The best books about leveraging the now and the power of your mind to transform your life

Ingrid Ricks Author Of Focus
By Ingrid Ricks

Who am I?

A shock diagnosis of a blinding eye disease at the age of 37, coupled with a trip to South Africa to write about the devastating toll of AIDS, drove home the importance of focusing on the Now. This newfound perspective led me to radically change my life and turn my author dream into reality. Eleven years later another shock diagnosis—this time with aggressive breast cancer—led me to the intersections between spirituality and science. That’s where I learned about the proven impact our thoughts and beliefs have on our health and overall life. I now use my transformative journey to empower audiences and help them pursue the lives they want—regardless of the challenges they face. 


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Focus

By Ingrid Ricks,

Book cover of Focus

What is my book about?

At the age of 37, I learned I suffered from Retinitis Pigmentosa, an incurable eye disease that was stealing my eyesight and would eventually leave me completely blind. Gripped with the terrifying fear that I would miss out on my daughters’ lives, become a burden to my husband, and lose the career and independence that defined me, I embarked on a quest to fix my eyesight that ended up fixing my life. 

The books I picked & why

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

By Eckhart Tolle,

Book cover of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Why this book?

I discovered this transformational book when I was in my early 30s. At the time, I was holding onto deep emotional pain from traumatic experiences I had endured throughout my childhood and adolescence. Tolle helped me realize that I was causing myself needless suffering by reliving past events over and over in my mind. The Power of Now drills down on the unnecessary misery we humans inflict on ourselves by either reliving the past or worrying about the future instead of living fully in the present—which is the only thing any of us can control or change. This wisdom-packed book was a godsend for me and helped me to refocus my attention on the now when my eyesight began closing in on me and I found myself gripped with fear over the future that awaited me. 


You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

By Joe Dispenza,

Book cover of You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

Why this book?

You Are the Placebo was recommended to me after I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. I was already grappling with a rare degenerative eye disease that was stealing my vision and felt powerless against these diseases until I immersed myself in this book and learned about the power of our thoughts and beliefs to promote healing. Dr. Joe Dispenza, who used his thoughts to heal from a devastating spinal injury, details his extensive research into the mind-body connection and incorporates numerous medical case studies to support his claims that our mind impacts our physical well-being. This book has become my go-to—along with the guided meditations by the same name.


Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

By Anita Moorjani,

Book cover of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

Why this book?

This book, which is part memoir, part healing, and transformation, is about a woman’s near-death experience after her body was ravaged by stage-four cancer and the miraculous spontaneous healing that followed. It’s an incredible story on its own. But what I found particularly fascinating were Moorjani’s conclusions regarding the thoughts, beliefs, and life experiences that led to her illness, as well as her overall take on how readers can promote healing in their own lives. 


E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

By Pam Grout,

Book cover of E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

Why this book?

I have listened to the audio version of this book so many times that I can almost recite it. It features nine scientific experiments readers can perform on their own to demonstrate the validity of the spiritual principles Grout teaches—mainly that what we focus on we energize and draw to us. I absolutely love this book and have been amazed by the positive outcomes that have transpired in my life when I practice gratitude and focus on what I want rather than what I fear.


The Map of Consciousness Explained: A Proven Energy Scale to Actualize Your Ultimate Potential

By David R. Hawkins,

Book cover of The Map of Consciousness Explained: A Proven Energy Scale to Actualize Your Ultimate Potential

Why this book?

I love this book because it draws a straight line between our emotions and attitudes and the energy frequencies we attract. In this series of lectures, Hawkins lays out the energy field on a plus or minus scale with 200 being the magic neutral number. Then, using extensive data collected from twenty years of ongoing muscle testing and calibrations, he matches a broad range of emotions and behaviors (everything from fear, shame, and despair to courage, acceptance, and love) with numbers on that scale. Just being aware of this has enabled me to make some serious mind shifts when I find myself in negative territory. 


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