The best books for empaths and highly sensitive people

Who am I?

I always sensed I was from another planet, here to help create a new world by nature of my heightened sensitivity and ability to perceive beneath the surface of our supposed reality. After decades of struggling and nearly dying through addiction to mute my sensitivity, my healing path led me to see how being an empath is the greatest gift, once we learn to take care of ourselves and refine our abilities. My book The Empath Experience is the guide I wish I had when I was born, that tells my story and guides life-changing practices to master your energy and harness your empathic gifts as the superpowers they are.


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The Empath Experience: What to Do When You Feel Everything

By Sydney Campos,

Book cover of The Empath Experience: What to Do When You Feel Everything

What is my book about?

Learn to lead an empowered life with this supportive and positive guide for those who are discovering their empath abilities and looking for information to help in understanding their gift, as well as how to embrace it and thrive in everyday life.

This is the book I wish I had when I was born, so I wrote it :-) It is an easy guide to understanding what it means to be an empath and how you can start to work with your sensitivity and energy as a gift instead of a burden. I included all the practices in here that I was sharing with energy healing clients for years – frankly, things I had taken for granted on my own path after going through so much to find solutions to my struggles. You never know how your medicine, especially what you take for granted because of familiarity, can change others' lives.

The books I picked & why

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Sensitive Is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World

By Anita Moorjani,

Book cover of Sensitive Is the New Strong: The Power of Empaths in an Increasingly Harsh World

Why this book?

I love this book from Anita – it feels like it resonates a lot with the messages in my original book on the empath experience yet includes some other stories and anecdotes that can relate to an even broader audience. I appreciate her core thesis that empaths are really the world’s healers especially at this time – here to teach empathy, compassion, and true connection simply by being who they truly are.


Become The Most Important Person in the Room: Your 30-Day Plan for Empath Empowerment

By Rose Rosetree,

Book cover of Become The Most Important Person in the Room: Your 30-Day Plan for Empath Empowerment

Why this book?

This book changed my life when one of my first holistic healers/life coaches I ever worked with recommended it to me. The practices blew me away and helped me to start cultivating an awareness of my sensitivities and subtle energetic perceptions. I can’t recommend this enough especially for someone just starting out on their path of empath empowerment. The simplicity in exercises is incredible – reminds me that the most simple practices can lead to the most potent transformation.


The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

By Judith Orloff,

Book cover of The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

Why this book?

This is a classic guide on empath empowerment and HSPs that offers some more scientific approaches to these topics along with some other practices that are great to consider. Personally I resonate with learning more from others’ unique more memoir-style experiences of healing and transformation, which are included in this book too, but overall I would say this one reads more like a textbook that speaks to those of us that resonate more with an intellectual/conceptual frame of reference. Great to have in the tool kit.


The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness

By Penney Peirce,

Book cover of The Intuitive Way: The Definitive Guide to Increasing Your Awareness

Why this book?

This is one of my favorite books for learning about how to utilize your intuitive gifts. The way it’s written is so beautiful: in a friendly tone where it feels like you’re speaking with an old friend. It includes great practices for awakening your intuitive abilities and working with your empathic gifts as well which naturally give way to intuitive prowess.


Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

By Caroline Myss,

Book cover of Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing

Why this book?

This book is so genius in its ability to straddle so many different dimensions of experience – from science to medicine to intuition to energy healing and everything in between. I love Carolyn Myss as a great example of what’s possible in bridging worlds – her story of bringing medical intuition into more mass consciousness is brilliant and endlessly inspiring. This book helped me to affirm what I was already sensing as an energy healer – that all dis-ease and pain is rooted in an underlying spiritual or energetic issue. This book provides great precedents for how we can truly heal and recover from seemingly hopeless ailments by actually getting to the root of our supposed problems and meeting them with love, grace, and acceptance.


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