Recommended Reading

Here you will find books I have read that have inspired my work, my life and my way of being in the world and come as highly recommended reading:

The Spiritual
The Physical – Clinical Hypnotherapy
Natural Child Birth
The Emotional and the Psychological
Athletic Performance

THE SPIRITUAL

Integral Spirituality
by Ken Wilber

If you want fluff, don’t read this book. This is just the map and once you’ve got a map, you know where you are, how far you’ve come, and how far you’ve yet to go – not that this book will try and tell you where we are going:

Integral Spirituality is being widely called the most important book on spirituality in our time.

Applying his highly acclaimed integral approach, Ken Wilber formulates a theory of spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and postmodernity—including the revolutions in science and culture—while incorporating the essential insights of the great religions. He shows how spirituality today combines the enlightenment of the East, which excels at cultivating higher states of consciousness, with the enlightenment of the West, which offers developmental and psychodynamic psychology. Each contributes key components to a more integral spirituality.

On the basis of this integral framework, a radically new role for the world’s religions is proposed. Because these religions have such a tremendous influence on the worldview of the majority of the earth’s population, they are in a privileged position to address some of the biggest conflicts we face. By adopting a more integral view, the great religions can act as facilitators of human development: from magic to mythic to rational to pluralistic to integral—and to a global society that honors and includes all the stations of life along the way.

 

Eyes Wide Open: Cultivating Discernment on the Spiritual Path
by Mariana Caplan

A favorite of mine…. if you’re a student of spiritual studies, you need to read this book:

The spiritual path is like any other road-it’s going to have its share of potholes. Perhaps the best way to avoid them is through discernment, the quality of open-eyed awareness and honest perception that helps us turn challenges into opportunity, lessons into growth. In Eyes Wide Open, Mariana Caplan invites readers to join her on a quest for truth along the often bumpy journey of the spiritual life. Building on the foundation she laid with her previous works Halfway Up the Mountain (Hohm, 1999) and Do You Need a Guru? (Thorsons, 2002), Caplan challenges us to take full responsibility for our lives, as we investigate: What is spirituality anyway? Feeding the hungry heart in contemporary Western culture “Spiritually transmitted diseases”-the common traps of modern spirituality, and how to avoid them The universal theme of the Healing Crisis-and how discernment provides a “life raft” for such times Fully integrated spirituality-balancing body, psyche, and spirit for potent transformation We evolve spiritually by cultivating discernment that is powerful enough to pierce through confusion on every level of our experience, explains Mariana Caplan. To help us along the way, this fellow traveler now offers Eyes Wide Open.

 

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self
by Stephen Cope

One of the most transforming books you might ever read – especially if you’re into yoga… and if you’re not, you might see the point after this read:

Millions of Americans know yoga as a superb form of exercise and as a potent source of calm in our stress-filled lives. Far fewer are aware of the full promise of yoga as a 4,000-year-old practical path of liberation—a path that fits the needs of modern Western seekers with startling precision. Now Stephen Cope, a Western-trained psychotherapist who has lived and taught for more than ten years at the largest yoga center in America, offers this marvelously lively and irreverent “pilgrim’s progress” for today’s world. He demystifies the philosophy, psychology, and practice of yoga, and shows how it applies to our most human dilemmas: from loss, disappointment, and addiction, to the eternal conflicts around sex and relationship. And he shows us that in yoga, “liberation” does not require us to leave our everyday lives for some transcendent spiritual plane—life itself is the path. Above all, Cope shows how yoga can heal the suffering of self-estrangement that pervades our society, leading us to a new sense of purpose and to a deeper, more satisfying life in the world.

 

The Wisdom of Yoga
by Stephen Cope

Another beautiful piece of work by Mr Cope, one that will help you see through the afflictions of mind in a way that will transform your attitudes as you practice. This book is a must for any spiritual seeker as well as for anyone seeking the peaceful Universe within. A personal favourite.

 

The Compass of Zen
by Seung Sahn

The Compass of Zen is a simple, exhaustive—and often hilarious—presentation of the essence of Zen by a modern Zen Master of considerable renown. In his many years of teaching throughout the world, the Korean-born Zen Master Seung Sahn has become known for his ability to cut to the heart of Buddhist teaching in a way that is strikingly clear, yet free of esoteric and academic language. In this book, based largely on his talks, he presents the basic teachings of Buddhism and Zen in a way that is wonderfully accessible for beginners—yet so rich with stories, insights, and personal experiences that long-time meditation students will also find it a source of inspiration and a resource for study. Another personal favourite and all you need to know about Zen ever.

 

Grace and Grit
by Ken Wilber

Another heart openner and a deeper transformer… reads like a story told by each side, him then her, him then her…. for those of you with health challenges… or even just life challenges:

Here is a deeply moving account of a couple’s struggle with cancer and their journey to spiritual healing. Grace and Grit is the compelling story of the five-year journey of Ken Wilber and his wife Treya Killam Wilber through Treya’s illness, treatment, and, finally, death.

 

Meditation for the Love of It
by Sally Kempton

I just LOVE this book:

In the end, it is the direct, naked encounter with our own awareness that shifts our understanding of who we are, and gives us the power to stand firmly in the center of our being. No one else can do this for us. Only meditation unlocks those doors.

After the Ectasy the Laundry
by Jack Kornfield

This is the book to read once you’ve woken up and realized you’ve been asleep your whole life… and then you’re wondering “Now What??” This book puts it all back in perspective:

“Enlightenment does exist,” internationally renowned author and meditation master Jack Kornfield assures us. “Unbounded freedom and joy, oneness with the divine … these experiences are more common than you know, and not far away.”

But even after achieving such realization — after the ecstasy — we are faced with the day-to-day task of translating that freedom into our imperfect lives. We are faced with the laundry.

Drawing on the experiences and insights of leaders and practitioners within the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Sufi traditions, this book offers a uniquely intimate and honest understanding of how the modern spiritual journey unfolds — and how we can prepare our hearts for awakening.

Through moving personal stories and traditional tales, we learn how the enlightened heart navigates the real world of family relationships, emotional pain, earning a living, sickness, loss, and death.

Filled with “the laughter of the wise,” alive with compassion, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry is a gift to anyone who is seeking peace, wholeness, and inner happiness. It is sure to take its place next to A Path with Heart as a spiritual classic for our time.

 

Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason
by Caroline Myss

Anatomy of the Spirit
By Caroline Myss

Why People Don’t Heal and How they Can
By Caroline Myss

You Can Heal Your Life
By Louise Hays

The Art of Joyful Living: Meditation and Daily Life
By Swami Rama

Happiness is Your Creation
By Swami Rama

Meditation and its Practice
By Swami Rama

The Practice of Happiness
By John Kehoe

The Dark Side of the Light Chasers
By Debbie Ford

Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams.“In this profound book, Debbie Ford systematically outlines the steps to wholeness and transformation” – Deepak Chopra, M.D.

Become the Dream – The Transforming Power of Hypnotic Dreamwork
By Randal Churchill

The First Book to Combine Dreams and Hypnosis
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THE PHYSICAL

The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
by Donna Gates

If you’re experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or other symptoms that won’t go away no matter what you do or how many doctors you see, chances are you’re one of the millions unknowingly suffering from a systemic fungal/yeast infection, “the hidden invader.” The result of an imbalance starting in your internal ecosystem, this can be a key factor in headaches, joint and muscle pain, depression, cancer, food allergies, digestive problems, autism, and other immune-related disorders.

The Body Ecology Diet reveals how to restore and maintain the “inner ecology” your body needs to function properly, and eliminate or control the symptoms that rob you of the joy of living. Tens of thousands of people have already benefited from the Body Ecology way of life—Donna Gates shows you, step-by-step, how to eat your way to better health and well-being . . . deliciously, easily, and inexpensively!

In this book, you will learn how to: use seven basic universal principles as tools to gain mastery over every health challenge you may encounter; focus on your inner ecology to create ideal digestive balance; conquer cravings with strategies for satisfying snacking and for dining away from home; and plan meals with dozens of delectable recipes, an array of menus, and detailed shopping lists.

The Baby Boomer Diet – Body Ecology’s Guide to Growing Younger
by Donna Gates

As baby boomers, we’re a generation that has transformed society. How will we redefine aging? This book provides a blueprint for restoring a vital friendship with our bodies and, in turn, renewing our bond with the earth. It shows us how we can live fuller, healthier, more meaningful lives.

A fascinating blend of cutting-edge medical information, practical health advice, and spiritual wisdom, The Baby Boomer Diet is relevant for people of any age. Written by Donna Gates—theoriginator of Body Ecology,a world-renowned system of healing—this long-awaited book suggests that we don’t simply have to age gracefully, we can age with panache.

 

The Way of the Happy Woman
by Sarah Avant Stover

Live in accordance with nature and your soul.

Our ancestors adhered to the daily, seasonal, and yearly rhythms of nature by necessity, but modern life overrides these cycles, compromising women’s health and happiness. In this book, Sara Avant Stover shows how simple, natural, and refreshingly accessible practices can minimize stress and put us back in sync with our own cycles and those of nature. When we honor spring’s seedlings, summer’s vibrancy, fall’s harvest, and winter’s quietude, we harmonize our inner and outer worlds. Sara’s recommendations nurture the body, invigorate the mind, and lift the spirit. Illustrated yin and yang yoga sequences, one-day season-specific retreats, enticing recipes, and innovative self-reflection techniques make it easy to reconnect with the essential.

The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seekers Guide to Extraordinary LIving by Stephen Cope
For modern spiritual seekers and yoga students alike, here is an irreverent yet profound guide to the most sophisticated teachings of the yoga wisdom tradition–now brought to contemporary life by a celebrated author, psychotherapist, and leading American yoga instructor.

While many Westerners still think of yoga as an invigorating series of postures and breathing exercises, these physical practices are only part of a vast and ancient spiritual science. For more than three millennia, yoga sages systematically explored the essential questions of our human existence: What are the root causes of suffering, and how can we achieve freedom and happiness? What would it be like to function at the maximum potential of our minds, bodies, and spirits? What is an optimal human life?

Nowhere have their discoveries been more brilliantly distilled than in a short–but famously difficult–treatise called the Yogasutra. This revered text lays out the entire path of inner development in remarkable detail–ranging from practices that build character and mental power to the highest reaches of spiritual realization.

Now Stephen Cope unlocks the teachings of the Yogasutra by showing them at work in the lives of a group of friends and fellow yoga students who are confronting the full modern catastrophe of careers, relationships, and dysfunctional family dynamics. Interweaving their daily dilemmas with insights from modern psychology, neuroscience, religion, and philosophy, he shows the astonishing relevance and practicality of this timeless psychology of awakening.

Leavened with wit and passion, The Wisdom of Yoga is a superb companion and guide for anyone seeking enhanced creativity, better relationships, and a more ethical and graceful way of living in the world.

Your Body Believes Every Word You Say
By Barbara Hoberman Levine

The Language of the Mind/Body Connection.
Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster
A Guide of Mind/Body Techniques.
By Peggy Huddleston

Hypnotize Yourself Out of Pain Now
A Powerful, User-Friendly Program for anyone Searching for Immediate Pain Relief.
By Bruce N. Eimer, Ph. D., ABPP
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NATURAL CHILD BIRTH

Natural Fertility
by Francesca Naish

HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A Natural Approach to a Safe, Easier, More Comfortable Birthing
By Marie F. Mongan

Mind Over Labor
A Breakthrough Guide to Giving Birth. A clear, concise guide, using mental imagery, to making
labor and childbirth what it is – a natural process.
By Carl Jones
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THE EMOTIONAL and THE PSYCHOLOGICAL

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help YouFind – and Keep – Love
By Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

The absolute best book I have ever read on relationships: We rely on science to tell us everything from what to eat to when and how long to exercise, but what about relationships? Is there a scientific explanation for why some people seem to navigate relationships effortlessly, while others struggle? According to psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

In Attached, Levine and Heller reveal how an understanding of adult attachment-the most advanced relationship science in existence today-can help us find and sustain love. Pioneered by psychologist John Bowlby in the 1950s, the field of attachment posits that each of us behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways:

  • Anxious people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner’s ability to love them back
  • Avoidant people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness.
  • Secure people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving.In this book Levine and Heller guide readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mate) follow, offering a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections with the people they love.

Integral Relationships
by Martin Ucik

This is a manual for men and curious women… I’ve read it and I know many other woman reading it too… get the inside view ladies… its the most intelligent book written on relationships ever – in my humble opinion!

Are you puzzled by women? Frustrated with your current relationship? Heartbroken after being dumped? Tired of being rejected when dating? This manual will help!

Written by a man who’s been there, Integral Relationships provides you with a clear roadmap to relationship success. Learn how I apply Ken Wilber’s Integral Model to your love life. Engage with women at their level of consciousness. Meet your partner with the understanding, integrity, strength, kindness, and compassion that she is yearning for. Enjoy the benefits of a satisfying healthy love relationship.

Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy
by Ken Wilber

The goal of an “integral psychology” is to honor and embrace every legitimate aspect of human consciousness under one roof. This book presents one of the first truly integrative models of consciousness, psychology, and therapy. Drawing on hundreds of sources—Eastern and Western, ancient and modern—Wilber creates a psychological model that includes waves of development, streams of development, states of consciousness, and the self, and follows the course of each from subconscious to self-conscious to superconscious. Included in the book are charts correlating over a hundred psychological and spiritual schools from around the world, including Kabbalah, Vedanta, Plotinus, Teresa of Ávila, Aurobindo, Theosophy, and modern theorists such as Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Jane Loevinger, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, Erich Neumann, and Jean Gebser. Integral Psychology is Wilber’s most ambitious psychological system to date and is already being called a landmark study in human development.

The Power of A Positive No
By William Ury

The most powerful word in the language is one that most people find difficult to say. Yet when we know how to use it correctly, it has the power to profoundly transform our lives. That word is ‘No’.

In Getting to Yes, William Ury helped millions of people across the world discover how to transform their working and personal relationships by saying Yes. In this wise and insightful ‘prequel’ to the international bestseller, Ury asserts that, although you may be able to say Yes, you cannot get to the right Yes until you know how to say No.

Most of us are reluctant to say No when we fear the word could spoil relationships with bosses; lose the deal with clients or upset family members. This indispensable book will help readers know whether and how to say No and provides a simple, proven five-step solution and tried and tested techniques to tackle this everyday dilemma.

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ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Sports Psyching – Playing Your Best Game All The Time
How to overcome the tensions, fears and frustrations that
undermine your game and keep you from winning
By Thomas Tutko, Ph. D. & Umberto Tosi

Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life
By Brenden Brazier
The thrive diet is a long-term eating plan to help all athletes (professional or not) develop a lean body, sharp mind, and everlasting energy. As one of the few professional athletes on a plant-based diet, Brendan Brazier researched and developed this easy-to-follow program to enhance his performance as an elite endurance competitor.

Brazier clearly describes the benefits of nutrient-rich foods in their natural state versus processed foods, and how to choose nutritionally efficient, stress-busting whole foods for maximum energy and health. Featuring a 12-week meal plan, over 100 allergen-free recipes with raw food options—including recipes for energy gels, sport drinks, and recovery foods—and a complementary exercise plan, The Thrive Diet is “an authoritative guide to outstanding performance” (Neal D. Barnard, M.D., Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine).

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