3 Personal Growth Books That Will Change Your Life!
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Here are three of my favourite choices for personal growth books: Practicing The Presence by Joel Goldsmith, The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, Self-parenting by John K. Pollard III. Hopefully, by the end of this review, you will know if one of these books can help you with your personal development.
Practicing The Presence: The Inspirational Guide to Regainig Meaning and a Sense of Purpose in Your Life by Joel Goldsmith
Quite honestly, I am not sure that I have read every word of this book, and that is because the opening paragraph caught me with such force, that I had to put down the book, at least for a while anyway. This was likely nearly 30 years ago.
Since then, I have become an ardent student of Joel Goldsmith’s The Infinite Way teachings. And I have read segments of Practicing the Presence over and over again.
Here is the beginning that took my breath away many years ago:
The secret of harmonious living is the development of spiritual consciousness. In that consciousness, fear and anxiety disappear, and life becomes meaningful with fulfillment as its keynote. (p15)
The idea that the secret of harmonious living is the development of spiritual consciousness is as simple and profound as it comes.
Up until I read that paragraph, my own personal growth journey had been focused mainly on the idea of “Mind” being “all powerful” and that by developing positive and focused thinking, I could manifest the things of the world that I wanted.
I thought of much of this as spiritual because I was learning it through the teachings of various organizations that were part of The New Thought movement. They were churches and so I just assumed they were spiritual
But Goldsmith made me rethink. His teaching were different.
Here are the key ways Goldsmith’s teaching are different from the world that is focused on thought and manifesting.
- There is only one power. You may call it many names. God, Spirit, Consciousness, Presence, Tao etc. The importance is there being only one power.
- The belief in the existence of two powers, good and evil is the source of all our troubles.
- Our work is to contemplate and then realize the presence of that One power in our lives and not the demonstration of persons, situations, things or conditions.
If you decide to read this book, you will be diving deeply into spiritual living at its core. It’s not about attracting, manifesting or even trying to feel good. It’s about removing the illusion of the material world and learning to abide in the presence of God. It will change your life if you do the work. And that change is really the difference between living in darkness vs. living in the light. It’s a worthy and meaningful adventure.
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A Singer
Unlike Practicing the Presence, I have read every word of The Untethered Soul many times over. I might be in my eighth or tenth full reading. In addition to these full readings, I have been known to read the same chapter over several times in one sitting.
The remarkable thing is that each time I read this book, it is all so new and illuminating, I feel like I am reading it for the first time.
If this book catches you, you will want to read it again and again. It caught me, because it’s a treatise on finding freedom, inner freedom, and that idea just fills me with longing.
There is something about the idea of inner freedom that calls to me with tremendous power.
Perhaps it is because over all these years of working on myself, growing myself, and digging deeply into my self, I often feel trapped in my own head.
What I mean is that I still experience the same anxieties I have felt my whole life. I still go through mood fluctuations depending on what is happening in my personal world or the world at large. In other words, my inner life is not my own. I am it’s prisoner. I am at the mercy of my psyche. Yuck, Yuck, and more Yuck.
However, with study and practise of this book’s main idea, I have learned to relax and release when I am aware that I am holding on and feeling trapped in a cage of my own making.
Here are the key ideas laid out by Mickey…(I don’t really know him on a first name basis but I’ve read this book enough to feel that I do.)
- We live in two realities, our inner world and the outer world.
- The outer world does not have to have any influence over our inner world.
- Our job is to clean up our inner world so that we can experience the pure joy of spiritual energy and light that is within us but is blocked by all our stuff.
- And then, we just let the universe unfold as it will, given that it’s been doing its thing for nearly fourteen billion years and as of yet, we have no power over it.
How does that sound? Of course, doing the inner work is the key to this freedom. But hey, what else were you going to do anyway, right?
If you decide to read this book, connect with me on Instagram @lisagarbercoaching or on FaceBook at Lisa Garber. I keep thinking I might like to do a book study with this book. It makes a big difference to have people to study this with.
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Self-Parenting: The Complete Guide to Your Inner Conversations by John K. Pollard, III
Speaking of inner work, Self Parenting may be my #1 most recommended book to my friends, family and clients ever! This book had a profound influence on my inner world. More specifically, doing the exercises the author recommends made all the difference for me.
In Pollard’s book, he proposes that we have voices in our head that he identifies as the Inner Parent and Inner Child. He goes on to describe how we feel when the Inner Parent voice is critical too much of the time.
When we begin to notice the self-talk and how much of it is critical, we can begin to understand why we might feel badly about ourselves so much of the time.
I dove into this book back in the 1990’s. I did the 30minutes of journaling every morning. I did it for a full year. And it changed me completely.
By writing out the book’s exercises, I began to actually “hear” that critical inner voice. And my inner world changed. After about three months, that voice started to be a whole lot nicer. Soon, it was a more loving parent altogether. And that just changed everything. I actually began to understand what it meant to love myself.
Here are Pollard’s key ideas:
- We all have inner conversations going on all the time.
- Many of these conversations reflect the parental environment we grew up in that might have been lacking in meeting our needs for love, support and nurturing.
- With daily practise, we can begin to reverse these negative thought patterns.
- By learning to love, support and nurture our inner child, we can heal from the pain of feeling abandoned and alone as a child.
If you decide to read this book, be prepared to do the exercises for at least three months. It will take that long to feel the difference.
Make it your meditation practise. Embrace it like the profound transformational technique it really is. You and your inner child will be forever grateful.
And there you go. Three great books to help you on your path to personal growth.
Thanks for reading, Lisa