Books I Like

There are so many excellent books by so many excellent authors, and so little time to
read and absorb the material in all these books! With that said, I’m listing a few of the books that have been meaningful for me. In their own way, each book helps us help ourselves! I hope you like these books, and please call (916) 990 – 7733 or email marcia@marciahillaryphd.com to talk about these books, or to schedule your appointment.

Your Personality, Your HealthYour Personality, Your Health
(and also Love . . . What’s Personality Got to Do with It? and Managing People . . .
What’s Personality Got to Do with It?)
Carol Ritberger, Ph.D.
Hay House Inc., 1998
I learned a lot from Carol (and continue to learn from her). I studied with her for 4 years. She developed an easy-to use,helpful approach to personality that links personality to our health, our intimate relationships, and how we operate at work. Her approach draws partly from Carl Jung, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (which draws on Carl Jung’s work), and the human energy system (often referred to simply as the chakras), and she’s used her personality system successfully for over 15 years. I’m certified to teach Carol’s approach to personality, and I often include information about personality in my workshops. I’ve read Your Personality, Your Health at least 4 times, and each time I read it I learn something new, as if new information was included specifically for me to read at that moment! So I hope you benefit from Carol’s approach to personality, too!

The Biology of BeliefThe Biology of Belief
Bruce Lipton, Ph.D.
Mountain of Love/Elite Books, 2005
If you ever thought that you were solely the product of your genes, or thought that you couldn’t change your genetic makeup, then Bruce Lipton’s book will invite you to change that outdated thinking! His readable book is a good introduction to the new field of epigenetics. To me, the concept of epigenetics dethrones genetics and empowers us, our environment, our intentions, our ability to create change that was once viewed as impossible.

Many Lives, Many MastersMany Lives, Many Masters
Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
Simon & Schuster Inc., 1988
Weiss’ book detailing his initial accidental use of past life regression hypnosis with his patient “Catherine” has been translated into many languages during the 20+ years since it’s been published. He has since written several other readable books on hypnosis and our soul’s journey and experiences (including Through Time Into Healing, Messages from the Masters, Same Soul, Many Bodies, Only Love is Real). I’ve studied past life regression with Dr. Weiss and his wife, Carole.

Mind Body MedicineMind Body Medicine
How to Use Your Mind for Better Health

Daniel Goleman, PhdD., and Joel Gurin, editors
Consumer Reports Books published by Consumers Union, 1993
Yes, there’s been a lot of research since 1993 about mind/body medicine, or about the power of our mind to help heal our body. But this book was one of the first to present research conducted by experts in their fields, in a format for the everyday person to understand, together with sections about what the consumer (i.e., you and me) can do to help themselves. This book covers major issues, such as heart disease, cancer, headaches and chronic pain, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, asthma, pregnancy and fertility issues . . . and includes chapters on relaxation, mindfulness meditation, hypnosis and imagery, biofeedback, exercise, the importance of attitudes (such as optimism or hope) and social support.

 

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Wherever You Go There You Are
Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Hyperion, 1994
I also value Kabat-Zinn’s book Full Catastrophe Living, but this one is so easy to read, with short chapters, quotes that grab our attention, rich material. What I don’t like is Kabat-Zinn’s inclusion of homework sections labeled “TRY.” I wish he’d called these sections something else, such as “Consider this,” or “Your next step.” “Trying” is a recipe for failure; we succeed by doing, not by trying. I want to add that I studied Mindfulness Meditation with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. I respect them both, and they walk their talk.

The Universe in a Single AtomThe Universe in a Single Atom
The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Morgan Road Books, 2005
I admit that I’ve been fascinated by metaphysics for years. But it’s been difficult for me to absorb all the scientific physics research without a deep educational background in physics. Also, there’s been a huge split between science and religion/spirituality during our lifetimes, although lately some pioneers have been inching these poles closer together. The Dalai Lama isn’t a physicist; I consider him an expert in understanding Buddhism. In this book, which I haven’t fully absorbed yet, he delves into topics of interest and relevance to many of us, such as consciousness, karma, the theory of relativity, the nature of the universe. I don’t need a doctorate in physics to understand this book!

I hope these books are helpful to you! If you have questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your appointment, please call (916) 990 – 7733, or send an email to marcia@marciahillaryphd.com.

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