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Sandra Ingerman 

Ten books that shaped my consciousness

SANDRA INGERMAN, MA, is an award-winning author of twelve books, including Soul Retrieval, Medicine for the Earth, Walking in Light, The Book of Ceremony: Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred Into Everyday Life, and The Hidden Worlds (co-written with Katherine Wood for children). She is the presenter of eight audio programs produced by Sounds True, and created the Transmutation App. For 35 years Sandra has been a world-renowned teacher of shamanism, teaching workshops internationally on shamanism, and reversing environmental pollution using spiritual methods.

Sandra is devoted to teaching people to work together as a global community to manifest positive change. She is passionate about helping people to reconnect with nature. Since the 1980’s thousands of people have healed from past and present traumas through the classic cross-cultural shamanic healing method Sandra teaches called Soul Retrieval

Sandra is a licensed marriage and family therapist and professional mental health counselor and a board-certified expert on traumatic stress.
http://www.sandraingerman.com and http://www.shamanicteachers.com

My 10 Best

(In no order of suggested reading or importance)

The Little Prince by Antoine St. Exupery

 

I was introduced to this exceptional story while I was learning French in Junior High School. I actually memorized the entire book! I have read it endless times especially when I need to read words that speak to my heart. The Little Prince reaches into my heart and reminds me of the power of innocence, beauty, and love.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

 

In the 1970s ,I used to love to cook and bake for people. This was how I channeled my healing gifts. My food and baked goods would always bring a joy beyond what I used in the ingredients. I infused the baked goods and foods I cooked with unconditional love. In Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esqivel writes the most touching story of how the emotions she is feeling enters into her baked goods and foods impacting all who eat her delicacies. It is actually a strong teaching story about the power of intention and how it affects the foods we ingest.

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

 

I have always believed that it is our destiny to be caretakers of this Earth. We live on this beautiful planet filled with rich sensory experiences. I was so touched by Jean Giono’s story of a man in love with nature who took it upon himself to dedicate his life to planting trees. There is even a video of this story that I used to play at all my shamanic workshops. For shamanism is an earth-based practice and working with the earth and all of nature is an inherent part of shamanic work. This book will deeply touch the hearts of all who read it.

The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

 

One of the key practices I teach my students is that we must learn how to change our looping negative thoughts. When I read The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge woke me up to the research and the power of neuroplasticity. The explanations that Doidge gave about how neuroplasticity works were easy to understand and gave me so many ideas to bring into my workshops. The teachings in this book allowed me to offer guidance on how the brain works and the importance of changing the way we think so that we can create a healthy life.

 

The Power of Awareness
by Neville Goddard

 

Much of my work focuses on using our gift of imagination. In shamanism, it is taught that life is a dream, and we are dreaming the wrong dream. What I love about Neville’s work is that he teaches how to work with our imagination to manifest the dream we wish to create.

Neville wrote a true wealth of books. They are all filled with tools of how to use our imagination in a conscious way. You don’t have to read all his books as they all contain similar teachings. He just uses different metaphors and shares different case studies in them. I chose The Power of Awareness as a potent book that includes his powerful and easy to use teachings. Disciplining how we use our imaginations throughout the day is critical to the success in creating a state of health for ourselves and the planet.

How to Master the Art of Personal Health by Jack Schwarz

 

In the 1990s I started researching books on miraculous healings. I know all spiritual traditions have such a wealth of stories of miracles. I wanted to see if I could find common elements involved in performing miraculous healings. My goal was to write a book on how to use ancient spiritual practices to transform personal and environmental toxins. I succeeded in this and my book Medicine for the Earth was published in 2001.

In my research I followed the story of the modern day mystic, Jack Schwarz, who healed himself instantaneously as he was being tortured by the Nazis in prison. Jack was part of the Dutch Resistance during the war. Jack teaches about the power of experiencing one’s authentic identity which is God, the goddess, Source, light. And when in union with Source your body cannot be harmed. His book is filled with his own story as well as very compelling case studies.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker 

 

I am a licensed therapist, and I have to keep up on my yearly CEUs. About 15 years ago an organization that offers CEU programs had the Gift of Fear offered as a course. This book changed my way of communicating with friends, students, and clients. In The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker truly shows, through a wealth of fascinating case studies, how we all have the answers inside of us if we listen to ourselves speak. I started to notice when people spoke about their issues and questions about their life that if they listened to what they shared, their story also included the guidance they were searching for. My work with people became so much simpler, as I only had to repeat back the brilliant guidance the client already shared in their conversation with me. This is such a valuable book to read. And Gavin deBecker is a master storyteller.

Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr 

 

This is truly the most powerful book I have read on the divine feminine. What struck me was how deep Mirabai went into the initiation process that begins when we call in the divine feminine for support, guidance, and a teacher in our lives. She explains how working with such a powerful, helping, compassionate spirit first requires loss and dismemberment to sculpt you into a sacred being who is a true vessel for the divine mother to come through and do her work. This book is raw with honesty. And reading it took me into such a deep process of seeing the impact in my life when I called in the Divine Mother. Mirabai shares all the aspects of the divine feminine and how her energy can bring us to our knees, and how her energy can heal us. This book is a gem and has a special place in my library.

The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird

 

In my 35 years of teaching I have shared that shamanism is a nature-based practice. I have gone so deep into my teachings to help people connect with nature. But until I found my own way, there were other brilliant writers who helped to define my path with this work and inspire me to share the beautiful dimension of life we have the opportunity to live in when we tap into the beauty and magic of nature.

Imagine my excitement when, back in the 1970s, I discovered The Secret Life of Plants. I could not believe the words I was reading while at the same time absorbed everything in this book. I always knew plants had consciousness, as I loved to garden and had over 100 plants in my apartment. But to read a book validating my early experiences was so inspiring! Although a book on plants being clairsentient was controversial at that time, now this information is understood by the majority of plant lovers.

The Secret Teachings of all Ages
by Manly Hall

 

Starting at a young age I had such a fascination with alchemy. Alchemy is the practice of working within and through the dense darkness inside. The practice is filled with so much magic and wisdom and secrets about how to turn heavy-leaded consciousness into gold light consciousness instead of the modern belief that alchemy was literally about turning lead into gold.

When I was introduced to the ancient teachings that Manly Hall wrote, it lifted a veil into another dimension of life I was seeking. The ancient practices for healing ,and the miracles that alchemists were able to create definitely shaped my own spiritual journey as well as what I taught in my workshops about working with transmutation and transformation.