Books for Soul-Healing

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I wanted to share some books that have been very useful to me over the years, and also tell you why I found them to be useful and influential.  This is pretty much in reverse chronological order as well!

Lesley Tierra Metaphor-phosis
While I am not finished with the work in this book (when are we not works in progress?), I find Lesley’s style of writing to be frank, honest, sensitive and giving.  I feel like I have a motherly/crone figure/fairy godmother coming to give me advice in my living room/bedroom!

James Gordon Unstuck
I first read this a few years ago, it was a huge help and gave me the courage to get myself “unstuck” and out of my years long depression.  It also planted another seed in my brain to explore herbalism more deeply.

Carl Jung The Red Book
If only for its beautiful imagery, and heavy thoughts whose depths I have yet to plumb!

Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run With the Wolves
This book has been one of the most influential books in my life.  This book made me realize that being who I am is just fine, and that all the things have happened to me have been for a reason: to teach me something.  This book taught me to stop being the victim in my life, and to move forward as a powerful woman.

Carl Jung Memories, Dreams, Reflections
I can’t remember if I read this just before or after Women Who Run With the Wolves, but it was greatly influential in teaching me to pay attention to my dreams more.  Prior to this book, I had thought my dreams may mean things but dismissed them more as “sleeping movies” – entertaining, and sometimes scary, but nothing more than a reorganization of the day’s thoughts.

Rabindranath Tagore Wings of Death and Sadhana: The Realization of Life
Both of these books opened my eyes to my connection with the Universe, and started cementing some of  my beliefs and understandings.  They have been, on more occasions than I can remember, my rocks and reminders that everything is connected in unspeakably beautiful ways.

Susan Bush Early Chinese Texts on Painting
This may have been the seed that was planted for my love and fascination with TCM/Five Element Theory (except I did not know that’s what it was called at the time), and the ultimate sublime balance/imbalance.  The theories and aesthetics made intuitive sense to me even if I could never paint landscapes like the Chinese Masters.  The supreme peace and understanding is what brings me back to this book, over and over.

 

What books would you include in your list?