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Living at your maximum potential
The Journey by Brandon Bays
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
The Power of Letting Go by Patricia Carrington
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Time to Think by Nancy Kline
In Each Moment by Paul Lowe
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
The Subtle Self by Judith Blackstone

Stress and confidence
The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron
Self-help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes
Ending the Struggle Against Yourself by Stan Taubman
Be Heard Now! by Lee Glickstein

Relationships
Embracing the Beloved by Stephen & Ondrea Levine
Living Intimately by Judith Blackstone
The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson

Health (see also links to free on-line books)
Healing Into Life & Death (and other books) by Stephen Levine
School of Natural Healing by Dr. John R. Christopher
What Doctors Don't Tell You by Lynne McTaggart
The Body-Smart System The 21-day At-home California Spa Program by Helene Silver
Cleanse & Purify Thyself Book 1.5 by Richard Anderson

The Journey by Brandon Bays Highly readable account of the author and Journey pioneer's own healing and an excellent introduction to The Journey process. Through her experience of healing a football-size tumour, Bays found a boundless joy and freedom that has been her constant companion ever since. This permeates the book and is part of the profound gift the Journey offers. Linda's website about The Journey 

Loving What Is by Byron Katie is based on The Work, a deceptively simple process for enquiring into the reality of any situation. Doing The Work brings peace and clarity. Sometimes, that clarity leads us to make appropriate changes or to stop trying to change other people. And sometimes, the changes in us influence others. But we do The Work for ourselves. Ive personally found The Work liberating and witnessed profound shifts in coaching clients with it. Were all much happier for it! The Work can be done alone or, perhaps ideally, with another. It is excellent for releasing us from 'shoulding' on ourselves and others - including the big & unconscious shoulds, like I (or my child) should be normal or healthy, they should care, it shouldn't be cold...

The Power of Letting Go by Patricia Carrington The essential practise of letting go this book describes is simple to learn and use and widely applicable. Just about all of us could benefit from using the technique daily, letting go of more and more and on a deeper and deeper level.

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins. Tony pulls together a treasure trove of usable tools for taking control of your mental, emotional, physical and financial freedom. After nine years, I'm still using some of these tools regularly!

Time to Think by Nancy Kline An excellent, usable guide to a simple process for giving another person attention in such a way that we seriously increase their ability to think.

In Each Moment by Paul Lowe and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Two powerful books that can, just by reading them, bring us into the present moment - the only time there is and the only place we can be at our maximum potential. The ideas are simple - the practise is radical. These two author live it. Their books are full of love, joy, peace and presence. I re-read their books regularly - for the sheer delight of it and to bring me back to being.

The Subtle Self by Judith Blackstone After two decades of regular Chi Gung and meditation, I was amazed to discover through the exercises in this book that I lived on the surface of my body. Subtle self work brings us into contact with our own inner core, the spiritual essence of our being. Through that connection with ourselves, we deepen our contact and resonance with others and the world around us. This is an amazing practise for making spiritual concepts real for ourselves.

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. This book isn't about people over-sensitive to criticism or about psychics. Its about people whose finely tuned perceptions make them more prone to over stimulation. We're all somewhere on the spectrum and, with the ever increasing stimulation and pace of life, could reach overwhelm more often. Especially if we increase our self awareness or creativity. Many people now want to thrive in the world and be sensitive. This book offers some strategies and helps us recognize and value sensitivity more, in ourselves and others. Highly sensitive children aren't always born to highly sensitive parents, so we could help them by celebrating our differences and their unique gifts to the world.

Self-help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes Wonderfully simple book for understanding and overcoming stress, anxiety and fear. Since its companion is out of print, I also recommend this one for agoraphobia.

Ending the Struggle Against Yourself by Stan Taubman Comprehensive and effective workbook for developing deep self-esteem.

Be Heard Now! by Lee Glickstein This offers a simple yet radical alternative approach to public speaking, replacing the need to perform with easy ways to relax and be present with any audience. Miraculously, we then talk easily, with little or no preparation, naturally gravitating to what has most resonance for us. Whatever the topic, the talk has a vibrant freshness. Rather than being a generic speaker ('right' pace, volume, accent, pauses etc.) the speaker communicates part of who they are and says what needs to be said to those people at that time. All audiences, large and small, find this compelling, everyone enjoys themselves and, hearing ourselves talk, we find out what's true for us. I strongly recommend you read this before your next speech, interview or family meal.

Embracing the Beloved by Stephen & Ondrea Levine Describes the Levines' profound exploration of their relationship as a spiritual and healing path. Their 'nothing held back' approach takes this much deeper than any other relationship book I've seen. Its an inspiration, a teaching and a challenge. The simple yet powerful meditations, for solo and partnered use, are excellent.

Living Intimately by Judith Blackstone Another excellent book on relationships and the spiritual path. Includes practical exercises to deepen our connection with ourselves, our partners, other people and the spiritual essence of all life.

The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson In my opinion, we all have unlimited potential and it's important to avoid categorizing people  or seeing ourselves or others as fixed or limited. Our personalities include all the 9 enneagram personality types and we can and do transcend them all. That said, we are also all different and the enneagram, used cautiously, can be a useful tool for increasing our understanding  of those differences. This is one of the better ennegram books.

Healing Into Life & Death (and other books) by Stephen Levine Levine pioneered work with the grieving and dying for 25 years. He is also a courageous spiritual pioneer. Leaving behind beliefs and wishful thinking, he has explored 'what is' for him and others. He writes from that experience and his meditations - invitations to explore 'what is' for you - are simple and powerful to use.

School of Natural Healing by Dr. John R. Christopher Published in 1976 and still an excellent encyclopaedia of herbal and natural healing knowledge from an inspiring teacher.

What Doctors Don't Tell You by Lynne McTaggart highlights some of the issues that are well worth considering before choosing or refusing medical intervention of any kind - diagnostic and preventative as well as treatment. Easy and, in my opinion, essential reading to avoid blindly having a test or 'cure' that could prove more harmful than the potential or actual illness. I'd like to see it on prescription and in doctor's waiting rooms.

The Body-Smart System The 21-day At-home California Spa Program by Helene Silver If you want the benefits of visiting a health spa without the expense or the disruption to you regular activities, this book offers a comprehensive, cost effective DIY alternative. After your 3 week rejuvenation program you'll be set-up to continue living more healthily. If a home spa's not for you, the books well worth having as a practical natural health reference book - one I refer to again and again. Lots of things worth doing, so clearly and succinctly described (useful diagrams too) that you can do them from the book alone. Many are hard to find elsewhere (like lymphatic cleansing self massage, hot olive-oil facial, cleansing inhalants), some presumably developed by the author. Also lots of food and beverage recipes.

Cleanse & Purify Thyself Book 1.5 by Richard Anderson One of the best books on advanced intestinal cleansing - a powerful self help route to excellent health.

Links to free on-line books useful & hard to get elsewhere :-
Dr. Richard Schulze's Natural Healing Crusade & Patient Handbook (booklet not in bookshops, mostly herbal formulas by inspiring herbalist who cured incurables!)

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles. The whole original text (about 35 printed pages) available on one web page.

You Can Choose To Be Happy by Dr. Tom G. Stevens (self development plan,1998, 336 pages, hard copy available form this website)

 

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