We're constantly on the hunt for a killer reading list. With New Year's resolutions just around the corner, we figured it's time to stock up on all the positive thinking our shelves can hold. Reiki master Jenni Finley weighed in with her personal must list of literary gems to keep you in high spirits. Keep scrolling to see her picks.
Originally written in Portuguese, The Alchemist has been translated into more than 67 languages. The allegorical fable follows the story of a young shepherd as he sets out of a journey to Egypt after having a recurring dream. “This is such a special, unique work of fiction. It is one of my favorite books of all time, full of stunning prose and beautiful insights.”
And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.
If what one finds is made of pure matter; it will never spoil. and one can always come back. If what you had found was only a moment of light, like the explosion of a star, you would find nothing in return.
“Atlas Shrugged begins as a dense novel about two competing railroad companies and unfolds into a gorgeous philosophy on strength, perseverance, and one's soul journey. It’s a great book about lighting your soul on fire and creating your own reality.”
Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists... it is real... it is possible... it's yours.
"Brené Brown’s TED talk 'The Power of Vulnerability' is one of my very favorites. Anything by Brown is fantastic.This book explores vulnerability and courage in a way that is accessible and inspired."
Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
A daily meditation practice has a wealth of mental and physical health benefits, from increased focus and productivity to lower stress. “This is a beautiful work on meditation and mindfulness that explores how our habitual thoughts and emotions effect our consciousness. It’s a free-your-mind read.”
Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself, or give it to yourself. Nobody else can.
There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind - you are the one who hears it.
Bristol's work is flush with research, studies, and stories about the power that belief actually plays in our lives. "Belief creates reality. This book addresses how to use your mind to create what you want and gives practical ways to generate new belief systems."
What do you seek? Pay the price and take it away. There is no limit to the supply, but the more precious the thing you seek, the higher the price. For everything we obtain, we must barter the gold of our own spirits… Where to find the gold of the all-powerful? One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself. When he finds himself, he finds freedom and all riches, achievement, and prosperity.
“I believe what is fundamentally missing in the energy and minds of adults is the belief in magic. Peter Pan is bursting with magic. I just think it a great reminder of what it is like to approach life with a childlike sense of wonder. You can’t help but read it and fall in love with never growing up.” Pixie-dust approved.
It is not in doing what you like but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.
The New York Times bestseller delves into ways to lead a more fulfilled, joyous life. "This channeled book is rich and profound. It offers beautiful insights on everything from relationships to finances."
There is no desire that anyone holds for any other reason than that they believe they will feel better in the achievement of it. Whether it is a material object, a physical state of being, a relationship, a condition, or a circumstance—at the heart of every desire is the desire to feel good. And so, the standard of success in life is not the things or the money—the standard of success is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.
"Animal totems are a very tangible and earthbound way for people to experience guidance from the universe. Whether it’s an animal that you’ve been in love with since you were a kid or an animal that you keep physically seeing all the time, you can use the book to look up what the animal represents and get an idea of what energy you’re pulling in at the time." For example, bees are very work bound and dutiful. Their presence is said to indicate that one has become too focused on work, "that you’re not enjoying the sweet, honey 'nectar' of life.
The animals show up as a way of teaching you something."
What we consider imagination is a reality in some form on levels beyond the normal sensory world.
This huge bestseller is the original law of attraction book. “It’s filled with stories, maxims, and practical advice on how to apply the law of attraction to your life so that you can manifest anything that you want with your mind.”
More gold had been mined from the mind of men than the Earth itself.
I will eliminate hatred, envy, jealousy, selfishness, and cynicism by developing love for all humanity, because I know that a negative attitude toward others can never bring me success. I will cause others to believe in me, because I will believe in them, and in myself.
"Deeply enlightening and awakening, Rumi is one of my favorite poets. He writes the human experience in a way that is transcendent and gorgeous." This edited collection makes for the perfect bedside companion.
What matters is how quickly you do what your soul directs.
Gamble everything for love, if you are a true human being. If not, leave this gathering. Half-heartedness doesn't reach into majesty.
Finley studied with author Don Miguel Ruiz’s apprentice. “Ruiz is so free and expressive with love, gratitude, and appreciation of all humanity. The Four Agreements are essentially four belief systems you can take on to gain empowerment and cultivate a freedom within your own mind. The book is about releasing attachment so that you are open to experience love, abundance, and fulfillment on a deep level."
Find the courage to ask questions and express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.
“The impact that arranging your space has on generating positivity and influencing your energy within your own home is profound. This book makes the Chinese art of feng shui easy to apply.” Check out more of Finley's home décor picks for setting up the perfect bedroom.
What is your favorite feel-good book? Tell us in the comments below.