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Spiritual Awareness - Great Gifts For People Into Self Development

Updated on June 9, 2014

Welcome to my Spiritual Awareness & Self Development Gift Guide!

A journey towards personal spiritual awareness is not an overnight trip. Sometimes, the journey starts somewhat subtly in that a person just gets a "feeling" that there's something "more" in life... Other times, a person experiences a large shift in understanding, or a type of religious experience...

This topic is near and dear to my heart, because I'm really into self development & improvement - and I've been on a spiritual journey since before I even knew what that meant. I went through a time where I was not all that happy with my life, and I knew I wanted (and, frankly, needed) to make some serious changes. You'll learn a little bit about that in this article, and I'll point you to some other resources as well if you, to want to learn how to change your life for the better (or just improve it a little bit!).

Whenever a friend or loved one asks my opinion on this topic, I'm ready with an enormous list of resources for them.

The thing about being so passionate about something like self growth, spirituality, or any number of related topics is that it's hard not to shout the stuff I learn from the rooftops.

But of course, I cannot shout it from the rooftops since not everyone is quite as interested in this as I am. :)

For those of you who ARE passionate about it like me, however - or know someone else who is, well then... this article and page of self development resources is for you!

(Image: From my Spiritual Library at Home)

If Anyone Ever Asked Me "Kath, What would YOU give to someone who's really trying to improve their lives?" - Here's what I might say...

Be Still and Know... Here is my own Self Development and Growth Blog - covers all sorts of topics!
Be Still and Know... Here is my own Self Development and Growth Blog - covers all sorts of topics!

First of all, as you saw from my intro, I'm REALLY passionate about self development and all things spiritual and progressive.

I've been on this particular path for so long I can hardly remember my life before I tapped into the teachings I'll be recommending here.

I won't bore you with my particular story here, since none of it matters (you can always read my story here if you want). What DOES matter is that I have found some absolutely wonderful resources that have changed my own life - and so - if YOU know anyone who is even remotely interested in the self development and growth realm - for whatever reason (health, money, confidence, inner peace, business, etc), then please have a look at this list.

"The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" - a User-Friendly Spiritual Classic - One of my all-time favorities

I do not go anywhere without a copy of The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy. Dr. Murphy studied the same school of thought taught by Dr. Ernest Holmes (of "The Science of Mind"), another one of my favorite authors (See below for a lot more about Dr. Holmes, including a YouTube video series where I read one of the chapters from "The Science of Mind").

All you need is an open mind to learn how to understand and work with your subconscious mind.

Actually, I talk about this book more, down the page. I have also devoted an entire section about the subconscious mind here.

Pick and Choose from Things That Touch Your Own Heart...
Pick and Choose from Things That Touch Your Own Heart...

A Little More About This Page...

I wanted to take a moment to mention that I tried to find the "perfect" category for this webpage - but there honestly was nothing that "perfectly fit."

There isn't a "Self Help" or "Self Development" category - and the closest I could find was under "Culture..." and then "Spirituality."

But I don't mean to imply that this feature is just about spiritual awareness. Also, obviously, not everything that I personally like will fit the bill for you or those you love. Everyone is so different - the items that I'm mentioning here are just things that I have personally used (or still use) in my life today.

Hope that helps clarify things! :)

Autobiography of a Yogi - Ok... So this one IS Spiritual :)

This book, "Autobiography of a Yogi" is the one that started it all for me...

Years ago, as I began searching for ways to enrich my own life and find answers to many questions that I had about life, I happened upon this book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," by the great Indian guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.

Once I was awakened to the idea of spiritual awareness and self-realization, I knew I could not rest until my soul and heart were satisfied.

It was actually quite interesting (well, to me, anyway!) how it happened. I happened to be in a "new age" type of store, and saw this book. Yogananda's eyes seemed to follow me through the room - you know, ala "Mona Lisa" style.

His face had such a calmness about it, so I picked up the book - which is rather thick - and opened it to a random page. I was instantly hooked!

Autobiography of a Yogi
Autobiography of a Yogi

Years ago, as I began searching for ways to enrich my own life and find answers to many questions that I had about life, I happened upon this book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," by the great Indian guru, Paramahansa Yogananda.

It was actually quite interesting (well, to me, anyway!) how it happened. I happened to be in a "new age" type of store, and saw this book. Yogananda's eyes seemed to follow me through the room - you know, ala "Mona Lisa" style.

His face had such a calmness about it, so I picked up the book - which is rather thick - and opened it to a random page. I was instantly hooked!

So, you would think I would have bought the book then and there, wouldn't you? Ha ha! I did NOT buy it then and there. I don't recall why exactly, but I think it had something to do with the idea that I didn't have $10 to spend on something for myself that day...

Fast forward a few months, and there I was in a used book store in Portland, Maine. I ambled over to the Spirituality section, and lo and behold there were no less than 12 paperback copies of "Autobiography of a Yogi!" All in a row... As I stood there looking at the books, and again, pondering "Hmmm... Wonder if I should get it this time?" ... Look, I know you probably won't believe this, but I swear it's true.... While I was pondering, one of the paperbacks fell forward a little toward me - probably from just handling books on the shelf - and so I burst out laughing and picked it up. "Fifty Cents" was the price.

I said, looking up to the Universe - "Ok! Ok! I'll BUY the darned thing!"

Since then, I've read it at least 3 times, given away countless copies as gifts, and gone through 2 more copies of my own. :) I became a student of Self Realization Fellowship which taught me more about how to live than any other organization I had ever known.

To this day, this book goes with me back and forth from my summer and winter homes. It is part of my permanent library, and hope it will become part of yours as well.

 

Do you have any interest in Self Development or Spiritual Awareness? - I know it's not for everyone!

Starry Sky by RustyPhil @ 123rf.com
Starry Sky by RustyPhil @ 123rf.com

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As A Man Thinketh - By James Allen

One of the "Grandaddies" of Self Development literature!

As a Man Thinketh
As a Man Thinketh

This is actually a very short and simple book to read. Based on the Biblical verse in Proverbs. Chapter 23 verse 7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

According to Wikipedia, "the full passage, taken from the King James Version, is as follows:

"Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words."

The passage seems to suggest that one should consider the true motivations of a person who is being uncharacteristically generous before accepting his generosity - while in the title and content of James Allen's work the passage is in a different context; In the Bible the passage is referring to another person, and in James Allen's work the passage is adopted to primarily refer to the reader himself." (SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_a_Man_Thinketh)

For me, the book opened my thoughts to the idea that the things or situations that I would find myself dwelling on the most would be most likely to become manifest in my own life. So, it stood to reason that I should stop dwelling on past hurts and failures if I wanted my life to change for the better.

I know that this is very simplistic, but it's difficult for me to find the right words to describe or discuss the subtle changes that I've noticed in my life.

The moment I began to realize that I could control only a few things - and among them, my own thoughts - it opened the doors wider, and I began to see "the bigger picture." So, that is the value that "As a Man Thinketh" had for me, and it is a permanent part of my self development library (when I'm not giving away my copies, that is!) :)

 

Joseph Murphy - The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

I've given no less than 8 of Joseph Murphy's books as gifts in the last month alone...

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

I scarcely know where to begin when I speak about Joseph Murphy. In fact, the book "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" is in my lap, even as I write.

Just like with the "Autobiography of a Yogi" that I mention above, this book - along with another Joseph Murphy book - goes with me everywhere. Actually, even on vacations.

I refer to this book every single day. Although I also recommend the works of Ernest Holmes (see below), Joseph Murphy (who had been a student of Holmes) is a little bit easier to read and digest.

I ALWAYS have "ah ha" moments when I read anything by Joseph Murphy. In this book, as well as his book "Think Yourself Rich" (which isn't just about money, despite the title), he teaches by telling stories and offering specific types of prayers and affirmations to work with, to "plant" into the subconscious, which, according to him, is where we most easily are connected with the Divine Intelligence (God, or whatever you are comfortable with).

Joseph Murphy explains in ways that are easy to understand and digest WHAT the subconscious is, and how learning to work with our subconscious is akin to a lot of what Jesus was trying to teach when he was here. At least, that's what I get out of it.

For me, this book makes so much sense that I cannot imagine my life without it. I've also gained a greater understanding of Jesus and his work as well - which is something I just never "got" from any church, and yet it was something I always tried to learn and understand. I'm not knowledgeable about theology or doctrine - I just know what makes sense for me. And this does.

This is not a "religious" book, per se - but it does talk about Biblical concepts. In my youth, I distinctly remember praying for understanding since nothing I had been taught about faith, prayers, or religion ever made any sense to me. This was the book that helped me understand and give me hope - more than any other book.

So, if you are so inclined, give Joseph Murphy a spin!

 
Goal Setting Workbook & Worksheets
Goal Setting Workbook & Worksheets

Introducing my New eBook - Now Available on my CASedge.com Site!

Personal Goal Setting Strategies: A Guide to Understanding & Planning Goals & Objectives

Hi everyone! I know that this is blatant self-promotion, but I figure if I don't promote it here, well... who will? :)

In all seriousness, I've completed a guide that I had started a few years ago, and I thought it would be appropriate to talk about here, on this page about Self-Development resources. Although you can read all about it on my product description page, I'll give you the gist of it.

In my past work as a career & life coach, a School-to-Career Coordinator working with high school career students, as well as a coach who worked with people experiencing some difficulties in their lives, I used numerous techniques and resources to help encourage and empower them.

Over the years, I found even more tools as my own spirit and life evolved.

I continually felt drawn to working with goals and objectives, and loved helping people understand different ways to plan and achieve them.

Finally, I found a creative outlet for a lot of it - which has become this book.

The book is not long - Including the 5 worksheets (some of which have a "completed sample" for reference), it tops out at 57 pages. Yes, I could have rambled on the way I tend to do here at Squidoo - but I found that it wasn't necessary.

I've included lots of examples and scenarios, as well as exercises for practicing the method or technique just learned.

The tone of the book is light, but it's not "fluffy." Personal - as though we're having a personal chat - but it's not sentimental.

I guess that pretty much wraps up my commercial. :) Thanks for listening, and if you happen to know anyone who could use help creating goals and objectives, I'd welcome the referral! Here's the link: Personal Goal Setting Strategies: A Guide to Understanding & Planning Goals & Objectives

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.

Ernest Holmes and The Science of Mind - A Great New Thought Teacher

Ernest Holmes never set out to begin a new religion...

Along the way, on my path of spiritual awareness, before I was introduced to Joseph Murphy, there was Ernest Holmes.

Ernest Holmes - who originally taught and ordained Joseph Murphy as a Science of Mind minister - was an amazing thinker and teacher. There are many Science of Mind centers throughout the world who embrace the teachings of this New Thought master - and I'm looking forward to visiting one myself once I locate one in my vicinity (there's nothing nearby where I live in NH).

It is important to note that "Science of Mind" is not "Christian Science" - the two are not related, although Holmes was well acquainted with the works of Christian Science founder, Mary Baker Eddy.

The book, "The Science of Mind" was initially published back in 1926 and has since become a classic in the New Thought and spiritual communities. It is, as the cover says, "A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life."

As so often happens to me in my life, books and teachers come to me at just the right time! In this case, I was (again!) at a yard sale, and came across a box of self development books. Many of them were already in my library, but I saw a small, thin book called "Creative Mind and Success" which caught my eye. It was by Ernest Holmes, and I took it back to the condo we were staying in at the time, and read it cover to cover.

I knew I had to read more, and thus found "The Science of Mind" that I am recommending here. As is the case with my Joseph Murphy books, The Science of Mind, and companion book, "Living the Science of Mind" come with me - back and forth from summer to winter quarters.

The Science of Mind
The Science of Mind

Before I was introduced to Joseph Murphy, there was Ernest Holmes.

Ernest Holmes - who originally taught and ordained Joseph Murphy as a Science of Mind minister - was an amazing thinker and teacher. There are many Science of Mind centers throughout the world who embrace the teachings of this New Thought master - and I'm looking forward to visiting one myself once I locate one in my vicinity (there's nothing nearby where I live in NH).

It is important to note that "Science of Mind" is not "Christian Science" - the two are not related, although Holmes was well acquainted with the works of Christian Science founder, Mary Baker Eddy.

The book, "The Science of Mind" was initially published back in 1926 and has since become a classic in the New Thought and spiritual communities. It is, as the cover says, "A Philosophy, A Faith, A Way of Life."

As so often happens to me in my life, books and teachers come to me at just the right time! In this case, I was (again!) at a yard sale, and came across a box of self development books. Many of them were already in my library, but I saw a small, thin book called "Creative Mind and Success" which caught my eye. It was by Ernest Holmes, and I took it back to the condo we were staying in at the time, and read it cover to cover.

I knew I had to read more, and thus found "The Science of Mind" that I am recommending here. As is the case with my Joseph Murphy books, The Science of Mind, and companion book, "Living the Science of Mind" come with me - back and forth from summer to winter quarters.

"The Science of Mind" is an extremely in-depth book, and not a quick "skim" read. At nearly 700 pages, it is intricately organized with countless (well, not REALLY "countless") headings and subheadings. Honestly, I cannot think of one topic that could possibly be questioned in our thoughts that is not addressed here. The book even has a suggested guide of how to get through it in a year, with suggested daily readings and meditations.

The book goes into great detail about who and what we are, what or who God is, the way "it all" works, how to work with "it" ... and on and on.

It's quite a remarkable work, and if you or someone you know is absolutely 100% serious about self development, then this book, along with anything else Ernest Holmes wrote, is a must-have.

 

I read a chapter from The Science of Mind - It's his chapter about the Law of Attraction

I know that not everyone is into the topic of The Law of Attraction, but if you are curious as to how a non-pop-culture thinker came to understand the subject, you might find it interesting. The Chapter (Chapter 18, The Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes) has 7 subheadings, and so I divided my reading into 7 sections (7 separate videos). I did my best to speak clearly and slowly.

Part 1 of 7: "Thought Atmosphere"

Part 2 of 7: "Attraction of Personality"

Part 3 of 7: "Attracting Friends"

Part 4 of 7: "Attracting Success"

Part 5 of 7: "No Failures"

Part 6 of 7: "No Personal Responsibility"

Part 7 of 7: "The Law of Correspondence"

Here are a few items along the lines of Ernest Holmes and Joseph Murphy

You can already see that I'm completely enamoured of what I've been learning from Joseph Murphy and Ernest Holmes. I was so grateful to find a Science of Mind group last winter when we stayed in the Daytona Beach area for 5 months - There is a Center For Spiritual Living in town, and they are a wonderful, loving, and extremely welcoming group of folks. Be sure to look them up if you find yourself in Daytona!

Wayne Dyer: Making the Shift - So Easy to Listen To!

I love Wayne Dyer and wish I could meet him...

Making the Shift: How to Live Your True Divine Purpose
Making the Shift: How to Live Your True Divine Purpose

I remember a few years ago someone recommending "Automobile University" - that is, to take the time we spend in a car commuting or driving to do errands, etc, and popping an educational tape or CD in to listen and learn from as we drive around.

Although I find I cannot listen to everything motivational and inspirational while I drive, I do find Wayne Dyer EXTREMELY easy to listen to.

Dr. Dyer is truly one of the most gifted modern self help teachers I think I've ever heard. I'm guessing that if Ernest Holmes and Joseph Murphy were still alive, and they got together to put on a seminar with Wayne Dyer, the whole world would be mesmerized.

Wayne Dyer does not adhere to nor does he recommend any religious doctrine. He's just some guy who speaks not only from his well of knowledge but also his experiences. He's entertaining and hard-hitting all at the same time. He makes what he is explaining easy to understand and apply.

I also recommend his "Power of Intention" which I have - and while there may be some overlap of ideas, it's not duplicate material.

If you have never listened to Wayne Dyer speak, you're in for a treat! This is a GREAT gift for anyone!

 

Here's a smattering of a few more motivational bits and pieces!

There's no limit to the wonderful books, posters, and quotes for people into self help or self development! Too bad I can only list a few here!

The Master Key System by Charles Haanel - This was originally marketed as a correspondence course!

One of the earliest New Thought and Self-Help Courses!

The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel
The Master Key System by Charles F. Haanel

Anyone who has ever seen the movie "The Secret" from a few years ago will recognize Charles Haanel from numerous quotes that filmmaker Rhonda Byrne used throughout the movie.

I have gone through Charles Haanel's "The Master Key System" myself, and gained a great deal of insight. But one of the things I found most fascinating about this course is its history! Back in the early 1900s, this was one of the first "self help" correspondence courses of its type. In 24 installments, Haanel brought the student through one of the first step-by-step methods for self growth, mind mastery, and success that had ever been published.

I also have the distinct pleasure of having been in contact with Tony Michalski, the editor and publisher of this particular edition. You should see what Tony has at Kallisti Publishing! I honestly think that Tony is probably the most knowledgeable person in the country when it comes to the works of Charles Haanel. Actually, if you'll hop over to Tony's site (my link) which is Kallisti Publishing - THE Source for All Things Charles Haanel (and more)you can get on Tony's list and also listen in on live coaching calls he has on occasion to walk readers through understanding The Master Key System.

This one comes with me back and forth from winter to summer quarters as well! I always have it with me!

 

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I have no monopoly on what's the absolute best stuff to get for people who, like me, take their journey towards spiritual awareness seriously... The items I recommend are from my own experiences and beliefs. Feel free to share what YOU would recommend as well!

Comments? Suggestions for Other Self Development Gifts?

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      kindoak 3 years ago

      Great lens and suggestions. I would like to add nature. Give someone a gift (hiking boots, ticket to nature park, etc) that will get them out into the woods. Does marvels for the soul.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Deepak Chopra, of course, is the most popular source of wisdom across an array of subjects. He's sort of like Anthony Robbins without the rabble rousing passion. Chopra knows his spiritual foundations as well as his science. I've never read anything of his I didn't enjoy.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Fantastic page Kathy - all things I'm very interested in as well - the power of the subconscious mind is something that we only understand when we begin to educate ourselves on this - I'm a big fan of Bob Proctor (met him several times in my life) and another person on the Secret we have known quite well in our young adult years (still know him of course) - these are high quality people. I work a little everyday on trying to 'frame my mind' for the better, and I do mean every single day - it's like exercising, you have to make a habit of it - I want to pick up a couple of books you've listed here now because of this review as well !

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      This is a hot field in which a lot of new ideas are developing. Separating wheat from the chaff may be the hardest thing to learn.

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      June Campbell 3 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have become a strong believer in spiritual self development practices, although I started out as a skeptic. I think, if someone were to ask me how to get started, I would recommend a book or video on the subject of Emotional Freedom Techniques or meridian tapping. Its the best way I know to get fast results and will eventually lead to other things if one persists.

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      Melanie Paige 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Amazing lens! Those books sound so interesting to read. I love learning about self-development, especially in a spiritual sense.

      ABRAHAM Hicks is someone I like listening to; they are so fascinating, and the things they say make you really think about things and leaves you believing that anything is possible.

      Thanks for sharing :)

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      michaelangelo1 3 years ago

      I love the books of James Allen! I read it three times per year.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      There was a time when the Science of Mind was always beside me. I just can't read it fast because every paragraph or two needed to be understood and absorbed. It helped me change some of my preconceptions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These look like great books to read, because I can tell from your article that you like them very much yourself. Interesting and informative. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      These are some nice gift suggestions.

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      ernad18 5 years ago

      great

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      ernad18 5 years ago

      great

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      This page is filled with so much awesome stuff!!!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      This page is filled with so much awesome stuff!!!