I’ve been getting asked a lot lately about the books I’ve read that have guided my journey and enabled me to have a successful business while going through a profound spiritual awakening and stepping into my Divine Feminine.
It was difficult to narrow it down, but I thought I’d put together this list of 7 books I’d recommend to all spiritual seekers and entrepreneurs.
Here’s my list of 7 books every Sacred Seeker and Spiritual Entrepreneur should read.
As always, love hearing your recommendations too – just leave them in the comments below.
1. What I know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey
I got a signed copy of this book when I met Oprah a few years ago and I read it cover to cover on a flight from Sydney to LA. I didn’t sleep, I read and took notes the whole way and I often quote from it and have been known to read excerpts to my clients when it’s the exact lesson they need.
One of my fav passages from the book is…
“Beginning when we are girls, most of us are taught to deflect praise. We apologize for our accomplishments. We try to level the field with our family and friends by downplaying our brilliance. We settle for the passenger’s seat when we long to drive. That’s why so many of us have been willing to hide our light as adults. Instead of being filled with all the passion and purpose that enable us to offer our best to the world, we empty ourselves in an effort to silence our critics. The truth is that the naysayers in your life can never be fully satisfied. Whether you hide or shine, they’ll always feel threatened because they don’t believe they are enough. So stop paying attention to them. Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you. What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.”
2. Big Magic: Creative Living beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
I feel in love with Elizabeth Gilbert’s work when Eat, Pray, Love came out in 2006, her search for meaning deeply resonated with me and i’ve followed a similar path through India, Italy and Bali looking for enlightenment and love. So when this book came out I was excited and hoped it was as good, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a completely different dive into creativity and really struck a chord.
I think the sign of a fabulous book is remembering where you were when you read it!
And this one was at Easter a few years ago, when I took myself off to a Yoga retreat for a break. I was exhausted and read this over 4 days in between naps, restorative yoga and sound healings. Bliss.
I often recommend this book to anyone in resistance, worrying about haters or feeling a bit of comparisonitis.
One of my fav passages from the book is…
“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage vitriol, and insult your intelligence, and malign your motives, and drag your good name through the mud? Just smile sweetly and suggest – as politely as you possibly can – that they go make their own fucking art. Then stubbornly continue making yours.”
3. Mindset by Carol Dweck
I was recommended this book by Brendon Burchard, he just said. Everyone should read it. And that was all. Since then I’ve recommended it to ALL my clients.
It’s not a sexy book, but it hits home and will give you all sorts of AH-has.
This is an absolute must read for anyone who is a bit of a perfectionist or procrastinates or is constantly seeking validation or scared to be wrong by taking a risk!! Anyone?? 😉
I remember reading this (well listening to the audiobook) on a long walk along the coast, and stopping in my tracks as I heard this passage…
“Parents think they can hand children permanent confidence—like a gift—by praising their brains and talent. It doesn’t work, and in fact has the opposite effect. It makes children doubt themselves as soon as anything is hard or anything goes wrong. If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.”
4. The Untethered Soul by Michael A.Singer
This is a stunning book I listened to while walking around Centennial park in Sydney over a series of crisp early mornings.
I finally understood something profound, that if I was living my soul’s purpose I would be able to access a different level of energy from source that would sustain me not drain me.
A must read for anyone who gets burnt out or lacks trust. Or anyone who isn’t happy or lives in struggle.
A fav quote from the book…
“To get some distance from this, you first need to get some perspective. Walk outside on a clear night and just look up into the sky. You are sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Though you can only see a few thousand stars, there are hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. In fact, it is estimated that there are over a trillion stars in the Spiral Galaxy. And that galaxy would look like one star to us, if we could even see it. You’re just standing on one little ball of dirt and spinning around one of the stars. From that perspective, do you really care what people think about your clothes or your car? Do you really need to feel embarrassed if you forget someone’s name? How can you let these meaningless things cause pain? If you want out, if you want a decent life, you had better not devote your life to avoiding psychological pain. You had better not spend your life worrying about whether people like you or whether your car impresses people. What kind of life is that? It is a life of pain. You may not think that you feel pain that often, but you really do. To spend your life avoiding pain means it’s always right behind you.”
5. Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
The author Vishen is the founder of Mindvalley, and I have attended the legendary A-Fest twice, i remember reading this book just before my first big live event, and I want back and re-listened to the second half of it three times in a few days. Something about the way he described modern goal setting struck a chord in me. It’s shifted the way I look at things in a profound way.
I recommend this for anyone stuck in cultural conditioning who cares what other people think, and isn’t feeling truly fulfilled on their path and/or just wants to become an even better version of themselves.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
6. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
I love this book, she’s spot on with every point. We’re on the same page with our money teachings.
This book is for anyone needing to make some more money or do it in a more joyful way!
“We tend to hold on to resentment because we feel like the nitwit who wronged us doesn’t deserve foreignness. Meanwhile, the only person being punished by your resentment is you. Forgiveness is about you deserving peace, not necessarily about others deserving your forgiveness. You are allowing nasty those of nasty things to take up precious space in your mind. If you love yourself, you’ll end your own torture and let it go.”
7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
A beautiful fable about all the important lessons in life.
It’s a truth bomb a minute! Although the first time i read it I didn’t fully absorb the true meaning, my second time I was blown away that I’d missed so much the first time.
This book has been highly influential on my journey and one of the inspirations for The Flow Alchemist Academy.
One quote from this book just isn’t enough…
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”
“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
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