The books and people listed here are so dear to my heart — they have all contributed in significant ways to my unfolding and opening (those on the path, know what I mean).  I’ve listed them in alphabetical order, and for some I’m mentioned where on the path I encountered them.  Every one of them arrived at the exact right, divinely-guided time.  Some of them even glowed out at me from the library shelves (truly!).

Developing Intimacy with God — the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Alex Aronis.  Christian almost-meditation.  Whoah!  Reading this about the same time as I was reading some Buddhist books deepened my prayer and meditation practice and helped to prepare me for what was coming down the road.

My dear friend Kim C for all the sharing and the journeying!

The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama.  Loved his messages about happiness vs. pleasure and loving your enemies.

Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch.  More confirmation that we can have a *very* personal relationship with God and can talk about *anything*.

Prayers of The Cosmos by Neil Douglas-Klotz.  Gorgeous versions of the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes!  Gorgeous!  Originating from Aramaic translations, these verses come to life in multi-dimensional ways, touching my heart and opening my mind.  Another source for expanding my relationship with Christ.

Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer is a great reference on totem animals and their meanings in our lives.  When an animal makes a special appearance in your life, it is probably delivering a message — and this book can help you find out what it all means.

Joshua by Joseph Girzone.  It was the real, true beginning for me.  I loved how this author gave some dimension to Christ.  Made him real, touchable and so deeply beautiful.  I went on to read Joshua and the Children and Joshua and the City.  These books gave me the freedom to begin experimenting with my picture of Christ and eventually led the way to a very open and personal relationship with Him.

There are a couple of books that I have close at hand when I work and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay is one of them.  The whole book is great to read, but I usually check her “list” in Chapter 15 when I’m working with clients.  It’s really helpful at becoming aware of fears and mis-beliefs and then reframing your thought patterns.  It’s a classic!

The Law of Attraction and Ask and It is Given by Jerry and Esther HicksAbraham teachings on the law of attraction.  Great stuff to work with.  It’s helpful in gaining mastery of our thoughts and desires.

Ho’oponopono — A Hawaiian healing method that I’m learning and practicing.  It’s good stuff . . . I’m sorry . . . please forgive me . . . I love you . . . thank you . . .

Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Expanding Your Eyesight and Insight by Jacob Liberman.  I found this book before I had any concept of energy healing.  Working the exercises, keeping an open mind and having patience improved my eyesight 3 points (and has healed my astigmatism) — and it was the first experience I had with the body healing itself.  Cool!

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd.  The first taste of the divine feminine — and written from a Christian perspective!  Absolutely fascinating!  Loved her fiction books too:  The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees.

Dr. Phil McGraw — good old mainstream psychotherapy.  But, what I took away was, “How’s that workin’ for ya?”  Good, solid, basic stuff!  It really is an acknowledgement of victim mentality and energetic mirrors.

Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh.  Really mind-opening for me — and I began to feel the oneness of all paths to the divine.

Celestine Prophesy by James Redfield.  The notion of synchronicity!  It blew my mind when I read it!  Also, the first real philosophical taste of past lives and energy flow.  Also Celestine Vision and The Tenth Insight — I’ve read nearly everything James has written.

The Disappearance of the Universe and Your Immortal Reality by Gary Renard.  The latest mind-blow.  I’m working to incorporate these teachings — and the radical forgiveness it calls for.

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg.  Great techniques for becoming more aware of how we can use our spoken language to heal relationships.

Waldorf education and Anthroposophy.  The writings of Rudolph Steiner and his students.  Amazing, mind and heart opening perspectives on childhood, evolving humanity, the strength and nobility of humankind and the deep, profound wisdom of fairy tales.  Special love to all the children’s (and my teachers):  Ms Cindy, Ms Mary Lou, Ms Brenda, Ms Chapman, Mrs. Rae, Ms Kaatz.  An extra wave of love to Claudia for the wisdom she shone down on me during our women’s circle.

Sweeping Changes:  Discovering the Joy of Zen in Everyday Tasks by Gary Thorp.  Instrumental in finding deep purpose in my role of full-time mother.  I affectionately call this book Zen and the Art of Housekeeping and super-love the chapter on cleaning the toilet.  Seriously!

Doreen Virtue‘s books — there are lots of them!  They’re all fantastic and have been amazing resources for me as I learned to work with the angels, talk with them and trust myself.  Seeing Doreen speak in Fort Collins amazed me — she is a master!  Her certification course was such a fun and life-altering experience.  Thank you, Doreen.  One of the books I keep close at hand is Angel Numbers — when you see the same number over and over, it is very likely a message from your angels.  Angel Numbers can help you get the message clearly.

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  Helped me to find an appreciation for myself and what I’m naturally good at.  Helped me to find a love for myself and a place for myself.

What’s So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey.  A Bible study book from church.  The meditations on the prodigal son in this book led me to a level of truth with God — it was a profound meeting with my precious creator.  It was in that meditation that God told me that I would be in the “management training program”, working in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Whoah!

Yoga training with Jason Hulshof and Terry Johnson.  The months of my yoga training last year were a time of tremendous growth and expansion for me.  Many old layers were stripped away, leaving me feeling raw and vulnerable at times.  With care and time the teachings that I was exposed to have grown within me and now I’m able to share what I’ve learned with my wonderful yoga students.  During training we read a number of great books on yoga philosophy, which touched my soul in a deep, deep way.  Namaste.

Yuen Method protocols — my clients know that I work with lists and lists and I check and check and correct and correct.  Those lists — “protocols” — are the medicine of my energetic healing practice.  In a way they’re magic, but really they’re just lists of stuff.  And, my deepest respect and appreciation to my teacher, healer and friend, Jennifer H.

The Avalon novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  Wow.  Read at the exact right time, they led to an opening and expansion of the perception of myself and led to some deep healing and releasing of limiting beliefs.