Suggested Readings

Acupressure How-To

  • Forem, Jack, and Steve Shimer. Healing with Pressure Point Therapy: Simple, Effective Techniques for Massaging Away More Than 100 Common Ailments. Paramus, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999.
  • Gach, Michael Reed. Acupressure's Potent Points: a Guide to Self-Care for Common Ailments New York: Bantam, 1990.
    [If you can get only one book on acupressure, get this one (that is, until a book on IGM® Therapeutic Acupressure comes out).]
  • Jarmey, Chris, and John Tindall. Acupressure for Common Ailments. New York: Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1991. [Be sure to read their how-to on "dispersing," "tonifying," etc. before you use their acupressure techniques.]
  • Quarta, Cynthia. T'ai Chi in a Chair: Easy 15-Minute Routines for Beginners. New York: Fair Winds Press/MJF Books, 2001. [The whole book is highly recommended, and at the back, she has a substantial and very useful section on acupressure.]
  • Young, Jacqueline. Acupressure: Simple Steps to Health. London: Thorsons/ HarperCollins, 1994.
  • Bradford, Michael. The Healing Energy of Your Hands. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1995. [Bradford takes a different approach to body energy work, but his "philosophy" is wonderful.]
  • Eden, Donna. Energy Medicine. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998. [She takes a slightly different approach, but her "take" on body energy is excellent.]

Life's Journey: Books for Seekers

  • Anderson, Greg. Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do When the Doctor Says It's Cancer. New York: Plume, 1999. [While the book's focus is on cancer patients, it's actually about any illness. In fact, it's about how to stay well.]
  • Anderson, Greg. The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness: Feel, Think, and Live Better Than You Ever Thought Possible. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1996.
  • Chödrön, Pema. Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings. Boston: Shambhala, 2002. [Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun, and she engagingly makes Buddhist teachings meaningful and useful for Westerner seekers.]
  • Chopra, Deepak. The Happiness Prescription: The Secret to Experiencing a Joyful Life (DVD). Gaiam, 2008.
  • Chopra, Deepak. How to Know God: The Soul's Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries. New York: Three Rivers/Random House, 2001.
  • Chopra, Deepak. Perfect Health: The Complete Mind Body Guide. New York: Three Rivers/Random House, 2001 (rev.).
  • Cohen, Alan H. Why Your Life Sucks: And What You Can Do About It New York: Bantam, 2002. [The back cover says it well: "When your life sucks, it's a wake-up call. With great humor, great examples, and exhilarating directness, Why Your Life Sucks doesn't just spell out the ways in which you undermine your power, purpose, and creativity - it shows you how to reverse the damage."]
  • Cordova, Kathy. Let Go, Let Miracles Happen: The Art of Spiritual Surrender. Boston: Conari Press, 2003.
  • Dyer, Wayne W. There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem [The audio-cassette version is especially wonderful. His PBS special was not, in my opinion, effective at all.]
  • Dyer, Wayne W. Your Sacred Self: Making the Decision to Be Free. New York: HarperPaperbacks, 1995. [All of Wayne Dyer's books are well worth reading.]
  • Ford, Debbie. The Dark Side of the Light Chasers: Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams. New York: Riverhead Books, 1998.
  • Ford, Debbie. The Secret of the Shadow: The Power of Owning Your Whole Story. HarperSanFrancisco, 2002.
  • Ford, Debbie. The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions to Guide You to an Extraordinary Life. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2003.
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth.Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia. New York: Penguin Books, 2006. [Given all the hype, I was skeptical – but it’s a mesmerizing story of self-discovery.]
  • Grabhorn, Lynn. Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 2000. [I personally love the audio version of this book because Grabhorn is "reading" and is a feisty, inspiring woman with a powerful message.]
  • Hay, Louise L. You Can Heal Your Life. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, 1994 (rev.). [While all of Louise Hay's books are well worth reading, this one is one of the first, one of the most influential, and still one of the most life-changing in the field. It's in this book that you find her chart on what our physical symptoms tell us about our mental/emotional/spiritual issues.]
  • Hendrix, Harville. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. New York: Holt, 1988. [Hendrix's theory about how we choose our partners is relevant to all of us.]
  • Hicks, Esther, and Jerry Hicks. Abraham: The Secret Behind “The Secret”? (DVD), based on the book, The Laws of Attraction.
  • Kasl, Charlotte Davis. Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994. [A delight.]
  • Kaufman, Barry Neil. Happiness Is a Choice. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1991. [A life-changing book.]
  • Lerner, Harriet. The Dance of Anger: A Woman’s Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.
  • Lesser, Elizabeth. Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow. New York: Villard, 2004. [To quote Sharon Salzberg (check her books out also): "[this book teaches us how to] emerge from suffering and challenge with real, encompassing wisdom and love."]
  • Millman, Dan. The Laws of Spirit: A Tale of Transformation. HJ Kramer/New World Library. Reprint edition, September 2001. [One amazon.com reader says it well: “‘The Laws of Spirit’ is a wonderful tale through which the author has woven 12 essential laws to live by – laws that, when brought to our awareness, and utilized, can literally change your life!”]
  • Millman, Dan. Peaceful Warrior (DVD), based on the book Way of the Peaceful Warrior. Universal Studios, 2007. [A wise man teaches a gymnast has to be at the top of his game – and it’s a metaphor for how we came be at the top of our lives.]
  • Monk Kidd, Sue. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine. New York: HarperOne, 2006.
  • Muller, Wayne. Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest. New York: Bantam, 1999. [Lovely.]
  • Myss, Caroline. Anatomy of the Spirit : The Seven Stages of Power and Healing. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1996. [This book also deals at length with all of the chakras and their significances.]
  • Nani, Christel, RN, Ph.D. Diary of a Medical Intuitive: One Woman's Eye-Opening Journey from No-Nonsense E.R. Nurse to Open-Hearted Healer and Visionary. Palm Springs, CA: Queen's Court Press, 2004. [Besides being a riveting memoir, Nani, using lots of case histories of clients she's worked with, clearly explains many mind-body connections.]
  • Nani, Christel, RN, Ph.D. Sacred Choices: Thinking Outside the Tribe to Heal Your Spirit New York: Harmony Books, 2006. [Deepak Chopra says it best: "A powerful new approach to tackling the tribal beliefs that limit our potential. Christel Nani is an inspiring and compelling voice with unique insight and approaches for achieving physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being."]
  • Nepo, Mark. The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have. Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 2000. [One of the most inspiring "read a page a day" books in the field.]
  • Remen, Rachel Naomi, M.D. Kitchen Table Wisdom. New York: Riverhead Books, 1996. [Charming short stories/chapters from a doctor who, while trained in Western medicine, embraces alternative healing strategies.]
  • Rinpoche, Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. [Something of a challenge, but completely engrossing and very rewarding.]
  • Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen, 1997. [If we could all just follow these four - count them: only four! - principles, we'd all be much happier and healthier.]
  • Siegel, Bernie S. How to Live Between Office Visits: A Guide to Life, Love, and Health. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.
  • Siegel, Bernie S. Love, Medicine and Miracles : Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon's Experience with Exceptional Patients. New York: HarperPerennial, 1990.
  • Simmons, Philip. Learning to Fall : The Blessings of an Imperfect Life. New York: Bantam, 2000. [A charming, uplifting guide to living - by a man told he had a short time to live.]
  • Rinpoche, Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. [Something of a challenge, but completely engrossing and very rewarding.]
  • Tolle, Eckhart. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. New York: Plume, 2005. [I realize this book won’t appeal to everyone, but speaking for myself, I rate it in the top four or five of the hundreds of books that I’ve read in the “Books for Seekers” category. It shows CONCRETELY how our egoic minds work to sabotage us – and once aware of those ways, we can work on deconstructing them.]
  • Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Vancouver B.C., Canada: Namaste and Novato, CA: New World Library, 1999. [I believe that a good deal of our unhappiness (some would say all of our unhappiness) comes from dragging matters from the past into the present or thinking/worrying in the present about the future based (always unreliably) on matters from the past. Tolle teaches us how to stay in the present, in a place of Being and Oneness, where happiness resides. This is not a particularly easy book to read, but the effort pays off.]
  • Vanzant, Iyanla. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up. New York: Fireside, 1998. [I especially value this book of hers.]
  • Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversations with God : An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 1). Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 1995. [If you're on a spiritual journey and seeking an alternative to the views of organized religions, definitely read this book. This one and Friendship with God (see below) are my favorites of his.]
  • Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversation with God: An Uncommon Dialogue: Book II. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 1997.
  • Walsch, Neale Donald. Conversation with God: An Uncommon Dialogue: Book III. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads, 1998.
  • Walsch, Neale Donald. Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue. New York: G. P. Putman's Sons, 1999.
  • Weiss, Brian L., M.D. Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Prominent Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and the Past-Life Therapy That Changed Both Their Lives. New York: Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1988. [If you'd ever wondered about the possibility of past lives (we are souls having human experiences, not human beings having experiences of the soul), look here for affirmation!]
  • Weiss, Brian L., M.D. Messages from the Masters: Tapping into the Power of Love. New York: Warner Books, 2000.
  • Weiss, Brian L., M.D. Only Love Is Real: A Story of Soulmates Reunited. New York: Warner Books, 1997. [A riveting story - again affirming the phenomenon of many lives.]
  • Williamson, Marianne. A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. New York: Perennial Currents, 1996. [All of her books and tapes are worth reading/listening to.]
  • Winget, Larry. Shut Up, Stop Whining, and Get a Life: A Kick-Butt Approach to a Better Life. Wiley, 2005. [This is definitely a different approach to transcending your “problems”! Some readers will be put off by his no-nonsense style, but others will respond really well to his tell-it-like-it-is slant.]
  • Zukav, Gary. The Seat of the Soul. New York: Fireside, 1989. [It's not particularly easy to read, but the challenge is well worth taking.]