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If you've ever looked for resources to help strengthen your intuition and/or guide you along your spiritual path, but ended up feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information out there, then you're not alone. After sending out an earlier update, I received an email with this question: “You mention that there are lots of resources, but I was wondering if you could recommend anything?”
Although I've heard about a lot of different books, practices and teachers, I wasn't comfortable recommending anyone or anything that I hadn't tried myself, so I shared some of the books and classes I've personally found useful so far. I thought I'd share these with you too in case this is something that interests you.
Here's a list of the resources that have made the biggest and most memorable impact in terms of spirituality and intuitive development for me:
– 'How to Meditate: A Practical Guide', by Kathleen McDonald, a western Buddhist nun. I read this book when I was 13 and have been meditating on a daily basis ever since. It describes a variety of different meditations with guided instructions and explanations about how each type of meditation can benefit you. So whether you like to visualise, build up your level of concentration or insight, or engage in devotional practices, you'll likely find something of interest in this book.
– 'The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity', by Julia Cameron. This book literally fell out of a library bookshelf and landed at my feet while I was photocopying something for a project I had to do on implicit learning back in 2001. I borrowed the book and was hooked from page 1. By following the recommended exercises and weekly homework tasks, I started experiencing so much synchronicity in my life that it freaked me out! Try it and you'll see what I mean :)
– 'Mindfulness in Plain English' by Ven. Henepola Gunaratana (can be accessed online at http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/mindfulness_in_plain_english.php). This book was recommended by a monk in 2003 at a monastery where I was staying for a short retreat. The Vipassana-style meditation and day-to-day practice of mindfulness, which is encouraged in the book, was incredibly helpful for me when trying to deal with strong emotions at the time.
– Classes/retreats/books offered by the Clairvision School (workshops and retreats offered worldwide, see www.clairvision.org). The number of bizarre events, signs, and what seemed like gentle-but-firm nudges from the universe to start attending classes held by the Clairvision School was difficult to ignore. This school of meditation encourages direct experience and to “see for yourself, know for yourself”.
– 'Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui', by Karen Kingston. This book doesn't just deal with issues of physical clutter, but covers a lot about energy, mental clutter, and touches on issues of spirituality too. It was purposely designed to be small in size so as to not add to extra clutter. It amazes me how such a little book can have such life-changing potential!
– 'Conversations with God' trilogy of books, by Neale Donald Walsch. These are possibly my favourite books in the whole world. Not everyone I've spoken to seems to like them, but I found the information and answers within them to be incredibly inspiring and to make a lot of sense too.
There are also these websites of two well-known professional intuitives, Erin Pavlina and Belinda Davidson: erinpavlina.com and belindadavidson.com. You can access a free 7-day course on Belinda's website to learn more about chakras too.
The final thing I recommended when replying to that email earlier this year was:
“I also find it's helpful just to put your request out there to the universe - 'gimme a course/book/teacher to help me on my spiritual path and build up my intuition please!'”
In fact, within a week of writing that last sentence, I found myself in one of Elizabeth's Bookshops, standing in front of books on past lives, astrology, psychic phenomena, numerology, dream interpretation, intuition – but nothing appealed to me. I wondered, why am I doing readings for people if I don't find this stuff interesting?
I put my request out there and asked to be shown something I'd be interested to read, or on a topic that would be good for me to learn more about. Shortly afterwards, a staff member came over to what I thought was just a normal wall holding shelves of books like every other wall in the store, but he opened it – it was actually a door. The door flung out wide and almost hit me in the face … and there at eye level was a book on spirit guides and helpers. I'd never actually read a book on guides before, funnily enough! It caught my interest and I bought the book, which contained information on various things I hadn't read about much until then, such as spiritualism and table tipping, seances, angels, and several meditations to 'contact your invisible helpers' (which was the subtitle of the book).
So what's the moral of this story? There are many good resources out there but if you ask to be helped, the universe may literally throw what you need at your face!
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