My Self-Help Book List!
I have been on the self-improvement path for twelve years, seven of those years have been as a Teacher, where I have taught the theory of the metaphysical program, A Course in Miracles, and also on the topics of Relationships, the power of the Subconscious Mind and how to overcome anxiety. I have also, as you know, authored a children’s book, where I introduce to children how the mind functions and offer communication tips for caring adults in the accompanying parental guide. All of this means that I have read a TON of books!!
All of them on the topic of mental health and how the mind functions.
In fact, the last fictional book I read was the Da Vinci Code when it was first released. So, I’ve been all up in the non-fiction, self-help world for over a decade.
So, I wanted to share the books that I have found to be both eloquent and helpful in their own unique way.
Their teachings reflect my own passionate quest for understanding myself and our collective purpose here on earth.
As what prompted me to delve into self-help was a bout of anxiety, I began with the book “From Panic to Power” by Lucinda Bassett. This book was critical in helping me out of anxiety as it normalized all of my feelings and even presented the commonalities in people’s fears. These commonalities made it clear to me that the ego was just playing a game with me, and fear’s working became transparent. This book is a gentle first step towards relief for anyone who is going through anxiety! Expose the fear with this helpful book.
Next on the must-read list is, The Disappearance of the Universe” by Gary Renard. As you know, I quote this book a lot. It is ideal for students of, or those interested in reading, A Course in Miracles. If you plan on reading this book, be prepared to spend some time with it, it took me about two months to complete it. The reason for why it takes so long is not that it is lengthy, (it’s longer than most books but nothing compared to The Pillars of the Earth), but it takes long because it challenges your present perceptions. If you’re looking for a mental challenge, put down the “brain games” and give this book a try! It’s humorous with some tasty historical tidbits and makes the path of enlightenment desirable and achievable. Open your mind and delve in! To read excerpts from this book visit http://www.garyrenard.com/Preview.htm
“The ego is a master illusionist. From your birth it diverts your attention by giving you – and this calls for another drum roll, please – problems.” The Disappearance of the Universe
Let the mind bending continue with “A Vast Illusion” by the late Kenneth Wapnick. This book delves into the illusion of time and how we can use our experience in time for the best possible purpose, forgiveness. This book is excellent for students of, A Course in Miracles, who are curious about the science behind the theory of ACIM. This book also explains the personal detriment of holding onto grudges, or fear of any kind. (Yes, there is a correlation between the experience of time and choosing fear.) It would be difficult not to forgive after reading this book. Personal responsibility is what you can expect after reading this hidden gem.
“This interpretation ties the future to the present, and extends the present rather than the past. But if you interpret your function as destruction, you will lose sight of the present and hold on to the past to ensure a destructive future.” Kenneth Wapnick
One of my favourites on this list is, Power vs. Force by Dr. David Hawkins! It is one of my faves because it exposes how horrible aspartame is for the human body, but also because it brings to light the differences in human experience consequently inviting a more compassionate viewpoint of others. In this book you will also find one of my go-to resources, “The Map of Consciousness.” This map highlights the human emotional experience and the corresponding actions and vibrational levels (read this book to learn more about vibrational levels, very cool) of the emotions. Ultimately this book teaches that we have the Power of Love within each of us, and that this power for good is what will bring personal peace and joy.
“This is the first time the anatomy of consciousness itself has been delineated in pure form in its entirety…” Dr. David Hawkins
Next up, another one of my favourites, Love Without Conditions by Paul Ferinni. If you want to learn what real love is, this book is for you. Simply through reading it, you become more compassionate both for yourself and your human experience, but also the collective human experience. It teaches that we cannot fix others but that we can certainly love them and love them without conditions. Essentially, if you’ve ever wondered how you can be the love which you truly are, this book guides you to that truth. Implement its principles and your day will go well.
“You demonstrate love by giving it unconditionally to yourself. And, as you do, you attract others into your life who are able to love you without conditions.
Your attempt to find love outside yourself always fails, because you cannot receive from another something you haven’t given to yourself. When you withhold love from yourself, you attract others into your life who are doing the same thing.” Love Without Conditions, pg. 50
If you’re sick of your self-talk, The Untethered Soul, will quickly become your best friend. Written in layman’s terms and through relatable examples, Michael A. Singer, guides us through the annoying inner roommate, how we build up defenses against our own happiness and ends with the importance of our relationship with Source. I personally loved that peppered throughout this book are practical exercises to release resistance and increase self-awareness. If you’re an anxious person, this book would be number two for you to read after “From Panic to Power.” The helpfulness offered by this book makes it worth millions. Personal happiness is on the other side of this cover.
“To end suffering, you must first realize that your psyche is not okay. You must then acknowledge that it does not have to be that way. It can be healthy. It is truly a gift just to realize that you don’t have to put up with, or protect, your psyche.” Michael A. Singer
Now, for something a little different… Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance. I always appreciate a big thinker! I feel the world needs people who demonstrate incredible courageousness, and who relinquish the need for external opinion. Enter, Elon Musk… at least, his biography.
From getting his arse kicked repeatedly by bullies and enduring the stern, endless ramblings of his father, all the way to consistently dismissing naysayers, losing a child and blowing up a few rockets as an adult, Elon has proven to be a shining light in the entrepreneurial and visionary world! His biography is both interesting and inspiring and truly proves that you can start with a few dollars and unwavering personal belief to become a game changer for the entire human race. Literally, you can reach the stars!
“‘I came to the conclusion that really we should aspire to increase the scope and scale of human consciousness in order to better understand what questions to ask.’ The teenage Musk then arrived at his ultralogical mission statement. ‘The only thing that makes sense to do is strive for greater collective enlightenment,’ he said.” Elon Musk
Now onto my favourite realm, the realm of happiness; The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. This book is loaded with SCIENCE, specifically, the science of happiness. I always enjoy it when fear is shown to be nothing but a hindrance and we are given permission to be happy (what a concept). After reading this book I am now shamelessly able to watch Billy Connolly skits, because, guess what? It’s good for me and it makes me a better person 😉 Seriously, a giggle goes a long way and this book shares how and why to include “being happy” in your daily regimen. Most importantly, it shares that we should focus on our inner happiness in order to gain external success! So, there you have it, lose the useless fear and go watch something funny!
“Science has shown that seeking out the positive has too many tangible advantages to be dismissed as mere cockeyed optimism or wishful thinking.” Shawn Achor
Now, I present ancient wisdom, the Tao Te Ching. I love this book, its wisdom radiates through its cover and sucks you into a world of a-ha moments! When I’m feeling mentally agitated, I read from the Tao Te Ching. Written by Lao Tzu (meaning “Old Master”), the Tao Te Ching is presented in 81 short sections and although it is over 2500 years old, its meaningfulness has not changed, and it never will. Its correlations with the teachings of, A Course in Miracles, are obvious proving that the truth does not change, it is simply presented in different forms. I highly recommend reading the Tao Te Ching, it invites you to take the higher road.
“There are three jewels that I cherish: compassion, moderation, and humility. With compassion, you will be able to be brave, with moderation, you will be able to give to others, with humility, you will be able to become a great leader.” Lao Tzu
And finally, my literary true love, A Course in Miracles. This book is actually a guide to the undoing of the ego and a path to enlightenment. It is also a lifelong companion. Like the Tao Te Ching, every word is purposeful and there is no error. A truly uncompromising work. Self-described as “simple”, A Course in Miracles, states that it is our egos which make things difficult. ACIM teaches about the mind, the different mental levels and the functioning of both the ego and Spirit. If you’re ready to question every value that you hold, lay littleness aside and feel the magnitude of God (I’m not kidding), ACIM is here for you…
“Forgiveness is the means by which we will remember. Through forgiveness the thinking of the world is reversed.” A Course in Miracles
Love and Happy Reading,