The best books on using your imagination to heal emotional trauma

Who am I?

Ora North is the author of I Don’t Want To Be An Empath Anymore: How to Reclaim Your Power Over Emotional Overload, Maintain Boundaries, and Live Your Best Life, and the upcoming book Mood Magick: Wellness Spells and Rituals to Find Balance in an Uncertain World. A seasoned spiritual teacher and healer, she helps people unpack their emotional trauma and work with it in a creative and regenerative way. 


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I Don't Want to Be an Empath Anymore: How to Reclaim Your Power Over Emotional Overload, Maintain Boundaries, and Live Your Best Life

By Ora North,

Book cover of I Don't Want to Be an Empath Anymore: How to Reclaim Your Power Over Emotional Overload, Maintain Boundaries, and Live Your Best Life

What is my book about?

I Don't Want to Be an Empath Anymore is a gift for the jaded empath searching for authenticity in spirituality, and spirituality in being authentic--something beyond the clichéd, positive affirmations that seem to invalidate our anger, sadness, and pain. When we feel broken--and when real damage has been done, it's not always helpful to ignore our feelings and tell ourselves that we are perfect and whole.

In this refreshingly honest guide, shamanic practitioner Ora North offers practical exercises to help you navigate your intuition and empathic sensitivities, create much-needed boundaries, and build confidence. You'll also learn to balance your emotions and energy, and harness the strength of your shadow side to embrace your whole self and live your best life.

The books I picked & why

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Man and His Symbols

By Carl Jung,

Book cover of Man and His Symbols

Why this book?

The work of the famous Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung serves as a foundation in exploring your darker side to both heal yourself and find your hidden strengths and gifts. Man and His Symbols goes deep into universal and collective symbolism and offers loads of insight into how to see your own story and trauma with fresh eyes.  


Man and His Symbols

By Carl Jung,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked Man and His Symbols as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The landmark text about the inner workings of the unconscious mind—from the symbolism that unlocks the meaning of our dreams to their effect on our waking lives and artistic impulses—featuring more than a hundred images that break down Carl Jung’s revolutionary ideas

“What emerges with great clarity from the book is that Jung has done immense service both to psychology as a science and to our general understanding of man in society.”—The Guardian
  
“Our psyche is part of nature, and its enigma is limitless.”
 
Since our inception, humanity has looked to dreams for guidance. But what are they? How can…


Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole

By Robert Moss,

Book cover of Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole

Why this book?

An expert in approaching your dream life with beautiful and imaginative consciousness, Robert Moss shows you how to use your dreams, both figurative and literal, as the backdrop for immense personal discovery and growth, and as a powerful tool in reclaiming yourself after trauma. 


Dreaming the Soul Back Home: Shamanic Dreaming for Healing and Becoming Whole

By Robert Moss,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Dreaming the Soul Back Home as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this extraordinary book, shamanic dream teacher Robert Moss shows us how to become shamans of our own souls and healers of our own lives.

The greatest contribution of the ancient shamans to modern healing is the understanding that in the course of any life we are liable to suffer soul loss — the loss of parts of our vital energy and identity — and that to be whole and well, we must find the means of soul recovery. Moss teaches that our dreams give us maps we can use to find and bring home our lost or stolen soul…


Tao Te Ching

By Lao Tzu, Gia-fu Geng (translator), Jane English (translator), Toinette Lippe (translator)

Book cover of Tao Te Ching

Why this book?

This classic belongs on the bookshelf of every emotional and spiritual seeker, as its poetic passages encourage you to move beyond the classifications of “this or that” — and into a more holistic and curious view of things, which is an absolute necessity when approaching your own trauma. 


Tao Te Ching

By Lao Tzu, Gia-fu Geng (translator), Jane English (translator), Toinette Lippe (translator)

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Tao Te Ching as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

For nearly two generations, this bestselling translation of the Tao Te Ching has been the standard for those seeking access to the wisdom of Taoist thought. Now Jane English and her long-time editor, Toinette Lippe, have refreshed and revised the translation, so that it more faithfully reflects the Classical Chinese in which it was first written, while taking into account changes in our own language and eliminating any lingering infelicities. This beautiful oversized edition features over a hundred new photographs by Jane English that help express the vast spirit of the Tao. Also included is an introduction by the well-known…


Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

By Clarissa Pinkola Estés,

Book cover of Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

Why this book?

The archetype of the Wild Woman is a powerful figure, and Clarissa Pinkole Estes walks you through the myths and stories of healing and reconnecting, illuminating the pitfalls and triumphs of wild empowerment in our culture. You can find your own stories of trauma in these pages, as well as guidance on finding your way to your inner primal and powerful self. 


Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype

By Clarissa Pinkola Estés,

Why should I read it?

8 authors picked Women Who Run with the Wolves as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

First published three years before the print edition of Women Who Run With the Wolves made publishing history, this original audio edition quickly became an underground bestseller. For its insights into the inner life of women, it established Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes as one of the most important voices of our time in the fields of Jungian psychology, myth, and women's mysteries.

Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora ("keeper of the old stories"), Dr. Estes uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the…


The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho,

Book cover of The Alchemist

Why this book?

This fictional fable has transformed the lives of many around the world. What I love most about it is that it’s a story so pure and simple that it hits everyone in a different way, specific to their own journeys. It exemplifies the magic of storytelling, and how that magic can inspire us in our own healing and make us see our own traumas as part of our mystical paths. 


The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho,

Why should I read it?

16 authors picked The Alchemist as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A global phenomenon, The Alchemist has been read and loved by over 62 million readers, topping bestseller lists in 74 countries worldwide. Now this magical fable is beautifully repackaged in an edition that lovers of Paulo Coelho will want to treasure forever.

Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. This is such a book - a beautiful parable about learning to listen to your heart, read the omens strewn along life's path and, above all, follow your dreams.

Santiago, a young shepherd living in the hills of Andalucia, feels that there is…


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