I'm excited to share with you the books and materials that have all played a significant role in shifting my attention from identification with suffering, to living more and more in the ever-present Now.
Every item on this page has been helpful for me at different stages on my path of letting go ever more deeply into the Awareness of Being and letting suffering unwind on its own.
Many of them continue to guide me along, still to this day.
We are all naturally drawn to whatever is the next step for us as we all wake up out of suffering. If you're drawn to this page chances are good you'll find something here for you which will facilitate your next opening into a deeper and broader knowingness of yourself as aware Peace.
Love and blessings to you, my friend!
I meet you here, Now, forever...
Emotional And Psychological Healing
Physical Healing And Diet
Energy Healing For Yourself And Others
Uplifting And Inspiring Fiction
Heart Opening, Healing And Uplifting Music
We are very fortunate to have an awake Teacher like Eckhart Tolle living among us today. He is one of the rare ones whose awakening to the truth of Being happened all at once rather than gradually, which is generally the case for most of us.
One of the many reasons I resonate with him so much is the fact that he came from a background of intense suffering, whereas others who have woken up in this lifetime had an easier time of it.
Because of his personal experience with deep and prolonged suffering and finding freedom from it, he is an expert on what he calls the “pain body” of mental / emotional / physical suffering and how to free ourselves from identification with it, thus allowing it to unwind by itself.
Eckhart eloquently, and often with great humor, speaks in simple terms that bypass the mind.
His words, whether written or spoken, serve as portals that shift our attention from identification with our “me” story to the silent, vast, unlimited, alive field of conscious Awareness we already are right Now in this moment.
I highly recommend all of his books and talks. They are worth reading again and again to become ever more aware of yourself as Awareness and let go ever more deeply into the Now Presence you already are.
Many years ago I saw a picture of Ramana Maharshi and my life was forever changed.
His eyes were a doorway into a realm of light which I instantly and eagerly traveled through.
I felt everything fall away and heard a clear, yet wordless message that said “you are Home.”
I experienced myself and ALL life as light and truth.
Ramana Maharshi was one of the greatest spiritual teachers of
India, who lived from 1879 – 1950.
He wrote very little. Instead, his guidance
came through being in Silence with people, and conversations with them.
Many of his followers transcribed these conversations and, fortunately
for us, there are many books that continue to share his message.
The book entitled The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi is a thorough investigation of the question “Who am I?”
and shares the value of self-inquiry from many different angles.
Spiritual instructions are given for practice.
It is my experience that the conditioning of the mind and our
beliefs in being a separate self are so strong that it takes the aid of a
True Guru to help us free ourselves from them.
I found that by aligning myself with a True Teacher who is fully
awake and who has completely transcended the ego mind, my progress in
surrendering to our True Essence has been accelerated.
It doesn't matter
at all if that True Teacher is no longer in the body. We can still
align ourselves with them and receive very powerful guidance along the
Ramana Maharshi is a TRUE, fully realized Teacher who speaks from the heart of Beingness. His words are a doorway through which we can come to know ourselves as the truth of Being, pure Presence.
The four books above are the ones I've found the most powerful.
Annamalai Swami lived with Ramana Maharshi at the ashram in India and worked with him for many years. In Final Talks, he shares deep insights from the fruits of his own awakening into the truth of Being while in Ramana's presence.
Many of Ramana's students wrote books about his teachings, but this book was the deepest and clearest expression of his eternal transmission of Beingness in my experience.
I've read it many times. Each time more and more layers of illusion are seen through, unveiling the pristine Light we all are beneath our thoughts and mental narratives.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is sincerely seeking to know themselves as the Truth of Being.
"Drink the wine of this Love and your life will change.
Instead of being a gatherer of the Divine Light you will be its shine.
It will be the end of you and the beginning."
~ Adyashanti, My Secret Is Silence
After fourteen years of Zen practice Adya began teaching in 1996.
He speaks directly from the heart, with eloquent, penetrating and powerful simplicity. The five books on this page are the ones that have helped me the most deeply in letting go of illusion and resting in the Present.
I Am That Talks With Nisargadatta Maharaj
Nisargadatta was a storekeeper in Bombay India until he died in 1981.
He didn’t speak from any particular ideology or religion, yet his simple, direct message is profound. His main concern was human suffering and how to end it.
Hundreds of seekers sought him out in his humble home, and he never turned anyone away. His message pointed to the Self within us all that is the Light in which appears a dream that we are a body.
The book is in question / answer format. Beautiful and clear.
Already Free: Buddhism Meets Psychotherapy on the Path of Liberation
By Bruce Tift, MA, LMFT
This book was incredibly revealing for me, especially in seeing that anything that I judge in another person is a disowned aspect of myself.
Bruce brings what is unconscious in us up into conscious awareness, allowing us, the reader, to become more aware of ourselves AS awareness.
Through this book I also found myself viewing both myself and other people in my life, with all our quirks and idiosyncrasies, with love.
In particular, if you struggle with relationships, as many of us have, it will help you understand your own behavior and reactions as well as the person you're in relationship with, whether it is your partner, co-worker, or your dog or cat. :-)
He holds a master's degree in psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, as well as a long-time student of Chogyam Trumpa Rinpoche. Bruce gracefully blends Western and Buddhist approaches, which to the mind could seem like opposites at times.
He brings the strengths of both approaches together into a workable, loving, realistic, clear perspective to view yourself, your life and your relationships from.
“The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite.
This course can therefore be summed up very simply in this way:
Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”
~ A Course In Miracles, Introduction, pg. xiii
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.
We are all the same essential essence: pure Consciousness.
I studied A Course In Miracles daily for over 4 years. I experienced it as a very personal spiritual manual that teaches the way out of darkness and into Light. We are tutored one on one with the Holy Spirit, lovingly guided every step of the way.
In the Voice that teaches the Course, we have an Intimate Friend who is ever present, always supportive, all-knowing, and infinitely loving.
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 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.
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.
The Disappearance Of The Universe: Straight Talk About Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, And The Miracles Of Forgiveness
By Gary R. Renard
This book will threaten the foundations of your perceived existence, but only if you’ve been standing on a false one, which most of us have.
At the same time, it will part the veils of illusion and show you a world of purity, guiltlessness, unity, love and light – your true Reality.
Let me first say that this book isn't everyone's cup of tea. It can push a lot of buttons. (However, if we have a "button" that can be pushed, it is only a place of unconsciousness in us wanting to be seen, accepted and loved.)
I had one client tell me she started the book and then immediately threw it in the trash. :-)
When I read this
book it completely changed how I view the world, the universe, myself, and
everyone in it. It also opened up a direct pathway HOME that called to
This book explains very clearly the power of forgiveness as
our direct ticket HOME to God, the reality of Being, or whatever words you know the wordless Space we are.
Gary explains why the forgiveness that
we’re usually taught we “should” do doesn’t work and introduces us to
advanced forgiveness, a bridge to the world of light and love. Then it
tells us HOW to forgive, in a way that is actually doable.
The Disappearance of the Universe is a remarkable account
of several conversations between Gary Renard and two ascended masters,
Arten and Pursah, who appeared to him several times. With humor and
clarity they explain in everyday language the key principles of A Course In Miracles, a profound spiritual teaching.
Your Immortal Reality: How To Break The Cycle Of Birth And Death
By Gary R. Renard
This book continues on where Disappearance Of The Universe
Arten and Pursah meet with Gary for another series of
mind-blowing conversations, focusing on advanced forgiveness and how to
practice it in partnership with the Holy Spirit (Consciousness) in your everyday life.
With forgiveness, we accelerate our spiritual journey, thereby
eliminating the need to reincarnate.
The conversations are filled with humor, expansive love, wisdom
Once again, you will probably experience a world view that
is very different than the one you hold now. You will be given access to
a world of permanent freedom, love, wellbeing, unity and peace with
this inspirational book.
Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst The Rwandan Holocaust
By Immaculee Ilibagiza
In this book Immaculee shares her story of a true miracle – the most profound demonstration of the power of prayer and forgiveness I’ve ever seen.
It touched me deeply and I am still incredibly inspired by it.
In 1994, during the Rwanda genocide she and seven other
women hid in a tiny bathroom, one on top of each other, for 91 days.
kept her attention steadily focused on God, on love, and on forgiveness
for the very people who were torturing her family and hunting for her.
With her unwavering devotion and absolute faith in the power of love,
she discovered a profound and permanent Oneness with God, the reality of our own Being.
Emotional And Psychological Healing
Books By Paul Ferrini
Love Without Conditions (Reflections Of The Christ Mind Series)
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 from a loving, how-to Voice through
which I began to feel a deeper connection with the healing
power of Christ Consciousness.
Real Happiness: A Roadmap For Healing Our Pain And Awakening The Joy That Is Our Birthright
In our society we are conditioned to think that happiness is a
product of having the right things or the right experiences.
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
In this book Paul Ferrini shares processes to help us get in
touch with our REAL happiness that lies inside, waiting for us to
This begins when we allow ourselves to be fully human and to
discover, accept and embrace our fears, pain and suffering.
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.
Real Happiness – The Workbook: Creating Your Personal Roadmap To A Joyful And Empowered Life
This is a companion book to the previous one. It
includes exercises that guide us to:
accept and nurture ourselves
live honestly and authentically
make our own decisions
and accept responsibility for them
develop our talents and gifts
our passion and purpose
to cultivate an open heart and mind
Books By Cheri Huber
There Is Nothing Wrong With You: Going Beyond Self-Hate – A Compassionate Process For Learning To Accept Yourself Exactly As You Are
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
begin 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
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.
our work is to bring love and compassion to ourselves and to discover
that goodness is Who we really are.
The Fear Book: Facing Fear Once And For All
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
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
By Newton Hightower
Even though this book was written primarily for men, it is very useful
for anyone. I found it very helpful as a way to deal with my own anger.
As a self-proclaimed rageaholic Newton shares his own story
about how he tried everything to calm the violence he felt inside which
expressed itself outwardly, seemingly beyond his control.
As a licensed
psychotherapist, he tried all the conventional approaches with no
success, then put together his own system that works.
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
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
Newton is the director of The Center For Anger Resolution, Inc.
The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You
By Elaine Aron
Discovering this book marked a turning point in my life. Through Elaine's insights I was finally able to accept, embrace and even feel great gratitude for an aspect of my personality that had previously baffled me.
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 and healing for the 15 to 20% of us 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.
greater or lesser than the gifts that every person has, but definitely a
gift. Our brains just process information differently than the rest of
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
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.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who judges themselves for being sensitive. Your life is about to change.
Transforming Body Image: Learning To Love The Body You Have
By Marcia Germaine Hutchinson
If you're a woman, you need to read this book. Seriously.
It was incredibly healing and supportive for me.
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, but the experience of feeling like an object does happen with men also. If you are a man and resonate with what is shared here, this book can be helpful for you as well.
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
Although written in 1985, the information, which comes from
her own exploration, then refined by working with groups of women, is
Healing The Shame That Binds You
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 shame, including 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.
I found many of his processes to be deeply healing.
Physical Healing And Diet
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 has helped
me get my body back into balance again and again.
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.
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
Going Against The Grain: How Reducing And Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health
By Melissa Diane Smith
Once I went grain free, I immediately started feeling more energy and
optimism. Also, 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
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
Energy Healing For Yourself And Others
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
improve memory and learning skills
relieve colds, tension
headaches, and many other ailments
keep your energies balanced
and 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 And Inspiring Fiction
By Karen Hancock
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
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.
The Twelve: 12.21.12 – A New Beginning
By William Gladstone
Remember the days, weeks and months before 12/21/12 when we wondered if the world would come to an end on that day, due to the Mayan Prophecies?
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 and vision.
By Tucker Malarkey
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
Very inspiring. There are many beautiful quotes from the Gnostic
Gospels that touched me deeply.
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!
I’ve read the books below and loved all of them! She has several more as well.
Sharon 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.
She 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
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.
Stand Alone Novels:
The Twelve Houses Series: Book 1
The Safe Keepers Series: Book 1
The Samaria Series: Book 1
Books By Kathleen McGowan
I’ve read the first two books of this Magdalene Line 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
This story emphasizes the embracing of both our masculine and
feminine energies in order to realize our Wholeness.
By Kathryn Mackel
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.
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.
The Pellinor Series
By Alison Croggon
“And all meet in singing, which braids together the different knowings into a wide and subtle music, the music of living.”
~ Alison Croggon, from The Naming
A friend brought all four of these books when she came to visit one day and suggested I
might enjoy them. I looked doubtfully at the 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.
Maerad, the heroine, Cadvan, her mentor, and Hem, a mysterious orphan,
are the main characters, all appealing and deeply presented. There are
several interesting and engaging supporting characters as well.
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.
By Alton Gansky
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.
Heart Opening, Healing And Uplifting Music
Deva Premal And Miten
“As you listen, the sacred space that lies
beyond the mind emerges naturally and effortlessly. Pure magic.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, regarding Deva Premal and Miten's music
The heart of the music of Deva Premal and Miten is spiritual mantras from many different cultures, woven with the most
Deva Premal’s voice is absolutely enchanting – pure and
This music is meditative, uplifting, heavenly and sensual. Many
people listen to the CD’s while doing yoga or meditating.
Listening to this music shifts my attention right into the Heart of Presence. I absolutely love it.
The music shown here is just a small sampling of what they have available.
“Everybody with a voice can sing,
and everyone with a breath in their body
can experience their divinity.”
~ The Deva Premal and Miten website
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.
She has many more CD's available besides this one.
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 also uplifting to listen to any
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 immersed in 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 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 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. CD & DVD available.
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 available.
Loreena has a hauntingly beautiful, ethereal, lovely singing voice. Her voice combined with the music also have a primal energy that usually gets me up and moving to it.
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
The two albums shown above are just a few of my many favorites.
Shamanic Dream is great music for releasing tension and bringing relaxation and
Anugama uses a combination of sounds and melodies that
correspond with human brain waves and energies of the Earth itself. The second half of the CD is focused on healing the chakras.
I listen to it I feel like I’m in the nurturing womb of Mother Earth.
Beautiful and healing.
Secret Garden is Norwegian
composer / keyboardist Rolf Lovland and Irish violinist Fionnuala
They use Celtic and Norwegian instruments, orchestra, voices,
and piano to create beautiful streams of enchanting music.
This music is so sweet it brings tears and a healing wave of release.
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 didn't think I'd like this music when a friend introduced it to me as "opera."
Was I ever surprised! I love it.
Andre is known as The Waltz King, but plays other pieces as well.
I’ve never heard anything that he has performed that didn’t make me smile.
My first introduction to the Dutch violinist and conductor, Andre Rieu,
was on a PBS special.
Besides the wonderful music, 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 the orchestra musicians, I saw wide smiles of joy and
I saw and felt the bright joy of people doing what they truly love doing.
In this orchestra, you won't see the women wearing the traditional black you usually see. Instead you'll see a garden of colorful dresses and happy faces.
This music is a wide and soaring expression of joy!
This is a departure from his waltzes, although there are a few
There are pieces from Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Puccini, Dvorák,
All of it is heavenly, and I love his sweet violin.
The Very Best Of Andre Rieu
This is a two-CD set of highlights from his career, performing with his
Johann Strauss Orchestra and the Salon Orchester Maastricht.
"The Blue Danube"
"Trish Trash Polka"
"The Emperor Waltz"
Plus traditional numbers such as "Amazing Grace,"
"Auld Lang Syne," "Stars and Stripes Forever," and more.
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