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My spiritual shelfie

(This post contains affiliate links.) As part of my 40 before 40 challenge to myself, I pledged to read (or re-read) every one of my spiritual books. Now, as I show you my bookshelves, you’ll appreciate the enormity of the task!

In my bedroom I have a bookcase entirely devoted to spiritual books. Along with a number of large amethyst and rose quartz crystals, it helps to make my bedroom a real feel-good space for my soul.

Incidentally, a year or so ago I thought the word shelfie was my own invention, but a quick search now reveals that Google doesn’t agree! 😯

Let’s delve in…

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In Face to Face with Life: Pathways from Struggle to Freedom, Mansukh Patel tells his life story and how the sacred indigenous teachings of his own parents became the basis of Dru Yoga and the original Life Foundation, both of which have been a big part of my life.

For anyone with even the slightest interest in the Bhagavad Gita, I can’t recommend the Dru Bhagavad Gita books and DVDs more. There are 3 books and 5 DVDs which present the Bhagavad Gita absolutely beautifully with translations, meanings, inspirational stories and practical applications. The observant among you will notice that one of the Dru Bhagavad Gita books and one of the DVDs is missing. My mum is borrowing them at the moment, and so far she’s enjoying them just as much as I did. As I have said before, I would also love to do the Dru Bhagavad Gita online self-mastery course.

In Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, Caroline Myss unifies diverse spiritual and religious beliefs – Christian sacraments, Hindu chakras and the Kabbalah‘s Tree of Life – and we learn how emotions, psychological stress, beliefs and attitudes can influence our physical body and explain why some people do not heal and why we often find ourselves in difficult circumstances that never seem to change.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is a fable about seeking your higher purpose in life, not compromising that vision and fulfilling your true potential. It’s a quick read, but a life-changing one.

In Balancing Your Chakras, Sonia Choquette’s writing style is enthusiastic and easy to read. She inspires us to balance our chakras in order to improve our everyday life, health and wellbeing, all through practical exercises.

Then, we move along to some of the Law of Attraction material that I own by my favourite writers on the topic, Esther and Jerry Hicks, who present the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham. I have The Vortex in paperback format, The Teachings of Abraham: The Master Course CD Programme (recordings of workshops which took place during one of Esther and Jerry Hicks’ cruises) and The Law of Attraction CD Collection (which includes the audio version of their books Ask & It Is Given and The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham).

Dru Yoga for All Seasons was written by two of my favourite tutors on the Dru Yoga Teacher Training Course (which I completed between the years of 2002 to 2006 in London) – Padma McIntyre and Dr. Helena Waters.

Next we have two Indian classics, both by Shree Purohit Swami: The Ten Principal Upanishads and The Geeta. I bought these in India back in 2005 and it was while reading them outside a bar one night that I met a new friend who introduced me to brainwave entrainment.

The Reiki Sourcebook is a very comprehensive reference book which came highly recommended by the Reiki Master who I did my Usui Reiki Masters course with.

In Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer has written 81 brief chapters, each focusing on one of the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching and how to apply the ancient wisdom of that verse. This is an ideal book to read on waking, one chapter a day.

Along the front of the shelf, I have my Tarot of a Moon Garden tarot cards in a pretty box to the left, removed from their packaging and wrapped in a purple silk cloth inside the box. I absolutely adore the images on the cards and I knew immediately I saw them that that was the deck for me. To the right are two sets of angel cards: The Angels of Light Cards by Diana Cooper and Daily Guidance from Your Angels Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue.

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I bought Chinna Katha: Book 1 and Chinna Katha: Book 2 whilst staying at Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi, India. They each contain a collection of his short stories which will appeal to adults and children alike, each of which conveys a profound message. I find they are ideal for reading to participants at the end of a yoga class and it’s usually possible to find one to complement the theme of the class.

In The Spiritual Tourist, Mick Brown travels the world in search of the divine, investigating miraculous signs and famous names such as Madame Blavatsky, Mr Creme and Sai Baba. He even discusses reincarnation with the Dalai Lama. Mick Brown is sceptical but open-minded and, whilst I don’t always agree with his conclusions, it is an entertaining and informative book that I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder is a popular classic. It is a journey into history, philosophy and self-discovery which leads us to ponder the big questions in life such as “Who are you?” and “Where does the world come from?” and yet, despite it’s depth, the unique way in which the story blends in mystery and fantasy makes it delightfully engaging.

I love all of Diana Cooper’s books but A New Light on Ascension is one of my favourites and the only one of her books that I actually own. I’m really looking forward to re-reading this one. I would warn you that it’s a little ‘out there’ but I think that can probably be taken for granted with the majority of the books on my shelves!

Healing Sick Houses: Dowsing for Healthy Homes is written by husband and wife, Roy and Ann Procter. They discuss the effects of geopathic stress and how dowsing can be used to detect, diagnose and heal it. It was reading this book that prompted me to have my house ‘healed’ by a dowser when I bought it back in 2002 and I later went on to qualify in dowsing, both for health and space clearing. I was hugely disappointed that Roy and Ann Procter were no longer teaching at that point, but I found good courses nonetheless and I continue to find the subject of ‘healing sick houses’ fascinating, especially now that I am combining it with my study of Shamanism.

The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz was recommended to me by the instructor of a meditation course I took some years back and I went on to read another of his books, The Mastery of Love, too.

In The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet, Benjamin Hoff explains Taoism and Te through Pooh’s approach to life. The complex concepts of an ancient and remote philosophy become accessible, relevant, relatable… and fun!

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth by Amelia Kinkade is such a lovely book. Amelia communicates with animals and teaches us how we can do the same with our own pets. I would love to be able to talk to Barley (my gorgeous working cocker) but so far I haven’t succeeded beyond the stage of being unsure if it’s just my own imagination. I inquired years ago about a private reading for Barley but was told Amelia wasn’t offering that service anymore, but I’ve just had another peek at her website and seen that private readings are now available again. They’re pretty pricey though – £250 for an hour in England. Can I justify that expense? 😕

It was Louise Hay’s book You Can Heal Your Life that first introduced me to using positive affirmations way back when. I have a copy of the ‘gift edition’ which is gorgeously illustrated.

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Surfing on top of the other books are two more books from the Life Foundation: Crisis & the Miracle of Love by Dr. Mansukh Patel and Dr. Helena Waters and The Dance Between Joy and Pain by Dr. Mansukh Patel and Rita Goswami – all names I know well and who have been a part of my journey with Dru Yoga. These are lovely books which can be dipped into as needed, kind of like a toolbox for life.

Underneath, I have a collection of yoga books, all of which are classics and will be well known to any student of yoga: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya, Yogic Management of Common Diseases, Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Meditation and Mantras and Anatomy of Hatha Yoga. I purchased all of these books in India where the price was a fraction of their cost in the UK. Some of them are certainly less glossily presented than their English counterparts, but the contents are just the same.

In Sacred Space, Denise Linn draws on her Cherokee Indian heritage to teach us how to turn our homes into sanctuaries which radiate positive energy. She incorporates, Feng Shui, Shamanism, sound and much, much more. This book is absolutely packed with practical tips and information. I started making a note of page numbers with ideas to return to, but at some points I was having to just list whole chapters!

Life in the World Unseen was recommended to me by a psychic medium who ran a psychic development group that I used to attend. She said this book, more than any others that she had read, described best how she understood the spirit world to be through her experiences as a psychic. In the book, the deceased Monsignor Robert Hugh (son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury) recounts his experiences of the afterlife through the medium Anthony Borgia. Sequels to this book can be difficult to get hold of but can be downloaded free using these links: More About Life in the World Unseen, More Light, Facts, Heaven and Earth.

Seven Steps to Eternity is another story of one man’s journey into the afterlife. This time, clairvoyant Stephen Turoff tells the story as spoken to him by James Legett, a young soldier who was killed in World War 1.

It was reading For Tibet, with Love: A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the World by Isabel Losada that inspired me to undertake a charity trek in the Indian Himalayas in 2008 (during which I was lucky enough to see the Dalai Lama himself). The book is as funny and engaging as any ‘chick-lit’ title, but is also uplifting, intellectual and thought-provoking. I guarantee that Isabel Losada will convince you that you can make a difference and will inspire you to change the world.

I studied Karuna Reiki in 2015, becoming a Karuna Reiki Master, and these two books were the ones recommended to me by the Reiki Master who taught me: Reiki for Life by Penelope Quest and The Book on Karuna Reiki by Laurelle Shanti Gaia and William Lee Rand.

Essential Reiki by Diane Stein was another book recommended to me by the Reiki Master who I did my Usui Reiki Masters course with. Diane Stein reveals full details of all three Reiki degrees, information which had previously been kept highly secret in the West.

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Stephen Turoff is a psychic surgeon based in Essex in the UK. My mum and I have visited his clinic for healing a number of times and his clinics are always very busy, with people traveling from all over the world for healing. In Stephen Turoff, Psychic Surgeon, Grant Solomon tells Stephen Turoff’s life story and the development of his healing work.

Michael Newton is a hypnotherapist who regresses people not to their past lives, but to their life between lives. Absolutely fascinating! I’ve read his first book, Journey of Souls, but I haven’t yet read Destiny of Souls. The Newton Institute trains hypnotherapists in Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy and there are a number of practitioners in the UK so I intend to give it a try. It must be an absolutely life-changing experience!

Also on this shelf are another collection of books that I bought whilst staying at Sai Baba’s ashram in India, including Sunrays for Sunday which is a compendium of inspirational stories that will appeal to all ages.

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch is an absolute classic, isn’t it? I read it so long ago that I have forgotten much of the content (despite re-reading it about 10 years ago when I bought Book 2 and Book 3) so I’m sure I’ll gain a lot from reading them all again.

I can definitely recommend Sanaya Roman’s books. She channels a nonphysical entity named Orin who is a wise and gentle spiritual teacher, and Sanaya Roman delivers Orin’s wisdom to us through her books and audio courses. I have read Spiritual Growth and Soul Love, but I’m keen to read her other books and I’ve been meaning to purchase some of her audio courses but there are so, so many to choose from that I never get past the stage of trying to decide! Sanaya Roman has also worked with an Angelic being called Thaddeus to create a line of meditation music which you can listen to samples of here.

In Seeing Who You Really Are, Richard Lang presents to us our true identity, not as a mind-blowing text but as a series of exercises that enable us to discover the truth for ourselves. Around the time that the book was published, I attended a free workshop that he held in London (at his house, I think). It took a lot of getting my head around the exercises but by the end of the workshop I was starting to get it. I see that he is now offering a free e-course which I’m sure would be worth checking out.

Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning is probably the best book for anyone interested in the subject. I took her free Tarot for Beginners course some years back (which was excellent) and she also offers another online course that I would like to do at some stage. (So many interesting things to learn and too little time…)

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Conversations with the Other Side, Life on the Other Side and The Other Side and Back, all by Sylvia Browne, all describe… you’ve guessed it… life on the other side. Her descriptions of the spirit world are easy to read and comforting. These books are ideal for gifting to someone going through a bereavement and they are a great starting point if you haven’t read any books about life in the spirit world before.

Doreen Virtue writes superbly and is an expert on all things pertaining to Angels, Archangels and Ascended Masters. I have four of her books in paperback format so far: Archangels and Ascended Masters, Angel Therapy, Healing with the Angels and Chakra Clearing.

Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra and Home Ayurveda Spa by Anna Selby are two of the three books I recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about ayurveda. The third is Perfect Balance by Vaidya Atreya Smith but you won’t see that on the shelf as my mum is currently borrowing it.

Of course, as is the norm in today’s world, all of my books are not physical books sitting on a bookshelf. I’m a big fan of Audible and most of the books I spend my Audible credits on tend to be spiritual. There’s a good reason for this: I try to favour books that I think I will listen to again and again and also books that are spiritually “comforting” to listen to as I’m going to sleep at night.

Here’s my collection of spiritual books on Audible:

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To help me record my progress with my challenge to read (or re-read) every one of my spiritual books, I’ve created a tick-list:

Face to Face with Life by Mansukh Patel
The Dru Bhagavad Gita, Volume 1 by Mansukh Patel and John Jones
The Dru Bhagavad Gita, Volume 2 by Mansukh Patel and John Jones
The Dru Bhagavad Gita, Volume 3 by Mansukh Patel and John Jones
Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Balancing Your Chakras by Sonia Choquette
The Vortex by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Teachings of Abraham: The Master Course Audio CD Programme by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Ask & It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Dru Yoga for All Seasons by Padma McIntyre and Dr. Helena Waters
The Ten Principal Upanishads by Shree Purohit Swami
The Geeta by Shree Purohit Swami
The Reiki Sourcebook by Bronwen and Frans Stiene
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Chinna Katha, Book 1 by Sai Baba
Chinna Katha, Book 2 by Sai Baba
The Spiritual Tourist by Mick Brown
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
An Angel Saved My Life by Jacky Newcomb
A New Light on Ascension by Diana Cooper
Healing Sick Houses by Roy and Ann Procter
Through the Eyes of Spirit by Jenny Crawford
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
Dare to Connect by Susan Jeffers
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
Past Lives, Present Loves by Jeanne Avery
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth by Amelia Kinkade
Grow: The Modern Woman’s Handbook by Lynne Franks
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
Crisis & the Miracle of Love by Dr. Mansukh Patel & Dr. Helena Waters
The Dance Between Joy and Pain by Dr. Mansukh Patel & Rita Goswami
Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda
Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Prana Pranayama Prana Vidya by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati
Yogic Management of Common Diseases by Karmananda Swami
Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar
Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnu Devananda
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by David Coulter
Sacred Space by Denise Linn
The Dance of 17 Lives by Mick Brown
Life in the World Unseen by Anthony Borgia
More About Life in the World Unseen by Anthony Borgia
Seven Steps to Eternity by Stephen Turoff
A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the World by Isabel Losada
Reiki for Life by Penelope Quest
The Book On Karuna Reiki by Laurelle Shanti Gaia & William Lee Rand
Ask Your Guides by Sonia Choquette
The Art of Presence by Eckhart Tolle
The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd
The Secrets of the Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Follow Your Passion, Find Your Power by Bob Doyle
The Power of Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
More Light by Anthony Borgia
Intra Muros: My Dream of Heaven by Rebecca Ruter Springer
The Secret of Instant Healing by Dr. Frank J. Kinslow
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Tapping the Source by John Selby, Richard Greninger, William Gladstone, Jack Canfield & Mark Hansen
Grow Younger, Live Longer by Deepak Chopra 
Essential Reiki by Diane Stein
How to Use Yoga by Mira Mehta
Stephen Turoff: Psychic Surgeon by Grant Solomon
The Language of Miracles by Amelia Kinkade
The Inner Guide Meditation by Edwin C. Steinbrecher
The Extinction of Desire by Michael Boylan
Journey of Souls by Michael Newton
Destiny of Souls by Michael Newton
Sunrays for Sunday by Priya and Sanjay Tandon
I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
We Are Eternal by Robert Brown
The 8th Chakra by Jude Currivan
Cosmic Ordering by Jonathan Cainer
Life After Death by Deepak Chopra
Conversations with God, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch
Conversations with God, Book 2 by Neale Donald Walsch
Conversations with God, Book 3 by Neale Donald Walsch
Spiritual Growth by Sanaya Roman
Soul Love by Sanaya Roman
The Journey by Brandon Bays
Seeing Who You Really Are by Richard Lang
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Tarot of a Moon Garden by Karen Marie Sweikhardt
Learning the Tarot by Joan Bunning
Ayurvedic Healing by David Frawley
Ayurveda, Nature’s Medicine by David Frawley & Subhash Ranade
Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra
Illustrated Elements of Crystal Healing by Simon Lilly
Perfect Balance by Vaidya Atreya Smith
Conversations with the Other Side by Sylvia Browne
Life on the Other Side by Sylvia Browne
Past Lives, Future Healing by Sylvia Browne
The Other Side and Back by Sylvia Browne
Return of the Urban Warrior by The Barefoot Doctor
Archangels & Ascended Masters by Doreen Virtue
Angel Therapy by Doreen Virtue
Healing with the Angels by Doreen Virtue
Chakra Clearing by Doreen Virtue
The Disappearance of the Universe by Gary R. Renard
Book of Dreams by Sylvia Browne
Yoga for a Healthy Menstrual Cycle by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden
Professional Dreamer by Ghalil
Secrets & Mysteries of the World by Sylvia Browne
The Mythical World of Atlantis by Jeff Kurtti
Tapping the Power Within by Iyanla Vanzant
Home Ayurveda Spa by Anna Selby
Mind Body Spirit by Mark Evans
The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Trust Your Vibes by Sonia Choquette
Money and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Awakening Course by Dr. Joe Vitale
Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra
The Healing Miracles of Archangel Raphael by Doreen Virtue
The Journey into Yourself by Eckhart Tolle
Heaven and Earth by Anthony Borgia
Facts by Anthony Borgia
The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, Part 1 by Esther and Jerry Hicks
The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, Part 2 by Esther and Jerry Hicks
Beyond Happiness by Frank J. Kinslow
EFT by Lee Pulos
The Sacred History by Jonathan Black
May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein
Super Genes by Deepak Chopra & Rudolph E. Tanzi
Co-creating at its Best by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Esther Hicks
Brand New You by Tony Wrighton, Michael Heppell & Glenn Harrold
Freedom from the World by Eckhart Tolle
The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire by Deepak Chopra
There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
The Zero Point by Dr. Joe Vitale
The Soulmate Secret by Arielle Ford
Your Journey to Enlightenment by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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  • Justine

    Wow. Your reading list is truly incredible. And inspiring.

  • Lyndsey Piccolino

    Wow! Congrats on hitting this goal! Big Magic was a favorite of mine!

  • I love your book shelves. I love all books on the law of attraction. I’ve manifested so many things into my life by using the methods in those books. There are a few on here I definitely want to buy. x

  • Candy Kage

    You have your work cut out for yourself. Good luck and happy reading.

  • Elisabeth Wallace

    What an inspiring reading list! I love that you have a checklist. This is very helpful. Thanks! 🙂

  • Marvina Musser

    Wow I love how you have a shelf just for spiritual readings. I will need to do this because I have a lot of books like this and they are kind of everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

  • daniela_vaughan

    Oh my gosh!! Someone else with an enormous collection of personal development books. I will be adding a ton of these to my reading list!

  • prettyandfun

    This is such an extensive reading list, on all the subjects I am passionate about. You’ve given me quite a few suggestions which I will be definitely adding to my own collection! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you, Lyndsey. Yes, I’ve read a lot of good reviews of Big Magic and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

  • Thank you. Yes, I love the law of attraction books too. They’re so uplifting aren’t they? I hope you’ve discovered some books on my shelves that you will enjoy x

  • Thank you, Justine. Yes, I’ve set myself quite a task, but it’s an enjoyable one!

  • You too, huh? Excellent! For every one book that I own, there are many more on my Amazon wish list! So many books and so little time… I hope you’ve found some books here that you’ll enjoy.

  • I’m pleased you’ve seen some books on my shelves that interest you. I’m very passionate about these subjects too. They are such big topics and I find that the more I learn, the more things I discover that I want to learn about! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Thank you, Elisabeth. Yes, with so many books I needed a way of monitoring my progress so a checklist was a must.

  • Miera Nadhirah Rashidi

    Oh wow… what an inspiring reading list and shelf… I love to read but being an airhead I love romance novels and fantasies, mythologies and supernatural reads… hahahah… I won’t be able to go through this shelf….huhuhu

  • Incredible list of books you have read! RESPECT!
    I have read Bhagavad Gita Sanskrit version. I have been trying to decipher the meaning directly from Sanskrit words. I was successful to a certain extent but then got busy with life’s routine. Today I am inspired again. Thanks to your post.

  • You have tons of collections, and that is just for your spiritual books, haha. You may want to try the books of John Maxwell, it might suit your interest too.

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