. Blending neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows readers how to develop 12 vital inner strengths hardwired into our nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at us, we will be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity. The book offers concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain, and includes effective ways to interact with others and repair and deepen important relationships.


“This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide,” by Geneen Roth
With humor, compassion, and insight, This Messy Magnificent Life explores the personal beliefs, hidden traumas, and social pressures that shape not just women’s feelings about their bodies, but also their confidence, choices and relationships. Geneen Roth looks at the imperfect path women take to step into their own power, presence and ownership, and bases it on her own personal journey, and decades of work with thousands of women around the country.

Roth embraces everyone’s unique and often unsung potential and shows us how to be open, curious and kind with ourselves; how to say no to people and ideas that hold us back; how to let go of grudges and anxieties; how to pick ourselves up after setbacks; how to say a resounding yes to the world; how to move from fixing ourselves to finding ourselves; how to find joy in the ordinary; and how to experience the extraordinary right here and now in our bodies.

We Consciousness: 33 Profound Truths for Inner and Outer Peace,” by Karen Noe
After best-selling author Dr. Wayne W. Dyer left the physical plane in 2015, psychic medium Karen Noé began receiving very profound and specific messages from him for his family — and for the world. While Wayne comes through to Karen singularly, he also comes through together with a group of other celestial beings called the We Guides, which includes Saint Francis of Assisi and countless other angels and ascended masters.

Wayne and the We Guides share 33 concepts that make up the We Consciousness — and they all point toward us becoming an instrument of peace. In order to extend peace outside of ourselves, we must first feel peace within ourselves. We must expect to see peace everywhere, and acknowledge the infinite peace that we are. Then we must live that identity to the fullest. After understanding and applying these ideas, readers will be able to create miracles in their life and the lives of others as well, and learn to create heaven on Earth.


“Your Holiness: Discover the Light Within,” by Debbie Ford
In a recently discovered unpublished work by the beloved spiritual teacher and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Debbie Ford, she reflects on the astonishing holiness that resides in each of us.

“What you are seeking at the deepest level exists inside of you, in the quietude of your own inner world, in the privacy of your own sweet heart. So now it’s your responsibility, your holy responsibility, to encode your consciousness with thoughts, feelings and images that will support you in creating the perfect internal environment to cultivate a deep and intimate relationship with the one you call God. This is the force that loves you, cheers for you and wants it all for you. In a world where love leaves as quickly as it comes, you can rest now, knowing that you have found a love that will never leave you, never misguide you and never ever let you down. My advice, dear friend, is take great care of that Love. It will give you everything you’ve been looking for.”

On the fifth anniversary of her death and written during her long battle with cancer, Your Holiness is a thoughtful and poignant exploration of the godliness that resides in all of us. Infused with her trademark frank honesty and keen insight, it is a blueprint for recognizing and accepting our latent spirituality. Debbie combines motivational prayers with deeply personal stories about her own spiritual journey — how she struggled and eventually found her internal faith — and translates her experience into a practical path for transformation.

Kelley Kosow: Defying Gravity: Discover the Power of Your Shadow

By Jennifer McCartney

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Our shadows, whether we realize it or not, dictate the quality of our lives, impacting our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, actions, inactions and choices. They determine the amount of success, love, joy, abundance and confidence we will or will not realize. When we deny our shadows and hide the parts of ourselves that we deem inappropriate or do not like or want to be, we whittle away at our full self-expression.

Kelley Kosow, life coach and chief creative officer and faculty member at The Ford Institute for Transformational Training, founded by New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford, joined Tammy Mastroberte, founder of Elevated Existence Magazine for the  “Living an Elevated Existence Mind, Body & Soul Summit Season 2,” to explain how we can bring the light of awareness and compassion to our shadow selves and improve all areas of our lives.

“The shadow is the parts of ourselves that we don’t want to be, that we try to hide, that we deem inappropriate,” Kosow told listeners. “Little by little, we begin to whittle away parts of ourselves. Our concept is based on wholeness—it’s about being able to live to the full expression and the full range of who you are.”

So how do we develop these shadows, and where do they come from? Kosow explained our shadows are often something we develop very young. When we’re upset, or we don’t know how to handle an event, we blame it on ourselves and become shameful. We unconsciously choose to hide those parts of ourselves away. For example, if a child stutters in school, they might come to believe they are stupid, and then they try and hide that they are stupid for everyone around them. Or, it could be as a child, if our parents are divorced and we never see our father. Our shadow self tells us we are unlovable. Then as we grow up we keep attracting events, people and situations to ourselves to prove this point right.

“It creates self-sabotage,” she said. “So it’s the seven-year-old that’s running your life, not the mature adult because you’re going back to that place when the shadow belief was created.” So even though our shadows are living in the outskirts of our conscious mind, they’re actually running the operating system of our conscious mind. “It’s there even though you don’t realize it, impacting every aspect of your daily life,” she explained.

These shadow selves we refuse to own can manifest themselves in many ways in our adult lives, sabotaging us and popping up at the worst time and in the worst way. Kosow shared an example of a public figure with a shadow — Elliott Spitzer, the governor of New York.

“My favorite all time example is Elliot Spitzer who went around trying to rid New York City of prostitution . . . and then was caught with a prostitute. So that’s a perfect example of a shadow quality.”

We often create an opposite persona of our shadow to cover it up, she explained. “We put so much energy in the denial of it,” she said. But we are not healing that wound until we learn to embrace the shadow and find the gift hidden within it. “Every quality has a gift to it,” she told listeners, even those we believe are negative or undesirable. And we possess all of them — all the qualities we don’t like in others exist within us, and we want to develop a loving relationship with them so they can’t sabotage or hinder us.

We might think we don’t want to be nasty, angry or a failure, but there is a gift in all of these qualities. If we let go and embrace these qualities, we can be more whole and authentic. If we let go and embrace failure, for example, we can see failure allows us to leave a bad marriage or allows us to leave a job we don’t want—both which offer positive outcomes.

“At the end of the day, we’re here to evolve,” Kosow explained. “The shadow is here to show you you so you can be who you are and live a fuller life and an authentic life.”

Kosow shared three steps to finding and embracing our shadow selves:

1. Unconceal — We have to know what our shadows are so the first step is to unconceal them. “I love when I find a shadow because I know on the other side of that shadow is freedom,” said Kosow.

We can look to the outside world to see what our triggers might be. What aggravates us about someone? The world is our mirror and is there to teach us, and because we can’t see ourselves we need other people to show us. If we are triggered by someone, we are reacting to a part of ourselves. “Anything you judge in others is is probably something you have yourself,” she said.

2. Own It — Say, “I am that.” So if we see someone that’s abusive—verbally or physically, we should examine our own actions. We may not be physically or emotionally abusive, but it may manifest itself differently. We may be self-abusive. “Every time I had a cookie when I was on a diet, or beat myself up for not being perfect, that’s abusive,” said Kosow. The quality may manifest itself very differently than the trait we see in another person. We may not be a “cheater” in the sense that we are unfaithful in your marriage, but we may cheat ourselves

3. Embrace It — Here is where we embrace and find the gift within the shadow. How does that quality actually serve you? For example, maybe not wanting to be a cheater may make you brutally honest. Or it may make you incredibly loyal. If you’re judgmental that shadow quality may make you a more discerning person and help you from being taken advantage of in life. If you feel unlovable, you may go to the other extreme and prove how lovable you are, and the gift in that is you’re helping other people, you have a lot of compassion for people, or you’ll have really good friends. “That’s what we call embracing the gift,” she said.

The outer world is a reflection of our own world, Kelley concluded. “If you only own 50 percent of yourself you’re only manifesting 50 percent of the real world. If you can own all of who you are, that’s when you’re open to manifesting everything,” she said. Once we have embraced 100 percent of our own potential, that’s what we will be able to create in the outer world. “

You can say to me, ‘Kelley you’re a bitch.’ And I say, ‘Yeah, I know,’” she said. “There’s a gift in everything and owning those shadows can only make us more whole.”