Reading List: 20 Books to Explore Your Spirituality in 2020

From curanderismo and shamanic healing, to the wild woman archetype and astrology, here’s a list of books to ignite your senses and propel you into the medicine of spiritual teachings around the world.

Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health
Elena Avila & Joy Parker

This is the story of how a psychiatric nurse specialist returned to her roots to become a folk medicine healer. You’ll learn about the techniques she uses in her practice and how she combined both worlds into one. If you have no idea what Curanderismo is and you want to begin learning, this is the book for you!

The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners
Jack Hawley

The Bhagavad Gita is a 700-verse Sanskrit scripture, considered to be one of India’s greatest contributions to the world. It translates as “Song of the Spirit.” This book is a prose version for westerners to easily apply the teachings of the Gita into our daily lives.

Infusions of Healing: A Treasury of Mexican-American Herbal Remedies
Joie Davidow

This book is not only filled with an abundance of herbal remedies written in English, Spanish, and the indigenous language of Nahuatl, but it includes an important and often untold history. You will learn how Aztec wisdom and medicine was preserved and passed down in the face of violent colonization.

Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
Caroline Myss 

Dr. Myss presents a model of the seven centers of spiritual and physical power, building on wisdom from Hindu, Christian, and Kaballah traditions. Her work boldly and clearly explains the concepts of energy medicine, showing how emotional and psychological stresses, beliefs, and attitudes have a direct influence on our physical health.

Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small
Ted Andrews

If you’re often wondering about the symbolic nature of your experiences, dreams, or memories with animals, then this is the book for you. It’s a comprehensive resource for interpreting omens from the animal world.

Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Clarissa Pinkola Estés

New York Times Bestseller

Maya Angelou said it best: “I am grateful to Women Who Run with the Wolves and to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. The work shows the reader how glorious it is to be daring, to be caring, and to be women. Everyone who can read should read this book.”

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux
Black Elk , John G. Neihardt

Black Elk Speaks is the story of Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) during a time when white settlers were invading the Lakotas’ homeland, decimating buffalo herds and threatening to extinguish their way of life. Black Elk and other Lakotas fought back, which resulted in a remarkable victory at the Little Bighorn, and an unspeakable tragedy at Wounded Knee. This book documents a true and unforgettable spiritual journey.

The Tao of Pooh
Benjamin Hoff

A practical and light-hearted guide to understanding the teachings of Taoism. This book will have you smiling, (and possibly even laughing) at the simplicity and beauty of life.

Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self
Sandra Ingerman

Ingerman explains the shamanic tradition of soul retrieval, in combination with psychology, for healing emotional and physical illness.

Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World Is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings
Rob Brezsny

This is a hilariously wild book!

“Brezsny’s horoscopes are like little valentines, buoyant and spilling over with mischievousness. They’re a soul prognosis.” —The New York Times
“I have seen the future of American literature and its name is Rob Brezsny.” —Tom Robbins

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Brené Brown 

New York Times Bestseller

Forbes recently named this book as one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life.” Brené Brown, Ph.D. is a brilliant human being and this book will help you find the courage to overcome fear and find your self-worth.

Cards of Your Destiny: What Your Birthday Reveals About You and Your Past, Present, and Future ♠️ ♣️ ♥️ ♦️
Robert Camp 

This book reveals the original science used by ancient Egyptians, behind our common deck of the 52 playing cards. Combining astrology and numerology, this book will guide you through the steps of reading your own Destiny Cards to learn about how and why you create your life the way you do.

P.S. My birth card is the King of Diamonds♦️, when you find out yours, let me know!

Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit
Tom Cowan

If you read this book, you’ll soon find out that Fire in the Head refers to our ability to experience deep transformation. Michael Harner, Ph.D refers to this book as, “An engrossing, intelligent, and shamanically well-informed work that is an important gift to all those Westerners seeking a knowledge of Celtic shamanism.”

The Five Dharma Types: Vedic Wisdom for Discovering Your Purpose and Destiny
Simon Chokoisky

Knowing my Dharma Type has completely changed my life and it’s become foundational to who I am. I personally infuse this medicine into all of my habits, routines, perspectives, and rituals on a daily basis. I don’t think I can fully explain how grateful I am for Vedic wisdom. If you read this book, you’ll definitely want to reach out to Andréa Miller, Vedic Counselor & Teacher at Ayni Center in Mystic, CT, who will bring you even deeper into the medicine of the Dharma Types and Vedic Astrology!

Braiding Sweet Grass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer 

“Robin Wall Kimmerer is writer of rare grace. She writes about the natural world from a place of such abundant passion that one can never quite see the world the same way after having seen it through Kimmerer’s eyes. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she takes us on a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise. She is a great teacher, and her words are a hymn of love to the world.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert

The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson 

This book is a fusion of psychology and spirituality. You’ll find out your enneagram type and learn all kinds of new strategies for personal growth and how to navigate life, specifically through your unique personality type.

The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho 

A modern classic.

“It changed my whole life. I realized all of the people who had conspired to get me to this place.” ―Pharrell Williams

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Don Miguel Ruiz

New York Times Bestseller

“This book has made a tremendous difference in how I think and act in every encounter.”
— Oprah Winfrey

“…a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.”
— Deepak Chopra

Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
Anthony William 

Anthony William, Medical Medium, has helped tens of thousands of people heal from ailments that have been misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated or that doctors can’t resolve. He’s done this by listening to spirit, telling him what lies at the root of people’s pain or illness, and what they need to do to restore their health. In this book, he opens the door to all he has learned over his 25 years of bringing people’s lives back: a massive amount of healing information, much of which science won’t discover for decades and most of which has never appeared anywhere before.

Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
Alberto Villoldo

Medical anthropologist, Alberto Villoldo explains shamanic healing techniques, covering ancient wisdom and contemporary practices from descendants of the ancient Inkas (Q’ero) in Peru. In this book you will learn about how we are made of spirit and light, and always surrounded by a Luminous Energy Field whose source is located in infinity.

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