Books and reading have such an influential and healing place in my life. My favourite experiences with books, and what I always have as my intention when reading, is to allow them to be portals back into my heart, into deeper connection with myself and deeper connection with Life/All That Is.
Some of the books below have touch me in such a profound way – they feel alive, full of mysteries and wisdom, and truths about life – they are a practice in and of themselves – healing practice, a spiritual practice, a growth practice.
Favourite Spirituality Books
Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue
(Book 1, 2 & 3) Neal Donald Walsch, 1996 & 1998
This series has held such a deep place in my heart since I first found them in 2019. I’ve read them (mainly book 1 & 3) numerous times as they’re the kind of book that journeys you deep home within. This series is a doorway into my divinity, into my connection with Life, God, Source – whatever you’d want to label it. I still reach for it every now and then as a quick dip into Soul by flicking to a ‘random’ page and be with whatever goodness presents itself to me. So much divinity and healing.
I can’t say who or where I’ll be along the journey of my life, but based on the last few years I’d suggest that these books might continue to be my go-to home/heart space for many more years to come.
Becoming Supernatural: How Common People are Doing the Uncommon
Joe Dispenza, 2019
One of the most exciting books that I’ve read this year and something I plan on coming back to – I wish I could dive into it and swim in all of the goodness available. Bridging ancient wisdom with modern science, exploring the energy centres, energy body, creation (manifestation), quantum science, consciousness, healing, the nervous system, and so much more with added meditations/exercises to try out.
I also became slightly obsessed with a morning meditation of his when reading this, which you can find here.
The Council of Light: Divine Transmissions for Manifesting the Deepest Desires of the Soul
Danielle Rama Hoffman, 2013
Another really fun and exciting book, while also holding awakening/activating energy. My favourite thing about The Council of Light are the exercises that feel so much like playing with energy. This book will have you believing in yourself, in Life, and in possibility once again. I actually read this first in 2020, but felt it needed to be added to this years list!
If you enjoy this, I’d also recommend The Tablets of Light, The Teachings of Thoth on Unity Consciousness. I actually got a lot more out of this one, but my journey has it feeling like it should follow the Council of Light.
In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying
By Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, 2019
A journey of a Tibetan Buddhist Monk who left everything he knew, plus safety and comfort, as he ventured out of his monastery to embark on a ‘wandering retreat’ (a journey with no destination, no home, known comforts and as the journey continues – no money).
Exploring Buddhist teachings, spiritual reflection and insight, and death – or bardo. I never wanted to put this down and found the exploration of death the most powerful.
Stop missing the point
Peta Kelly, 2020
I’ve been in deep appreciation of Peta Kelly and her sharing’s for years now, including this book, which might have you feeling slightly called out, with permission to both laugh at yourself and return to what really matters to you.
“This is a message for the world changers, the activists, the conscious folk of our generation and most importantly the ‘Peggy Profound’ in your head that makes you wanna be good instead of true. Whilst you’re pursuing a life of nobility, activism and consciousness, it’s also important to pull the organic, crystal carrot out of your ass and lighten up.”
Also loved Earth is Hiring by Peta Kelly a few years back.
Favourite Psychology Books
When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships
David Richo, 2008
A current read while writing this, and as a Neptune ascendant, I’m receiving so much benefit from presenting disillusionment, transference, projection, and trauma through the lens of mirrors and potential for healing – themes that I feel I’ll be peeling back layers of for many years to come.
I’m deep in the internal exploration of objective truth/reality and how our view can become distorted throughout our journeys, and this book is so supportive of this. Super fun, a psychological viewpoint and naturally, I also love the spiritual thought that acts as a foundation of everything shared on these pages.
No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model
Richard Schwartz , 2021
A compassionate look at the internal workings of the self, the behaviours and patterns we don’t fully understand, trauma from a loving lens, and the critical voices that linger. I have so much appreciation for the Internal Family Systems Model of psychology, and have no doubt it can be deeply helpful for any open and curious to explore!
Favourite Astrology Books
I realise as I’m putting this list together of this years favourite Astrology Books, that the list below holds heavier, in depth and not-so-simple reads or beginner astrology friendly, however truly rich and supportive to deepen an existing relationship with astrology.
Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil
By Liz Greene, 1976
My current read as I’m writing this and I am finding it absolutely profound, many of Liz Greene’s books are on the list for my next reads. Perfect timing as I’m coming up to my Saturn return next year, this is an in depth look at Saturn through the lens of Jungian Psychology and mythology. A heavier read, however incredibly rich, it explores Saturn on its own, and through the houses and signs. There’s potential to really see yourself through these pages.
Mysteries of the Dark Moon: The Healing Power of the Dark Goddess
By Demetra George, 1992
Think 8th House, Scorpionic, Pluto vibes. Explores death, renewal, sexuality, the divine feminine, the unconscious, mythology, history (especially of the matriarchal rule) plus some really interesting larger collective cycles through the lens of the lunar cycle.
Both heady and deeply rich in embodied feeling.
Uranus – Freedom from the Known
By Jeffrey Wolf Green, 1986
Jeffrey Green is the founder of Evolutionary Astrology, a lens which explores astrology through the purpose and evolution of the Soul through lifetimes. This book is a compilation of in-person workshops given on Uranus. The kind of book I’d come back to continually, knowing fully well it couldn’t possibly be grasped in one read – this is study. Another love of mine as a 1st House Uranus human!
Next on the list by Jeffrey Green – Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul.
Favourite Autobiography Books
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom
Yeonmi Park, 2016
I absolutely adore this book. This story, this journey, this life experience, is heart wrenching and eloquent. An experience beyond comprehension that can really widen the viewpoint of life, especially if experiences beyond ones culture hasn’t been explored much. I feel so grateful to be able to peak into an experience that is so vastly different than my own.
If you enjoy this, I also really loved A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Anthony Ray Hinton, 2018
Another heart-wrenching, yet inspiring, heart-filling, hopeful, beautiful book. A true life experience of Anthony Hinton, falsely accused of murder who spent 30 years on death row and somehow shares deep compassion, love and joy for humanity. Gets so, so, so deep into the heart – lots of tears.