In 2016, an old friend of mine from college passed away to a rare form of cancer. His death was a turning point for me because it was in those vulnerable moments of quiet grieving that I turned to books about the afterlife. I suddenly had a thirst for knowledge and truth that I felt I couldn’t quench. Being a religious person, I have always believed in an afterlife, but suddenly, I felt pulled to begin finding answers on my own terms and in my own way. This is where I would say a very personal spiritual journey began.
My beliefs and faith have expanded as I have sought for truth in various books over the years. My journey has been bumpy, beautiful, frustrating and enlightening all wrapped up into one. Sometimes it has slowed down–even become stagnant–and other times it has blossomed at a rapid rate. Like anything in life, I get out what I put in.
Today I want to share with you five books that have supported me in my spiritual journey. I’ve read a lot of books on various spiritual topics, and the ones I will list below are the ones I would most recommend to others. Whether you are religious or not, I believe these books are for anyone; they are incredibly enlightening, thought-provoking and comforting. Just as they have helped me, I believe they can help you, too, by opening your mind to new ideas and maybe even affording you a new perspective on your life purpose.
1. The Universe Has Your Back
This was the first book I read by Gabby Bernstein. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a spiritual thought leader whose goal is to bring spirituality to mainstream culture and share all the ways we can find happiness in this life, recognize our soul’s purpose, and connect with loved ones on the other side. I love the main idea of allowing the universe to take care of us rather than try to control everything in our lives. She provides tools for letting go of fear-based thinking and working to co-create an amazing life with the universe/God/a higher power.
2. The Greatest Secret
You have probably heard of Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret that came out back in 2006. Well, in my opinion, this book is better. I love the theme of knowing your worth and understanding that we humans are not our bodies or our minds; rather, we are pure infinite awareness. This might seem a bit of an abstract topic, but she breaks it down really well by offering lots of various perspectives from other thought leaders as well as offering tangible tips for remembering our true value. I think everyone should read this book so they can understand the simple truth that we are so much more than what we perceive.
This book offered me so much comfort. Laura Lynne Jackson is a medium who has found her purpose in helping families connect with loved ones who have passed on. She shares her experiences working with this amazing gift and helps her readers discover their own intuitive abilities. I appreciated her down-to-earth and loving approach on a topic that many find strange and hard to understand. I’m a skeptical person, but after reading her beliefs on the afterlife and how easily we can tune into the other side through signs, I strongly believe that all humans have the power to connect with family and friends who are no longer in our physical presence. She shares a lot of powerful stories about how others have learned to do this and how their lives have been blessed as a result.
I have read a lot of books on near-death experiences and the afterlife; they truly fascinate me. I have to say that this book might be one of my favorites on the topic. The author is a physician who claims to not be tied to any specific religion or belief system and who has been studying near-death experiences for over four decades. Dr. Greyson shows how scientific revelations about dying can support the idea that death is not to be feared; that it is simply a transition to a different type of life. I loved that this book comes from a scientific perspective but also includes tons of personal stories from individuals who have had NDE’s, plus a vast array of research from many other experts on the subject.
5. The Power of Awakening
If you feel like you are someone who worries a lot or are constantly in your own head, Wayne Dyer will show you how to become genuinely awake and help you shift your thought processes, release attachments, and be more present and mindful in your day-to-day living. This book will help you to live life with more ease and confidence, and focus more on the bigger picture so you don’t waste time obsessing about what people think or whether or not you are “worthy.” This is the first book I have read of his, and I know it won’t be the last!
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