Deepen your spiritual growth with these top picks from inspirational teachers
If you are looking for some help along your spiritual path, I firmly believe you will be guided along the way by your intuition. Your intuition will call you to the exact information, whether it be a book, a video, a situation or a person. Countless times I’ve recommended books to clients, friends or family only to get a polite “thank you”. Although there have been some “aha” moments, I find that everyone has a deep knowledge of what they really need and what has worked for me isn’t necessarily what others need. Certainly, I think you are the only person who will be able to select what you need to deepen your spiritual growth.
We are here to learn
I don’t know about you, but my whole life experience has been about learning. In fact, I would say that life on this planet only makes sense if you come to the conclusion we are here to learn and our experiences here help to deepen your spiritual growth. Why do we have challenging circumstances? To learn how to traverse them, growing emotional intelligence and thinking skills. Why do we live in a world of opposites? If we did not have contrast, how could we decide what works and what doesn’t? Without contrast how could we choose? What is love, and why are we seeing not love? Because we have chosen to view the world through our ego, which is the opposite to love. And the list goes on and on.
Find your method to deepen your spiritual growth
As mentioned earlier, everyone has their own way of learning. My preferred way of learning has always been through books. When I was about 5 or 6 my parents took me to the local library. I can actually remember the magical excitement I felt when I walked into the book-lined rooms. Even then my soul was excited about what I was to learn. For many years, I read around 5 books every week. I went through lots of phases, in the early years reading mostly fiction from popular writers like Catherine Cookson, and later on, my favourite Susan Howatch.
Since I began my spiritual journey I find I read philosophical, spiritual or self-awareness books. I sometimes listen to books, as well as read them. For you, you might prefer to watch movies or learn through experiences. Whatever it is, simply ask your intuition to guide you to what you actually need and in what format.
My top 10 most impactful spiritual books
What follows are my top 10 books which have impacted me and helped me to substantially grow spiritually. Of course, I’ve read hundreds of books and these are some of my favourite and most memorable ones.
1. The Road Less Travelled – M Scott Peck
This was the first book which actually took me back to God.
Part one was all about psychology setting out techniques and observations about our mental states such as narcissism and character disorders. It was when I opened up Part Two when the penny dropped and I realised God was the missing jigsaw piece in my life. Scott Peck perfectly makes the link between psychology and God.
This is a great book to deepen your spiritual growth by gathering insights into your psyche and your connection to God.
2. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up – Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla began writing books about spirituality for both men and women predominately in her black community. I first discovered Iyanla on the Oprah Winfrey show and was hooked.
When I received her book through the post I remember feeling really excited because I knew it was going to help me to get in touch with my soul. I read this book dozens of times. Iyanla’s writings are autobiographical, and her early struggles with life which were made sense of by listening to the God within her, her higher self, was inspirational to me.
Ilyana’s book helped me to realise that my higher self /intuition would help me to solve some of the big questions about the suffering in my life and reinforced my belief in a God within.
3. The Heart of the Soul – Gary Zukav
This unusual and groundbreaking book by Gary Zukav was the first to introduce me to the idea that your emotions are not at all what we think. He explores the notion that becoming aware of our emotions and in particular emotional pain can be transformational. The book demonstrates how we are afraid of our emotions and how we distract ourselves by keeping busy, using addictive behaviour or otherwise avoiding our emotions.
What I realised by reading this book is that emotions do not necessarily mean anything about me. When I felt full of pain, it was not an indictment on me, nor was it a signal to run away from my emotions. The truth is that emotions are a guidance system from our soul telling us if we are on the right track or not. Whenever we have a negative emotion, we must pay attention because we are telling ourselves something that isn’t true about ourselves or others. A stretch indeed and essential teaching to deepen your spiritual growth.
4. The Vortex – Esther and Jerry Hicks
Primarily this great teaching from Esther and Jerry Hicks is about creating what A Course Miracle would describe as “holy relationships”. What this means is that only soul to soul relationships have any chance of being successful. In order to achieve soul to soul relationships, you have to be “in the vortex”
Esther Hicks is a channel for a supernatural being named Abraham. In reality, Abraham is representative of the universal wisdom or higher self we all have access to. The wisdom which is channelled is just too sophisticated to be untrue. Based on the principles of the law of attraction, Abraham brings a soul perspective to any situation. The vortex describes the practice of being, thinking and acting from a soul level. We have to actively choose to enter the vortex. In other words, we need to choose the thought system of our higher self, rather than that of the ego.
5. A Course in Miracles – Helen Schucman
I remember reading about A Course in Miracles in around 2000. When I bought it, I discovered I was unable to concentrate on more than a paragraph or two. I then consigned it to my bookshelf for 8 years before I was led to pick it up again. A Course in Miracles is a channelled book by New York psychologist Helen Schucman over a 10 year period, culminating in the publication in 1975.
A Course in Miracles turns our egoist concept of the world upside down. It is a heavyweight in spiritual teachings. The main aim of the teaching is to help us to practice forgiveness. To realise that anything of the ego isn’t real, and our reality is we are spiritual beings. When you forgive the ego and realise you can change your inner teacher to the “holy spirit” or your higher self, then miracles occur because you are operating from your soul and love. A Course in Miracles is one of the game-changing teachings which will not only deepen your spiritual growth but will set you free.
6. The Power of Awareness – Neville Goddard
In my view, Neville Goddard was a modern-day Mystic. His deep spiritual insights are truly life-changing. In the power of awareness, Neville discusses how consciousness actually creates your life. Awareness then is the power to be able to understand what you are creating. If what you see around you doesn’t work for you, or isn’t what you want then you need to change what you think and feel about the world. Then your world will change.
This book underlines the causal link between your thought and consciousness and the world around you. What Neville made me understand was there was no world doing things to me. Rather the world was created by my thoughts, feelings and beliefs. The upshot of this teaching shows that taking full responsibility for your experience gives you the freedom to create the life you want.
7. The Book of Secrets – Deepak Chopra
This book reveals 15 secrets which any spiritual seeker will in the course of their search become aware of. The first secret “The Mystery of Life is Real”, was a confirmation of everything which had led me to this particular teaching. Firstly life was a mystery and that the magic and organisation of the universe was in play. All of the secrets challenge your current beliefs about the world and turn them on their head. “The Universe Breaths Through You”, another secret confirmed all of my learning that there is nothing outside of you.
Each secret felt right. They endorsed the idea that we are spiritual beings. If we could live our lives with spirituality as our identity then we would be being true to ourselves. The book confirmed some of the hints and teachings which I had learned but wasn’t sure were true.
For me, this is mystical teaching which takes you to the heart of spirituality and our spiritual nature.
8. The Wisdom of Your Cells – Bruce Lipton
Bruce Lipton’s work on cellular biology is ground-breaking, bringing science and spirituality closer together. Bruce shows how our thoughts and beliefs impact our cells to shape our world and create our own reality. The teaching here is about how we are creators and not victims of the world. All of the wisdom of the universe is in our cells. Bruce teaches we can overcome our DNA to change our world if we change our beliefs and story about the world.
Every single one of trillions of cells in our body has divine wisdom and are intelligent. Our cells are a complete demonstration of our spiritual nature, in that they contain universal wisdom. They work for the greater good in our body and collaborate together to promote life. Whatever we are thinking, believing or feeling is impacting on our cells. They take that information in and shape our lives.
One of our jobs is to actually listen to the wisdom of our cells. When we do we can develop self-awareness of what our body is telling us via our inner intelligence.
9. Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting – Lynn Grabhorn
Lynn Grabhorn’s upbeat book based on the Law of Attraction and drawn from the work of Esther and Jerry Hicks was a game-changer for me. Although I was and am aware that our thoughts and feelings created our world, habitual thinking and the resulting emotions were still on autopilot. What this book teaches quite clearly is negative thinking and the associated feelings are negatively creating our world. Without a doubt, one of the factors which will deepen your spiritual growth will be the ability to manage your thoughts and feelings.
With lots of exercises and examples of how and when to pivot our thinking to be more positive, I found this book really helpful to change the thinking patterns I’d followed for most of my life. I realised how unhelpful and destructive worrying can be. I realised when the world brought lemons, I really had to make lemonade, quickly and emphatically!
This book teaches you to manage your thoughts in your mind. Eliminating unhelpful negativity and pivoting to positive or solution-orientated thinking and therefore relief from negative emotions helps you to stay plugged into your higher self. This, in turn, improves our experience of our life in this world.
10. The Untethered Soul – Michael Singer
This brilliant spiritual text by Michae Singer actually puts our lives in perspective. Whenever we get overwhelmed by the world and our lives, Michael has numerous anecdotes. He describes how vast the universe is and how tiny and minuscule we are in relation. If we are so insignificant and in such a vast universe why worry? His teaching is about detaching from the world and seeing it from a soul perspective.
He teaches we are not the actor on the world stage. We are an observer, and we can detach from the world. If we become less attached to our story about the world. We can reduce unnecessary suffering and live more freely and lightly.
The simplicity of the ideas in this book is refreshing. It will deepen your spiritual growth by showing you how to let go of the insignificant issues and worries. It is about living life from the perspective of your soul.
I hope you enjoyed me sharing my top 10 most impactful books which will help to deepen your spiritual growth. Which books have helped you grow in awareness and spiritual maturity? It would be great if you would share with readers by commenting below.