The Best Books On Using Your Imagination To Heal Emotional Trauma

The Books I Picked & Why

Man and His Symbols

By Carl Jung

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.  



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

By Robert Moss

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. 



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Tao Te Ching (Translated By Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

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

Tao Te Ching (Translated By Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)

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. 



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

By Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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. 



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The Alchemist

By Paulo Coelho

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. 



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