A Course In Miracles
Published by the Foundation For Inner Peace
A Course In Miracles carries a high, pure spiritual vibration. It is a doorway into our True Home and the healing, peace, freedom, and joy, available to us along the way.
The Voice of this Course is masterful at dispelling our illusions and attachments and lovingly loosening our grasp on them, thereby releasing our suffering. At the same time, our eyes are opened to a REAL world, one we all lovingly share with each other, the Holy Spirit, Christ and all spiritual teachers and God.
Before I studied A Course In Miracles, my question was always, “Why did God create a world of suffering?” Through this Course I learned that He didn’t! We (as ego) did. The world of suffering isn’t real. It’s a dream of separation we are dreaming, and the Course shows us how to awaken from the dream and experience our true reality in God.
Each lesson of the Workbook has a specific vibration that is a “step” on a stairway to the full realization of our Oneness with God and each other. Each is an assignment for the day that unlocks illusion step-by-step and allows us to experience the perfect freedom and peace of God.
Besides just reading about the thought system the Course introduces us to, it emphasizes application of the principles over intellectual understanding. It is through our experience with these profound principles that we open directly to the Holy Spirit and receive its healing.
Through this Course I could feel ego (which is just the thought of being separate from God) being dismantled, step by step, with such unimaginably tender yet direct and powerful love. Some of the lessons are the simplest yet hardest things I've ever done and yet incredibly rewarding.
The Course is a self-study, step-by-step, metaphysical thought system. A central theme is that forgiveness is the fastest, most direct path to inner peace. The ongoing practice of forgiveness opens our awareness to the fact that we live in God in unconditional love, and in reality, have ALWAYS lived in God. With this method we are taught HOW to forgive. The message is delivered many times in many different ways, guaranteeing that, layer by layer, we will understand its meaning.
This teaching shows us a shaft of light through all the things we’ve miscreated in our lives, then shows us the way to anchor ourselves in the light and let the miscreations dissolve back into the nothingness they came from.
The Course began when two people, Helen Schucman and William Thetford, Professors of Medical Psychology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, joined together in a common goal. Because of the discord in their relationship and in their individual lives, they agreed to find “another way.” After this Helen began to experience a Voice which dictated the Course, word by word, which she wrote down in shorthand. After each session she read the material to Bill and he typed it.
A Course In Miracles includes 3 books – the Text, Workbook for Students and Manual for Teachers – and supplemental material dictated by the Voice, all bound into one volume.
This teaching is spoken in Christian terms, yet deals with universal spiritual themes. It emphasizes that this is but one of many ways to Oneness. There are many other paths and all of them lead to God when practiced with an open heart and mind.
Love Without Conditions (Reflections Of The
Christ Mind Series)
By Paul Ferrini
Paul Ferrini focuses on the emotional and psychological healing that many of us need before opening to the Divine for healing and wellbeing. In this inspirational book he talks about the importance of loving ourselves first, in order to release the underlying guilt that we all carry, healing the fear that underlies all guilt, the power of forgiveness and of gratitude, taking responsibility for our own healing and not projecting it out onto others, letting love replace grievances, and much more. This book is written in a loving, how-to Voice. It was through this book that I began to feel a deeper connection with the healing power of Christ.
Real Happiness: A Roadmap For Healing Our Pain And Awakening The Joy That Is Our Birthright
By Paul Ferrini
In our society we are conditioned to think that happiness is a product of having the right things or the right experiences. Often we suppress our suffering, pain and fears, and create a mask over them. However, whatever got buried in this process festers in our energy field and there is a nagging feeling that somewhere inside things are just not “right.” In this book Paul Ferrini shares processes to help us get in touch with our REAL happiness that lies inside, waiting for us to uncover it. This begins when we allow ourselves to be fully human and to discover, accept and embrace our fears, pain and suffering. We then bring compassion and love to this part of ourselves and emerge as a more authentic being. We learn to take responsibility for our own healing by letting go of the habit of projecting our pain onto others.
This is a companion book to the previously mentioned one. It includes exercises that guide us to: accept and nurture ourselves unconditionally; live honestly and authentically; make our own decisions and accept responsibility for them; develop our talents and gifts; find our passion and purpose; and to cultivate an open heart and mind.
There Is Nothing Wrong With You: Going Beyond Self-Hate
A Compassionate Process For Learning To Accept Yourself Exactly As You Are
By Cheri Huber
Cheri Huber has been a student and teacher of Zen for over 30 years. With wisdom, insight and humor she takes us on an inner journey where we get to experience the truth about ourselves. This book ought to be read to small children every day from birth onward. This is the missing manual that every human has been looking for. It exposes the inner core of self-hate that we ALL deal with, whether we are fully aware of it or not.
This book helps us to become aware of the many insidious forms self-hate takes. Then, when we face it and become honest about it we discover that there is nothing wrong with us and there never has been! Whatever deep dark ugly thing that we thought existed inside us is found to be NON-EXISTENT! when faced head on. It was all made up. From here our work is to bring love and compassion to ourselves and to discover that goodness is Who we really are.
Fear is not what we think it is. When we allow it to come up and bring compassionate awareness to the energy that we’ve labeled “fear,” we drop into a deeper reality of ourselves. We begin to experience our own inner Presence, and to see through the illusions that we thought were true. With wisdom, insight and humor, Cheri takes us on a profound healing journey within ourselves, guided by our own awareness.
Anger Busting 101: The New ABCs For Angry Men And The Women Who Love Them
He treats the problem of out of control rage the same that he treats alcoholism or other substance abuse issues. He identifies raging as an addiction. As anger produces a (false) sense of power, to someone who has previously felt powerless, the feeling of power can be extremely addicting. The addictive substance of “rageahol” is every bit as destructive and powerful as addictions to alcohol, and possibly even more destructive.
Newton’s style of writing is quite humorous, which makes this scary subject easier to explore. His approach differs from the traditional one of talking about your feelings and getting your rage out by pounding pillows and etc. For a rageaholic, those things have become a drug and need to be stopped. In this case, the first step is to abstain – to “turn off the flame under the pressure cooker” – rather than to take the lid off and get burned and/or burn others around you. He also talks about some of the underlying issues of rage, including the illusion of always being “right.”
Newton is the director of The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc.
Are you or someone you love sensitive to chaotic environments? Need to take time alone after a hectic day? Don’t do well with loud sounds or too many things going on at once? Affected strongly by other people’s moods? Have a rich and complex inner life?
This book is incredibly validating for the 15 to 20% of the population who have sensitive nervous systems. Because we are such a small minority, many of us HSP’s (highly sensitive persons) grew up hearing that there was something wrong with us, when in fact, we’ve been given a gift. No greater or lesser than the gifts that every person has, but definitely a gift. Our brains just process information differently than the rest of the population.
Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures. In cultures where it is not valued, HSP’s tend to have low self-esteem. They are told "don't be so sensitive" so that they feel abnormal.
The HSP trait is not a new discovery, but has long been misunderstood before Elaine Aron wrote this book. She helps us to “reframe” our experiences and heal the trauma we’ve experienced from negative feedback. Elaine also helps us to experience our sensitivity as a gift and to explore ways of doing what we love most. For myself, being HSP allows me to see and feel energy and do the energy healing that I do. It also allows me to delve deeply into subjects and see underlying forces at work. I found this book incredibly validating and supportive.
Elaine includes a self-test to see if you or someone you love is highly sensitive. There is also valuable information about how to help your child if he/she is sensitive.
Transforming Body Image: Learning To Love The Body You Have
By Marcia Germaine Hutchinson
Because of the conditioning of most current societies, women tend to see themselves as their bodies, and therefore as objects – what we see in the mirror, what we’re afraid others will see, etc. – instead of being present to the totality of who we are. This is much more common in women than men. Marcia helps women become aware of their body image, find out how it was created, and heal it. This helps you find a more harmonious kinesthetic (felt) sense of your body. Marcia teaches you an “unswerving gentleness with yourself” that is essential for wellbeing. In this book she shares the introspection and imagination exercises used in her workshops. Although written in 1985, the information, which comes from her own exploration, then refined by working with groups of women, is timeless.
Healing The Shame
That Binds You
Recovery Classics Edition
By John Bradshaw
John Bradshaw shows us how toxic shame is the core problem in our compulsions, co-dependencies, addictions and the drive to super-achieve. The result is a breakdown in the family system and our inability to go forward with our lives. Drawing from his 22 years of experience as a counselor, he offers several techniques to heal this shame. He uses affirmations, visualizations, inner voice, feeling work, guided meditations and other useful healing techniques to help us release the shame that binds us to the past.
Physical Healing And Diet Books
The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health And Rebuilding Your Immunity
By Donna Gates
Through the years I’ve come back to this book many times. It helped me get a candida overgrowth under control and keep it in balance. This information is for anyone experiencing pain, discomfort, fatigue, digestive disorders, candidiasis, parasites, fungus, cancer, AIDS, autism, multiple sclerosis, or undefined uncomfortable symptoms that just don’t seem to go away. It addresses the physical body as an inner ecosystem and shows us how to get it into balance and keep it that way. Often the culprit of physical disease is a fungus, yeast infection, or parasites, or a combination of all three of these.
Although not often talked about, many of us have had one or more of these conditions, and sometimes we're not even aware we have it. They are often the cause of other problems that keep reoccurring until we correct the underlying problem. Donna provides a quick quiz to see if this is what is troubling you, gives simple principles for eating, and tells you the foods that will help rebalance your system. The book also shows us how to conquer cravings that, when indulged, take us away from optimal health.
Going Against The Grain:
Once I went grain free, I immediately started feeling more energy and optimism, and my mind became sharper as a fog that I’d felt for years lifted. As I continued this lifestyle, food cravings fell away. To my great surprise, I haven’t missed the grains and I continue to feel great a much larger percentage of the time.
Many of us eat a huge amount of grains every day, which can lead to health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, digestive disorders, fatigue, skin ailments, and much more. Nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith challenges conventional dietary wisdom – that grains should be the centerpiece of your diet – and explains why reducing or removing grains is the secret to successful long-term weight control and good health.
Backed up by scientific research, professional experience, and her own health journey, Melissa explains the surprising connection between a grain-rich diet and so many of the health problems plaguing us today. She includes realistic advice on implementing a plan to cut back or eliminate grains on a daily basis. The book also includes easy-to-follow grain-free recipes and helpful suggestions for dining out.
Books On Energy Healing
Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body's Energies For Optimal Health, Joy, And Vitality
By Donna Eden, with David Feinstein
This is a comprehensive how-to book from a master healer. Donna covers a wide range of techniques for energy healing for wellbeing, for yourself and / or others. This book shows you how to: strengthen your immune, circulatory, lymphatic, and respiratory systems; alleviate pan and depression; improve memory and learning skills; relieve colds, tension headaches, and many other ailments; and keep your energies balanced, as well as how to use energy healing for many other conditions.
Body Wisdom: Light Touch For Optimal Health
By Sharon Giammatteo, Ph.D.
This is a system of healing created by a woman who healed herself from extreme trauma. Sharon shows us many do-it-yourself techniques for using your hands (for yourself as well as others) to connect the energy circuits from one part of the body to another for release and healing. This technique is based on the Neurofascial Process, a laying on of hands and subsequent release of emotional and physical pain, including strain and fracture.
Sharon Giammatteo co-founded with Tom Giammatteo the International College of Integrative Manual Therapy in affiliation with Westbrook University, an accredited university in New Mexico. Their school, Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation, teaches over 200 seminars each year around the world to health care professionals.
Uplifting, Inspiring Fiction Books
The Twelve: 12.21.12 -
A New Beginning
By William Gladstone
This is an inspirational book – an uplifting fictional story based on the Mayan Prophecies. I loved it because it gives us a direct and personal energetic experience of what is possible for us as a Collective Being to achieve.
This story will expand your heart, soul and vision.
This is a spiritual fiction story based on fact – the discovery of the Lost Gospels of Jesus at Nag Hammadi. It is set in Cairo after World War II. Very inspiring. There are many beautiful quotes from the Gnostic Gospels that touched me deeply. This story shows a different perspective of Christ’s life than the traditional story we’re often taught. I felt a strong spiritual presence in the book. It is also very entertaining and well written.
The story includes information about how early Christian editors edited out the equality of men and women in The Bible and how important it is for us today to recognize the Divine Feminine in the totality of spiritual essence, as well as the Divine Masculine. There is documented proof in the “Lost Gospels” that Mary Magdalene wasn’t a prostitute, was actually one of the apostles and quite possibly the one that most clearly understood Jesus’ teachings.
The story unfolds from the perspective that God is within us and we are all the sons and daughters of God. Love and forgiveness heals all wounds. The way to God is to be with who and what we are – all of it. We just need to bring forth and reveal all that is within us, be honest about it with ourselves and God, offer it to Spirit for healing, and bring forgiveness and love to it, for ourselves and each other.
Books By Sharon Shinn
Sharon Shinn just might be my most favorite fiction writer ever. Her books are science fiction, fantasy, spiritual, heartwarming and fun! She develops wonderfully rich and deep characters, the kind of people I enjoy hanging out with. Many of them are warriors for the truth and light, yet very human, going through their own growth lessons.
Sharon explores themes of forgiveness, love, honor, self-growth, self-acceptance, courage, and equality among all beings, with stories of adventure, magic, mysticism, and romance, all taking place in some very unique worlds. She has an open-minded, non-preachy spirituality and explores many different realities. Humor, warmth, love, and wisdom fill her stories. The plots are interesting, thoughtful and very engaging. I’ve read almost all of her fiction work and am still hungry for more!
Book One: Mystic And Rider
Book Two: The Thirteenth House
Book Three: Dark Moon Defender
Book Four: Reader And Raelynx
Book Five: Fortune And Fate
Book One: The Safe-Keeper’s Secret
Book Two: The Truth-Teller’s Tale
Book Three: The Dream-Maker’s Magic
Book One: Archangel
Book Two: Jovah’s Angel
Book Three: Alleluia Files
Book Four: Angelica
Book Five: Angel-Seeker
The Shape-Changer’s Wife
General Winston’s Daughter
Summers At Castle Auburn
Wrapt In Crystal
When I read this Christian science fiction story I was struck by the parallels I saw between the game that is the setting for the story and how I see this life on the physical plane, which I’ve often perceived as a game. We are here to become aware of the game and to forgive all of it. Then we get to transcend this game and go Home.
This is a well-developed and engaging story, which demonstrated spiritual principles entertainingly, without being preachy.
Books By Kathleen McGowan
I’ve read the first two books of this series and was entertained, inspired and uplifted by both. This is a spiritual fiction story based on facts: Mary Magdalene’s Gospel and her own account of her life with Jesus. This story emphasizes the embracing of both our masculine and feminine energies in order to realize our Wholeness.
This story is a catalyst for emotional healing. Sometimes as we escape into a fiction story we are swept up and out of our own life, giving space for emotional healing to be triggered on its own. As I entered the story it entered me and the character’s journey became my own. Since it was removed from the exact details of my own story, there was enough emotional distance to allow me to experience my story from a different, more loving perspective. One of the characters was chained and left in darkness, then brought out into the light. This is such a metaphor for ALL of us. We are all here to loosen the chains we think hold us in darkness and to eventually find our way to light.
It was an intense story, a page turner that I finished in just two sittings. I came away from the story with a stronger resolve to stand in my heart and commit to what is true, what lights me up. Even when all we seem to have is a faint flicker of light, if we give attention to that flicker and trust it, it leaps into flame, enlivening our heart, our soul. After reading this book, I found a deeper trust in my ability to find my way, simply by following the course that lights me up, even when it seems to not be the way that others recommend. Our hearts simply know what they know.
This book is masterfully written. It bridges the gap between the illusion of stability we get when we anchor ourselves in the outer physical world and the Source of true strength that we can find within our inner being.
Kathryn’s story is about love, growth, tender healing, forgiveness, and surrendering to the truth that we know in the depths of our own hearts. I highly recommend it. It was named one of the “Ten Best Christian Novels of the Year” by Booklist Online, 2006, and was a Christy Finalist, suspense category, 2006.
A friend brought the following books to leave with me and suggested I might enjoy them. I looked doubtfully at the four thick books but said I'd check them out. To my great surprise, I quickly became absorbed in the first book and my evenings were consumed with reading until I had devoured all four.
The back story is so convincingly and thoroughly constructed that I wondered if it was based on a "real" myth or factual information so I just had to research it. (Turns out it’s all made up.) Not only has Allison created a delightfully entertaining and uplifting story, but also an entirely authentic and detailed world called Edil-Amarandh.
These books are in the “fantasy” genre, but are embedded with many spiritual truths. This is the story of a young girl who learns she possesses a powerful gift and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil.
With strong messages of loyalty, self-identity, and trusting one’s heart, The Books of Pellinor have been steadily growing in popularity worldwide since the first volume was released in Australia in 2002. This is a uniquely entertaining and uplifting story with extraordinary detail.
In this link you'll find all of the books listed below.
Book One: The Naming
Book Two: The Riddle
Book Three: The Crow
Book Four: The Singing
Alton Gansky is the senior pastor of a Baptist Church in California. He is a spiritual fiction writer, and has also written some non-fiction books as well.
Enoch is a suspenseful, humorous, and inspiring action story. It is very well written and absorbing. Alton brought to life a wise and mysterious Biblical character who has a message for all of us.
Music For WellBeing
Deva Premal and Miten have been on a non-stop tour since 1991 and their CD sales have almost hit the one million mark. The heart of their music is spiritual mantras from many different cultures, woven with the most divine music. Deva Premal’s voice is absolutely enchanting – pure and clear. This music is meditative, uplifting, heavenly and sensual. Many people listen to the CD’s while doing yoga or meditating. I like to listen to them in my car to soothe the frazzles of driving.
Love Is Space
Songs For The Inner Lover
Live In Concert 2007
Snatam Kaur Khalsa is an American singer and songwriter. She is a follower of Yogi Bhajan, performs Indian devotional music (Kirtan) and tours around the world as a peace activist. Her voice and music are lovely – gentle, soothing, soulful, love songs of deep devotion and surrender to Source. This CD is great for meditation, bringing you to a deep peaceful state of wellbeing within, and uplifting to listen to any time.
Music By Andrea Bocelli
The first time I heard Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli was on a videotape many years ago, where he sang “Time To Say Good-Bye” with Sarah Brightman, which you can experience here. His voice and the energy of the place he sings FROM literally stopped me. I was lifted into higher light and love.
Besides the divine energy that comes through Andrea's voice, I am also touched by his humility and gentleness. Totally blind since age 12, he feels too many people focus on his blindness, which he doesn't consider tragic.
Andrea sings both opera and pop, though opera is his favorite. No matter what he sings, he sings it from the heart.
Here are my favorite CD’s and DVD’s:
I love every single song on this CD, but “The Prayer,” which he sings with Celine Dion is one of my most favorite musical experiences ever. It still brings tears every time I hear it, after listening to it for years. It is incredibly uplifting, and the most exquisite blend of male and female voices that I’ve ever experienced. It is impossible to hear this song and not have your heart burst open! CD
Andrea returned to the village of Lajatico for this performance, in a specially built theater among the hills of his hometown. He is joined in the singing by Heather Headley, Sarah Brightman, and Laura Pausini. Instrumentalists Kenny G and Chris Botti, and classical pianist Lang Lang join him also. CD (DVD is also available.)
Night In Tuscany
This concert is a unique blend of classical, pop, and traditional Italian songs. Besides the concert scenes at the Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa, the DVD also shows glimpses of the beautiful Italian countryside and excerpts from interviews in between songs. Andrea sings duets with Italian pop singer Zucchero and sopranos Nuccia Focile and Sarah Brightman. Lovely. DVD
Under The Desert Sky
This was an 18-song concert taped for a PBS special, held on a specially constructed floating stage in Lake Las Vegas. This time he sings “The Prayer,” with Heather Headley. He also sings a duet with American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee. There are guest appearances from Stevie Wonder and trumpeter Chris Botti. There are also bonus video features with interviews. The music is heavenly. CD / DVD Combo (Also available separately.)
Music By Loreena McKennitt
Loreena has a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal singing voice. It feels like listening to Heaven itself. Her music blends a wide variety of instruments: harp, bagpipe, balalaika (a three-stringed triangular-shaped instrument), the bouzouki (an eight-stringed instrument), the hurdy-gurdy (a stringed instrument that also has keyboard and percussion parts) and traditional folk instruments, combined with keyboards, guitars, etc., creating a kind of world beat Celtic pop.
A few of my favorites, which are listed below, are included in this link.
This is a great CD for releasing tension and bringing relaxation and wellbeing. Anugama used a combination of sounds and melodies that correspond with human brain waves and energies of the Earth itself. When I listen to it I feel like I’m in the nurturing womb of Mother Earth. The second half of the CD is focused on healing the chakras. Very beautiful.
Songs From A Secret Garden
By Secret Garden
This music is so sweet it brings tears. Secret Garden is Norwegian composer / keyboardist Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry. They use Celtic and Norwegian instruments, orchestra, voices, and piano to create beautiful streams of enchanting music.
By Paul Schwartz and Marie Grigorov
I love this CD! It includes famous opera arias performed in a contemporary style. Popular melodies from Carmen, Madame Butterfly, The Magic Flute, Dido, Aeneas and more are included. I wasn’t an opera lover until I heard this music.
Music By Andre Rieu
My first introduction to the Dutch violinist and conductor, Andre Rieu, was on a PBS special. I was impressed with how happy he and his orchestra (The Johann Strauss Orchestra) are! As the camera traveled to the faces of Andre and his musicians, I saw wide smiles of joy and wellbeing. The women also wear colorful dresses instead of the traditional black. And the music is so joyously stirring! He is known as The Waltz King, but plays other pieces as well.
This is a departure from his waltzes, although there are a few here. There are pieces from Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Puccini, Dvorák, and others. All of it is heavenly, and I love his sweet violin. CD and DVD
This is a two-CD set of highlights from his career, performing with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Salon Orchester Maastricht. Music includes "The Blue Danube," "Trish Trash Polka," "The Emperor Waltz," and "Blaze-Away!" plus traditional numbers such as "Amazing Grace," "Auld Lang Syne," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and more. I haven’t actually heard this set, though I’ve watched so many of his PBS specials that I’ve watched them perform most of this material and it’s wonderful! I’ve never heard anything that he has performed that didn’t make me smile.