If you're on a journey of life evolution and transcendence, the universe will shift and bend you in many ways and at different points in your life. Through this bending, life will turn and flip you and it can even be all around painful. These are the symptoms of evolution.
Some growth in life may come easy but when we are experiencing a major upgrade, there's nothing really pretty about it until we make it through. Recently, I've been experiencing a personal upgrade in my life. I’ve been faced with controversy with the people close to me, revelation after revelation, and even triggering events that led me down a dark hole of self-reflection. These events remind me of times when I was deeply depressed and I assumed that this time was just another case. However, I forgot that these times of depression spark the greatest evolution. It’s during these times that the universe will work double-time to help us through and evolve. It may send us complications and obstacles, but it will also send the answers through them if you really pay attention.
In my latest transcendence, I took signs from the universe by some titles that popped up in my life. They were unique and new, so I knew it was something I needed to indulge in. They came in the form of books. Being an artist who creates her own life, I look for many ways to stimulate my mind. I’m such an overly deep thinker that mental stimulation is something I realized I needed. Here is a list of books that helped me climb out of my dark hole, that helped shift and stimulate my mind, and helped me get and keep my shit together.
Book #1: “The Interview with the Devil" | Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
This book was the first I came across. It blew my mind with a revelation about how much of my mental chaos is created by my negative thinking. Negative thinking was a major issue for me when I began my spiritual journey. And it was sparked when I realized how much I did it and how I could shift my perspectives of everything. Every so often I need to be reminded and this was one of those times. The e-book is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/WbWI6Wj9xDI
Book #2: The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hahn
This book is pretty self-explanatory. It sparked in my mind ways to communicate authentically and compassionately and how my ways and lack of communicating played a major role in how I viewed my relationships.
Listen on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDW6FYdIoYE&t=5924s
Book #3: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This is a very popular book, that many may and can refer. This is a great book to read a few times as it is easy and short. For me, it sparked a way to see myself and my consciousness as a partnership that makes agreements about our life together. This book will enlighten you in the many ways you have unconsciously agreed to different conditions and beliefs in your life and how you can recondition yourself.
Listen to the ebook here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=147Bi4Hw9SI
Book #4: The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
Many times my dark hole of negativity is triggered by love and romantic partners/relationships. This book brought me out of that hole by educating me on seducers, how to deal with them, and how to develop seduction for myself. It was very enlightening and even transcending as it heightened by imagination, creativity and helped to snap me out of the game that I may have fallen in by a seducer.
Listen to the ebook here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TiGL0uWWzw&t=5953s
Book #5: 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself
This was a quick and easy listen that only took 1.5 hours. This is a list of 100 things you can do to spark your motivation. It was an instant mood lifter for me and has helped me integrate practices to stay motivated throughout my days.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwuXXON7iIc