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Four books that changed the way I see the world

In my early 20s I started going to therapy because I struggled with anxiety. Over time my therapist gently opened me up to ideas of the non-material world. I was waking up. My anxiety lessened as I began to have a deeper understanding of myself, my reason for being in this world, and the workings of the world around me that went beyond what was visible. I became a voracious consumer of media around all areas of personal growth during this time. I wanted to become the best version of myself, but I found that Tony Robbins and Brené Brown (while I love them and got so much out of what they had to say) could only take me so far. Eventually, I found myself seeking more spiritual perspectives on life and stumbled upon each of these books at various points of my journey. They all marked a turning point in my personal understanding of my inner world and the world around me.

When I find others who are on a similar path, I get so excited to share these books with them. I understand that these ideas may not resonate with everyone, but if you are at all curious and open to new ideas (like spirit guides, the Law of Attraction, and reincarnation), some or all of these books may open some doors to a new way of living.

Everything on this list is very palatable for someone just starting off, but also potent even for anyone who has been doing the work for several years. I tried to arrange the list from less "woo-woo" to more "woo-woo" as the list goes on . Be sure to comment and let me know if you read any, or if there are any other books that you found to be powerful along your own journey.

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

"In The Power of Now [Echkart Tolle] shows readers how to recognize themselves as the creators of their own pain, and how to have a pain-free existence by living fully in the present. Accessing the deepest self, the true self, can be learned, he says, by freeing ourselves from the conflicting, unreasonable demands of the mind and living present, fully, and intensely, in the Now."

This book was really the first book I found that changed things for me. I have a core memory of listening to this book while getting ready for work one morning and finally being able to let go of a really difficult past experience because this book provided me with the exact words I needed to hear at the time. What he has to say is simple, but powerful. Eckhart presents a lot of the information in a Question/Answer format that feels very easy to digest, but if you're looking for a Spark Notes version, Oprah has several interviews with Eckhart that are great, as well.

Ask and It is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks

"Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you're living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

As you read, you'll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern your time-space-reality—and you'll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.

It's your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good—and this book will show you how to make it so in every way!"
-Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

I'm listening to the audiobook for this book for the second time right now, and I notice that every time I listen to it, things just seem to flow in my life. I hit green lights all the way to the gym, I receive positive news and things I've been asking for, and just generally feel in a place of "lightness." This books is a reminder of how much you are loved and in control of your life-- that what you focus on becomes your reality. The first half of the book is about what you need to understand in order to step into a better reality, and the second half is practical, simple, everyday exercises to help you create that better reality for yourself. If you had to only read one book from this list, I'd recommend this one. :)

The Instruction by Ainslie MacLeod

"Have you ever sensed that your life has a deeper, more meaningful purpose, but you don't know what it is? If so, you're not alone. To help you and the millions like you, psychic Ainslie MacLeod's spirit guides have given him a systematic approach to uncovering who you really are―and the life your soul has planned for. They call it The Instruction." -Amazon

This book was really the first time I stepped into the idea of having spirit guides (an entity that acts as a guide or protector for us when we are incarnated... sort of like a guardian angel) and reincarnation. These were things I had not really considered before, but when I read this book the ideas that Ainslie MacLeod presented to me really resonated. So much so, in fact, that I booked a one-on-one session with him. My hour speaking with him was the single most enlightening experience I've had to this day. Without telling him any details of my life, he identified many things about who I am and the things I struggle with most and how they connected to my past lives. It was honestly freaky, and I still look back on what he told me that day when I'm seeking some direction for how to continue down the path toward my highest self. Even if you don't book a one-on-one with Ainslie, this book holds a lot of power in helping you to better understand yourself and why you're here. I suppose that's really what I got out of this one-- why I'm here.

Your Soul's Plan by Robert Schwartz

"Would you like to understand the deeper spiritual meaning of physical illness, parenting handicapped children, drug addiction, alcoholism, the death of a loved one, accidents, deafness, and blindness? explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we are born for the purpose of spiritual growth. Through compelling profiles of people who knowingly planned the experiences mentioned above, Your Soul’s Plan shows that suffering is not purposeless, but rather imbued with deep meaning. Working with four gifted mediums, author Robert Schwartz reveals the significance of each person’s life plan and allows us a fascinating look into the 'other side.'" -Amazon

This book brought me so much peace. If you can wrap your head around the idea of spirit guides and reincarnation and are seeking a life with less resistance to what is, this book is unbelievably helpful. It taught me to see the challenges in my life (whether in the form of circumstances, other people, or in my own mind) as things put in my path so that I can learn and evolve. It is truly a fascinating and comforting read. And if you're interested in exploring more of the ideas he talks about relating to the 'other side,' you should absolutely read Journey of Souls by Michael Newton, PhD.

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