The best spiritual books for empaths and highly sensitive people

Who am I?

Sita is a young West-Australian author, actress, and independent filmmaker. All of her work explores the deeper mysteries of our existence and consciousness and follows characters on journeys of self-discovery, spiritual awakening, and transcendence of the dysfunctional mind. Growing up, Sita didn’t understand the hypersensitivity she felt both within her own body, and to the world around her. She thought there was something was wrong with her, because in Western culture, exposing feelings and vulnerability is generally seen as a weakness. She now writes novels about quiet, highly sensitive, introverted, observant, feminine, and intelligent women, for other teenagers who feel like she did, as a way to encourage them to see the true power within this way of being and experiencing the world.

I wrote...

Maya of the In-between: A Coming of Age Metaphysical Fantasy Adventure

By Sita Bennett,

Book cover of Maya of the In-between: A Coming of Age Metaphysical Fantasy Adventure

What is my book about?

A Metaphysical Fantasy Adventure with a slow-burn Love Story that explores two extreme versions of Earth's future through contrasting inter-dimensional worlds. One is Dystopian—in which humans ignore the repercussions of industrialization on Nature, and the other Utopian—where humans live in Harmony with Nature and each other.

As put by a reader, at its heart, “Maya of the Inbetween is about the journey of a shy girl stepping boldly into her personal power as life chaotically unfolds around her. Beyond a magical story, Maya of the Inbetween is a mystically educational book IF you read it closely with an open mind!” – Goodreads Review.

The books I picked & why

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Power vs. Force

By David R. Hawkins,

Book cover of Power vs. Force

Why this book?

Science meets Philosophy meets Spirituality. 

Through his 'Map of Consciousness', Hawkins shares a powerful, mind-opening way of interpreting and understanding the different levels of consciousness available to humans, and explores how to transcend out of destructive patterns into higher, more positive, and life-supporting states of being.

The clarity and accuracy of the way Hawkins examines consciousness through kinesiology is so fascinating, awakening, and almost undeniable because it's been so thoroughly tested.

For people who are already sensitive to the different energies that we cultivate, dwell in, and are driven by, this book makes sense of so much of the mystery around what we can feel but not see.

Autobiography of a Yogi

By Paramahansa Yogananda,

Book cover of Autobiography of a Yogi

Why this book?

I was past halfway through the book before realising it wasn't fictional... Yogananda shares such profound experiences of Eastern Mysticism that are so far from what is acknowledged as possible in Western culture, that it sparked a new level of determination within me to open up to new ways of existing, and amplified my commitment to dedicated yogic & meditation practices to assist this.

For anyone who has had unexplainable metaphysical experiences or is just innately aware that there is so much more going on here beneath the surface of what we are taught is reality, this book is a gift.

The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One

By Jean M. Auel,

Book cover of The Clan of the Cave Bear: Earth's Children, Book One

Why this book?

This is not overtly ‘spiritual’, but was my favorite adventure series as a teenager - set in pre-historic times - and remains embedded in my heart because the main character, Ayla, had such a beautiful balance of qualities that I hadn’t read in in other female-led novels, and made me feel so empowered over my transition into womanhood.

She is fiercely brave, independent, smart, and courageous, but at the same time can be vulnerable, gentle, loving, and let the man of her heart take care of her, while maintaining fully embodied in her personal power. Sensitive or not, Ayla is an inspiring role model for any young woman.

Selected Poems of Rumi

By Rumi,

Book cover of Selected Poems of Rumi

Why this book?

This is a book of poetry, but it speaks so deeply to the exquisite beauty, simple joy, and profound presence available at the heart of us all, if we are quiet and still enough to listen. People who are already sensitive, seem to drop into this space more fluidly than others more consumed by the outer world, because they are by nature, closer to source, and more aware of the subtle forces that run beneath the surface of all life. These ‘ecstatic’ poems always help me return home, to the space inside that reminds me what a blessing it is to have the capacity to feel so deeply.\

Excerpt; “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” - Selected Poems of Rumi

Separate Reality

By Carlos Castaneda,

Book cover of Separate Reality

Why this book?

This is the last in a series of Mystic/Spiritual fiction books by Carlos Castaneda that follows his journey from being an ignorant, self-obsessed Western Man to becoming “A man of knowledge.” But not intellectual knowledge.

Knowledge of the deeper, metaphysical workings of the world, which he learns through his mentor, Don Juan, an awake Toltec master. Over the books Don Juan shares profound wisdom from the Toltec tradition, showing Casteneda how to become fully aware and awake to the reality that we can sense but not see.

“A man of knowledge is free...he has no honor, no dignity, no family, no home, no country, but only life to be lived.” - Don Juan, Separate Reality

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