Healing & Growth

How People Heal: Exploring the Scientific Basis of Subtle Energy in Healing »

By Diane Goldner
Frog Books, 2007, 2009.   325 pages

Originally published as Infinite Grace: Where the Worlds of Science and Spiritual Healing Meet, this engrossing book is an impressive introduction to the nature of subtle energy and energy healing. Journalist Diane Goldner spent four years exploring energy healing modalities both as a client and as a reporter initially skeptical of their benefits. She shadowed energy practitioners and teachers, interviewed clients, researched the scientific foundation of subtle energy healing and talked with mainstream medical professionals whose work prompted them to explore or incorporate energy modalities into their work with patients.

For those new to this subject, the book offers a clear, easily understandable overview of the human energy field and energy anatomy. The author skillfully synthesizes key information and concepts from science, religion, indigenous cultures and other sources as she explores the profound gifts and opportunities for healing, growth and transformation that exist beyond the boundaries known by Western healing traditions. Her vivid profiles of three world-famous energy practitioners and teachers—Rosalyn Bruyere, Barbara Brennan and Jason Shulman—form the centerpiece of the book and illuminate how the individual personalities, paths and skills of these gifted healers have helped to shape the new frontiers of healing.

Easy to read and filled with real-life stories of those whose lives have been transformed through working with subtle energy healing, this book is the best resource I can recommend for those seeking a balanced, well-grounded and respectful introduction or overview of subtle energy healing.

Inside-Out Healing: Transforming your Life Through the Power of Presence »

By Richard Moss
Hay House, Inc., 2011 255 pages

“What your illness is, why you are ill, or what you need to do to improve a troubled relationship is less important than your relationship to yourself in each moment. Change your relationship to yourself and everything changes. As Einstein observed, you cannot solve a problem at the same level of consciousness in which the problem was created.”                -Richard Moss

Much attention has been given to the power of positive thinking and affirmations. In this excellent follow-up to his book The Mandala of Being: Discovering The Power of Awareness, Richard Moss explains why presence—inhabiting the present moment or Now—is really the crucial element that facilitates deep healing and transformation. He explains how deep suffering results more from what we tell ourselves about what is happening than what is actually happening, and shows how to work with the Mandala of Being to break this dysfunctional pattern by resting our awareness in the present moment, the real reference point for our true self. He clarifies the important difference between emotions and feelings and why differentiating between the two is so important for determining the perspective we use to interpret our experience and whether we do so in emotional clarity.

In the author’s own words, “This book will teach you how to return to the present moment and be enlivened from a universal source. It will show you how to make better decisions from a place of inner harmony and trust. It will guide you to listen to your own intuitive wisdom and find true well-being, or at least centeredness and peace even in times of real difficulty. It will support you in honoring your genuine needs.”

Written in a clear, concise way, this book offers a more simplified overview of the material presented in The Mandala of Being and adds a variety of exercises to help the reader understand and practice presence as an everyday way of being. Using the practices outlined in the book, readers can learn how to make the present moment their personal reference point for living in the joy and fullness of their true self.

Your Soul’s Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born »

by Robert Schwartz
Frog Books, 2007, 2009.   325 pages

Why are we challenged by difficult circumstances or experiences in life? Author Robert Schwartz believes that our souls plan these experiences before we are born in order to learn and grow.

In this illuminating book, he introduces readers to ten people who have experienced such life challenges as physical illness, death of a loved one, addiction, accidents and parenting a disabled child. He shares some of the information they received through working with gifted mediums and channelers as they became aware of the pre-birth plans their souls made, the contracts they made with other souls for their fulfillment and the reasons they chose these lessons.

Blending interviews with these people, excerpts from the channeled descriptions of their pre-birth planning sessions and his own commentary, the author lifts the veil between worlds to illuminate how our soul’s unlimited perspective and boundless love create lessons of deep purpose, meaning and promise. Reading this wonderful book is an invitation to awaken to the greater gifts, grace and blessings inherent in even the most challenging circumstances we experience , and to know the deeper love that is woven into our soul’s plan.

The first in a series, it is followed by Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born (2012) and Your Soul’s Love: Living the Love You Planned Before You Were Born (2021).

Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential »

by Caroline Myss
Harmony Books, 2001.   430 pages

Why are we here? In this book, Dr. Myss seeks to answer this question through her examination of the Sacred Contract, which she describes as “an agreement your soul makes before you are born. You promise to do certain things for yourself, for others and for divine purposes. Part of the Contract requires that you discover what it is that you are meant to do. The Divine, in turn, promises to give you the guidance you need through your intuition, dreams, hunches, coincidences and other indicators.”

In this masterful work, Dr. Myss presents a historical/spiritual/energetic overview of Sacred Contracts, their five stages and the archetypal roles or patterns that ”provide the foundation for our personality, our drives, feelings, beliefs, motivations and actions.”

She takes readers through a detailed process of discovery to help them unearth the reasons they came to Earth and how they can fulfill what they came here to do. Sharing real-life stories from her medical intuition practice and others from spiritual traditions and literature, she illustrates the archetypal journeys that are expressions of Sacred Contracts in ways that vividly bring to life these subtle keys to understanding and fulfilling our sacred purpose and true potential.

Whether you choose to follow Dr. Myss’s step-by-step process for discovering your Sacred Contracts, or read this book as an enlightening guide to exploring your sacred purpose and potential in other ways, Sacred Contracts is a remarkable book you may choose to return to again and again for fresh insights.

The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approacch to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve »

by Amanda Owen
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2010 225 pages

“You are not doing this by yourself.  All of the help, information and abundance in the universe cannot get through to you if you have a negative belief  about receiving”  —  Amanda Owen

In this book, readers are invited to move beyond myths and distortions to a fresh perspective on receiving as an essential aspect of wholeness and happiness.  Beginning with an overview of 24 receptive states (including listening, observing and accepting the present moment),the author vividly explains what healthy receiving is and isn’t, and why it is crucial for living a life of well-being, thriving and mutually satisfying relationships.  Rather than being selfish or an expression of dependency or weakness, becoming skilled in receiving enables one to gather important information for self-awareness and outer world discernment, replenish and energize, and become even healthier givers and manifesters of goals and dreams.

For those who find themselves stuck or continually experiencing roadblocks to satisfying relationships, manifesting goals and dreams or enjoying a fulfilling life, The Power of Receiving offers a helpful roadmap for getting back on track to living an authentic, juicy and satisfying life.  Filled with true life examples, self-awareness inventories, exercises and easy-to-follow steps, this book makes the journey of self-discovery an inspiring and engaging one.

Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide for Connecting with the Power of Your Emotions »

by Robert Augustus Masters, Ph.D.
Sounds True, Inc., 2013  291 pages

“The more deeply we know our emotions, the deeper and more fulfilling our lives will be.”  — Robert Augustus Masters

Our emotions are a key aspect of our internal guidance system.  They provide essential information about our present experience, and what our inner guidance system is wisely directing us to pay attention to in the present moment.  Yet, often we are unaware of how they are contributing to our present experience because we are not recognizing, sensing or understanding them.  This book is an excellent primer on the nature of our emotions, and how we can experience true intimacy with them in a way that wisely informs our relationships with self and others.   Dr. Masters expertly guides readers through this exploration, illuminating why “relating to our emotions, rather than just from our emotions” is so important.

Written in clear, easily understandable language, the book shares four essential steps for developing emotional intimacy and an excellent guide to each of the primary emotions (fear, collective fear, anger, shame, joy, disgust, surprise, sadness and grief).  Also discussed are additional emotions such as schadenfreude, combination emotions such as contempt and emotional states such as self-doubt.  Helpful practices are included that give readers the opportunity to reach a deeper understanding and ability to work with each of these.  The final section of the book guides readers into an even deeper understanding of the emotions and emotional intimacy, including how to work with numbness and collective overwhelm.

Readers may find themselves returning to this wonderful book again and again as a lifelong resource to guide their inner exploration, personal growth, and relationships with others.