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My 10 Best
Out on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine
I was 19 when I first came across this book, and I was just beginning to figure out that I was intuitive, but I would never have said that about myself. I had a couple of friends at the time, one called me an empath, and the other called me an intuitive, but I didn’t really understand what those things were. I’ve always loved movies, and I’d seen Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias, and Postcards from the Edge growing up. So, the fact that this woman, who I’d connected to on the screen, went off on what others regarded as a seemingly crazy journey, actually seemed normal and true for me.
In the book, she meets a channeler, and this was the first normalizing experience around channeling that I’d had at that time. At that time, I had no idea that I would become one myself. So, the book is pivotal for that reason, and also because she introduced me, and so many of us, to a world that had been hidden. So, I really salute her for that. I’ve read about six of her books, and I love The Camino, but I chose this because it’s a bit of a “Greatest Hits” of metaphysics; she covers so much.
I actually bumped into her in the grocery store near where I live. I wouldn’t normally bother anyone like that, but I made myself go and thank her for her books. I’d just come from the gym and was in shorts and a vest, so she did look me up and down and maybe she thought I was a bit weird! But she seemed genuinely pleased that I’d taken the time to say hello and thank her.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This memoir was very significant for me. There was something very healing for me in reading this true story of a woman in deep pain going on a journey of great discovery. She writes so warmly that you feel you are with her, as her friend, so you get to live that experience through her eyes.
The thing I remember that changed my life around relationships was her realization that she had been dating the highest potential of the men she was dating, rather than their actual behaviors. Meaning that she had seen the best in them, and convinced herself that they would transform into their best selves despite what was happening. And I realised I had been doing the same.
I’d been in an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship in my early 20’s, and I would talk my way around all the problems. And in some ways, I was still playing that ‘potential’ game in all my relationships. So it was a gamechanger for me. Not only did she help me overcome a very painful and difficult relationship through sharing her journey, but she also gave me a wonderful clue for future relationships: don’t date people’s higher potential; date what they are showing up as most of the time. Sure, their higher potential might manifest, but don’t put off your happiness in a relationship because you are waiting for someone to change because they may never show up as you want. And likewise, be who you are, flaws and all, and find the person who is compatible with that.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This is the only book that I’ve gifted more than ten times to people. I was about 23 when I first read it, and to me, it’s an amazing manifesto for life. It’s challenging to live that manifesto all the time, but it is still teaching me 20 years later. I caught myself just the other day not being very “impeccable with my word,” and so it still teaches me and moves through me. I am so grateful to Don Miguel Ruiz for writing it. It’s so artfully simple, and to write a book that has that level of substance and that incredible level of simplicity is tough, and really rare. So, to me, it’s divine. The Mastery of Love is a beautiful book, too.
I always get a big smile on my face when I see The Four Agreements topping the bestseller lists again. Whatever he did, and whatever divine was working through him, we needed that book. It was one of the bibles of our time where spiritual living and how to live in a way that brings more divinity to you is concerned.
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
I have a confession to make about this book: I have probably read only a third of the more ‘traditional’ chapters in the book. But I used the part which is an energy dictionary multiple times a week for many, many years. So that dictionary was the most valuable part of it for me. I was going to workshops, studying books, learning about energy, health, intuition, and feeling. Spirituality was the joy of my life, and this book became one of my teachers. At the time I thought my spiritual seeking was my hobby. I hadn’t put the pieces together that another reason I loved it so much was that ultimately it was going to become my work. I haven’t looked at this book now for years, but I got so used to seeing things the way Louise was teaching us to see them, that I have no doubt it profoundly affected who I became and the work I do in the world.
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
I discovered this book about four years ago, and I thought it was brilliant. If I had found it before, it would have saved me a lot of headaches in earlier relationships where I didn’t understand myself or my partners, or the dynamic between us. It gives you an excellent framework for identifying and understanding how you show and receive love and your relationship patterns. The book basically breaks down how we express and experience love into five different areas—words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. One of my love languages, how I show love to people, is gifts. But I had to learn that didn’t mean much to my husband, Steven. The book helped me to better understand his love languages and see that he didn’t need gifts. The book helps us address our wounds and our programming; it helps us see how and why we develop those traits. And invites us to evolve beyond those.
A Guide for the Advanced Soul by Susan Hayward
This book is a tool for divination. It was gifted to me, and I then gifted it to several people in turn, including my mum and my sister. I used it a lot in my early 20s. The cover instructs you to “hold a problem in your mind, open the book to any page, and your answer will be there.” It contains inspirational quotes by people like Pythagoras, Walt Whitman, and Martin Luther King that connect you to your higher self. We have a lot of inspiration available to us now with the internet, but that wasn’t so 25 years ago. So being able to pick this up and open to any page provided positive inspiration. It was one of the hardest to put on my list as it is very simple and doesn’t always answer every question you may have. But I must be honest and say that as a tool, it is one of the ten key books that shaped me, in that it trained me to connect to my higher self, my higher energy, and thus it has to be here.
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
This is such a beautiful book. It’s a parable, and it was given to me by my dear friend Amanda, who was an early sponsor of my intuition and has always been a mentor to me. She gave me a beautiful copy that was illustrated with woodcut illustrations, as a Christmas gift. It’s about a man who is passionate about nature and falls in love with a special grove, which he visits many times over the years. When he notices that the trees are somewhat scarce, he commits his life to steadily and quietly planting more trees there. Four decades later, he has created a forest which holds such a great energy field that people start to move there just to experience the trees.
Before I heard the voices of my guides, I communicated with trees. I could put my hand on a tree and have a conversation with it and it would tell me things. Trees are such beautiful guardians. I always promised myself that when my business was successful enough, I would give a percentage of our income in charitable donations. Tree sisters is one of the organizations we now support. The beauty of someone working tirelessly and quietly to create this incredible effect that so many people get joy from… there’s something deeply affecting about that for me.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean Dominique Bauby
This book is life-altering and I read it not long after it was published. It is a true story by a man who was the editor of French Elle magazine. He was very successful, with a wife and two children, when, suddenly, he suffered a massive stroke that left him with “locked-in syndrome.” He could still think clearly and had all his feelings, but he could now only move one eyelid. So, he created a system by which he could work with someone using eyelid movements to indicate letters. He “dictated” the entire book, one blink at a time, describing how he was feeling and what he experienced in his inner world.
It’s a very sober reminder that we just never know what is about to happen to us. The way he describes how people are reacting to him is heart-breaking – “My wife was here earlier, and I can feel she’s frustrated with me” – but he can’t say anything to her. There’s something about him losing all he loses and at the same time having this extraordinary inner life, like a monk, that is profound and humbling to read. He died two days after the book was published. The book was made into a movie in 2007 and won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, and the BAFTAs.
Dying To Be Me By Anita Moorjani
This book tells the extraordinary story of how, according to the medical system, Anita Moorjani should have died. She had advanced cancer. Then she had a near-death experience in which she was shown that she needed to come back. Within weeks, the cancer shrinks and then completely disappears, and the medical field cannot believe it.
The lesson for Anita was that she had to love herself NOW… all her life she had been putting herself second, doing and being what her culture and her upbringing programmed her to do and be. It’s such a profound read, and so beautifully written.
I continuously remind myself that we could all be gone tomorrow. It’s a generous and life-affirming book that reminds us there is far more to our experience as an incarnate soul here on Earth than meets the eye.
Piece by Piece by Tora Amos
When I was compiling my 10 Best List, I originally had The Alchemist as my number 10. It’s such a spiritual classic. But truth be told, that was my mind talking … my heart and my body were more impacted by two other books, this one, or Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking. I went with Tori for two reasons. One, she was an integral musician for me during the years of my awakening between 1996 and 2004 when I seriously started waking up and then doing this work as work. Tori was the only spiritual musician I had encountered at that time who spoke about music shamanically, and writing songs as a form of channeling.
Tori really dives into her process of songwriting in this book and she talks about the archetypes she would experience when writing her songs. She would say, “One night, I was in the cabin, and this African American woman walked through the door, and she starts telling me this story…” Then she would explain how she works with the spirit world to create this music and turn it into a song, which is extraordinary.
The other side of the book is that she shares her life on the road and on tour. I’d been banging down the door of the music industry to be a musician, and seeing her so happy and glowing on stage, I’d project my fantasies about how wonderful it would be to travel the world, meeting lots of people, and playing music. But what I learned through this book was that she was going through hell with the recording industry. It was a big awakening around what it would be like to be a working musician. One that was pivotal to my surrendering my determination to go into the music industry. It left me open to working in the metaphysical and transformational arena, which I would never have pursued otherwise. The irony is that my work now gives me all the same things I had wanted—using my voice, creating, traveling the world, meeting and giving people healing experiences, and having a career in which I was able to use my full self. This book freed me because I am now doing all this autonomously, including creating music, without being enslaved to a record company, and with more spiritual energy to it.