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Family and Systemic Constellations

  • Love’s Hidden Symmetry: What Makes Love Work in Relationships (1998) Bert Hellinger, with Gunthard Weber & Hunter Beaumont The ‘bible’ of family constellations by the originator, Bert Hellinger
  • Acknowledging What Is: Conversations With Bert Hellinger (1999) Bert Hellinger, Gabriele ten Hovel, and Colleen Beaumont
  • Love’s Own Truths: Bonding and Balancing in Close Relationships (2001) Bert Hellinger
  • No Waves without the Ocean: Experiences and Thoughts (2006) Bert Hellinger A great reference book and exposition of Bert’s philosophy
  • Trauma, Bonding & Family Constellations (2008) Franz Ruppert Integrates trauma healing and family constellations
  • I Carry Your Heart in My Heart. Family Constellations in Prison (2009) Dan Booth Cohen This book details Dan’s experience of facilitating constellations for murderers sentenced to prison for life. He also gives an excellent description of the principles and history of family constellations
  • Touching Love: Bert Helinger at Work with Family Systems (2002) Bert Hellinger Documentation of a Three-Day Course for Psychotherapists and their clients
  • Touching Love: Volume 2 (1999) Bert Hellinger A Teaching Seminar with Bert Hellinger and Hunter Beaumont
  • Insights: Lectures and Stories (2002) Bert Hellinger This is a first collection of Bert Hellinger’s lecturers and stories now translated into English
  • Peace Begins in the Soul: Family Constellations in the Service of Reconciliation (2003) Bert Hellinger In family constellaitons, the work of reconciliation begins in the individual soul and in the family.
  • Images of the Soul: The Workings of the Soul in Shamanic Rituals and the Family Constellations (2001) Daan van Kampenhout The book points out those spiritual principles which lie at the foundation of both shamanic practices and family constellations.
  • The Tears of the Ancestors: Victims and Perpetrators in the Tribal Soul (2008) Daan van Kampenhout
  • You’re One of Us: Systemic Insights and Solutions for Teachers, Students and Parents (2003) Marianne Franke-Gricksch
  • The Healing of Individuals, Families & Nations (2005) John L. Payne With many examples and stories, the author brings back into belonging those who have been excluded and bridges the gap between the healing of an individual and the healing of familiy, ethnic and national souls.
  • The Language of the Soul: Healing with Words of Truth (2006) John L. Payne The truth can be said in very few words that resonate with the soul.
  • The Presence of the Soul: Transforming Your Life Through Soul Awareness (2007) John L. Payne Hidden loyalites to those who have suffered and belief systems that have been inherited from your ancestors can act as a block to creating the life that you wish to live.
  • Family Constellations: Basic Principles and Procedures (2007) Jakob Robert Schneider Jakob calls upon his rich background of experience in this accessible and well-grounded look at family constellations, from the basics to the depth of this work.
  • What’s Out of Order Here?: Illness and Family Constellatons (2006) Ilse Kutschera & Christine Brugger “What makes this book special is the richness of the illustrations of how symptoms of illness embody concrete eventis in a family and how family constellations can bring this to light with a respect that allows symptoms to reced and disappear” Bert Hellinger
  • Feather Medicine: Walking in Shoshone Dreamtime (2004) Francesca Boring Mason “A beautiful love song of a book, both culturally unique and universal. A gentle weave of poetry and prose flows through Francesca’s deeply human, profoundly wise, feminine soul. A deeply moving account from one who has found a path through pain and loss to a life filled with compassion and joy…. ” Anngwyn St. Just

Universal Spirituality

  • The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West (2009) Aldous Huxley. New edition of the 1944 classic.
  • The Perennial Tradition: The Secret Legacy–The Single Stream of Initiatory Teaching Flowing Through All the Great Schools of Mysticism (2003) Norman D. Livergood An excellent overview and history of the perennial wisdom
  • The Spectrum of Consciousness (1993) Ken Wilber His first book integrating various psychologies and spirituality
  • No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth (2001) Ken Wilber A guide to the stages of human consciousness and therapies that address each stage
  • A Brief History of Everything (2007) Ken Wilber An introductory ‘digest’ to Ken Wilber’s integral philosophy
  • The Psyche and Psychism [2 volume set] (1981) Torkom Saraydarian This is a monumental work on the origin, development, power, and care of the human soul.

Child Development and Education

  • Playing by Heart: The Vision and Practice of Belonging O. Fred Donaldson (1993) True play allows inclusive, non-competitive, non-judgmental learning
  • Magical Parent Magical Child: The Art of Joyful Parenting (2004) Michael Mendizza and Joseph Chilton Pearce The title says it all
  • The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life (2007) Includes CD of conversations with Parker J. Palmer Parker J. Palmer This book “is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts because they love learners, learning, the teaching life.” p2
  • The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character in School (2000) Rachael Kessler “Students who feel deeply connected don’t need danger to feel fully alive. They don’t need guns to feel powerful. They don’t want to hurt others or themselves. Out of connection grow both compassion adn passion – for people, for students’ goals and dreams, for life itself.” p35
  • The Holistic Curriculum (2007) John P. Miller “Holistic education attempts to bring education into alignment with the fundamental realities of nature. Nature at its core is interrelated and dynamic. . . Unfortunately, the human world since the Industrial Revolution has stressed compartmentalization and standardization. The result has been fragmentation.” p3
  • The Heart of Learning: Spirituality in Education (1999) Steven Glazer; editor Contributors include: Huston Smith, Parker J. Palmer, the Dalai Lama, and others
  • Holistic Learning and Spirituality in Education (2005) John P. Miller, Selia Karsten, Diana Denton, and others; editors “Our culture and education systems have become obsessed with acquisition and achievement. In schools the move to high-stakes testing has narrowed the focus of teaching and learning to “standards” that are easily measurable.” p1
  • Teaching with Heart: Making Healthy Connections with Students (1996) Judith A. Deiro Examines the methods that outstanding teachers use to develop healthy, caring relationships with their students without turning into counselors or parents.

Aboriginal Wisdom and Healing

  • Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing (2001) Robert Wolff
    • Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice (1996) Rupert Ross This book “is about aboriginal justice and much more, speaking not only to our minds, but also to our hearts and spirits. Above all, it stands as a search for the values and visions that give life its significance and which any justice system, aboriginal or otherwise, must serve and respect.”
    • Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community (2003) Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart & Mark Wedge
    • Justice as Healing: Indigenous Ways (2005) Wanda D. McCaslin, editor
    • Seven Arrows (1972) Hyemeyohsts Storm
    • Song of Heyoehkah (1981) Hyemeyohsts Storm
    • Lighningbolt (1994) Hyemeyohsts Storm
    • The Mystic Heart of Justice (2001) Denise Breton and Stephen Lehman; foreword by Vine Deloria Jr. From the foreword (pxi) “Justice, in an industrial society that is evolving toward feudalism, seems to be a thinly disguised demand for vengeance. For all our technology and sophistication, we reveal ourselves as barbarians of the first order, far below the tribal peoples who considered and rejected the retributive sense of law and order.”
    • In The Absence Of The Sacred: The Failure of Technology & The Survival Of The Indian Nations (1991) Jerry Mander “An exceptionally lucid and intelligent presentation of the urgent need to change the direction of our culture before we no longer have a choice.” Peter Matthiessen
    • Emerald Forest [DVD] (1985) Powers Boothe, Meg Foster. Director: John Boorman The true story of the interaction of an aboriginal tribe’s meeting with white civilization

    Energy Healing

    • Vibrational Medicine: The #1 Handbook of Subtle-Energy (2001)
      Richard Gerber

    Men's Healing

    • Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men (1994) Michael Meade
    • Iron John: A Book About Men (2004) Robert Bly
    • The Archetype of Initiation (2001) Robert Moore
    • King, Warrior, Magician, Lover : Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine (1991) Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
    • Emerald Forest [DVD] (1985) Powers Boothe, Meg Foster. Director: John Boorman The true story of the interaction of an aboriginal tribe’s meeting with white civilization

    Food Issues

    • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2007) Michael Pollan
    • In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) Michael Pollan
    • Fast Food Nation (2002) Eric Schlosser
    • Animal Liberation: The Definitive Classic of the Animal Movement (2009) Peter Singer
    • Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy (2003) Matthew Scully
    • Poisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poulty Industry (2002) Karen Davis
    • When Elephants Weep (1996) Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
    • The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals (2004) Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
    • Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the Worlds’ Food System (2007) Raj Patel “We are increasingly disconnected both from the production of our food and from the joy of eating it. Most of this happens with consumers ignorant to the suffering that precedes every mouthful of food. . . . the current food system is a wasteland. The case against it extends beyond the harm it causes to people and the communities caught up in it. The way we eat today also engenders systematic cruelty to animals.” pp294-5
    • Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take it Back(2007) Douglas Rushkoff Though not strictly about food production this book expands on the financial and monetary systems that support the agribusiness Raj Patel describes in ‘Stuffed and Starved’