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Books! Books! Books!

I love books, and I read & study voraciously. These are some of my favourite titles from over the years – either because they were really, really good; or because they’ve stood the test of time; or because they introduced me to a new idea, or inspired me to think about something in ways I hadn’t before.

It’s by no means a definitive list, and I may not necessarily agree with the views expressed in every work, but they are all interesting reads that have in some way expanded my thinking…

My library is constantly growing & I love suggestions, so if you’ve read something you’d like to share, send me an email. 

I’ll have a look, and if I love it, I’ll add it to my collection of books to read!

In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy some of these great titles!

 

* From the INDEX, click on a category, to go to that section of the list.

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ABUNDANCE, FINANCES & SUCCESS * ANIMAL WISDOM & PETS * AROMATHERAPY

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES * BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY * BODYWORK

CHANTING & SOUND THERAPY * CHAKRASCREATIVITY * CRYSTALS

DEPRESSION * DIET & NUTRITION * DREAMS & DREAMING

FAE & ANGELS * FENG SHUI * FICTION * FILMS

GENDER STUDIES * GEOLOGY

HERBOLOGY & PLANT MEDICINE * HEALING & HEALTH * HOMEOPATHY

INDIGENOUS, ABORIGINAL & FIRST NATIONS

MAGAZINES * MAYAN COSMOLOGY & DREAMSPELL * MEDITATION * MINDFULNESS

NUMEROLOGY

ORACLES & DECKS

PAGANISM & EARTH-BASED SPIRITUALITY * PARENTING * PHYSICS & CONSCIOUSNESS * POETRY

RELATIONSHIPS

SEXUALITY * SHAMANISM * SOCIAL ISSUES * SPECIAL INTEREST

SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS & PHILOSOPHIES

WEB RESOURCES


ABUNDANCE, FINANCES & SUCCESS

The Finish Rich Workbook by David Bach

User friendly guide to personal finance.

Life Keys:

Discovering Who You Are, Why You’re Here, What You Do Best by Jane A.G. Kise, David Stark & Sandra Krebs Hirsch

Phenomenal guide to identifying your life purpose & gifts.

(written from a Christ Presbyterian Church perspective)

Life Strategies: 

Doing What Works, Doing What Matters by Philip C. McGraw, Ph.D

The Motivation Manifesto:

9 Declarations to Claim Your Personal Power by Brendon Burchard

A powerful, poetic call to reclaim our lives and (re)discover our personal freedom.

Quiet:

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Thoughtful, insightful, inspiring work on how to understand and honor the magical world of the introverted.

Real Success Without a Real Job by Ernie J. Zelinski

Lighthearted look at creating success without selling out.

Sacred Contracts:

Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss

Informative and thought provoking work on finding purpose and meaning in life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Classic work on how to live well and take advantage the opportunities life presents.

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

Simple user’s guide to success.

The Soul’s Code:

In Search of Character and Calling by James Hillman

Excellent work regarding self knowledge and authenticity.

The Success Principles:

How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield

Practical, inspiring work regarding principles of success.

The Success Principles for Teens:

How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield & Kent Healy

Excellent personal success resource for teens, based on the full text for adults.

The Tipping Point:

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

Thought provoking work on the tipping point phenomenon.

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ANIMAL WISDOM & PETS

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews

In depth guide to working with animal totems & insights.

Animal Spirit Guides by Stephen D. Farmer, Ph.D

Simple, comprehensive guide to animal wisdom.

Caesar’s Way by Caesar Milan

Dog psychology for beginners.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

The story of how a woman’s relationship with a hawk tests her humanity and changes her life.

Maran Illustrated Dog Training by Maran

Excellent, illustrated training manual for beginners.

Marly & Me:

Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan

Simple, laugh-out-loud story of a family and their dog.

Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson

Animal wisdom, totems & guidance.

Modoc:

The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

A moving, compelling, inspiring story of an elephant and his boy and the bond they share across 3 continents and a lifetime…

Wesley the Owl:

The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O’Brien

An entertaining, educational love story.

A Wolf Called Romeo by Nick Jans

A true story of the wild wolf who adopted an Alaskan town.

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AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy for Health Professionals by Shirley Price and Len Price

An expansive volume that is most appropriate for intermediate to advanced study & practice.

The Complete Aromatherapy Handbook by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi

Good beginner’s guide.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:

Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty & a Safe Home Environment by Valerie Ann Worwood

It’s all in the title.

The Directory of Essential Oils by Wanda Sellar

Comprehensive Directory.

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BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

The Bach Flower Remedies – Step by Step by Judy Howard

Comprehensive guide.

The Bach Flower Remedies Repertory by F.J. Wheeler MRCS, LRCP

Guide to emotional/mental states & their remedies.

Growing Up with Bach Flower Remedies by Judy Howard

Great guide for working with children.

Handbook of the Bach Flower Remedies by Philip M. Chancellor

Comprehensive guide.

Heal Thyself:

An Explanation of the Real Cause and Cure of Disease by Dr. Edward Bach

Classic ‘Bach’ work on the spiritual underpinnings of health and illness.

The Twelve Healers:

And Other Remedies by Dr. Edward Bach

One of Dr. Bach’s original texts – said by some to be “the only book you need”.

*The Bach Centre also offers books you can download here for free.

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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Autobiography of a Spiritually Correct Mystic by Osho

Insightful, often hilarious look at the life & teachings of Osho.

I, Rigoberta Menchu:

An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchu

A testimony to human endurance.

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BODYWORK

Anatomy of Hatha Yoga:

A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners by H. David Coulter

Indispensable, comprehensive, pictoral guide.

Freeing Emotions and Energy Through Myofascial Release by Noah Karrasch

Good guide for intermediate & above.

Heal Your Body by Louise Hay

Accessible, beginner’s guide to the relationship between illness and emotion.

The Massage Book by George Downing

Timeless, classic guide.

The Subtle Body: 

An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy by Cyndi Dale

Excellent guide.

The Therapeutic Touch by Dolores Krieger, Ph.D. R.N.

Informative, comprehensive guide.

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Clair Davies, N.C.T.M.B.

Excellent, illustrated work.

Understanding the Messages of Your Body:

How to Interpret Physical and Emotional Signals to Achieve Optimal Health by Jean-Pierre Barral

Excellent guide.

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CHANTING & SOUND THERAPY

Chanting:

Discovering Spirit in Sound by Robert Gass

User friendly guide to chanting.

Digeridoo:

Ritual Origins & Playing Techniques by Dirk Schelberg

Informative work regarding didge history and technique.

Drumming at the Edge of Magic:

A Journey into the Spirit of Percussion by Mickey Hart

Thorough exploration of drumming through the eyes of Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

The Healing Power of Sound:

Recovery from Life-Threatening Illness Using Sound, Voice, and Music by Mitchell L. Gaynor, M.D

Insights, stories & exercises from a medical doctor’s discovery of the power of sound in healing.

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

Groundbreaking work illustrating the effect that sound, intention and energy has on molecular structures.

Music & Sound in the Healing Arts by John Beaulieu

Basic sound healing science & theory.

Tibetan Sound Healing:

Seven Guided Practices to Clear Obstacles, Cultivate Positive Qualities, and Uncover Your Inherent Wisdom by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

The title says it all…

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CHAKRAS

The Chakra Bible:

The Definitive Guide to Working with Chakras by Patricia Mercier

Excellent illustrated, introductory guide.

Chakra Clearing by Doreen Virtue

Beginners guide to meditations and visualizations to clear and balance your energy.

Chakra Mantras:

Liberate Your Spiritual Genius Through Chanting by Thomas Ashley-Farrand

Comprehensive guide to working with mantras and the chakra system.

Eastern Body, Western Mind:

Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self by Anodea Judith

An excellent guide that delves deep, but remains accessible to beginners.

The Sevenfold Journey:

Reclaiming Mind, Body and Spirit Through the Chakras by Anodea Judith

Excellent step-by-step guide to healing, balancing, personal growth and transformation.

Wheels of Life: 

A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith, Ph.D

Comprehensive guide to the chakras.

Wheels of Light:

Chakras, Auras, and the Healing Energy of the Body by Rosalyn L. Buryere

Interesting guide with a focus on the 1st Chakra.

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CREATIVITY

The Artist’s Way:

A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

Inspiring work about releasing your inner artist.

Buddha Board: 

Zen Creativity Tool

Paint with water, then watch as your creations disappear. It’s not a book, but it’s just as good!

Ignore Everybody:

And 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

Entertaining, courageous and inspiring.

The Playful Way to Serious Writing by Roberta Allen

Fun, useful guide to unlocking your inner author.

Walking In this World:

The Practical Art of Creativity by Julia Cameron

Excellent sequel to ‘The Artist’s Way’

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

A creative prompts to help you learn to love your ‘mistakes’.

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CRYSTALS

The Book of Stones:

Who They Are & What They Teach by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian

Excellent illustrated guide.

The Crystal Ally Cards:

The Crystal Path to Self Knowledge by Naisha Ahsian

Good information & accurate readings.

The Crystal Bible:

A Definitive Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall

Illustrated comprehensive guide to crystals.

Crystal Power. Crystal Healing by Michael Gienger

Excellent balance of science and mysticism.

Love is in the Earth:

A Kaleidoscope of Crystals by Melody

In depth guide to working with crystals.

Liquid Crystal Oracle by Justin Moikeha Asar

Crystal wisdom, healing & guidance in the Atlantean tradition. One of my favourites!

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DEPRESSION

The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns M.D

Decent read offering some good strategies & techniques for coping with and transforming depression.

The Four Purposes of Life:

Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World by Dan Millman

Concise little manual for discovering meaning, purpose & direction.

F**k It Therapy:

The Profane Way to Profound Happiness by John C. Parkin

Often entertaining, yet meaningful work on assessing & adjusting our perspective, and getting real about the things that truly matter.

The Heart of the Soul:

Emotional Awareness by Gary Zukav & Linda Francis

Thoughtful work on the importance of emotional intelligence and awareness.

The Mindful Way Through Depresson:

Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal & Jon Kabat-Zinn

Excellent guide to developing resilience and using mindfulness to help break cycles of depression and unhappiness.

I Don’t Want to Talk About It:

Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real

Brilliant analysis and guide to understanding male depression.

The Untethered Soul:

The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer

Popular guide to letting go of pain and finding peace.

The Van Gogh Blues:

The Creative Person’s Path Through Depression by Eric Maisel, Ph.D

Excellent work about ‘crises of meaning’ in creative minds.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner

Classic work to help us understand and cope in times of grief and sorrow.

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DIET & NUTRITION

Cooking for Healthy Healing:

Diets and Recipes for Alternative Healing by Linda Rector-Page, N.D Ph.D.

Comprehensive guide and invaluable resource.

Rawsome! by Brigitte Mars

Fantastic, informative guide to delicious, living food.

Rebar:

Modern Food Cookbook by Audrey Alsterberg & Wanda Urbanowicz

Impressive, quality recipes from Victoria BC’s own “rebar” restaurant.

Vegetarian Mother Baby Book by Rose Elliot

Indispensable Resource.

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DREAMS & DREAMING

Dreamer’s Dictionary by Garuda

Comprehensive dictionary of dream symbolism.

Dreaming While Awake:

Techniques for 24 hour Lucid Dreaming by Arnold Mindell, Ph.D.

Informative work regarding lucid dreaming.

Understanding Dreams: 

How to Benefit from the Power of Your Dreams by Nerys Dee

User friendly, users guide to dreamwork.

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FAE & ANGELS

Angel Numbers by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. & Lynette Brown

Numerical references for angelic communication.

Angel Signs: 

A Celestial Guide to the Power of Your Own Guardian Angel by Albert Haldane & Simha Seraya

Comprehensive guide to angels.

The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica Macbeth

Card and book set for working with Faerie magic.

The Runes of Elfland by Brian Froud & Ari Berk

Unique interpretations of classic Rune symbols.

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FENG SHUI

The Feng Shui Bible by Simon Brown

Illustrated, comprehensive guide to basic Feng Shui.

Feng Shui for Beginners by Richard Craze

Basic Feng Shui.

Feng  Shui Tips for a Better Life by David Daniel Kennedy

Informative guide to basic Feng Shui.

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FICTION

*This section includes titles of stories that are in some way thought provoking and/or instructive. Due to the number of titles included, the expanded section is located at the end of the Recommended Reading List. Scroll through or, click the links to:

CHILDREN’S FICTION

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

ADULT FICTION

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FILMS

Atanajurat: The Fast Runner

Stunning, poignant Inuit epic.

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

Thought provoking story of missionary contact.

The Believer

Intense, challenging story of “a young Jewish man living an impossible contradiction as a neo-nazi”.

Departures

Peaceful, thought provoking work about ritual, beauty and dignity in death.

The Dark Crystal

Classic Jim Henson adventure, exploring the nature of good and evil.

Kissed

A  controversial yet delicate and thought provoking piece about a young necrophiliac that somehow manages to present the phenomenon as spiritual and transcendent. It definitely surprised me…

Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance / Powaqqatsi / Naqoyqatsi

This trilogy is an absolutely stunning visual commentary on the relationship between humans, nature and technology.

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomski and the Media

Multi-dimensional work examining the power of propaganda. Based on the book ‘Manufacturing Consent: the Political Economy of the Mass Media’.

Once Were Warriors

Powerful commentary on racism, poverty, dis-empowerment and healing.

Paperclips

Inspiring documentary on a group of American children trying to understand the holocaust.

Rabbit Proof Fence

Incredible, true story of courage, determination and triumph of the human spirit.

What the Bleep Do We Know? 

Mind expanding mix of “quantum physics, spirituality, neurology and evolutionary thought”.

Whale Rider

Poignant story of a young girl determined to answer her calling.

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GENDER STUDIES

Absent Fathers, Lost Sons; 

The Search for Masculine Identity by Guy Corneau

Thought provoking synthesis of literature on masculine identity.

The Beauty Myth:

How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf

Insightful work about how beauty ideals are damaging women.

Body Alchemy: 

Transsexual Portraits by Lorne Cameron

Photographic work with commentary regarding transsexual/transgender experiences.

Fire in the Belly:

On Being a Man by Sam Keen

Classic, enriching, thought provoking work.

Making Sex:

Body & Gender from the Greeks to Freud by Thomas Laquer

Informative work regarding the mutable nature of human concepts of sex, sexuality and gender.

My Gender Workbook:

How to Become a Real Man, a Real Woman, the Real You, or Something Else Entirely by Kate Bornstein

Thought provoking workbook regarding gender identity.

The Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrel Ph.D

Interesting perspective.

Odd Girl Out: 

The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

Informative, sometimes surprising work.

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Classic analysis of the western idea of ‘woman’.

Self-Made Man:

One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man by Norah Vincent

Fascinating, insightful account of a woman’s experience of manhood.

To Be Real: 

Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism by Rebecca Walker, Ed. 

Insightful writings by young activists.

Transgender Warriors:

Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg

Informative work on the history if gender deviance.

Why Gender Matters:

What Parents Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Sex Differences by Leonard Sax

Thought provoking work.

The Will to Change:

Men, Masculinity, and Love by Bell Hooks

Thought provoking work about how patriarchal culture is damaging to men, and how we can start to overcome it.

Women Who Run With the Wolves:

Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Classic volume addressing the power of the ‘Wild Woman’ archetype.

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GEOLOGY

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HERBOLOGY & PLANT MEDICINE

Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible by Herb Mindell

Basic guide to herbal & plant medicines.

Energy Medicine: 

Pacific Flower & Sea Essences by Sabina Pettitt

Comprehensive guide to Pacific Essences.

Flower Essences & Vibrational Healing by Gurudas 

Basic guide.

The Herb Book: 

The Complete and Authoritative Guide to More Than 500 Herbs by John Lust

Comprehensive guide.

Peterson Field Guides:

Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants in British Columbia by Steven Foster & James A. Duke

Comprehensive, illustrated field guide.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast:

Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska by Jim Pojar

Informative field guide.

Plant Technology of First Peoples in British Columbia by Nancy J. Turner

Fascinating, informative work.

The Science and Art of Herbology by Rosemary Gladstar

Comprehensive course in herbology.

Seaweed: 

Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease and Revitalizing Body & Soul by Valerie Gennari Cooksley

Excellent, informative guide to healing and cooking with seaweed.

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HEALING & HEALTH

Anatomy of the Spirit: 

The Seven Stages of Power and Healing by Caroline Myss, Ph.D.

Comprehensive, in-depth text on the mind-body connection and how understanding it can change your life.

Alchemical Healing by Nicki Scully

Excellent work regarding the alchemy of healing.

The Courage to Heal: 

A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass

Often called the ‘bible’ of healing from child sexual abuse, the 2oth Anniversary edition of this classic work has been updated to include information about healing tools such as imagery, meditation and the mind-body connection.

Creative Visualization:

Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

Classic work on the power of visualization and intention.

The Gifts of Imperfection:

Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Insightful work on the power of overcoming shame, self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy.

Hands of Light: 

A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field by Barbara Ann Brennan & Jos. A. Smith

An in-depth study of the human energy field and how it can be accessed for healing. Includes medically verified case studies.

Heal Your Wounds & Find Your True Self by Lise Bourbeau

Great beginner’s guide to body wisdom.

The Heartmath Solution by Doc Chilre & Howard Martin

Informative work regarding the Heartmath concept for stress reduction, balance and equilibrium.

The Immunization Decision by Randall Neustaedter

Informative work regarding the practice of mass immunization. An oldie, but a goodie.

Signs of Fertility: 

The Personal Science of Natural Birth Control by Margaret Nofziger

Informative work on natural fertility awareness.

Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, MD. 

Comprehensive look at energy medicine.

Waking the Tiger:

Healing Trauma by Peter A. Levine with Ann Frederick

Thought provoking work on the nature of trauma and how to heal it.

Where There Is No Doctor:

A Village Health Care Handbook by David Werner

Informative, useful information on illness prevention, disease and emergency medical procedures.

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HOMEOPATHY

Boericke’s Materia Medica with Repertory by Wiliam Boericke, MD.

Comprehensive Materia Medica.

Homeopathic Medicine at Home by Maesimund B. Panos, MD. & Jane Heimlich

Great beginner’s guide.

The Homeopathic Treatment of Children:

Pediatric Constitutional Types by Paul Herscu, ND.

Informative look at treatment of childhood constitutional types.

Homeopathy: 

Heart & Soul by Dr. Keith Souter

Informative work regarding homeopathic treatment.

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INDIGENOUS, ABORIGINAL & FIRST NATIONS

Coyote Medicine: 

Lessons from Native American Healing by Louis Mehi-Medrona, MD.

Thoughtful teachings regarding healing and disease.

The Dancing Healers:

A Doctor’s Journey of Healing with Native Americans by Carl A. Hammerschlag, MD. 

The Four Agreements:

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

Excellent work on 4 ‘agreements’ based in ancient Toltec wisdom, that are easy to understand, and might just change your life.

Honouring the Medicine:

The Essential Guide to Native American Healing by Kenneth Cole

Comprehensive guide to healing.

I, Rigoberta Menchu:

An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchu

A testimony to human endurance.

Last Cry:

Native American Prophecies – Tales of the End Times by Robert Ghost Wolf

Collection of prophecies

Mastering the Toltec Way:

A Daily Guide to Happiness, Freedom & Joy by Susan Gregg

Easy to use, easy to stick with, daily focus book.

My Heart Soars by Chief Dan George

Timeless, poetic tribute to the old ways.

Plant Technology of First Peoples in British Columbia by Nancy J. Turner

Fascinating, informative work.

Seven Arrows by Hyemeyohsts Storm

Timeless teachings in the spirit of the Firs Peoples of North America.

*Also see Shamanism, Oracles & Decks, and Mayan Cosmology & Dreamspell

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MAGAZINES

Ad Busters

Thought provoking commentary regarding advertising.

National Geographic

Beautifully illustrated, world view publication.

Parabola

Ongoing explorations on the subjects of mythology, religion and cultural traditions around the world.

Scientific American Mind

Fascinating, informative magazine regarding brain science.

Shambala Sun

Insightful publication focused on ‘Buddhism, Culture, Meditation and Life’.

The Walrus

Insightful political & social commentary.

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MAYAN COSMOLOGY & DREAMSPELL

The Mayan Calandar and the Transformation of Consciousness by Carl Johan Calleman Ph.D.

Thought provoking work on the intersection of time and the human condition.

Maya Cosmogenisis 2012:

The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End Date by John Major Jenkins

In-depth look at the Maya ‘end date’ phenomenon.

Maya Cosmos:

3000 Years on the Shaman’s Path by David Freidel, Linda Schele & Joy Parker

Thorough volume on Mayan history & cosmology.

The Mayan Factor: 

Path Beyond Technology by Jose Arguelles, Ph.D.

Groundbreaking work regarding the intersection of Mayan cosmology and modern living.

The Mayan Oracle by Ariel Spilsbury & Michael Bryner

Excellent card deck and book for exploration of Mayan archetypes.

The Mayan Prophecies by Adrian Gilbert & Maurice Cotterell

In-depth exploration of ancient prophecies.

Time and the Technosphere:

The Law of Time in Human Affairs by Jose Arguelles Ph.D.

Fascinating look at calendar programming and human relationships with time.

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MEDITATION

Buddha’s Brain:

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson Ph.D. & Richard Mendius

Practical tools to help you re-wire your brain for greater happiness, peace & wellbeing.

Everyday Osho:

365 Meditations for the Here and Now by Osho

Daily meditations for contemplation, acceptance, and changing your perspective.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Classic Taoist insights for contemplation and discovery.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

Tibetan Buddhist teachings on Living and Dying.

Wherever You Go, There You Are: 

Mindfulness Meditation in Every Day Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

How-to guide to mindfulness meditation.

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind:

Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki

Excerpts from lectures by a respected Zen master.

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MINDFULNESS

The Art of Happiness:

A Handbook for Living by Dalai Lama XIV & Howard C. Cutler, M.D.

Dalai Lama teams up with a psychiatrist to teach us how to maintain inner peace in the face of everyday life & obstacles.

Courage: 

The Joy of Living Dangerously by Osho

Inspiring work regarding fear and courage.

The Four Agreements:

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz

Excellent work on 4 ‘agreements’ based in ancient Toltec wisdom, that are easy to understand, and might just change your life.

Mastering the Toltec Way: 

A Daily Guide to Happiness, Freedom & Joy by Susan Gregg

Easy to use, easy to stick with, daily focus book.

The Osho Zen Tarot by Osho International Foundation

Excellent card deck and guide for increasing focus on what is important in the moment.

The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav

Insightful work regarding multi sensory human experience.

True Balance:

A Common Sense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit by Sonia Choquette, Ph.D.

Great workbook for self-reflection.

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NUMEROLOGY

Angel Numbers by Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. & Lynette Brown

Numerical references for angelic communication.

Chinese Numerology:

The Way to Prosperity & Fulfillment by Richard Webster

Comprehensive guide to Chinese Numerology.

The Everything Numerology Book by Ellae Elinwood

Excellent, comprehensive guide to numerology.

The Life You Were Born to Live by Dan Millman

Comprehensive guide to understanding your life path & lessons.

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ORACLES & DECKS

Archetypes on the Tree of Life:

The Tarot as Pathwork by Madonna Compton

Insightful guide to deeper work with tarot based on correspondence between the 22 paths of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the Tarot trumps, and Hebrew letters.

The Book of Rune Cards by Ralph Blum

Exceptional, comprehensive guide to working with Runes.

The Crystal Ally Cards:

The Crystal Path to Self Knowledge by Naisha Ahsian

I find the cards to be a bit too big, and I’m not a huge fan of the artwork, but the information is good, and the readings are accurate.

The Faeries Oracle by Brian Froud & Jessica Macbeth

Card and book set for working with Faerie magic.

The Kabbalah Angel Tarot by Rebecca Bachstein

Surprisingly good Angel deck.

Liquid Crystal Oracle by Justin Moikeha Asar

Crystal wisdom, healing & guidance in the Atlantean tradition. One of my top 3 all-time favourites!

The Mayan Oracle by Ariel Spilsbury & Michael Bryner

Excellent card deck and book for exploration of Mayan archetypes.

Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson

Animal wisdom, totems & guidance. Universal, relatable wisdom & accurate readings. One of my top 3 all-time favourites!

The Osho Zen Tarot by Osho International Foundation

Excellent card deck and guide for increasing focus on what is important in the moment. One of my top 3 all-time favourites!

The Runes of Elfland by Brian Froud & Ari Berk

Unique interpretations of classic Rune symbols.

Sacred Geometry by Janosh

Insightful guide & daily practice using sacred geometry.

The Toltec Way by Victor Sanchez

Oracle deck in the Toltec tradition.

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PAGANISM & EARTH-BASED SPIRITUALITY

Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

Comprehensive guide to the pagan art of witchcraft.

Drawing Down the Moon: 

Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America by Margot Alder

Fascinating look at North American Pagan experiences, beliefs, rituals and lifestyles.

Elemental Magic:

Meditations, Exercises, Spells and Rituals to Help You Connect with Nature by D.J. Conway

The title says it all…

The Family Wicca Book by Ashleen O’Gaea

Guide to Wicca for families.

The Pagan Book of Days: 

A Guide to Festivals, Traditions & Sacred Days of the Year by Nigel Pennick

Comprehensive guide.

Paganism:

An Introduction to Earth-Centred Religions by Joyce Higginbotham and River Higginbotham

Informative study guide on the basics of Earth-Centred Religions.

Wicca Craft for Families by Margie McArthur

Family friendly guide to celebrations and ceremonies.

Wicca Spellcraft for Men by A.J. Drew

Thoughtful work written for men.

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PARENTING

Conversations with the Children of Now:

Crystal, Indigo and Star Kids Speak Out About the World, Life and the Coming 2012 Shift by Meg Blackburn Losey, MscD, Ph.D 

Insightful introduction to the idea of Indigo, Crystal and Star Kids, much of it in their own voices.

Hold on to Your Kids:

Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers by Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D & Gabor Mate, MD

Thought provoking work.

How Children Succeed:

Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

Thought provoking work on the significance of ‘character’ in children.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber

Timeless and relevant guide to communicating effectively with children.

Last Child in the Woods: 

Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Insightful work regarding the importance of relationships with nature and the outdoors.

Playful Parenting by Lawrence J. Cohen Ph.D.

A guide to joining your children in their world for communication, exploration and learning.

The Parent’s Tao Te Ching:

Ancient Advice for Modern Parents by William Martin

Probably the best guide to parenting healthy children ever written.

Raising Cain: 

Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Kan Kindlon Ph.D. & Michael Thompson Ph.D.

Insightful work on the importance of nurturing and protecting the emotional life of boys.

Raising Your Spirited Child: 

A Guide for Parents Whose Child is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent and Energetic by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka

Helpful guide for parents & caregivers of spirited children.

Reviving Ophelia:

Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher, Ph.D.

Insightful work on the struggles faced by adolescent girls, much of it told in their own voices.

The Success Principles for Teens:

How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield & Kent Healy

Excellent personal success resource for teens, based on the full text for adults.

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PHYSICS & CONSCIOUSNESS

Blink:

The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Interesting exploration about choices and decision making, and what is really happening in our brains when we ‘follow our gut’.

The Biology of Belief: 

Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles by Bruce H. Lipton

Excellent exploration of human consciousness potential.

The Brain that Changes Itself:

Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge

Fascinating, inspiring work on the miraculous potential of the human mind.

The Field:

A Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe by Lynne McTaggart

Inspiring look at the quantum universe & how we can tap into its power.

The Holotropic Mind: 

The Three Levels of Human Conciousness and How They Shape Our Lives by Stanislav Grof, M.D. & Hal Zina Bennet Ph.D.

Thought provoking work.

The Physics of Consciousness:

The Quantum Mind and the Meaning of Life by Evan Harris Walker

Physics meets mysticism.

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POETRY

Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry by Duane Niatum, Ed.

Fantastic anthology including works from 36 writers.

A Year with Hafiz:

Daily Contemplations by Daniel Ladinsky

Beautiful poems for contemplation and discovery.

Grace and Poison by Karen Connelly

Beautiful, poignant poetry.

Jakua’s Secret Spirit Poems by Jakua Jordan

Inspiring poetry by a young child.

Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski

Classic poetic angst & beauty.

My Heart Soars by Chief Dan George

Timeless tribute to the old ways.

Where the Sidewalk Ends:

The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein

Simple poems with surprising depth.

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RELATIONSHIPS

The Couple’s Comfort Book:

A Creative Guide for Renewing Passion, Pleasure and Commitment by Jennifer Louden

Practical, engaging guide for intimate couples.

The Dance of Anger:

A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Goldher

Classic exploration of anger, particularly as experienced by women.

The Dance of Intimacy: 

A Woman’s Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships by Harriet Lerner

Insightful work on intimacy – for women & men alike.

Getting the Love You Want: 

A Guide for Couples by Harville Hendrix

Step-by-step program for developing more loving, supportive, satisfying relationships.

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman

Comprehensive guide to relationship astrology.

The Mastery of Love:

A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship by Miguel Ruiz

Relationship wisdom based in the Toltec tradition and techniques for integrating it into your daily life.

Nonviolent Communication: 

A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg Ph.D.

Life-changing work on how to communicate peacefully, powerfully, and effectively.

Quiet:

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Thoughtful, insightful, inspiring work on how to understand and honor the magical world of the introverted, including advice on how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: 

A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John M. Gottman Ph.D. & Nan Silver

Insightful principles, questionnaires and exercises.

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SEXUALITY

Accupressure for Lovers by Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.

Comprehensive, illustrated guide to accupressure for intimate couples.

The Book of Secrets:

Keys to Love and Meditation by Osho

Comprehensive, in-depth guide to the secrets of the ancient science of Tantra.

Different Loving:

The World of Sexual Dominance and Submission by Gloria G. Brame, William D. Brame & Jon Jacobs

Informative work regarding dominance and submission in relationships.

The Ethical Slut: 

A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures by Dossie Easton & Janet W. Hardy.

Interesting discourse on alternative relationship configurations.

The Joy of Sex: 

Ultimate Revised Edition by Alex Comfort, M.B., Ph.D.

Revised and updated version of the classic text.

Liberating Masturbation: 

A Meditation on Self-Love by Betty Dodson

Groundbreaking introduction to masturbation without shame.

(Woman focused)

Love and Desire:

Photoworks by William A. Ewing

Artistic, photographic commentary on love, sensuality and desire.

The Magdalen Manuscript:

The Alchemies of Horus & the Sex Magic of Isis by Tom Kenyon & Judi Sion

Unique guide to sexual alchemy.

Promiscuities: 

The Secret Struggle for Womanhood by Naomi Wolf

Courageous, thought provoking work addressing the complexities of female erotic and emotional discovery in the face of societal taboos and conflicting messages about sex, sexuality and womanhood.

Sex Matters: 

From Sex to Superconciousness by Osho

Thoughtful work regarding sex and spirituality.

The Tao of Sexual Massage by Stephen Russel & Jurgen Kolb

Illustrated guide to sensual and sexual massage.

The Tree of Ecstasy: 

An Advanced Manual of Sexual Magic by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki

Insights, intentions and practices for intimate couples.

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SHAMANISM

The Book of Shamanic Healing by Kristen Madden

Comprehensive guide to shamanic healing.

Medicine for the Earth: 

How to Transform Personal & Environmental Toxins by Sandra Ingerman

In-depth exploration of human/planetary relationship.

Shamanic Spirit by Kenneth Meadows

Useful guidance regarding shamanic practices.

Shamans, Healers and Medicine Men by Holger Kalweit

Insightful work regarding shamanism around the world.

Shamans Through Time: 

500 Years on the Path to Knowledge by Jeremy Narby & Francis Huxley, Eds.

Excellent, historical work.

Walkers Between the Worlds:

The Western Mysteries from Shaman to Magus by Caitlin Matthews & John Matthews

In-depth exploration and guide to western magical and healing practices.

The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner

Simple, classic introduction to shamanism.

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SOCIAL ISSUES

Anatomy of Racism by David Theo Golberg. Ed.

Insightful work regarding the nature of racism.

Another Mother Tongue:

Gay Words, Gay Worlds by Judy Grahn

Classic work on gay & lesbian life, culture & history.

Freakonomics:

A Rouge Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

A thought provoking, entertaining look into morality, economics, and everything else.

Quiet:

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Thoughtful, insightful, inspiring work on the importance of ‘the introverted Way’, and how everyone looses when we don’t make space for Quiet.

Racism, Sexixm, Power & Ideology by Colette Guillaumin

Insightful, thought provoking social theory.

Resist:

Essays Against a Homophobic Culture by Mona Oikawa, Dionne Falconer & Anne Decter, Eds.

Collection of thought inspiring writings.

Sex, Art and American Culture by Camille Paglia

Thought provoking essays on cultural phenomenon.

White Awareness:

Handbook for Anti-Racism Training  by Judith H. Katz

Useful, educational concepts and tools.

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SPECIAL INTEREST

The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

This book is amoral and ruthless, but it offers some valuable insights into the dynamics of power.

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

Inspiring work on the true power of language.

Holy Personal:

Looking for Small, Private Places of Worship by Laura Chester

Beautiful photographs and stories.

Stiff: 

The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Fascinating, insightful, often humorous work.

Under the Bridge: 

The True Story of Rena Virk by Rebecca Godfrey

Sensitive, insightful, thorough account of a profound tragedy.

Vital Signs: 

A Complete Guide to the Crop Circle Mystery by Andy Thomas

Insightful analysis of the crop circle phenomenon.

When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone

Informative historical perspective.

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SPIRITUAL TEACHINGS & PHILOSOPHIES

A Course in Miracles by Foundation for Inner Peace

Popular, in-depth manual to help you change your perceptions, heal your mind and walk differently in the world.

The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, Vol 1 & 2 by Drunvalo Melchizedek

Insightful look at ancient powers and sacred geometry.

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

One man’s Yogic journey and what he learned about the importance of spirituality.

The Bible (multiple versions available)

The Celestial Gallery by Romio Shrestha with text by Ian A. Baker

Stunning paintings of Buddhist deities & bodhisattvas, including many mandalas.

The Essene Gospel of Peace by Edmond bordeaux Szekely

Selected teachings of the Essenes.

Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment by Rudolf Steiner

In-depth exploration of the attainment of higher world consciousness.

The Light Shall Set You Free by Dr. Norma Milanovich & Dr. Shirley McCune

Comprehensive guide to teachings from ancient mystery schools.

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Timeless collection of poetic writings on life, relationships and everything else of importance.

The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom by Mark Amaru Pinkham

Another theory on the origins of humanity.

Seven Arrows by Hyemeyohsts Storm

Timeless teachings in the spirit of the Firs Peoples of North America.

The Star Borne:

A Remembrance for the Awakened Ones by Solara

Star Teachings for Humanity

The Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu

Classic, ancient Zen wisdom.

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Unique, entertaining interpretation of Tao.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogoyal Rinpoche

Comprehensive work of Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

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WEB RESOURCES

The Bach Centre

Home of Dr. Edward Bach and the Bach Flower Remedy system.

Foundation for the Law of Time

Information and resources for those wanting to learn more about the Law of Time and Dreamspell 13 Moon Calendar timekeeping and philosophy.

Osho

Official website of the Osho movement, based in Pune, India. Lots of free resources for enlightenment & mysticism.

The Success Principles

Official website for Jack Canfield & the Success Principles. Lots of free resources.

Ted: Ideas Worth Spreading

Expansive library of short, powerful talks on meaningful subjects.

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CHILDREN’S FICTION

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

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ADULT FICTION

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