January 2022 New Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author of “The Universe is Talking to You,” and founder of Elevated Existence, Tammy Mastroberte, chooses her picks for new books, audios and card decks in the spiritual and self-help field. None of these picks are sponsored or paid for — they are her honest picks that she shares with others!





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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


How Mini Meditations Help You Get Unstuck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is how it works:

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

How does this help you get unstuck in your life?

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

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

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

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!

November 2020 Self-Help and Spiritual Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author 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!

“Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite: How to Unlock the Awesome Power of You,” by Napoleon Hill, Don Green and More
Based on a series of booklets written by bestselling motivational writer Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie’s Mental Dynamite outlines the importance of three essential principles of success: self-discipline, learning from defeat, and the Golden Rule applied.

In 1908, Napoleon Hill met industrialist Andrew Carnegie for what he believed would be a short interview for an article. Instead, Carnegie spent hours detailing his principles of success and challenged Hill to devote 20 years to collating a proven formula that would propel people of all backgrounds to happiness, harmony, and prosperity. Hill accepted the challenge, which he distilled in the perennial bestseller Think and Grow Rich. Now, more than a century later, the Napoleon Hill Founda

tion is releasing this epic conversation to remind people that there are simple solutions to the problems troubling us most, everything from relationships and education to homelessness and even democracy.


“Empty Out the Negative: Make Room for More Joy, Greater Confidence and New Levels of Influence,” by Joel Osteen
Release the negative thoughts and feelings that are weighing you down and make room for the good things you should have in your life with #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen. You were created to be filled with joy, peace, confidence, and creativity. But it’s easy to go through life holding on to things that weigh you down-guilt, resentment, doubt, worry.

When you give space to these negative emotions, they take up space that you need for the good things that move you toward your destiny. Osteen shares how every morning you have to empty out anything negative from the day before and put on a fresh new attitude. Power up and get your mind going in the right direction, and you’ll step into all the new things God has in store for you.

“The Greatest Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne
From Rhonda Byrne, the author of the worldwide phenomenon The Secret, this new book is a quantum leap that will take the reader beyond the material world and into the spiritual realm, where all possibilities exist. It included wisdom from spiritual teachers from around the world, past and present who discovered the greatest secret; healing practices that can be put to use immediately to dissolve fears, uncertainty, anxiety and pain; the ultimate key to end suffering and discover lasting happiness, and more.


“Grow Rich with the Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” by Joseph Murphy
From the renowned bestselling author of “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind,” this is an authorized collection of writings that unlock the secret to extraordinary success that lies within each of us — focused on prosperity and the simple yet powerful ways we can focus our attention and beliefs to achieve life goals, obtain riches, and live the life of our dreams.

It includes original writings, including some that have never been published in book form, along with modern-day updates, examples, and insights for the contemporary reader. It goes beyond what we’ve already heard about the Law of Attraction and the power of positive thinking to reveal the ability that each of us has to manifest remarkable change in our lives.


“Messages of Grace: 111 Notes of Love and Guidance from Your Angels,” by Anna Grace Taylor
Do you ever wish you could feel more connected to your Angels? Are you in need of some Divine guidance, clarity and peace?

This book is filled with loving messages to help you navigate all aspects of life: your purpose, relationships, sensitivity and so much more — intended to be your oracle, companion and confidant, and includes space for your own journaling throughout.



“The Mindflow Method: How You Can Achieve Anything by Not-Wanting and Not-Doing,” by Tom Moegele
The MindFlow Method is meant to help people overcome anxiety, combat stress, and tackle emotional blocks, thereby releasing an infinite source of life energy. Through a powerful yet simple combination of movements, you can trigger energy shifts and reconnect to the natural flow of life.

The MindFlow Method uses movements similar to Qigong to tap into the energy field within and around us, bringing us to a higher state of consciousness (the G4 state) where our bodies release ‘happy’ hormones that help us relax. In this state, we can harness any toxic energy that comes our way and use it as our own strength. This brings us into alignment with our own inner power, calm in the knowledge that we are connected to life energy. This method and book will teach you how to release your resistance to challenges, raise your energy level, and move into a state of flow and deep inner peace.


“The Mindfulness Journal: Exercises to Help You Find Peace and Calm Wherever You Are,” by Corinne Sweet
The simple, calming exercises in this guided journal will help you stay mindful and centered despite the uncertainty of modern life. It offers an introduction to mindfulness and easy exercises that can be done whether you are sitting at your desk or standing in line at the supermarket.

Subjects include dealing with difficult emotions, preparing for a busy day, and sharing your space with others mindfully.


“My Pocket Self-Care: Anytime Activities to Refresh Your Mind, Body and Spirit,” by Adams Media
Filled with 150 activities to help you feel refreshed, refilled, and refocused every day. This allows you to focus on your own personal needs wherever you are — at home, at work, or on the go. From making your own facial cream to creating a mission statement to soaking in the moonlight and celebrating an unbirthday, there are so many enjoyable ways to reconnect with yourself.



“Pocket Therapy for Stress: Quick Mind-Body Skills to Find Peace,” by Clair Michaels Wheeler MD, PhD.
Drawing on the book, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” this on-the-go pocket guide offers simple, evidence-based strategies for coping with stress and overwhelm.

Grounded in positive psychology, mind-body medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy, the 10 simple but effective strategies in this book are a powerful antidote to stress.



“The Soul-Sourced Entrepreneur: An Unconventional Success Plan for the Highly Creative, Secretly Sensitive, and Wildly Ambitious,” by Christine Kane
Can you succeed in business when your strength is more about sensitivity than swagger? If you’re moved by meaning, more than manipulation? A former songwriter and performer, and then founder of Uplevel YOU—a multi-million-dollar business coaching company—Christine Kane shows a new class of entrepreneurs another way.

Readers will learn how to toss out ineffective, old-school goal-setting models; reframe intuition and sensitivity as valuable assets; examine old patterns for clues into what is holding you back; clean up spaces and distractions draining energy and power; break free from fear-based decision making and more.


“Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted,” by Kristi Nelson
Author Kristi Nelson, executive director of A Network for Grateful Living, unlocks the path to recognizing abundance in every moment, and gives readers the tools to bring this transformational shift in perspective into their daily lives. She goes beyond the proverbial question of whether the glass is half full or half empty, and encourages readers to awaken to the gift of having a glass at all. It includes questions for reflection, daily exercises, and perspective prompts for appreciating the fullness of life as it is, right now, and promises personal change through the practice of taking nothing for granted.


“Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times,” by Katherine May
Sometimes you slip through the cracks: unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a break up, or a job loss can derail a life. These periods of dislocation can be lonely and unexpected. For Katherine May, her husband fell ill, her son stopped attending school, and her own medical issues led her to leave a demanding job. This book explores how she not only endured this painful time, but embraced the singular opportunities it offered.

May’s story offers instruction on the transformative power of rest and retreat and invites readers to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear.

October 2020 Spiritual and Self-Help Book Picks

NOTE: Every month, bestselling author and founder of Elevated Existence, 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!


“Exhale: 40 Breathwork Exercises to Help You Find Your Calm, Supercharge Your Health and Perform at Your Best,” by Richie Bostock
Breathwork coach Richie Bostock shares more than 40 exercises to use the breath to feel and perform at your best. He combines strategies researched in a lab with practices used by ancient cultures and even the Navy SEALS, you will find solution to reduce stress and anxiety, increase energy levels, improve sleep, rejuvenate creativity and more.


“Greenlights,” by Matthew McConaughey
Based on his diaries over his 50 years, Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey created this memoir based on his successes and failures, joys and sorrows and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction. In the book he writes, “I found a relatable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges — how to get relative with the inevitable – you can enjoy a state of success I call ‘catching greenlights.’”


AUDIO: “Guided Meditations for Deepening Stillness: Every Day Practices for Raising Consciousness,” by Kim Eng
Teaching for many years with her partner Eckhart Tolle, Kim Eng shares some of her most effective meditation practices, including selections previously only available to retreat participants. Whether a beginner or avid meditator, this series offer practices for accessing the infinite potential of the present moment, exploring origins of the pain-body and more.


Mindful as F*ck: 100 Simple Exercises to Let That Sh*t Go!
Learn how to be present, centered and positive so you can live in the “now” regardless of what is going on and how you are feeling with the exercises in this book. Some include “Slay Your Fear with Lion’s Breath,” “Set Your Intention Right F*cking Now,” and “Write a Badass Haiku.”



“Mindfulness Meditations for Stress: 100 Simple Practices to Ease Tension and Find Peace,” by Denise G. Dempsey MEd
Learn simple, straightforward meditations that cover a wide spectrum of stressors so you can east tension and create calm in your life no matter what. You will learn the basics on mindfulness and meditation; explore meditation for managing stress related to specific events, from sitting in traffic and paying bills to job loss and becoming a parent; and discover, quick, 5-minute meditations to fit into a busy schedule that will reduce anxiety and stress quickly.


“Oracle of the 7 Energies Journal,” by Colette Baron-Reid
This companion to Colette Baron-Reid’s “Oracle of the 7 Energies” card deck offers you a space to write, reflect and create as you dive deeper into the essence of the seven energies. You wil find key concepts and themes for each energy; affirmation for each of the energy centers; thought-provoking journaling questions and writing prompts; exercise and activities; 21 oracle card spreads; and guided meditations for each energy center.



“Overwhelmed and Over It: Embrace your Power to Stay Centered and Sustained in a Chaotic World,” by Christine Arylo
Explore the external forces and internal imprints that push us into overwhelm and self-sacrifice, and learn how to access your power to achieve what matter most, including receiving what you need and desire. Learn to release the old approach to working, succeeding and managing a full life, and embrace a new way that gives you clarity and courage to make choices in your day-to-day and overall life design that support and sustain you.


“The Power of Awakening: Mindfulness Practices and Spiritual Tools to Transform Your Life,” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Restructuring content from audio lectures of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s teachings from the 1990’s and 2000’s to help others transcend their current circumstances and old patterns in order to reach true fulfillment. Learn to become awake and aware of the power within you to shift your thought processes, release attachments, tame your ego and more. He will walk you through the stages of enlightenment and instruct you in mindfulness practices such as visualization and meditation to reach a higher consciousness.


“The Prosperity Bible: The Greatest Writings of All Time on the Secrets to Wealth and Prosperity,” by Wallace D. Wattles, Napoleon Hill, James Allen and More
This one-of-a-kind resource collects the greatest moneymaking secrets of authors from every field — religion, finance, philosophy and self-help — and makes them available to offer guidance, ideas, know-how and inspiration. It includes advice from Napoleon Hill, P.T. Barnum, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Filmore, Florence Scovel Shinn and more.



“Spirit Junkie: A 52-Card Deck,” by Gabrielle Bernstein
Based on her “Spirit Junkie” book, these 52 cards featuring empowering messages to provide divine guidance, inspiration and support to strengthen your spiritual connection. Find support as you release old fears and patterns, step into your power and choose love – remembering that miracles are available to you in every moment.


“Success Is a Choice: Make the Choices That Make You Successful,” by John C. Maxwell
Abridged from his New York Times bestselling book, “Beyond Talent,” this teaches how you can learn to make the right choices that lead to success, as well as the steps successful people chose, such as believing in yourself, firing up passion, initiating action, focusing your energy, cultivating good relationships and embracing practice.

VIDEO: How to Handle Chaos & Obstacles When Manifesting

Have you ever set a goal or become clear on something you want to create or manifest, and then start bumping into issues, problems, obstacles and . . . chaos?

Getting clear on what we REALLY want to manifest is amazing and an important step in co-creating with the Universe, but that doesn’t mean now you can sit back and just allow all you desire to flow to you without any work — and sometimes that work shakes you up a bit!

In fact, the Universe HAS to shake you up a bit in order for you to grow and become a match with what you are trying to create.

In this video, I share how chaos and obstacles can be part of the manifesting process, and how you need to recognize them as signs you are moving toward your desire, rather than allowing them to stop you!

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