Carolyn Spring’s Emotional Resource Guide
Carolyn Spring is an author, speaker, trainer and trauma survivor. She’s crafted this insightful toolkit of ideas, strategies and lists to help when we’re feeling distressed and overwhelmed.
‘Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment’ – by Pat Ogden, Janina Fisher
I love this framing of trauma-work, which goes deep into a trusting of the body’s natural intelligence, and working sensitively with that intelligence.
‘Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe, and Effective Practices for Therapy’ – by Deirdre Fay + Christopher Germer
Some great resources in here for working with clients with trauma, drawing from yogic and meditation traditions.
‘The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma’ – by Bessel van der Kolk
This book is possible the most classic modern work on trauma. It’s a slightly dense book, but certainly worth exploring.
‘Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma’ – by Dr. James Gordon
James Gordon is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist with a deep spiritual dimension, so this book is a wonderful resource for anyone with an openness to the spiritual wanting to work on their own trauma or help other people with their trauma.
‘Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening’ – by Matthew Engelhart and Terces Engelhart
This is a beautiful little book with some very practical tips for running a business and putting higher values like gratitude and compassion at the core.
‘The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles’ – by Marianne Williamson
Another one of my ‘bibles’. Whenever I feel stressed about work or money, I come back to certain chapters in this book to find a higher perspective.
‘The Way of Mastery, Pathway of Enlightenment: The Way of the Heart’ – Jeshua
The first of a 3 book-series, transcripts of recordings of a spiritual master downloading wisdom on Love from another realm.
‘The Way to Love’ – by Anthony de Mello
Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest and beautiful storyteller. This book contains some of his best spiritual teachings on Love. “Love springs from awareness. It is only inasmuch as you see someone as he or she really is here and now, and not as they are in your memory or your desire or in your imagination or projection, that you can truly love them.”
‘A Return to Love’ – by Marianne Williamson
This is one of my ‘bibles’. I come back to it whenever I want to restore my connection to the Field of Love that holds it all together.
‘Doing Nothing, Coming To The End Of The Spiritual Search’ – by Steven Harrison
This book had a huge impact on me. It’s not for the faint-hearted – but on the plus side, it will make you question almost everything you have been told about the spiritual path.
‘Mindful Parenting: A Guide for Mental Health Practitioners’ – by Susan Bogels
This thick book is a great clinical resource for teaching mindfulness to parents.
‘Seeing That Frees’ – by Rob Burbea
Rob Burbea was one of the best meditation teachers of recent times. He died in 2020, but this book captures the depth of his insight into meditation, and how we can use meditation to free ourselves from suffering.
‘Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche’ – by Robert Johnson
This is an accessible guide to shadow-work written with a balance of psychological insight and a grounded spiritual perspective.
‘Dark Gold: The Human Shadow and the Global Crisis’ – by Carolyn Baker
Carolyn Baker offers her unique insight into how our collective shadow is feeding the multiple global crises we face. An essential read if you’re working on yourself in order to serve our world.
‘Insanely Gifted: Turn Your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel’ by Jamie Catto
Jamie is a very funny teacher who specialises in transforming your shadow material into creativity. This is a beautifully written treasure of a book.
‘The Path is Everywhere’ by Matt Licata
If you are going through a tough time, reading this book is like soaking in a warm bath of compassionate wisdom. It’s one of my most reliable go-to resources for tough times.
‘Cry Heart But Never Break’ – by Glenn Ringtved
A beautiful book symbolising death with a profound message about grief and joy being siblings.
‘Sad Book’ – by Michael Rosen
Probably one of the more famous books about loss, with Michael Rosen’s typical humour shining through (and it is indirectly about his own experience of losing his son to meningitis).
‘The Wild Edge of Sorrow’ – by Francis Weller
By far my favourite teacher on grief. Beautiful model of grief that welcomes in different forms of grief and sees the alchemical potential of grief.
‘Staring at the Sun’ – by Irvin Yalom
A classic text on coming to terms with our basic fear of death, by the classic existential psychotherapist.
‘The Worm at the Core’ -by Solomon et al.
Great book summarising the research from the Terror Management School, who showed through some brilliant experiments how much fear of death affects our everyday life.
‘A Monster Calls’ – by Patrick Ness
This book is aimed at teens, but I cried reading it, it is such a moving story, also made into a film which is quite good. Highly recommend buying this book.
‘Active Hope’ -by Joanna Macy
The best teacher on ecological grief, which is increasingly going to be an issue for people young and old. Some simple easy to access exercises in this book.
‘Denial of Death’ – by Ernst Becker
A classic text on how humans deny death and the consequences of doing this. A bit dense in places, but some really profound insights in here.
‘Five Invitations’ – by Frank Otaseski
Beautiful, Buddhist-inspired teachings on what death has to teach us about living fully.
‘Die Wise’ – by Stephen Jenkinson
He is a very deep, philosophical teacher about what death has to teach us about living sanely in a mad world.
‘Duck, Death and the Tulip’ – by Wolf Erlbruch
Symbolises death in a way young children can understand and be curious about (my 3 year old loves this book).