Lisa’s Library

Books by Lisa Hedley

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Lisa’s Recommended Reading List

These are some of the books that have helped shape my thinking and/or inspired my life…I share these in the spirit of gratitude to my teachers and my teacher’s teachers, because we all stand on the shoulders of the scholars, mystics, artists, philosophers, activists, and scientists that have come before us and paved the way, so that we may increasingly expand our ways of knowing and being.

(I would like to note that many of the following books fall into multiple disciplines, so I’ve labeled them according to primary field.)


Joseph Campbell – The Hero with a Thousand Faces; The Power of Myth

Marija Gimbutas – The Language of the Goddess

Leonard Shlain – The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

Autobiography/ Biography:

Tania Aebi – Maiden Voyage

Maya Angelou – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Lawrence Anthony – The Elephant Whisperer

Ralph Helfer – Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

Jean Houston – A Mythic Life

Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom

Paramahansa Yogananda – Autobiography of a Yogi

Jill Bolte Taylor – My Stroke of Insight


Donna Farhi – Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living

Richard Freeman – The Mirror of Yoga: Awakening the Intelligence of Body and Mind

Doug Keller – Yoga as Therapy

Sally Kempton – Meditation for the Love of it: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience


David Perlmutter – Grain Brain

Michael Pollan – The Omnivore’s Dilemma; In Defense of Food

Maya Tiwari – Ayurveda: A Life of Balance


Jane Austen – Her entire collection of novels!

William Blake – The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

Tyler Knott Gregson – Chasers of the Light; Wildly Into the Dark

Hafiz – The Gift

Hermann Hesse – Siddhartha; The Glass Bead Game; The Seasons of the Soul

Aldous Huxley – Brave New World

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

Toni Morrison – Beloved

George Orwell – 1984

Daniel Quinn – Ishmael

J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Sri Aurobindo – The Bhagavad Gita

Allan Bloom – The Republic of Plato

Charles Eisenstein – The Ascent of Humanity; Sacred Economics; The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Riane Eisler – The Chalice and The Blade

Jean Gebser – The Ever-Present Origin

Georg W. F. Hegel – The Philosophy of Right; Phenomenology of Spirit

Jean Houston – The Possible Human

Aldous Huxley – The Perennial Philosophy

William James- The Varieties of Religious Experience

J. Krishnamurti & D. Bohm – The Ending of Time

Jean Liedloff – The Continuum Concept

Bruce Lipton & Steve Bhaerman – Spontaneous Evolution

Ramana Maharshi – The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi

Erich Neumann – The Origins and History of Consciousness

Friedrich Nietzsche – Beyond Good and Evil

Richard Rudd – The Gene Keys

Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements

Malidoma Patrice Some – The Healing Wisdom of Africa

Swami Prabhavananda & Frederick Manchester – The Upanishads

Steve Taylor – The Fall

Leslie Temple-Thurston – The Marriage of Spirit

Lao Tsu – Tao Te Ching

Tarthang Tulku – Love of Knowledge

Ken Wilber – Integral Psychology; Integral Spirituality; Up From Eden


Brene Brown –Braving the Wilderness; Daring Greatly

Susan Cain – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Carol Dweck – Mindset

Erich Fromm – To Have or To Be?; The Art of Loving

C.G. Jung – Memories, Dreams, Reflections; The Red Book; The Undiscovered Self; Two Essays on Analytical Psychology

Jane Loevinger – Ego Development

Terrence Real – I Don’t Want To Talk About It: Overcoming The Secret Legacy of Male Depression; How Can I Get Through To You?: Closing the Intimacy Gap
Between Men and Women

Marshall Rosenberg – Non-Violent Communication

June Singer – Boundaries of the Soul: The Practice of Jung’s Psychology

David J. Tacey – Remaking Men: Jung, Spirituality, and Social Change

Marion Woodman – Leaving My Father’s House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity; Addiction to Perfection

Connie Zweig & Jeremiah Abrams – Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature


David Bohm – Wholeness and The Implicate Order

Fritjof Capra – The Tao of Physics; The Turning Point

Merlin Donald – A Mind So Rare

Albert Einstein – Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Brian Greene – The Elegant Universe

Stephen Hawking – A Brief History of Time

F. David Peat – From Certainty to Uncertainty

Michael Talbot – The Holographic Universe